Henry Rollins / Keith Morris

Henry Rollins / Keith Morris: live in Orlandolive in Orlando (2003)
Henry Rollins

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: Kevin11Kevin11
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"I have been waiting to see this, seemingly my entire teenage life...we were going to see the mighty Black Flag"- Henry Rollins. Save the shit, I know this isnt "Black Flag" but i dont care...tonight i saw BLACK FUCKING FLAG. Another "big" band brought me back to my old enemy, The House Of Blues.

"I have been waiting to see this, seemingly my entire teenage life...we were going to see the mighty Black Flag"- Henry Rollins.

Save the shit, I know this isnt "Black Flag" but i dont care...tonight i saw BLACK FUCKING FLAG. Another "big" band brought me back to my old enemy, The House Of Blues at "Downtown Disney" (Anyone ever realize that there is no town at Disney, which means the marketing scheme by Disney to create a downtown doesnt even make sense!?). To my surprise, when i walked in....there were hardly any people there, however come 9, that would change drastically.

There would be only one opener, I believe a local band called The Kick, the singer was bald and old...whatever...im not one to stereotype...OH WAIT, YES I AM. This band pretty much blew, they sounded like Ann Beretta, or The Clash. When it comes to bands that sound like other bands, often times i'd rather listen to the other band, this was the case here, i'd be really into these guys if they were the clash. They played a song by The Dead Boys, which was sort of cool, but they still sucked. Worst part of the set was "This goes out to John Entwistle, and Joe Strummer....we're all whores, we're all whores...we're all whores" or something like that. Whatever. This band talked alot about how they hated California, too bad no one cared, except some dude in a Slackers shirt, and another dude in a Joy Division shirt...they were old too.

The legendary "Black Flag" were scheduled to go on at 9, so i jetted upstairs for about 20 minutes to catch some air and what not...when i came back down, to my surprise I saw TONS of people on the floor, I knew this set was gonna slay.

There I was...no music playing, almost dead silent, as the lights dimmed the curtains opened, and the "FUCK YEA!!!!"'s and the "BLACK FUCKING FLAG!!!!!"'s started, you could feel something special. The curtains fully opened and Henry was no where to be found, "Hey! My name's Keith!" was yelled, as the dreadlocked oldtimer jetted right into "Nervous Breakdown" the crowd energy was good at that point, the pit was nice and big, but it was missing a certain something. From there, Keith rushed into the favorite "I've had it", "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and "Depression" as he sang some of his, and the crowd's favorites, he ended with "Revenge".

After the song, Keith threw down the microphone and walked off stage to cheers-a-plenty. The crowd erupted, as everyone knew what to except next, the boys of Rollins band began the intro of "Rise Above" which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Walking onstage like beast of hell, Henry Rollins grabbed the microphone, the look on his face clearly stated "I WILL FUCK YOU UP". The combination of his expression, the song and the fact I was sort of seeing Black Flag gave me chills, I have never felt like that at a show. and The pit to my right was the most violent thing i have ever seen in person, bodies on the floor, punches everywhere, sheer chaos. "Rise Above" was the best song I have ever seen performed live by any band at any time. From there, Hank and the boys blasted into "Thirsty And Misrable" which kept the crowd on-guard, the energy still going. Henry Rollins, after the 4th song have one of the most inspiring speeches I have ever heard in my life:

"Hey, do you all want to be good Americans? I know i want to! Well, being a good American means finding something everyday to disagree with! And try to change it! No matter how fat and weak you get when you grow old, or how fat and weak you are now, don't ever lose your will to confront!"
If Hank Rollins started a nation...I would join his Army. They played "TV Party", "Jealous Again", "Six Pack", "American Waste" and countless others, best song introduction (besides the good american speech) "THIS ONE IS A LOOOOOVE SONG, OH YEAH...HERE COMES A LOOOOOVE SONG, IT'S CALLED SLIP IT IN!"

Obviously, i don't need a closing paragraph to tell you how cool this was...go see the god damn show. It's for a good cause folks, you wont regret it.


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joeg (June 19, 2003)

anonymous below me, i was just joking. i guess i have to lay the sarcasm a little thicker next time.

Anonymous (June 18, 2003)

joeg....i bet if you were offered a role in a decent film with a hefty paycheck possible, you'd do it.....most definitely. What's wrong with playing some parts in movies to get some extra cash? It's great to see a hardcore legend like Henry Rollins fooling Hollywood into thinking he's an actor. If you've ever heard him speak, he himself finds the whole thing quite hilarious.....he said himself that "I am no actor"....and went on to state "but I'm crass enough to take a few roles!". And, hey, who is getting hurt by it? Those movies didn't promote racism or cause any wars.

joeg (June 18, 2003)

henry rollins, what a freaking sellout. i mean, he DID make a cameo on "heat" w/ de niro and pacino. and we all KNOW de niro and pacino are horribly overrated, greedy actors who get paid millions of dollars for movies. so when you connect the dots, that would also make rollins an overrated, money hungry sellout. and you can take that to the bank!

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Just because someone wants to make money instead of sitting around? What does gap have to do with punk? Nothing. He didn't sell out shit. Shut your pinko mouths.

Anonymous (June 17, 2003)

Didn't get to make it to this one. Was the guy in the Slackers shirt kinda skinny, with long black dreads & a beard? I see him all over town, at All American Rejects he jumped off the rail and into the throngs of teenage girls.

TheOneTrueBill (June 16, 2003)

"If Hank Rollins started a nation...I would join his Army"

100% behind you there brother

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

I think that as long as the corporation you support is decent, then there is nothing wrong with you yourself acting in a commercial....i do have a problem with an artist using their music in commercials that have NOTHING to do with the song. I mean, Henry doing a Mac Ad is cool, I mean, he uses a Mac and highly reccommends the product, and it's not like Macintosh is funding war or killing the poor. Not sure about Gap, but what better way to take down a corporation than use it's own money against it? I mean, you don't see Henry putting he's music in commercials. You don't see henry's music in hair spray commercials (lol, transplants). Henry is also a spokesperson for MetRx, which is cool....the stuff is all natural and works great. I think there are many assholes out there who need to be taught a lesson in self respect, but henry certainly would be the LAST person I'd accuse of selling out.

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

see henry did all the gap adds and tv shows not to show that hes not punk anymore. he did them to make some money so he can buy a sandwich or 2. and suport him self and retire a happy ritch man. like i meAn seriosuly does every single person who was ever involved in the punk scence have to live poor punk rock style lifes untill they die well i sure hope not.

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

Why the hell do people keep reviewing bands no one has heard of?

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

Don't get me wrong....I love these Rollins rise above shows, I was at Amoeba and it rocked. But there is one thing lacking, besides Greg Ginn, that made Black Flag so great. The violent and desperate atmosphere of a Flag show. Rollins doesn't scream or lose his shit as much as he used to. Doesn't matter though, the shows still rock.

danticus (June 15, 2003)

seriously whoever is raging on henry rollins for fucking signing to warner or doing a gap ad can eat a dick, cuz hes still the fucking man, and one of the founders of punk rock, so one thing that he does doesnt discredit his contribution to the music we all love, i was there, i felt it, and it was prolly one of the best shows ive seen. BLACK FLAG RULES, mike doesnt and he needs to listen to some real punk rock and drop the ego

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

I think Black Flag is all in what you define as Black Flag, I mean, they're lineup changed so many times that by the end it was only Greg and Henry anyways. In my opinion, inorder to get the Black Flag I love, you gotta have Henry's intensity colliding with Greg Ginns frantic guitar, without it, there is just a cover band.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

No Greg Ginn, no Black Flag

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

Yeah.....but name any person wo hasn't done one stupid thing in their life.

Anonymous (June 14, 2003)

remember when henry rollins did a GAP ad...yeah that's punk as fuck!

FortyMinutesWest (June 14, 2003)

I was wondering that too. I want to hear their thoughts on gongcore.

dignin (June 14, 2003)

what happened to the bllod bros. interview? Did I miss it of what?

Anonymous (June 14, 2003)

Wow mike...you dont know anything do you?

Anonymous (June 14, 2003)

This review is horrible, the only good show this band put on was due to Ian MacKaye being present at their 930 Club date and Q and Not U opening, Black Flag are just a lot of suck. Thanks have a good day.


Dubar (June 14, 2003)

I saw this show I guess either the day before or after this date, in south florida. It was crazy. Rollins has this look on his face all the time like he's taking the most frustrating dump of his life but he'll never stop pushing until that motherfucker plops out. Morris has some addiction to pulling on his dreads as hard as he could, but because he's got all those bald spots I kept waiting for one of those chunks of hair to tug right out.

Anyways... rollins came back and did an encore of "Sheena is a punk rocker" and "Rockaway Beach". Looks like these guys know how to please a crowd.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

Saw this thing in LA when they did it at amoeba, what a great show.....I only wish I could have seen Rollins play more songs, which he ended up playing on this current tour. He's been playing "Modern Man", "can't Decide", and "Clocked In".....among others. I heard that he won't be doing any of his own Black Flag songs though.....i don't know why, I personally have always liked Rollins flag songs, I would kill to see him play "In My Head" or "Nothing Left Inside"....oh well, I got to see my favorite song of all time played...."My War".

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)


Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

i cant wait to see the actual and orginal black flag

joeg (June 13, 2003)

i went to this show in dc last night. fucking amazing show. keith and henry ripped throught that set with sheer abandon. as a bonus, we got a pleasant surprise when ian mackaye came out and did 'rise above' with henry. unbelievable. sickboi is going to review it and give you all the nitty gritty.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

Only one opening band for a punk show.....sweet, that's enough to get me to go.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

This just in:

Henry Rollins has signed to Warner.

lieutenant (June 13, 2003)

Fuck! I am missing out! Black Flag or "Black Flag", this would be a night to remember for those of us who have left our hearts in the 20th Century.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

sounds like a wicked show to me... - bigjerk

irish_joo (June 13, 2003)

blah blah blblah blah blah. I saw this show in LA, it was pretty good. I would go to see the first four years show too, if it weren't $30

Kevin11 (June 13, 2003)

I wanted to be the 2,000th review ever posted on the site...everyone's pissed. Im 1,998, I feel lame.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

Rollins is the man. That's it.

adam (June 13, 2003)

"If Hank Rollins started a nation...I would join his Army."

Review quote of the day.

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