Henry Rollins - Shock & Awe: The Tour DVD (Cover Artwork)

Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins: Shock & Awe: The Tour DVDShock & Awe: The Tour DVD (2005)
Henry Rollins

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: BrandonSideleauBrandonSideleau
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Henry Rollins is a busy man, that's for damn sure. He seems to be on tour 80% of the year doing his trademark spoken word, and when he's not doing that he's releasing books, music or, as in this case, DVDs. For those of you who don't know, Henry has been doing "talking shows" (as he likes to call.

Henry Rollins is a busy man, that's for damn sure. He seems to be on tour 80% of the year doing his trademark spoken word, and when he's not doing that he's releasing books, music or, as in this case, DVDs.

For those of you who don't know, Henry has been doing "talking shows" (as he likes to call them) consistently since 1983, not to mention touring with both Black Flag and various incarnations of the Rollins Band. His talking shows deal with a wide variety of subjects, from politics to personal issues and stories, but it's all delivered with a biting, sarcastic sense of humor that many of us have come to expect and love. His latest DVD (and second in two years) is titled Shock & Awe: The Tour, and the title says it all; much of his material this time around has old GW in the crosshairs. I believe the original title for the DVD was Shock & Awe My Ass, and it represents Rollins' disgust with the use of words on the administration's part, as if the U.S. government was putting on a fireworks show or something.

Henry begins by explaining that making fun of the President because he can't speak well is like punching out an 8 year old -- satisfying, but not something you want to rely on, and that he has much bigger problems with him than that. He attacks Bush's blatant irresponsibility on issues like going to Mars and ignoring the problems here in the "flat 50." Henry goes on to rap on everything from the recently deceased pope (who was still alive at the time), what "jack-off hell" might be like (and why he'd be the first to go), a mind-blowing conversation he had with a would-be burglar, his own masturbation technique (hilarious), dating in L.A., the "Kill Bill" premiere, his recent USO tours and, of course, his unlikely collaboration with William Shatner and Ben Folds for the song "I Can't Get Behind That." I'm being careful not to put in spoilers in here for those who have yet to see it, but the entire thing is hilarious and entertaining, not to mention politically well-informed and insightful. Henry is (much like fellow punk elder and activist Jello Biafra) very well read on his subjects and is careful not to attack things he is not entirely familiar with.

The set was shot at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington, on March 14, 2004, and it looks wonderful. Technically speaking, the lighting is wonderful and the production is top-notch, plus the DVD extra is a clipbook of Henry's personal photos from his USO tour in Afghanistan.

If you're a fan of Henry then you've most likely already picked this up, but if you're looking for somewhere to start, then this is a perfect and very accessible purchase.


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nedsammy (June 17, 2010)

damn! i'm five years too late!

8dollarclarinetsolo (September 19, 2005)

is the masturbation technique the one about the toilet at the hotel or whatever? if so, youre right, it is quite funny, but its kinda old

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

Instead of "KFK, did you mean "KMK", as in Kotton Mouth Kings, the greatest band of all time?

4:20 for Life!

(...coughing...putting bong down...reaching for cheetos...getting off internet because famaly guy is on)

BrandonSideleau (September 17, 2005)

Oh....and one more thing Will.....if he's on tour or otherwise really busy he usually won't respond.....check his website for his downtime between tours, that would be my guess as to the best time to reach him.

BrandonSideleau (September 17, 2005)

I've only reviewed one thing that I really hated for this site (Punk-O-Rama 7 I think) and there are also many reviews from my "early days" that I regret writing because i find the records really lame now (KFK anyone? 98 Mute?). I'd like to write more negative reviews but most records I dont like I usually can't sit through/analyze (I don't wanna write an uninformed half-assed review) and they end up becoming frisbies. But I do want to, so perhaps I'll try to beat my own weakness and listen to a shitty record from beginning to end....but I sure as hell won't buy it- soulseek here I come!

