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This is not to say that Rollins panders, but rather that he has skill and persuasive power to give people what they want even when they didn’t know they wanted it.It’s impossible that everyone at St George’s last night agrees with Rollins on all subjects, but we all wanted to hear him tell us about it, whatever it is.But in 2012, Rollins can take an audience wherever he wants.From mentally enervating tales of human suffering, to hilarious throwaway lines about shopping, he holds the audience’s attention whatever tone he cares to take.When Black Flag came here and caught so much grief from bands whose records I had bought with my minimum wage earnings, it was such a bummer. The Damned and the UK Subs, two of the best bands ever, were very cool to us and are friends to this day. Punk rock in those days was pretty PC as there were a lot of females in those local scenes. Where I come from, Washington DC, that was a very PC scene. what have you noticed about the lives of women in more remote countries?When I started coming here with my band in 1987, things got a lot better and many years and literally hundreds of shows in England later, it’s one of my favorite places to be.”One of the most noticeable things about Black Flag, and many of the bands they toured with, were that they were effectively politically correct before political correctness became ‘a thing’ that people tried too hard to be. “I would not say that Black Flag was politically correct,” states Henry. PC to the point of being almost sexless, which to me, just isn’t real. “In many African countries I have been to, the women fetch the water, do incredible amounts of work and in many cultures, are revered and respected,” he says.The exception that proves this came nearly two hours into the show.Rollins was explaining that while he is not religious, he has no problems with religion per se, the exception being when so-called pro-life Christian groups try to dictate what a woman can do with her body.
That said, Henry is also a man who in his book Get In The Van (published in 1994, and consisting of his Black Flag tour diaries from 1981-1986) seems to have little patience for the grim existence of life in England in the early 1980s. I got out there and immediately started getting hit on by women, it was very rock and roll as you might say. For a man to call himself a feminist at this point, while no doubt well-intentioned, is keeping equality somewhat tied down.”He goes on to clarify: “I am a human, male. I threw out the notion of being a feminist a few years ago.Henry Rollins, ladies and gentlemen – the mighty Henry Rollins is here!And my word, did we Bristolians welcome him with open arms – apart from the pro-lifer who threw a pint of beer over him, but, y’know, there’s nowt so queer as folk.Indeed, his earlier spoken word, for example on the album Big Ugly Mouth, is a thanatotic rage. The difference between then and now is that while the anger has not diminished, this is a fully accomplished performer.Rollins hits the same subject matter as he has for decades – his anger at prejudice, injustice and at times the downright stupidity of human beings.