If you happen to run into Henry Rollins on the Warped Tour, make sure you don't ask him who's playing next.
"I can't say I know anything of the bands we are playing with, nor do I even know who is on the bill," Rollins admitted Thursday from his Los Angeles office.
Just because Rollins Band will join the annual punk rock carnival for nine dates beginning July 31, that doesn't mean the seasoned singer wants to be there. He was pretty much begged to do it.
"They ask every year," the former Black Flag frontman said. "I say, 'No. I don't want to waste everyone's time.' When you're 16, why do you want to see a man with gray hair playing primitive caveman music? They'll be bored. And a half hour set does not satisfy old Hank. I need two hours to get it on."
When the offer was shortened to just more than a week, Rollins finally decided to give Warped a chance. "What the hell? We'll endure excruciating half-hour sets, and then a week later be grinding it out back where we should be in the clubs."
By August 10, Rollins and his band since 1998 guitarist Jim Wilson, bassist Marcus Blake and drummer Jason Mackenroth will be back indoors. They have nine post-Warped club shows scheduled and several more being booked.
The aggressive rock go-getters will be supporting the follow-up to last year's Get Some Go Again, due August 21 on Sanctuary Records.
Ironically, the album is titled Nice.
"It fits the music in a very strange tongue-in-cheek kind of way," Rollins said of Nice, which includes the single "Your Number Is One." "There's a lot of misconception that we are this over-serious, scowling unit. The music is very passionate, sure, but it's not like we are these bores who are a drudgery to be around. So, I thought the idea of putting Nice on the cover would make people go, 'Huh?' "
Rollins is promoting other projects along with the album. He has three movies coming out by the end of the year and is the narrator on Fox's upcoming horror anthology series, "Night Visions" (see "Rollins Lands Fox TV Series").
But nothing comes before touring.
"I'd be happy playing the same song three times in a row," he said. Luckily for fans, he won't have to. "We have about 27 songs that we can pull out at any time. We will be upping that to 32. We're playing all the songs on the
[new] album, some cool stuff from the last album. There's some older stuff from The End of Silence and Come in and Burn. We're doing 'Starve,' which is a real tour de force with these guys."
Just don't request any 311 covers.
Rollins Band tour dates, according to Rollins' publicist:
- 7/26 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
- 7/27 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
- 7/31 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion (Warped Tour)
- 8/1 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
- 8/2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Iron City Light Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
- 8/3 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront (Warped Tour)
- 8/4 - New York, NY @ Randalls Island (Warped Tour)
- 8/5 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Lot (Warped Tour)
- 8/7 - Cleveland, OH @ Nautica Stage (Warped Tour)
- 8/8 - Buffalo, NY @ La Salle Park (Warped Tour)
- 8/9 - Boston, MA @ Suffolk Downs (Warped Tour)
- 8/10 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
- 8/11 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
- 8/14 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
- 8/15 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
- 8/16 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 8/17 - Boynton Beach, FL @ Orbit
- 8/18 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
- 8/20 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
- 9/3 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena