Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is a musician, actor, spoken word artist and world traveler.
That`s why there`s never a dull moment at Rollins` spoken word events. Any topic is fair game.
With that in mind, Rollins agreed, via e-mail, to give the Colorado Daily a sneak peak at Tuesday night`s “talking show” at the Boulder Theater, and offer a taste of what else he`s been up to.
Who: Henry Rollins
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St.
Q: What do you like best about spoken word shows?
A: More and more, the talking shows more closely correspond with how I am living and what I want to impart to an audience.
I travel all over and see a lot of things. I would rather tell an audience about it and other things happening than be onstage with a band at this point.
Touring with music means playing some old material and I just want to keep things current.
Q: What news stories will you discuss this time — volcanoes, oil spills or Arizona`s immigration law?
A: I think all of those things you just listed are of interest. I don`t know how much one can do about a volcano besides, like some people, assign it to an act of God exacting retribution on the health care reform bill passing.
I think it`s relevant to discuss that the anger of a small group of Americans who are freaked out about the health care overhaul in America is not a new phenomenon.
Some Americans are slow to the table when it comes to change, like the resistance the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encountered. You would have thought that one would have been welcomed with open arms, but that wasn`t the case.
By the time I get to Colorado, who knows what the oil spill will look like and how it will be politicized.
Q: Do you change your shows in every city?
A: If something interesting is happening in that city that makes news and it`s worth talking about, it certainly might find itself in a show.
Say, if I`m in a city where a kid gets kicked out of a Catholic preschool because the kid`s parents are lesbians. If such a thing would have happened, I would definitely comment on that.
Can you imagine?
Q: You just played South Africa. What topics are important there?
A: I reckon what is important now in S.A. is (political leader Julius) Malema`s recent conduct with the BBC journalist, and his support of (Zimbabwe President Robert) Mugabe, which somewhat compromises (South Africa President Jacob) Zuma`s position in Zimbabwe.
The recent killing of Terre Blanche could make things tense and the World Cup is coming there in little over a month. It is said that not nearly the amount of people they had hoped for will be showing up. That could undercut returns and be bad for all that investments S.A. made to accommodate the influx of people.
Q: You were just awarded South Africa`s 46664 Bangle for humanitarian work. How does it feel?
A: The Nelson Mandela Foundation looked over what I have done as far as raising awareness of HIV and AIDS in Africa, hunger and thirst in places, and other concerns that I am involved with. They decided I was someone they wanted to give this award to.
They were really great and I hope to be able to work with them at some point. It felt good to get the award, but mostly it felt like a shot in the arm to do more.
Q: What`s up with your acting? You played a white supremacist on “Sons of Anarchy” — what was that like?
A: I get acting jobs now and then when I am not touring and I am always grateful. I really liked being on that team. It is a great group of people and it was really fantastic to be a small part of it for awhile.
The part was just a part. I didn`t lose sleep over it. The character is not really an emotional guy, so finding him was more a reductive process than anything else.
I hopefully have some other TV stuff happening.
Q: How did you get involved with the Flaming Lips` cover of Dark Side of the Moon?
A: I did it because they asked me to.
I asked a lot of people to be on my Rise Above record and they said yes, so I reckon I should say yes to someone who wants me to be on their thing — if I can.
I just did the voice stuff and sent it into them at their studio.