Punk rocker John Lydon is charging £75 for fans to meet him in person in Wales

A punk icon who once railed against the establishment is coming to Wales – but it will cost you £75 to have your picture taken with him.

John Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, made his name as the frontman of anarchic punk band The Sex Pistols.

The band, and Mr Lydon himself, were at the forefront of the punk movement in 1970s Britain, with lyrics that often enraged and inspired in equal measure.

Now, more than 40 years after the band’s original split, Mr Lydon is preparing to travel around the country to meet with fans.

As part of a 54-date UK tour called I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, the former hellraiser will appear in Carmarthen, Newport, Porthcawl and Wrexham, reflecting on his time in the Sex Pistols and subsequent band Public Image Limited.

 

Lydon (centre) on stage with the Sex Pistols in 1976 during the heyday of British punk
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But if you’re hoping to meet him during his visit, it’s going to cost you more than double the price of a normal ticket.

For £75, you can meet the man himself, have your picture taken with him and get his autograph.

The moment John Lydon was shown the brilliant pictures from the Sex Pistols’ infamous Caerphilly gig in 1976:


Described as a ‘Super VIP’ package, the ticket offers you a seat in the front two rows for the event itself, a “VIP goodie bag”, and the opportunity for “1x photograph and 1x autograph”.

Despite producing only one studio album – Never Mind the B******s, Here’s the Sex Pistols – before they broke up in 1978, the band have gone down as one of the most influential in British music history.

Lydon appeared on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2004
(Image: Daily Mirror)

Lead singer Mr Lydon courted controversy for his outspoken and rebellious attitude during the 70s, with singles such as God Save the Queen acting as an anthem for those who wanted to strike back at the established order.

The singer’s website describes him as an “icon, a revolutionary and an immortal” and someone who “changed the face of music and “caused an earthquake which transformed music for good”.

The 63-year-old has also penned two autobiographies and, in 2004, he entertained millions when he appeared on the reality show, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Lydon will appear at Carmarthen’s Lyric Theatre on October 1, 2020, followed by shows at Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion on October 2, Wrexham’s William Aston Hall on October 13 and Newport’s Riverfront on October 20.

Of the tour, Lydon simply said: “I could be sh*t. I could be sh*te. I’m left-handed.”

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