Yes I know what you’re thinking, didn’t Henry Rollins die a long time ago? Well apparently not, because a magazine called Cincinnati Magazine (clever name) stuck a microphone in his face and let this aging rocker spout out some nonsense. Here is just a taste:
So when you visit the troops now, how do you rein in some of your strongly held beliefs about war? Oh, that’s easy. It’s just really not the place for that. Quite often in these places like Afghanistan and Iraq, it’s a very apolitical situation. The job that day is not to wonder why Donald Rumsfeld or Gates did what he did, it’s to get through the day without getting blown up and getting back to the dining facility at sundown. That’s the job. So, you know, it’s really not OK to discuss “Well you know, the Project for New American Century says dadadada.” They’re like, “Yeah, I know man, that’s great. But today is Don’t Get Blown Up Day.”
But you must have injected some of your opinions to rankle the brass and not be officially invited back to tour. Oh, I said to one guy, I said, “Dick Cheney is a liar, oh and also a war criminal.”
That didn’t please him? No, he didn’t dig it. It gets in the way of selling the brand. When I kept seeing posters of an airplane hitting the World Trade Tower that said “Never Forget” all over every base in Iraq, I said, “Is that why we’re in Iraq, because of 9/11?” Grumble. I’m like, “OK, just asking.”
Magical, really. I don’t think Shakespeare could have done it better.
He goes on to talk about how he’s never going to run for office because he’s only high school educated, hates wearing suits, and can only talk out of one side of his mouth. While that maybe true, part of me feels like this guy knows Guam won’t capsize. Then again…
PS – I like Black Flag a lot, as far as I know most of the original members of Black Flag HATE this guy, but feel free to correct me.
PPS- Henry Rollins has a spoken word tour going on? You have got to be kidding me….