Hoping to See Johnny Lydon in Jesus Christ Superstar? Yeah, Well, About That…

Johnny Lydon (King Herod)

Earlier this year, we got news about a new touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar that was going to hit arenas across the continent.  Notable among the cast was Johnny Lydon–yes, him–as King Herod.

I’m not a musicals person, but I would have gone just to see him.  And seeing Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas would have been cool, too.

Rehearsals had already begun and tickets were on sale for some fifty dates, starting with a gig in New Oreleans on June 9. But now it’s all been cancelled.

Why?  Poor advance sales. Canadian producer Michael Cohl had no choice to pull the plug.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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