Following critical acclaim as IFC's outspoken host on Henry's Film Corner, the weekly series The Henry Rollins
Show premiered on April 1 at 10:00pm ET for a 20-week run.
The format incorporates an eclectic selection of musical acts, a wider range of celebrity guests and new, original field segments. Henry Rollins, the articulate and opinionated former lead singer of "Black Flag
," front man of the "Rollins Band
," actor, author and spoken word artist, will continue to give us his unique take on the current state of pop culture, politics and everything entertainment, for better or worse. The Henry Rollins Show takes an uncensored approach to talk show programming with an independent voice that strikes a brilliant balance of humor, angst, art and intellect.
During each 30-minute episode, the outspoken Rollins offers topical, subversive, no-holds-barred debates in IFC's uncut, uncensored environment. Previous visitors to the Film Corner couch have included Philip Seymour Hoffman
, Billy Bob Thornton
, Penelope Cruz
, Crispin Glover
, Rob Zombie
and Don Cheadle
. A wider range of guests on The Henry Rollins Show will include personalities from film, television, music, comedy and politics.
Each episode of The Henry Rollins Show features a performance from some of the most respected and cutting-edge artists in music today, including Sleater-Kinney
, John Doe
, Frank Black
, Jurassic 5
, Dashboard Confessional
, Ben Folds
and Death Cab for Cutie
. IFC offers artists the rare opportunity to perform their music completely uncensored, in its intended form. Performances are 'live in studio' and filmed exclusively for IFC at The Bombshelter, a state-of-the-art recording studio in Los Angeles, owned by Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots
. These performances offer viewers a unique look at their favorite musicians.
"Teeing Off" offers a unique and irreverent take on the traditional monologue, as Rollins rants on everything from pop culture to politics to the guy who annoyed him at the grocery store.
This unapologetic diatribe celebrates or desecrates a movie, person, book, record, government act, publicity stunt or pop culture event with a vigor that sets Henry far apart from traditional critics. So watch out - you could be next!
Far too often, you find yourself watching a mediocre film, reading a boring book, or buying a forgettable CD. But there are also some really great picks out there, sometimes off the mainstream radar. Rollins offers personal suggestions that he thinks viewers should investigate.
Rollins relays: "Last season, we nailed some really interesting, direct, honest interviews with our guests -- refreshingly different from the traditional show-biz ordeal. The entertainment industry too often underestimates the intelligence of the audience and their desire to see something risky, something that challenges them. In season two, we're going to step it up a notch further."
IFC is planning a robust, interactive website to compliment The Henry Rollins Show. Each week, the website is refreshed with video clips from the show, including interview outtakes with celebrity guests and Exclusive performances by musical guests that can be seen nowhere else.
In addition, Shepard Fairey, world-renowned street artist, graphic designer and the man behind the Obey Giant phenomenon, created various artwork and imagery for the series and its marketing campaign.
"Since my last tour, I have done extensive travel to Iraq, Kuwait, Siberia, South Korea and other places and picked up some interesting stories," notes Rollins. "We are living in interesting times and, as bad as things are, I draw considerable inspiration from the things I'm seeing and the people I'm meeting."
About Henry Rollins
Rollins first gained fame as lead singer for the band Black Flag in 1981. In 1986, he formed the Rollins Band, with which he has since been making records and touring the world. Rollins also owns a publishing company, 2-13-61, which releases books, CDs and DVDs by Rollins and others. Always outspoken, Rollins accepts dozens of speaking engagements each year, is known for bringing a raw energy to his talks and has won a Grammy Award for best spoken word record. As well as performing in several movies and television shows, Rollins hosts a weekly radio show "Harmony In My Head" on Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles. Most recently, Rollins appears in The Alibi with Steve Coogan and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and has a lead role in the Project Greenlight feature Feast. Meanwhile, the DVD from Henry's 2004 tour 'Shock and Awe' and his latest written works, Roomanitarian and Fanatic! have been released on the 2.13.61 imprint. Rollins is fresh off the road from his two-month, 48-date spoken word tour "25 Years of Bulls**t," which he takes to Europe in 2006. Rollins regularly tours with the USO, and has traveled to Afghanistan, Siberia, South Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, Honduras and Qatar to entertain and meet US troops.