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Henry Rollins - Capitalism
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23
TICKETS: Advance $20, at the door $25.
INFO: 1-800-838-3006 or wvrockscene.blogspot.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. --Henry Rollins has been everywhere it seems. The former Black Flag front man turned writer, actor, journalist and spoken-word artist has been a relentless touring presence for more than 30 years.
He's performed all over the world, but his latest, the "Capitalism" tour takes him to 50 state capitals in 50 days during the height of the very polarized presidential election season.
Rollins brings his brand of commentary -- a mix of stories, rants, insights and the occasional funny anecdote -- to the Culture Center in Charleston Tuesday night, a first for the 51-year-old resident of the road and occasional inhabitant of California.
"I've been to Morgantown a lot," the hardcore icon said. "That always seemed to be the West Virginia stop, but if you ever ask the performers about where they stop, they don't know. I don't know."
Rollins maintains an intimidating tour schedule. This year alone he'll have 186 shows finished by the first week of December and most years are similar. However, he supposed some states were less conducive to what he does, pointing out that this tour would take him to Delaware, which will make his second performance in "The Diamond" state in the past 31 years.
The fact that he's only played Delaware once before was baffling to him.
"I don't say no to gigs," Rollins emphasized, then added, "I don't know. Maybe Bachman Turner Overdrive holds court in these places."
One of the reasons for this tour is for Rollins to get answers to a few questions he has about America. Over the past several weeks, Rollins has spoken to a reporter covering the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., visited with residents of Oklahoma City who remember the bombing of the federal building and talked with a Mormon senatorial candidate in Salt Lake City about faith and politics.
So far, however, he doesn't have a specific question in mind about West Virginia.
"We haven't thought of it yet," he said. "We really only work three to five days in advance, but as far as West Virginia, I don't know what direction we're going yet."