After the recent triumphant Public Image Ltd tour this will not be news fans were wanting to read.

The tour demonstrated PIL at their recent best, possibly the best line-up, and with Lydon himself at his maniacal best. (LTW review)

John Lydon speaking to BBC News told reporters that he has lost some of the new songs he has written for Public Image Ltd after his house burned down. Lydon currently on tour in Italy was contacted by his wife Nora who called him with the news.

Lydon commented “I was in Italy. My wife rang me up just before we were going on stage. She said ‘Oh John, I don’t want to disturb you. The house has burnt down.’ I hadn’t been in the house for two years. First time I tried to get the house clean it goes up in flames”

Lydon expanded stating that he had lost several songs he had written for the forthcoming Public Image Ltd as yet untitled album adding “Welcome to Rotten world.”

He added that hearing that Nora was unharmed from the fire “was the best news I’ve ever had in my whole life” and that the destruction of the house “doesn’t matter”.

Lydon commenting on his time with PIL said “has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do in my entire life”.

The singer had previously said that the band were in a studio which is “in the outskirts of nowhere”, working on their first album since 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’.

On the 21st July 2011 Public Image Ltd were confirmed as the winners of the MOJO ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Award’

We sincerley hope that both Lydon and his wife recover from this setback – I guess we won;t be asking John to contribute to the current LTW ‘Saved From Destruction’ series!!!

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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