Henry Rollins is in the UK touring a spoken word show, but the career of this punk polymath runs the gamut from music to television, Hollywood films to serious political documentaries, prolific book-writing to voluntary work.
There was an excruciating 15-second delay between my delivery and the audience's response, but they seemed to like it.He's a fool and a blowhard." Tom Arnold, the American comedian, added: "Always wanted to like and respect Henry Rollins but right now I'm considering killing myself just so I never existed to him." Last week British radio station talk SPORT apologised after presenter Alan Brazil said he had no sympathy for Williams, calling the situation he left behind for his family ''diabolical".Listeners said Brazil's comments showed ''ignorance'' and were insulting to people suffering from depression.But I believe that feeling safe has a lot to do with how you carry yourself, I remained calm, friendly and hoped that it was obvious to most people that I was not necessarily part of that aggressive programme. One of the best receptions I've had on tour was when I did some spoken- word shows in Israel.
The audience was fantastic, very fast on their feet.
I approached them, extended my hand and said: "How's it going? They said: "Jumbo", which I guess means "hello", and then took my hand, rolled up my sleeve and laughed uproariously at my tattoos.