London Lite Wednesday, 11 November 2009 29 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Time to take a PiL, Mr RottenJOHN LYDON PiL play Brixton Academy 21 Dec & Electric Ballroom 22-23 Dec. 13PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday JOHN LYDON grabs another Stella. The sometime Sex Pistols singer has announced his first tour in 17 years with Public Image Ltd. Its the opening day of rehearsals in Putney and Lydon, fresh from his adopted home of LA, is totally, magnificently on one. The BNP? he hoots, cracking into his can and burping loudly. Theyre like a bunch of daft t**ts from a pub in Devon. They dont know what theyre talking about. Suddenly, the whole building shakes as a District line train rumbles over- head. When we started, I thought, Are we in the worst pit end of the universe? And then, standing there, was Mr Whatsisname from Take That! Yes, Lydon, the pope of punk, had a chinwag with Gary Barlow, whos working next door. He goes, I knoooow [in comic Northern accent], its terrible! I had an affinity with the bloke right away. He knows -- you work better with oppressive elements, you strive harder. When Lydon formed PiL in 1978 fans expected Pistols-style three-chord punk, but PiL were different -- weird, experi- mental, centred on Jah Wobbles dubby basslines. For the reunion, though, Wobble is replaced by Scott Firth. Scotts worked with the Spice Girls. Now -- genius at work! He cant be anything but fully rounded! Hearing him bigging up the pop brigade, you do wonder, has he gone soft? Hell, no -- the erstwhile Mr Rotten sounds off with textbook ire on everyone from Vivienne Westwood (Everything she makes falls apart in three minutes, all the buttons pop off like theyre allergic to you) to Manchester United (I dont rate them -- Id rather watch Wengers little nippers doing mad s**t!). An Arsenal fan raised in north London, Lydon is returning to his old manor for shows at Camdens Electric Ballroom. Hes guaranteed to entertain and PiLs music, judging from the outlandish sounds emanating from rehearsal, will be absolutely pukka. ANdREWPERRy ANDrew BirD THE singer, whistler, violinist, guitarist and glockenspiel aficionado, right, plays tunes from his fourth solo album Noble Beast. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace N1 (020 7226 1686, unionchapel.org.uk), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Highbury & Islington ALesHA DixON THE singer and Strictly Come Dancing judge, right, promotes her solo album The Alesha Show, which shes just re-released. O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green W12 (0870 060 0100, o2shepherdsbush empire.co.uk), 7pm, 20. Tube: Shepherds Bush TAYLOr swifT SEE the singer, right, who was famously disrespected by Kanye West in September, but recently got her own back with a comedy song on Saturday Night Live. 23 Nov, Wembley Arena, Empire Way (0870 060 0870, livenation.co.uk/ wembley), 7.30pm, 27.50-32.50. Tube: Wembley Park COmeDY BeAr PiT EX-PRISON officer Ava Vidal, left, and occasional vegan Juliet Meyers are the guests of former porn star Cathy P this week. Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane SE11 (020 7820 1222, theroyalvauxhalltavern. co.uk), 8.30pm, 4. Tube: Vauxhall LiVesTOCk 20 CHRIS ADDISON, Dan Antopolski, left, Howard Marks, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Richard Herring, Russell Howard and Stephen Merchant are the comedy A-listers at this Friends Of The Earth benefit. HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St W6 (08448 444748), 7pm, 25-35. Tube: Hammersmith seAN LOCk THE clever mans comedian and 8 Out Of 10 Cats regular, left, delivers more surreal observations as he warms up for his 2010 UK tour. 29 Nov, Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey (01372 742555, epsomplayhouse. co.uk), 8pm, 13. Rail: Epsom A CHrisTmAs CArOL THIS musical stars Gareth Hale, right, as a Christmas- hater whos forced to perform the Dickens classic. Until 10 Jan, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St WC2 (0870 060 1742), Tue & Wed- Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, Sun 1.30pm & 5.30pm, 20-37.50. Tube: Covent Gdn COmeDiANs MATTHEW KELLY, right, and Keith Allen star in this Trevor Griffiths drama about wannabe comics. Until Sat, Lyric Hammersmith, King St W6 (0870 050 0511), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Sat 2.30pm, 10-25. Tube: Hammersmith BiNk AND THe HAirY fAirY BINK is back and this time hes protecting elves from the evil Lord Murkor in this musical, right, for ages three and up. 13-15 Dec, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Rd NW6 (020 7328 1000, tricycle.co.uk), Sun 3.30pm, Mon-Tue, 10.30am, 1pm, 5-6. Tube: Kilburn ADuLTs TEETH, Not Cool, left, and Dead Royals play live while Mike Title of Dead Kids mixes badass tunes at this trendy midweeker. The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton St N1 (020 7749 0600), 10pm, free. Tube: Old St fOrCes eLeCTriC DRUM&BASS DJ Chromatic, left, breakbeat duo C83 and beats and breaks samplers Beat Hub Soundsystem bring quality breaks to west London. Ginglik, Club On The Green, 1 Shepherds Bush Grn W12 (07714 207914, ginglik.co.uk), 7pm, 3. Tube: Shepherds Bush fwD>> + riNse TREAT yourself to a night out with the best of the UK dubstep and grime scenes. Skream and Benga will be playing a two- hour set with support from Boy Better Know, left, Heartless Crew, Geeneus and Wiley. 20 Nov, Matter, The 02, Peninsula Sq SE10 (020 7549 6686, matterlondon.com), 10pm, 15. Tube: North Greenwich Heeeeeeres Johnny: Lydon is going back on tour index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html