Entries tagged with: Henry Rollins
by Michael Hill
After recently celebrating his 50th birthday, the maturing, former heavy rock front man is showing no signs of slowing down or mellowing out. He is not "aging gracefully," he is turning up the volume and raging full on.
Rollins first came to prominence in 1981 as the fourth singer of the seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag. After a brief tour of duty fronting State or Alert in his hometown of Washington, DC, he relocated to Southern California to join Black Flag. Rollins toured extensively and appeared on several recordings until the band broke up in 1986. He was back on the road the following year in 1987 with the Rollins Band which garnered modest commercial success during the 90's with "Liar" and "Low Self Opinion." After three lineups, the band parted ways in 2006.
During the Black Flag years, Rollins founded the 2.13.61 Publishing Company, basically a P.O. Box, where he published a series of folded and stapled self-publications. Ultimately, the roster would expand to include Nick Cave, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, and Glen E. Friedman among others. Additionally, he has acted in films such as David Lynch's "Lost Highway", "Feast" and "Heat"(where he shared a scene with Al Pacino) as well as appearances on television as a part of the cast of "Sons of Anarchy" and on his own IFC talk show.
These days, Rollins is mostly known for his unique brand of spoken word performance. Though, often times humorous, I hesitate to call it stand-up comedy; it exists in region where Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks and Friedrich Nietzsche converge. It's part political commentary, part travelogue, part story telling session delivered with a high intensity pace the delivers the goods without fail. I've been witnessing these performances since the late 80's when the audience consisted of a handful of punk rockers congregating at some out-of-the way hole in the wall in a bad neighborhood. I caught one of his sold out dates at Joe's Pub in New York City, a nice place with reserved seating, food and a well-stocked bar.
Henry was kind enough to set aside some time in his schedule to talk to us. Read our chat below....
today in NYC
* Nir Felder @ Barbes
* Spooky Ghost @ The Stone
* David Wax Museum @ Joe's Pub
* Martial Canterel @ Home Sweet Home
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Greg Giraldo benefit @ Beacon Theatre
* Soldiers of Fortune, Water Fai @ Zebulon
* Henry Rollins spoken word @ Joe's Pub
* Hannis Brown, Dead Cat Bounce @ Sycamore
* Huey Lewis and the News @ Gramercy Theatre
* Arms, Hospitality, Radical Dads, Translations @ Pianos
* Soft Black, The Vacant Lots, Will Cam, J'ac @ Maxwell's
* The Loom, Pearl and the Beard, Team B @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Nicole Atkins, The Gay Blades, Mon Khmer @ Bowery Ballroom
* Anna Ternheim, Sonya Kitchell, Nigel Hall @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Janet Hamill (poetty) @ St. Marks's Church
* Rhys Chatham Brass Trio, Tony Conrad, Face the Music @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Consortium Musicum w/ Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier of Deerhoof @ The Stone
* Larry Campbell (The Music of Neil Young Live Rehearsal show) @ City Winery
* Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Full Speed Ahead, The Great Explainer @ Stone Pony
* Cubic Zirconia, the Popo, Machinedrum, Party Supplies, Anika (DJ) @ Mercury Lounge
* The Big Terrific Comedy Show w/ Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate @ Cameo Gallery
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Henry Rollins, whose only upcoming 2010 show is a sort of live radio-but-not-radio KCRW show at the Echoplex in LA on December 9th, is turning 50 on February 13th, 2011. And to celebrate he'll be going out on spoken word tour entitled "50". All dates aren't announced yet, but they will include a special 50th birthday event in Henry's native Washington, DC on February 13, sandwiched between multiple-night runs at Joe's Pub in New York (February 8-12) and Largo in Los Angeles (February 16-19).
In related stuff, check out part one of our interview w/ Keith Morris & Dimitri Coats. Part two is on the way.
While watching Off! at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday, I remembered that I forgot to post this hilarious video of Henry Rollins stopping in Cake Shop in NYC (thx Torsten for the tip). Check it out below...
San Diego News Network: Any plans for a return to music?Henry Rollins is on a months-long spoken word tour around North America. He visits NYC with two nights at Irving Plaza on March 12th and 13th. Tickets are on sale.
