MAILED: Sept. 28, 2000
Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 2, for an edgy spoken word concert by singer-monologist Henry Rollins Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Best known as the lead singer for the Rollins Band and Black Flag, Rollins will begin his presentation at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
The three-hour performance is described as part storytelling, part social commentary and part spontaneous cranial combustion. Rollins combines the raw comedic monologues of a punk-rock Lenny Bruce with a strong anti-drug message.
An accomplished spoken word performer, Rollins is completing the worldwide tour in support of his 1998 recording, "Think Tank." His new book, "Won't Sleep, Won't Shut Up," is a collection of extended transcripts from his performances around the globe, introducing new readers to Rollins' skewed views of society, relationships, rock-and-roll and the human condition.
In 1994, Rollins released a book titled "Get in the Van," which was made up of his journal entries from 1981 to 1986 when he sang in the legendary hard rock band Black Flag. The audio book earned him a Grammy for Best Spoken Word/Audio recording.
Since Black Flag's breakup, Rollins has been recording and producing albums with the Rollins Band; writing and publishing books and poetry; writing a column in "Details" magazine; acting in feature films, including "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Lost Highway"; and hosting shows on MTV and VH1.
Rollins will make his first regular foray into television as the host of "Night Visions," an anthology series in the eerie style of "The Twilight Zone" that makes its debut on Fox Oct. 6.
Tickets are $9 ($5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card) at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
Tickets may be charged to MasterCard or Visa when ordered by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 28, 2000