As HENRY ROLLINS approaches the half-century mark, the everyman-of-all trades gears up for a new talking tour simply titled 50. HENRY will be hitting intimate venues to share stories from and reflections on his first 50 years – and the chaos that has surrounded him. He makes a stop at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7PM. Tickets go on sale this Friday January 28 at Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.
“On February 13th of 2011, I will turn fifty years of age. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occasion than by doing some shows,” HENRY explains. “Hopefully, I will be able to evince some imperfect pearls of ancient wisdom to the audience, having made it this far.” It’s not so much the mere wisdom of age, but the wisdom of experience that audiences are likely to encounter when HENRY takes the stage – whether he’s relaying rock n’ roll anecdotes, or tackling more serious topics with his distinctive synthesis of anger, amusement, and global perspective. A relentless traveler on an unyielding quest for firsthand knowledge, HENRY’s most recent excursion took him across the Pacific to China, North Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Vietnam.
“All of these destinations gave me a lot to think about, write about and talk about. Wondering if I knew more about North Korea than my guide in Pyongyang was a strange thing to walk around with all day. To see the lasting effects of Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, otherwise known as Agent Orange, showing up in children generations later in Hanoi was an eye opener, to say the least,” says HENRY. “To leave all that and come back to America with all its unique idiosyncrasies always makes me want to know more. These days, as far as things to pay attention to, be frustrated about and seek to change, a conscientious person is fairly spoiled for choice. You know me, I’ll always tell you what I think.”
In the meantime, stay tuned to Nat Geo WILD to catch HENRY exploring the Snake Underworld in April, as he uncovers a world of snake obsession that goes far beyond his own fascination with the slithering reptiles. Snake Underworld marks HENRY’s second collaboration with National Geographic, following the National Geographic Channel Explorer special Born To Rage, which premiered in December, 2010.
HENRY continues to do his weekly radio show on L.A.’s revered NPR affiliate KCRW. ROLLINS the writer tracks his travels – and shares his thoughts on politics and the state of the world – in his “Straight Talk Espresso” blog at VanityFair.com, and more recently began contributing a music column to LA Weekly’s “West Coast Sound” blog.
For more on HENRY ROLLINS and 50, go to www.henryrollins.com.