Henry Rollins: No. I'm not feeling it right now. I rang that bell pretty hard over the years. And I really don't know how to ring it any better or harder. Now that I'm basically 50, in addition to having to write and record for a new tour, there'd have to be old material as part of it. While I feel it's good stuff, there's also a 'been there, done that' aspect to it all that I don't want to go running back to. When I see a band at the airport checking in for a flight, I think, 'yeah, you go ahead and have fun with that.' I already went up that trail many times and there's just not anything new about it for me. I'm not putting it down, it's just that right now, I'm trying to do new stuff.
He also plays the NYC-area Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, on March 14th(tickets), and the Boulton Center on Long Island on March 16th (tickets). All dates of his 'Frequent Flyer' tour, including Australia in April and South Africa in May, and live videos about mullets and more are below...
Henry, Chuck & Keith (somewhere)
Henry Rollins is bringing his spoken word show to the Wellmont Theatre in NJ on June 5th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the John Vanderslice (BrooklynVegan Northside Festival show) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Full lineup and Information on how badges will work for this is still forthcoming. (I can say though that a certain number of badge holders will get in to the show which means if you buy a ticket it may be redundant if you also have a badge - it will be a first-come, first-served type thing with badges, while a ticket will guarantee entry - like CMJ, but badges won't be as expensive...)
BOSTON -- A street artist famous for his red, white and blue "Hope" posters of President Obama has been arrested on warrants accusing him of tagging property with graffiti, police said Saturday.This comes less than a week after the Associated Press sent their lawyers after Shepard for Obama-image copyright infringement.
Two warrants were issued for Fairey on Jan. 24 after police determined he'd tagged property in two locations with graffiti based on the Andre the Giant street art campaign from his early career, Officer James Kenneally said. One of the locations was the railroad trestle by the landmark Boston University bridge over the Charles River, police said.
Fairey, 38, of Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Brighton District Court, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney. Wark said Fairey would also be arraigned on a default warrant related to a separate graffiti case in the Roxbury section of Boston. [Huffington Post]
This not the first time Shepard has been arrested - not even close. That's one of many subjects he talks about in his interview with Henry Rollins that you can watch in the videos below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
To celebrate the end of the Bush era, Henry's hitting the road with a brand new election time talking tour. Tickets for the tour go on sale July 17 and July 18, with pre-sales starting on Monday, July 14 at 10 pal Shepard Fairey to design the poster for the tour and he kindly did so we will have them with us, they will be a limited edition. I will be on the road all of August and by the time I hit the road a.m. Fans who purchase tickets early will automatically be entered to win an autographed HENRY ROLLINS prize package.Tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: CHOM 97.7 interview w/ Henry Rollins (MP3)
Henry Rollins & doll, Birmingham, AL, Feb 19, 2008 (CRED)
"The older I get, the more I enjoy touring and being on stage," said Rollins, 47. "I've tailored my life around the tour. Being off the road is a depressing experience."Henry Rollins is in Brooklyn for a two-night spoken word stand at Warsaw tonight (Feb 27) and tomorrow (Feb 28). I have two pairs of tickets to give away. Want to win? Learn how, and watch a video of Henry on Carson Daly, below....
Rollins likes being a loner, a fiery outspoken rebel with many causes. Tonight, Rollins will spout off about politics, music and whatever else may come to mind in a nearly three-hour spoken-word performance.... [Baltimore Sun, yesterday]
"An evening of quintessentially American opinionated editorializing and storytelling. The truth, like humor, is where you find it."-Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins going on another spoken word tour - this time with lots of cities on the agenda. He's calling the show "Provoked with Henry Rollins", and tickets go on sale Friday for two February shows at Warsaw in Brooklyn. All dates below.....
It's been a long time since I saw a Henry Rollins spoken word show. Last night (April 11, 2007) at the Gramercy Theatre, Henry was even more engaging, funny, and inspring than I remembered.
The show is at Gramercy four more nights - not sure if they're all sold out or not. Janeane Garofalo and Marc Maron (VERY FUNNY) also perform - I highly recommend you check it out if you can - especially if you feel yourself needing some reinforcement on why the Bush administration sucks.