Thursday, September 13, 2018

First Look: Watch John Lydon Voice the Villainous Meat Sweats in 'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

For a music legend who has conquered both the rock stage and the art of cynical snark, there’s only one place to go. The sewer.

Unleash the flavor!

Former Sex Pistol and current Public Image Ltd frontman John Rotten Lydon is going underground, of sorts, voicing a character in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon’s latest reimagining of the iconic franchise that bows Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:30pm (ET/PT).

Lydon lends his unmistakable vocals to new character Meat Sweats. He’s an erstwhile celebrity chef (think Gordon Ramsay), who got bit by a mosquito and is now a crazed power-hungry mutant pig who scours the scene underneath NYC looking for the perfect living ingredients for his diabolical recipes, including Turtle Soup! In other words, Sweats is the latest menace to take on the band of pizza-loving heroes in a half shell.

Although Lydon is on the road promoting new doc The Public Image Is Rotten and prepping for the new PiL tour, which starts Oct. 9 in New Orleans, he did pause to embody his new character for Billboard. “Meat taught me everything,” he says. “Now to trap a turtle!”

Check out a first-look at John Lydon voicing Meat Sweats in the Turtley Awesome video below!:

In additional news, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actor Eric Bauza recently talked to KTNV Las Vegas about Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, including about the new-look Splinter; how the cast members fortunately (or unfortunately) look like their characters; the shows many guest stars; Meat Sweats' love for Turtle Soup, and more! Check the interview out now at!

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premieres Monday 17th September 2018 on Nickelodeon USA and Saturday 22nd September 2018 on Nicktoons UK & Ireland and Channel 5! Visit and

Fans in the US can watch the first episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the Nick App,, and Nickelodeon On Demand now. Fans in the UK will be able to watch the first episode of Rise of the TMNT, “Mystic Mayhem” on, and the Nick Play app from Saturday 15th September 2018. Sky Subscribers will also be able to watch a sneak peek of Episode 1 along with four additional stories and 4 pieces of additional short form content exclusively on Sky VOD.

Did you hear? Nickelodeon has renewed Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a second season! COWABUNGA!

More Nick: Nickelodeon to Host 'Rise of the TMNT' Panel at NYCC 2018!

Originally published: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:05am BST.

Additional source: Stereogum.
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