John Lydon Discusses Eurovision, Wife’s “Debilitating” Experiences With Alzheimer’s

"It brings tears to my eyes even to think about performing it live..."

John Lydon has discusses his entry into the Eurovision heats with a song that discusses his wife’s “debilitating” experiences with Alzheimer’s.

The singer fronts post-punk legends Public Image Ltd., who recently sought out a new challenge. With a fresh album on the way, the band elected to enter their song ‘Hawaii’ into the Eurovision heats, ostensibly to represent Ireland.

The move makes a curious sort of sense: John Lydon has always had a subversive streak, and with extensive Irish roots he harbours a close kinship with the country.

John Lydon Discusses Eurovision, Wife’s “Debilitating” Experiences With Alzheimer’s

Out now, ‘Hawaii’ is a beautifully open song, the frank lyrics discussing his experiences as a carer for his wife Nora, who has Alzheimer’s.

Chatting to Good Morning Britain, John Lydon mused on the move, saying “more power” to Irish broadcasters for allowing Public Image Ltd. “the chance to perform”.

He also moving discusses his wife’s illness, describing Alzheimer’s as a “debilitating” illness; “it brings tears to my eyes even to think about performing it live… because I’ll be away from her!”

Watch the clip below.

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