Sex Pistol and Public Image Ltd singer John Lydon has shown his true punk roots by laughing off a glass attack he received from a member of the audience at a recent concert in Chile.
Eyewitness reports suggested that the singer even battled to protect his attacker from angry fans.
PiL was playing the gig at Club Blondie in Santiago, Chile when the attack on Lydon took place.
The ex-Sex Pistols frontman posed for a picture soon after the attack; with his trademark stare, cigarette in his mouth, a plaster on his forehead, and a bloodstained towel, Lydon really seemed no worse for wear.
The picture of his injury following the attack was posted on PiL’s Facebook page with the message: “Glass attack last night at Santiago. No reflection on the rest of the crowd. Great gig. It lives. Anyone got any more pictures?”
The exact details of the incident haven’t been revealed as of yet but an eyewitness suggested a bottle had been thrown by someone in the crowd close the front of the stage, and that aside from that moment, “the overall atmosphere was amazing.”
Another eyewitness said: “I moved near the stage and saw how many people were giving an ultraviolent lesson to the guilty, and John said to people, ‘Leave him.’ They restarted the show with Public Image.”
In a previous interview with TeamRock magazine, Lydon said: “The secret to getting on in life is resilience. You’ve got to take the punches and roll with them. And there’s no time for self-pity in this world. Just get on with it and ignore the bitterness and the twistedness. Because if you end up in a position of defending all the time, it can eat you alive.”
PiL released its 10th album What The World Needs Now last year.