Washington, September 22, 2016- John Wardle originally met John Lydon, John Grey and Sid Vicious at Kingsway College, London, in 1973. It was Vicious who originally nicknamed John “Jah Wobble” after a drunken binge, loaning Wardle his first bass guitar.
During the heyday of punk rock in the mid to late 70s, Wardle earned himself the reputation of being something of a wildman. His original introduction to the bass stemmed from his long-term obsession with dub reggae music. Combined with the D.I.Y. punk ethos, Wardle embraced punk and reggae, and in the process, created an original rock/reggae hybrid of his own.
After discovering his fascination with the bass guitar, Lydon asked Wardle to join Public Image Limited (aka PIL) during the spring of 1978. Wardle’s distinctive ‘low end’ bass immediately put PIL on the map and became the backbone of the band. The band’s debut album Public Image Limited included the band’s eponymous first Top 10 hit single.
Invaders of the Heart, U.S. Tour
Produced by Martin ‘Youth’ Glover, Wobbles Invaders of the Heart’s latest offering, Everything is Nothing, dropped in late August. Featuring the unique contributions of Hawkwinds Nik Turner and one-of-a-kind drummer Tony Allen, Everything is Nothing is a delightful cosmic mix of jazz, world music, and soul, that is sure to play out well live (no matter what the line-up), with possibly some special guests sitting in on certain dates.
Returning to the U.S. for the first time in 10 years, Invaders of the Heart will be at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight, Wednesday September 21st (with Iconic Bill Laswell sitting in), Underground Arts in Philadelphia Thursday the 22nd, and Friday the 23rd, at the Rock and Roll Hotel, in Washington DC.
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