Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday To-Do: Henry Rollins

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Henry Rollins comes to Juanitas Wednesday night.
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  • Henry Rollins comes to Juanita's Wednesday night.

HENRY ROLLINS
8 p.m. Juanita's. $30.

The "Capitalism" tour finds Henry Rollins bringing his withering cultural critiques and acerbic wit to all 50 state capitals, culminating with a show in his native Washington, D.C., on the eve of the presidential election (in an interesting coincidence, the Melvins are on a somewhat similar tour/stunt which will see the legendary crushing-riff-meisters play all 50 states and D.C. in 51 consecutive days — they're at Juanita's Oct. 17).

For those in need of a primer, Rollins — who long ago advanced to "last-name-only" status, at least among my crowd — might be most widely known as the longtime frontman for Black Flag, one of the greatest and most culturally game-changing U.S. bands ever.

He's also an author, actor, comedian, publisher, radio and television host, film critic and activist. But out of everything he's done, I think my favorite thing about Rollins is his sheer, infectious enthusiasm for other artists, particularly other musicians. Just try not to smile while watching the video of his standup bit describing the time he got to meet James Brown. So while he'll no doubt riff on the ugliness and absurdity of the current political climate, here's hoping he tells some good stories about the things he loves, in addition to hammering on the stuff we all hate.

Either way, it'll be entertaining.

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