John Lydon Delays Public Image Ltd's Return To The Studio

John Lydon has put plans to record new Public Image Ltd material on hold following the death of his step-daughter Ari Up.

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John Lydon has put plans to record new Public Image Ltd material on hold following the death of his step-daughter Ari Up. The Slits singer passed away unexpectedly last month at the age of just 48. Speaking to BBC News, Lydon explained his decision, "We were going to go into the studio but in light of my step-daughter's death, I really can't be doing that at the moment. I don't want to leave my wife alone for any length of time right now. So the music side has had to be held." It's almost a year since Public Image Ltd returned after a 17-year absence, albeit without original members bassist Jah Wobble and guitarist Keith Levene. Lydon's decision to put recording on hold wasn't challenged by the current band. Lydon said, "They all knew her anyway. So it's a good thing that we've taken a breather. It would have been impossible and would have affected the outcome of the record." Thanks for the report to Spinner.com.

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    Slap-happy
    Respect to Johnny - although it is somewhat erroneous to state that Ari passed away "unexpectedly" as she and her family had known of her condition for some time before and, following her wishes, had not mentioned it to anyone. I look forward to new Public Image Ltd material in the near future.