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Henry Rollins: “Morrissey Is No Longer On My Hitlist”

In an interview with the Guardian, legendary Black Flag ex-vocalist and inspirational speaker/comedian/poet, “The Abraham Lincoln of Punk Rock,” Henry Rollins engaged in an interview with the publication and discussed a multitude of issues including Monsanto, the US Congress, politics and oddly enough, Morrissey:

Guardian: On reflection, do you think it was harsh to say you wanted to make a house record out of the sound of Morrissey being burned to death?

Rollins: “Well, I like the guy. I think he’s very intelligent and has real good taste in music. It’s nothing I’d say on stage now because I think it’s poorly meant, but that’s why we humans are allowed subtly evolve here and there. There are definitely some people I wouldn’t mind seeing burned to death – I absolutely have a kill list. But not good old Morrissey. I think the world is a much better place with him in it.”

Indeed, the two have had a somewhat tumultuous relationship in their years in music, with Rollins historically being critical of him. Rollins eventually came to the conclusion, however, that Morrissey’s worldview is a lot more amicable with his worldview than he used to think. However, Rollins does still instate his hit list is far from over:

Guardian: Who is on the kill list?
Rollins: “Just people who need to get got. And there’s two for sure. There are different grades. There are a few people who could do with losing a hand. And I’d happily carry the petrol can, the cleaver, whatever it takes. As far as the kill list goes, though, there are two who’ve REALLY gotta go. Every day I don’t get them I consider a partial failure.”

Author’s note: italics reverted.

Video circa 1990 of Rollins on Rage criticizing Morrissey before playing the music video for “November Spawned a Monster.” It should be taken in mind that this video is aged and is very tongue-in-cheek. Take it with a grain of salt, but it’s funny to watch.

Henry Rollins just announced a world tour, just as Morrissey wrapped up his tour, ironically. Tour dates are below:

 

Date

Location

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01-07-16

Alte Feuerwache
Mannheim, Germany

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01-08-16

Mousonturm
Frankfurt, Germany

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01-10-16

St George’s Hall
Bristol, UK

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01-11-16

Tyne Theatre
Newcastle, UK

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01-12-16

Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, UK

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01-14-16

Barbican
London, UK

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01-15-16

Town Hall
Birmingham, UK

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01-16-16

Barbican
London, UK

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01-17-16

Vicar Street
Dublin , Ireland

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01-18-16

Academy
Glasgow, UK

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01-20-16

Het Depot
Leuven , Belgium

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01-21-16

De Roma
Belgium, Antwerp

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01-23-16

Palladium
Warsaw, Poland

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01-24-16

Sala Koncertowa Radia Wrocław
Wroclaw, Poland

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01-26-16

Kampnagel 26
Hamburg, Germany

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01-27-16

Kulturkirche
Cologne, Germany

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01-28-16

Paradiso
Amsterdam, Holland

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01-29-16

Theatre De Spil
Roeselare, Belgium

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01-30-16

Kulttuuritalo
Helsinki, Finland

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01-31-16

Göta Lejon
Stockholm, Sweden

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02-02-16

Club Moscow
Moscow, Russia

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02-03-16

Club Kosmonavt
St. Petersburg, Russia

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02-04-16

Sentrum
Kiev , Ukraine

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02-05-16

Havana Club
Tel Aviv, israel

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02-11-16

Liberty Hall
Lawrence, KS

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02-12-16

Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

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02-13-16

Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL

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02-14-16

Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI

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02-17-16

SOKA University
Orange County, CA

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Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan & Iggy Pop Are In A New Silent Film

Gutterdämmerung seems to be a portmanteau of the English “gutter” and the German “götterdämmerung” (or just an Anglicization of the word), which means roughly means “a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder.” The word is a German translation of the Old Norse ” Ragnarök” a prophetic concept in Norse mythology which foretells a large and all-consuming battle between deities which would to extravagent chaos and disarray, as dramatized in Richard Wagner’s opera series, also entitled “Götterdämmerung.” Enough background.

Importantly, there is a spooky awesome independent film in the works from the Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose, entitled “Gutterdämmerung.” A tribute to 1920’s Hollywood (the era’s horror genre to be specific), the tagline is the “loudest silent movie on Earth.” This may not be a complete exaggeration. The film will be “silent”, if you exclude the dark, heavy soundtrack that will be accommodate the film at all points. Instead of the ragtime piano or organs prevalent in old-timey film, the website says the soundtrack is performed by  “a live rock band of rock express the emotions and action whilst special effects from the film explode to life all around the audience.” Though exact artistic details of the soundtrack have not been released, several figures from alternative rock, metal and punk are starring in the film – which may give some hints to what the soundtrack will sound like. So far, the film’s cast has been announced as Queens of the Stone Age’s frontman Josh Homme (listed as Joshua Homme), Motorhead’s Lemmy, solo artist and ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegen, famed Black Flag singer and inspiration speaker/comedian combo Henry Rollins, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, Slayer’s Tom Araya, solo artist Grace Jones and the one and only Iggy Pop.

The website is hosting a contest for tickets and merchandise to guess the two remaining co-stars. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2016. The film’s Facebook page lists the project as a “concert tour”…perhaps all the collaborating musicians will go on tour together to promote the project? We’ll have to see.

Watch a promotional trailer for the film below:

 

Greg Ginn Loses Lawsuit Against Former Black Flag Bandmates

Back in August, Greg Ginn, renown punk rock guitarist and founding member of the legendary hardcore outfit,  Black Flag,  filed a lawsuit against his former band mates stating that he and his label own the rights to the Black Flag name and logo. Targeting Henry Rollins and Keith Morris, his former bandmates,  for “using his own label’s record covers to feign as though they’ve been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979.”

A  judge denied Ginn’s motion, stating that Ginn was unable to sufficiently prove that he owned the Black Flag name and logo.  A happy ending for most Black Flag fans.