Washington Post, July 25, 1986:
At the Warner, the Reign of Rotten
By Mark Jenkins
Under its original charter, Public Image Limited was one of the most exciting post-punk bands of the late '70s. With the departure of guitarist and cofounder Keith Levene, however, PiL has become little more than a floating rent party for lead singer John (Johnny Rotten) Lydon.
While he hardly now can boast, "I am anarchy," as he did in his Sex Pistols days, Lydon has retained much of his caustic energy and maniacal stage presence. Tuesday night at the Warner Theatre, he proved up to the challenge of such classic PiL rants as "Public Image" and "Poptones," although his skillful, versatile but somewhat somewhat stolid backing quartet seemed more comfortable with the newer "Bags" and the uncharacteristically pretty "Rise." Neither singer nor band, however, demonstrated the level of commitment required for "Pretty Vacant" and "Holidays in the Sun," the evening's only Pistols songs.
The Beastie Boys, a punk-rap quartet, opened with a set that was delivered and received without much apparent enthusiasm.