The angriest man in rock 'n' roll history is on the phone, talking about his love for nature. "I don't know what makes an insect tick, or want to bother, but I'm absolutely thrilled at its endurance!" says John Lydon, frontman for the experimental British band Public Image Ltd and also known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. "I love anything that lives. Heaven is on this earth. There are no angels on the clouds with twanging harps. ... That's just another man's fantasy. I make war with no human being and no creature." Lydon, who spent the last decade hosting the Discovery Channel's "John Lydon's Megabugs" and British TV shows "John Lydon's Shark Attack" and "John Lydon Goes Ape," goes on like this for a while. Finally he is told he kind of sounds like a hippie. "I've always despised the hippies," says the man who infamously scrawled "I HATE" above his Pink Floyd T-shirt in the '70s. "They messed about with philosophies they didn't quite understand. (They) were really, frankly, a very selfish movement -- one that played on women's insecurities. Free love's all well and fine, but you're not the one that gets pregnant, fella. You know what I mean. I'm a realist." 8 p.m. Sunday at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.; $37.50; 312-923-2000 or houseofblues.com Read the full John Lydon inteview
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