Rollins may now be in his fifties, but he is a self-proclaimed “Work Slut” packing in close to 200 shows a year and traveling the world extensively, fitting in a never ending quest for information and cultural nourishment on his days off. The most recent results of these journeys manifest themselves into ‘The Long March’ – his latest tour – a near three-hour, non-stop, no interval, verbal assault. While it may sound exhausting, it is actually alarmingly refreshing. Years and years spent in front of an audience has created a balanced, understanding and considerate performer of Rollins, who balances his lighter, anecdotal material of early Black Flag days and shenanigans with his more recent exploits to such places as the disaster struck Haiti, North Korea, Iran and Vietnam, with an undercurrent of angst and political disillusionment never far from the surface, the material often fluctuating between the hilarious and the heart breaking. He is still as enigmatic as ever, funny, manic, intense and occasionally frightening, but also reflective and deeply impassioned. Rollins proves he doesn’t need the power of a band behind him to make a noise, at this inspirational encounter.
By Daniel Dylan Wray
Originally published in issue 34 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. January 2012