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John Joseph Lydon (Rotten, Johnny)

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Born: 1956 AD
Currently alive, at 58 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Guitarist, Musicians, Singer

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1956 - Johnny Rotten was born John Joseph Lydon on the 31st of January in London, England. His parents were both Irish and he grew up in the Finsbury Park neighborhood with his three younger brothers. He is an English rock musician. He was the lead vocalist for the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. 1963 - At seven years old he was diagnosed with spinal meningitis, which caused him to experience comas for half of a year and made him lose most of his memory. 1975 - He entered a clothes shop owned by Malcolm McLaren when a band was present looking for a new lead singer. The band called themselves "Sex Pistols" and became a hit on the underground music scene in London. 1978 - After returning to London, he met up with an old friend named Jah Wobble with hopes of starting a new group. He also recruited former Clash guitarist Keith Levene and newcomer Jim Walker. The group formed as "Public Image Ltd." (PiL).        - His band had their first album was called "First Issue" and sold pretty well in Europe. 1979 -Produced "Metal Box", which did considerably better and little resembled music by other British rock bands at the time. 1988 - He and his wife were scheduled to take Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York, but were delayed and missed the flight. 1996 - He reunited with the surviving members of the Sex Pistols to tour for six months. They called in the "Filthy Lucre World Tour" and focused mainly on Europe and North America. 2004 - He was a featured guest on the British television show "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!". The show proved to be quite shocking with viewers, largely due to his obscene remarks.


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