Punk-rock renaissance man Henry Rollins is firing on all cylinders lately, making use of his skills as an actor, spoken-word artist, author and musician. Currently he's wrapping up a new Rollins Band LP.
"It's an airtight, bulletproof, ass-kicking album," he boasted. "I'm finishing it up right now."
The album follows last year's Get Some Go Again, the first Rollins Band record released by the latest incarnation of the group Rollins on vocals, guitarist Jim Wilson, bassist Marcus Blake and drummer Jason Mackenroth.
Rollins, whose contract with DreamWorks ran its course, said he's talking with several labels about releasing the group's next project.
"It'll be out on some sturdy label by summer, one way or the other," Rollins said. "I can put out a record any week of the year and it gets out there. A lot of record labels are going to have to start dealing with a lot of artists who have savvy. Not a whole lot you can tell me about the music industry at this point. I'm 21 years in. I've done the indie thing; I've done the major-label thing. I've been grossly overpaid; I've been grossly underpaid."
In the meantime, workaholic Rollins is keeping busy with voiceover work on the "Batman Forever" cartoon, band practice and several projects with his long-running 2.13.61 publishing company, among other things.
"We just released a new book of mine ('Smile, You're Traveling'). We have a double CD of spoken word stuff of mine at the pressing plant. That's coming out in a couple of weeks. It's one of the last shows from the last tour, and it will be sold on the Internet only.
"[There's] just a lot of merchandise and some cool stuff in the pipeline. [There's] another Rollins Band CD of outtakes from the last album. That's all mastered, sequenced, ready to go. [I'm] working on a few different DVD projects of band stuff and spoken word stuff ... mostly just kind of Henry-related stuff right now."
Among those projects is a just-released CD from 2.13.61, A Clockwork Orange Stage, which captures Rollins Band performing live at July's Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Speaking of 2.13, that date Rollins' birthday is fast approaching, and he'll celebrate by kicking off a spoken-word tour.
"I'm doing a show in Chicago on my own. I'm turning 40. We did a funny poster of me coming out of a cake toothless, drooling, with a cane."
Henry Rollins tour dates:
- 2/13 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
- 2/28 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
- 3/1 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
- 3/2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
- 3/3 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
- 3/5 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
- 3/6 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room Ballroom
- 3/7 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
- 3/8 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
- 3/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
- 3/11 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 3/13 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
- 3/14 - New York, NY @ Town Hall
- 3/18 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
- 3/19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 3/22 - St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle
- 3/28 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre