Tickets are on sale in the morning for Henry Rollins, who brings his spoken word show The Long March to Vicar Street on January 22nd.
Occupants, Rollins’ next book, is a collection of photos & writing from his travels and will be published at the end of September.
In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk-rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” – but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.”
For better than a quarter century, Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and – without a microphone – as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity bypassing the resorts in favor of places like Siberia and Senegal, or Burma and Bangladesh. When he’s not living out of a backpack, Rollins is constantly at work as an actor, radio DJ, author of more than 20 books, and running his publishing company and record label 2.13.61. Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, is a regular columnist for LA Weekly, and is hosting National Geographic’s new three-part series Animal Underworld With Henry Rollins, following of a pair of Nat Geo television specials in late 2010 and early 2011.
Described by the New York Daily News as “some of the most provocative chit-chat around,” Henry’s spoken word performances – “talking shows,” as he calls them –are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of humor and outrage; pop culture, political commentary and personal anecdote; healthy skepticism and rugged optimism.
In early 2011, Henry celebrated his 50th birthday on stage – including extended runs in New York and Los Angeles, and a pair of sold-out shows at National Geographic Live in his native Washington, DC on the night of his birthday (February 13) – with a new tour simply titled “50.” As an enthusiastic fan, Henry interviewed Dinosaur Jr. on stage prior to the band’s performance during a run of June 2011 tour dates celebrating their seminal 1988 album Bug. Henry also performed at Bonnaroo 2011, followed by a series of UK festival performances in August 2011.
In 2010, Henry toured both hemispheres on the slogan “Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit” with his “Frequent Flyer Tour.” Before that, 2008’s election-season “Recountdown”
was a scathing retrospective of the Bush Presidency. In 2005 (stretching into 2006), Henry celebrated 25 years on the road with “25 Years of Bullshit,” followed by his “Provoked” tour in 2007. He earned a GRAMMY award in 1994 for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album for his reading of his classic punkrock travelogue Get in the Van, and has more than two dozen spoken word CDs and DVDs to his credit.
Aiken Promotions proudly presents
with his spoken word show
The Long March
Vicar St, January 22nd 2012
Tickets are priced at €24.90 and are available from ticketmaster.ie