In January 2010 I saw Henry Rollins performing on his 'Frequent Flyer' spoken word tour in Bournemouth. The man is a machine. Total workaholic. He spoke continuously for just over 2 hours without stopping for a break, not even stopping for water. It was pretty intense. I guess after years of touring with Black Flag and Rollins Band, spoken word is a piece of piss. He spoke candidly about his life, his travels, adventures/misadventures, politics, women, music, acting, anything and everything. He always speaks straight from the heart with great honesty and passion. Love him or hate him, you have to admire the guy.
As much as I enjoyed that night in Bournemouth there are two things that frustrate me when I think back to it... The first one is that I was too afraid of missing the last train home to wait around after the show to buy a t-shirt. Huge regret, especially as I had a ten minute wait when I got to the station. Error. The second thing is that I struggle to differentiate between the things he spoke about that night and the three DVDs I have of him performing spoken word. They are all merged together in my head. I guess if I watch all of the DVDs again I will be able to work out what was what (I say DVDs, I actually mean DVD rips that I "obtained" from the internet... sorry Henry).
His new tour, 'The Long March', kicks off in January. Annoyingly he has no date in Brighton, but luckily he is performing at the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, which is the next town over from Hastings (My home town). Why he is performing in Bexhill I have no idea, but frankly I don't care. I am just excited to see him again, and hopefully, if all goes according to plan, with fingers crossed and bated breath... This time I will get a t-shirt.