The tour, which ends Sunday in Los Angeles, marks a resurgence for Lydon and the band. Public Image Ltd., founded in 1978, had a nearly 20-year hiatus between the release of its eighth and ninth studio albums.
If anything, the lengthy break increased the singer's resolve to produce exactly the sort of music he wants, and how he wants it. Lydon describes the hiatus as a difficult period in which, for monetary reasons, he turned his attention from music to writing books and hosting TV programs.
"That's just the condition that I had to endure, and the result is that these last two albums we put out, I think are the best thing we have ever done musically," Lydon told CNBC in an interview at the PlayStation Theater in New York City.