Ask any music aficionado to name iconic rockers in the industry today, and it won’t take long for the name Henry Rollins to come up.
Fronting most notably the bands Black Flag and The Henry Rollins Band, this punk rocker from Washington, D.C., will bring his spoken word tour to the Miller Theater at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8. Tickets are $25 to $170 at the box office at 708 Broad St., millertheateraugusta.com or by calling (800) 514-3849.
Although a little bit older and less aggressive, Rollins shows no sign of slowing or relenting if his recent performances are any indication. After hanging up his musical hat in the mid-2000s, Rollins has continued to fight for what he believes in and what he has sung about. From LGBT rights to race issues, Rollins uses everything from podcasts, online journalism, radio and television to get his message and brand of justice out to the world.
Often, these cases are not the ones making headlines, but are cases of smaller, poorer, and more vulnerable groups who need a voice. One such case is The West Memphis 3, a group of outcast teenagers who Rollins believes were falsely accused of murder. Rollins, along with previous band members, released an album to support the legal fund for the defendants, who were released but never exonerated.
While political and social commentary are prominent in his shows, it is his comedic bits, and life experiences that continue to draw crowds to his performances. As an experienced punk rocker, Rollins adds a flare of timing and emotion to tales of interaction with fellow musicians. From the topics of drugs to figuring out which candy bar has the most calories for his dollar, his shows inject humor where it isn’t expected.
This talent is illustrated when he discusses his time in Black Flag on This is Not Happening, a Comedy Central online program featuring professional comedians. The 20-minute episode puts him in front of a comedy club as he weaves humor, self-awareness, and raw anger together to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.