Henry Rollins – An Aging Punk Rocker Tells All

Henry Rollins is almost 50, and that’s both exciting and frightening. No longer an ‘angry young man’ Rollins performed a two hour and forty five minute set that was much more self confessional than angry, much more story telling then rant and a little bit more stand up than political commentary. Although the tour was billed as the “Recountdown” tour, Rollins spent less than a quarter of his show dealing with political topics, instead the focus fell squarely on Rollins’ own travels and attempts to keep busy when not touring. When talking politics Rollins pulled his punches and often repeated his wish for people not to be divided by the issues which often seem to divide us. Rather than shake his fists at the establishment, Rollins spoke about his work with the H for Hunger foundation and his efforts to document things like Aids in Africa and the aftermath of war in Ireland.

Rollins may have chilled a bit, but he’s still filled to brim with excitement, enthusiasm and energy. Rollins’ set had its high points and low points but his frenetic pace and screaming punctuation marks moved it right along. What struck me the most about his set was just how self confessional Rollins is, from processing existential statements from drivers in Laos to dealing with his personal space being compromised by airport security, the Recountdown show was much more the tales of a punk rocker hitting a mid life crisis than anything else.

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