John Lydon

Rock Musician
Born Jan 31, 1956

John Joseph Lydon, also known by the former stage name Johnny Rotten, is a singer-songwriter and television presenter, best known as the lead singer of punk rock band the Sex Pistols from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is the lead singer of the post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993, and again from 2009.… Read More

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1956 Birth John Joseph Lydon was born in London on 31 January 1956. … Read More


1975 19 Years Old In 1975 Lydon was among a group of youths who regularly hung around Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's fetish clothing shop SEX. … Read More


1977 21 Years Old At the time, August 1977, Lydon commented: "Turn the other cheek too often and you get a razor through it." … Read More
1978 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Lydon closed the final Sid Vicious-era Sex Pistols concert in San Francisco's Winterland in January 1978 with a rhetorical question to the audience: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" Shortly thereafter, McLaren, Jones, and Cook went to Brazil to meet and record with former train robber Ronnie Biggs. … Read More
1983 27 Years Old In 1983, Lydon co-starred with Harvey Keitel in the movie thriller Corrupt, a.k.a. … Read More
1984 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Lydon worked with Time Zone on their single "World Destruction". … Read More


1987 31 Years Old In 1987 a new lineup was formed consisting of Lydon, former Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Armoury Show guitarist John McGeoch, Allan Dias on bass guitar in addition to drummer Bruce Smith and Lu Edmunds. … Read More
1992 36 Years Old In 1992 Lydon, Dias and McGeoch were joined by Curt Bisquera on drums and Gregg Arreguin on rhythm guitar for the album That What Is Not. … Read More
…  Although never as controversial or commercially successful as the Sex Pistols, the band produced eight albums and a string of singles, including "Public Image", "Death Disco", and "Rise", before they went on hiatus in 1993, reforming in 2009. … Read More


In 1997 Lydon released a solo album on Virgin Records called Psycho's Path. … Read More
2000 44 Years Old In 2000, Lydon hosted Rotten TV, a short-lived show on VH1. … Read More
2003 47 Years Old In 2003 Lydon appeared as a panelist on an episode of Richard Belzer's ill-fated conspiracy-themed panel show, The Belzer Connection. … Read More
In January 2004, Lydon appeared on the British reality television programme I'm a Celebrity... … Read More


2007 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2007, Lydon, Jones and Cook re-recorded "Pretty Vacant" in a Los Angeles studio for the video game Skate and, in a radio interview in the same month, Lydon announced that the Sex Pistols may perform again over the Christmas period. … Read More
2008 52 Years Old 1 More Event
On 23 January 2008 Lydon was reportedly involved in a physical assault in Marina del Rey. … Read More
2010 54 Years Old In August 2010, Lydon played with Public Image Ltd in Tel Aviv, Israel despite protests against the Israel show. … Read More
During an April 2013 Australian tour, Lydon was involved in a television interview for the The Project that resulted in a publicised controversy, as he was labelled "a flat out, sexist, misogynist pig" by one of the panellists on the Australian programme. … Read More
2014 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014 he admitted to losing £10,000 on iPad games. … Read More
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