It's been 31 years since Henry Rollins first joined D.C. punk pioneer Black Flag. Since then, he's grown older, wiser and even handsomer. Rollins now tours mostly as a spoken-word performer, using his passion and knowledge to offer smart — frequently hilarious — commentary on political mischief, societal missteps and personal injustices. Even when he's not touring, Rollins spends much of his life traveling. He's a world explorer, hitting far-off lands and war zones for both work and pleasure. He's a one-man information-gathering machine, and he's used what he's accumulated to become a cranky, entertaining teacher. The uninformed would be wise to listen.
Note: Rollins is still energetic, sweaty and powerful onstage. And he still wraps the microphone cord in loops around his hand, punk-singer style. Old habits die hard.