PiL Singer John Lydon Gets Head Split Open by Fan with Bottle

Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon showed he’s one tough mofo after someone threw a bottle at him at the group’s show in Santiago, Chile, on August 14.

The incident left the former Sex Pistol with a deep and bloody gash in his forehead, which he attempted to stanch with a towel, as seen in a video of the incident below.

“Who’s the fucking coward?” Lydon demanded, as a man onstage pointed out someone in the audience.

  • Rather than call it a night, the singer wrapped his head with towel, turban-like, to the cheers of the audience. “We continue!” he announced before tearing back into the song.
  • According to an eyewitness, Lydon intervened when fans began attacking the man who threw the bottle.

“I moved near the stage and saw how many people were giving an ultraviolent lesson to the guilty,” the fan tells Team Rock, “and John said to people, ‘Leave him.’ They restarted the show with [the song] ‘Public Image.’”

After the show, Lydon posted a photo of his damaged face on PiL’s Facebook page.

“Glass attack last night at Santiago,” he wrote. “No reflection on the rest of the crowd. Great gig. It lives. Anyone got any more pictures?”

Have a look.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.