“there is no more toothpaste in the tube”
Although he remains a prominent member of the music community, Henry Rollins quit recording music a long time ago. Here’s why.
When Henry Rollins appeared on Rick Rubin’s premier podcast Scrached disk, he discussed a lot of things. Always the honest talker, the former frontman of Black Flag spoke about exactly why his music-writing days came to an end.
Speaking to Rubin, he said: âThe smart thing I did when I was younger was one day I woke up in my bed and I thought, ‘I’m done with the music. I don’t hate him. I have no more words. There is no more toothpaste in the tube.
Rollins became known as the leader of State of Alert and then Black Flag, two very important groups from the early days of punk rock. He would later record spoken word records and more solo music, as well as albums with the Rollins Band.
Fortunately, I’ve had enough movies, voiceovers, documentary work, writing, conversation, where that just filled in, and now I’m busier than ever. But I left before I had to start saying, âHey kids, do you remember this one? “
“So I didn’t have to put it on and go up there and put the dog on and yelp for my dinner.” “
In elaborating, Rollins said he often compared himself to other âbig rock starsâ who still tour. Without necessarily ruling out their choices, Rollins said he never considered the “what people want” road, instead of following his heart on the projects he wanted to pursue.
He said that if his fans âI like what I do, cool. If they don’t, they can bite me.
On the Good To See You 2022 tour, Henry will faithfully recount the events of his life in the brief pre-COVID period since the last tour and when things got even stranger. It has been an interesting time and he has great stories to tell.
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Although he no longer struggles in front of groups, Rollins is far from having left the scene. As he mentions, Rollins has grown into an accomplished actor and voice actor, writer, orator, and among it all, he remains hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW.
Read the Happy Mag 2018 interview with Henry Rollins here.