Exclusive: Jah Wobble and Keith Levene work together again
The creative core of Public Image,Jah Wobble and Keith Levene are working together again.
With an EP of new material already recorded that picks up from where they left off all those years ago the pair of them are planning gigs and festivals next year with their first show being at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on March 24th.
The gig will feature a set from the legendary pair and ‘special guests’ as well as on stage in conversations conducted by LouderThan War’s John Robb.
Even though we felt that Public Image Unlimited would be the perfect name for the project they will be operating as Jah Wobble and Keith Levene because, according to Wobble, ‘Public Image started as an anti brand, as fun, and then turned into a brand and I fucking hate brands, that’s not what music is about…’
Jah Wobble and Keith Levene first worked together in John Lydon’s post Pistols project Public Image Limited. Wobble was one of the ‘4 Johns’ along with Rotten, Sid Vicious (real name John Ritchie) and John Grey who terrorized the Kings Road hippies and were the core of the malcontents who created what became known as punk rock, Keith was the ex Yes roadie who played in the original Clash line up before leaving because they were too conventional. His stunning reinvention of the guitar was the perfect foil to Wobble’s amazing bass and those first two Public Image albums are recognized as post punk classics.
We used to play ‘Metal Box’ over and over again when it came out endlessly…
Very much in the spirit of the original Public Image the pair of them return to a lot of interest….Wobble told us that ‘Keith is coming up with amazing stuff with me and it’s great to play together again…’
For more information or potential booking contact John@30hertzrecords.com