Between music, film roles, poetry slams, a strange foray into stand-up comedy, being a radio host, authoring several books, being frighteningly well-muscled and scary-eyed, and spending time as one of the top four singers for Black Flag, Henry Rollins is perhaps best described as a polymath of rage, dishing out class and cultural critiques in whatever format he feels they are best suited to at the time.
True to his formless form, his current tour is not a performance so much as a lecture tour. Rollins is rolling across the country in advance of the upcoming election, hitting up all 50 state capitals and dishing his thoughts on the soft, fuzzy, totally non-controversial topic of capitalism, which--spoiler alert--he takes some issue with. That tour will make a stop in Boise at the Knitting Factory Tuesday, Sept. 18.
"This is the only beginning," he wrote in an op-ed supporting the Occupy protests in the LA Weekly. "You don't have to like it."
Rollins' intensity and directness is the stuff of a punk-rock legend, something he has long employed as a tool to shake people free of apathy. No surprise his website sports a large "Rock the Vote" logo.
His current tour will conclude in Washington, D.C., on election eve.