John Lydon Defends Butter Ad, Says It Paid for Public Image Limited Reunion
Published Nov 13, 2009In late 2008, we joined the rest of the world in making fun of Sex Pistols front-man Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) for the embarrassing, lowest-common-denominator butter ads that were circulating in the UK. Now, nearly a full year later, Lydon has finally made a statement about the commercials.
Speaking with the Camden New Journal, the singer explained that the funds from the commercial were necessary to fuel the aforementioned reunion of his post-punk group, Public Image Limited.
"The money I got from that advert is the advance on this [the PiL tour]. We live on a lucky end of a shoestring here until the first gig money comes in," Lydon explained, adding, "Why are they questioning me? What manual am I supposed to adopt? I'm promoting a British product, which I'm very proud of. Anything I can do to help British industry is fine by me and in return you've got PiL."
PiL's reunion shows, which are currently only booked in the UK, kick off in mid-December.
12/15 Birmingham, England - 02 Academy
12/16 Leeds, England - 02 Academy
12/18 Glasgow, Scotland - 02 Academy
12/19 Manchester, England - 02 Academy
12/21 London, England - 02 Academy