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Rollins to bring show to theatre

Iconic punk rock elder statesman/Renaissance man Henry Rollins will bring his Travel Slideshow 2018 photography and spoken word mastery to Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd, at 8 p.m. Monday night; doors open at 7 p.m. 

As he nears 60-years-old, Rollins has moved back his musical bona fides with Black Flag and Henry Rollins Band into becoming an icon of Generation X. He's built a career as a author, columnist, actor, speaker, photographer, radio host and podcaster through sheer will, intellect and tenacity. He's a storyteller. A hero to a columnist who has few of those, when presented an opportunity to interview Rollins — be it by email — it was decided the exchange would publish as is:

1: When you began as a young punk, would you ever believe the path your career has taken? What were your thoughts/goals when first hitting the road with Black Flag?

Rollins: "I had no idea what I would do with my life when I graduated from high school, besides working at the same kind of jobs I had when I was in high school. Basically, I reckoned I was going to be in the minimum wage working world all my life. What eventually happened, I did not see coming at all. When I joined Black Flag, I just wanted to be in the band and do good shows. Past that, there wasn’t much time for anything else. It was an all in environment. It was quite different than how I had been living and it was all I could do to hold on. The members of the band were very driven and it took me awhile to pull myself up to that. It took all I had."

2. The writing of "Get In The Van" opened my eyes to your writing skills and intellect beyond being a "punk rock" guy. It's something that others have shared with me as an influencer for their own forays into becoming a rounded artist. When did you first realize your influence on fans and how have you handled that as an artist?

Rollins: "It’s the writing and talking shows that have engendered the most feedback, as far as people telling me something I have done has impacted them. This started happening almost immediately after starting the talking shows and releasing writing, around 1983. It took me awhile to adjust to being young and being taken somewhat seriously. There were some passes and fails as what was coming at me was often more than I was prepared for. It’s something that I grew into. It taught me to choose my words carefully and to respect and handle with great care, the platform I’m allowed. It’s a privilege and mine to lose. In my opinion, the only way to keep it all straight is to be honest, try for positive outcomes and take the work seriously but never yourself."

3: As your palette expanded into writing/spoken word, what influences helped shape you? For example, an article you wrote in an ancient issue of Details magazine regarding the thought put into getting a tattoo was read by me with great enthusiasm before my first ink (which happened to be a too small Black Flag tattoo. It has since been covered up although I now have an Oklahoma Black Flag tattoo that is about the right size).

Rollins: "With great intensity and enthusiasm, like someone given a second chance at life, I threw myself into the work of writers I never had even heard of a year before. Gide, Artaud, Lautreamont, as well music that seemed strange to me at first, Iannis Xenakis, George Crumb. If it was different than what I had encountered, then I wanted to check it out. This was an extraordinarily eventful time in my life. I think I hit all that stuff at the right time. When I go back to some of those authors, their work reads to me as suited for a younger person, so I’m glad I was into it when I was."

4. It's been awhile since new music from Rollins Band; is that in the future or are you caught up with the podcast as well as multiple publishing houses and spoken word performances?

Rollins: "I stopped doing music many years ago. I have no plans to make any more. For me, it was a time/place thing. I associate it with a younger version of myself. Being in a room with a group of people, working on music is something I spent years doing and really don’t want to go back to. I like all the different things I get to do now and as well, I think being alone onstage, with no back up, is the right thing to do."

5. I'm a fan of The Flaming Lips take on Dark Side of the Moon and your addition on that has made me happy; do you have any stories from the experience that I could share (since they're an Oklahoma band, I figure I can make a tenuous connection with the column)?

Rollins: "Wayne (Coyne) or Kliph (Scurlock) contacted me and asked if I wanted to be on the record. I said sure. I had some of their albums and liked them, so I did it. They sent me a copy of the record but I’ve never played it."

5. With this Travel Slideshow 2018 tour, what are you touching on with the show? How long have you been a "photographer" and what are some of the highlights you'd like to get across to prospective show attendees?

Rollins: "The photos are from all over the world and for the most part, show humans in non Western environments. For me, it’s interesting to try to understand how life is in these places as they’re so different than what I’m familiar with, yet I share a planet with these people. I refuse to believe I’m all that distant from them. This is what I try to get across. I’m not really a photographer, just someone who travels and has a camera with him. It’s the story I tell as much as it’s the image I’m showing."

Tickets are available for Monday's show at between $30 to $125 and are available at

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Shamrock's Irish Pub & Grill, 3134 Cache Road, has quicly been establishing it as a local hub for live music. This weekend, spot favorites DuPree will be performing from 8 to midnight Saturday. There's no cover and, with its separate bar area, it's a good family friendly venue with food and other entertainment — smoking is allowed on the adjoining patio.

DuPree original, keyboardist/singer Danny Cox said "Shamrock's is really trying to make live music happen in Lawton."

It's been a launching point for Erica James & The Celtic Trio and Sulphuric as well as allowed Big Mike Webb and friends and more entertain with a range of styles. There's no telling who'll be playing next but you can bet it'll be good stuff. You might even want to plan early for DuPree's New Year's Eve set at the club. 

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Tonight's your best bet for a big time heavy metal blowout when Cavigold Records artists Everybody Panic! is joined by local heavyweights DeadCore, along with Locust Grove and introducing Devil Theory at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. Show starts around 8 p.m. at the 21-and-over club and there's no cover.

Everybody Panic! has a renown live show and some solid, original music. Check out some video from a prior visit to Lawton: •Everybody Panic! — "Into This Darkness/Trapped In Hell" —

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The Magical Autumnal Mix Tape Part 1 made for a fantastic week for "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. I can't adequately describe just how special being there for musical moments over these almost-two years has been. But you can hear it in the performances. This week's playlist: Al Berry, (medley) “Hide Your Love Away”; Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers, “Mojo Workin’”; Joanie McClenney, “Superman”; Bannister Chaava with Steve, “Overkill”; Rissa Watson, "House of the Rising Sun." Part 2 will air in a coming week this month.

Jokey is in the seasonal spirit with this week's joke set-up. Here's the punchline:

"A hollow wienie."

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