Public Image Ltd and ex-Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is to visit County Durham on his forthcoming spoken word tour.

Lydon – formerly known as Johnny Rotten – will be sharing fascinating anecdotes about his life and career during this one-off tour, which will see him play 54 venues across the UK in Autumn 2020.

John will be calling in at Durham City’s Gala Theatre on Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Though the gig will not take place until well into next year, demand for tickets is expected to be extremely high so they are going on sale from Friday 1st November 2019.

John Lydon will be talking about how – with the Sex Pistols – he managed both to change the direction of modern music and spark something of a cultural revolution.

The talk will also explore the challenging and ground-breaking work John has done with his post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), a band that is still going strong today.

Though John has penned two best-selling memoirs, this will be his first ever spoken word tour, giving fans the chance to hear stories and anecdotes straight from John himself.

The 2020 tour will coincide with the publication of another of Lydon’s books, I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right. Signed copies of the book – of which only 5,000 copies will be printed – will be available to buy at the venues on the spoken word tour.

The manager of Durham City’s Gala Theatre, Robin Byers, said, “Any of us who grew up in the 70s can’t fail to have been impacted by John turning the music industry on its head.”

“He truly is a cultural icon and we can’t wait to hear the truth from the man himself. Anyone who calls themselves a music fan – punk or otherwise – will not want to miss this show.”

The talk – also entitled I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right – will take place at the Gala Theatre on Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are priced at £30. Super VIP tickets are available, costing £75 and including a pre-show meet-and-greet, a photo with John, an autograph, a goodie bag and front row seats.

You can also purchase VIP tickets for £45, which will entitle you to the goodie bag – which will include an exclusive tour lanyard and a limited-edition art print by John Lydon – and seats directly behind those of the Super VIP ticket holders.

To learn more or book tickets, please go to or telephone 03000 266 600.

(The featured image shows a photo of John Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten.)

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