Henry Rollins runneth over

Spoken word artist Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins in a spoken word performance.

A self-described “spastiqué” who lives in a “utilitarian hovel” in L.A., Henry Rollins ventured west and spent nearly three hours talking politics, humanitarianism, and issues of discrimination (packaged with a bit of self-deprecating humor) to a crowd of nearly 400 at the Babcock Theatre on May 19.

Dressed in black, a glimmer of neon blue color showing on his skate sneakers, the 49-year-old Rollins delivered a powerful dialogue with his extensive vocabulary and sharp wit. With quick dictation, Rollins displayed humor and shared relatable family woes, yet the undercurrent of his speech was much deeper.

A punk rock icon, occasional actor, and spoken word artist, Rollins current tour brought him from America to Australia to New Zealand to South Africa and back to America. Ninety-five shows and 14 countries later, when Rollins landed on the stage in Billings he was bubbling over with stories from his travels.

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Henry Rollins announces ‘Frequent Flyer’ tour

Spoken word artist Henry Rollins
Spoken word artist Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins, the outspoken, culturally important, and politically charged spoken-word artist, musician and actor has announced a 2010 tour that includes a stop in Billings on May 19 at the Babcock Theatre.

The Los Angeles based artist gained notoriety as the frontman for the California punk rock band Black Flag. Rollins fronted the band from 1981 until its breakup in 1986. During that time, Rollins also toured as a solo and spoken word artist, and following the band’s breakup focused on his solo endeavors.

He’s recorded several albums with the Rollins Band, is an author of books, poetry, and magazine columns, acted in several movies, and appeared on radio and television programs including a stint as an MTV VJ.

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