The song, entered into the Eurovision Song Contest, was written for John Lydon’s wife Nora
Public Image Ltd. (PiL) will be representing Ireland this year at the 67th annual Eurovision Song Contest.
The group’s entry is a song called “Hawaii,” and serves as the most personal writing that frontman John Lydon has ever shared with the public, its theme a love letter to his wife of nearly 50 years, Nora, who is living with Alzheimer’s.
“It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most,” John says of the song, which is based on a memorable vacation he and Nora shared together. “It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”
Along with Lydon, Lu Edmonds (multi-instrumentalist, Guitars) Bruce Smith (Percussion, drums), and Scott Firth (Bass, multi-instrumentalist) round out the current incarnation of PiL. They are the longest serving lineup in the group’s 45 year history, and will continue to showcase their evolution as the band plans to release a new album soon. Watch this space.
“Hawaii” is available on all digital platforms from January 9th, and will be released on limited edition 7” vinyl later in the year.
Meanwhile, the Eurovision Song Contest will take place from 9:30pm GMT (4:30p ET/1:30p PT) on Friday, February 3, 2023 on Ireland’s The Late Late Show and can be live streamed here.
If you’ve ever wanted to hear the beautiful soul hidden behind the scowl of the notorious Johnny Rotten, “Hawaii” is a most pleasant surprise.
AUDIO: Public Image Ltd. “Hawaii”
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