Public Image Ltd. will enter the competition to represent Ireland in the 2023 edition of Eurovision.
the John Lydon-fronted band will perform a new song called “Hawaii,” described as a “love letter” to Lydon’s wife of nearly five decades, Nora, who lives with Alzheimer’s.
“A thoughtful, personal yet universal love song that resonates with many, the song finds John reflecting on their lifetimes well spent, and in particular, one of their happiest moments together in Hawaii,” said a press release. “The powerfully emotional ballad is almost like John coming to bear his soul.”
In his own statement, Lydon said that the song is “dedicated to everyone who goes through difficult times in the journey of life, with the person they care about the most. It is also a message of hope that in the end love conquer all.”
The six finalists who will represent Ireland at Eurovision will compete during a selection show that will take place in Ireland The Late Late Show on February 3. The winner will be voted by the public, national jury, and international jury.
In November 2022, Keith Levene, an original member of The Clash and founding guitarist of Public Image Ltd, died at the age of 65.