BrandonSideleau (September 17, 2005)

just email the 2.13.61 site.....it will be forwarded to him. Sometimes he doesnt reply.....but 6 out of 10 of my emails over the past 5 years have gotten good responses. He's pretty cool/friendly about it and won't go off on you if you're friendly about it.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

Have you ever reviewed something you don't like? (Not that your reviews are bad)

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

Hey Brandon, I actually tried that, but it was with his IFC thing. And I never got a reply.

Where is his email found?


BrandonSideleau (September 17, 2005)

People have no protection from the police....and given the TIME and CONDITIONS under which Mumia's incident took place, there is reason enough for a re-trial. If a cop beats you up for no reason how do you defend yourself? You can't, because if you do it's considered assault on a police officer or, in worse cases, cop killing. And whose word are they gonna take? Of course it will be the cops. I'm not saying Mumia's innocent, but I AM saying that (like the WM3) he needs a fair and just re-trial. And as far as Henry not caring about the civilians goes.....I know he shys away from it at his shows....but Henry says alot in interviews and on his shows that you might have missed. I've heard more than a few occasions where he's attacked SOME of our troops on their bullshit (IE the prisoners being abused). Not to mention that he openly criticized the Navy for not throwing the officer who wiped out those Japanese fishermen in prison for "Vehicular manslaughter". You should give him an email Will if you really wanna know his thoughts, I don't wanna sound preachy, but he'll usually respond and answer your questions thoroughly if you ask nicely. I agree that at times he seems a bit contradictary.....but then I hear an interview or spoken word piece that puts it into place. Overall he probably has the best intentions I'm sure.

Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

"Yea, because Jello would never run off at the mouth about something he is not entirely familiar with.

There's not a whole lot to "be familiar" with on the Mumia case... What it came down to was that the guy was put on death row and had received NO fair trial.

Also, (once again) correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a lot of evidence pointing to Mumia's innocence? And didn't the prosecution simply play on the "he's black- he doesn't need a reason to shoot a white cop" rule?

Why don't you stop being a judgemental prick, then tell Jello Biafra how he should be "handling things"?


Anonymous (September 17, 2005)

I used to have mixed feelings about Henry Rollins, and in a way I still do, but it's really becoming more solidified how much he pisses me off in comparison to how much I respect his opinion.

I don't know how you can bash Bush's choice to go to war, then praise the War itself. He's trying to play both sides of the field, and I guess people like it and that's what earns him money. It just seems to contridict.

Maybe it's because NO ONE, and I mean literally NO ONE in America tries to talk about the actual people in Iraq... And you'd expect some guy who wants to "tell it like it is" to acknowledge the fact that the majority of the deaths over there, and the most saddening are the non-combatants who get blown away by insurgent and National Guardsman alike.

When I hear about some soldier getting killed, it is still sad. I just don't understand the idea that "our" soldiers, who chose to join the army, and are killing people over there, are more valid lives than the people who got blown up while eating dinner in their homes.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that kind of implied racism? As if, "Yeah, 23 brown people who had nothing to do with the battle were killed, but also among the casualties were Marines Jacob and blah blah blah"- trying to distinguish the American race as more important than those Arab ants we step all over.

It just pisses me off that no one seems to be a little mad about the civillian casualties. Not even the people who should be, according to their supposedly empathetic stance.


Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

ha. seriously is the picture down there supposed to be a "viva hate" parody?

crazytoledo (September 16, 2005)

Whats the matter man?

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

henry just got word the gonorhea test results came out positive.

McGarnicle (September 16, 2005)

Well at least you got rid of the 4 bars thing. The problem is that Henry looks like he's feeling "not so fresh".

BrandonSideleau (September 16, 2005)

HAHA...the spit thing is true.....I was at his McCabes show last year and every time he'd get real intense white drops of spittle would fly out of his mouth and land right at my feet.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

ever hear that z-trip/chuck d song shock and awe?
hot shit

SkolarX (September 16, 2005)

i'm not sure if this is the one i got my roommate or not. he is great on these tours, though i sat dead center in the front for this tour when it came through ann arbor last year and all i could do was watch the spit fly out of his mouth and just become grosser and grosser because he doesn't drink water during the show and i'm sure his mouth dries out. it was just huge white foamy chunks of spit. good thing he was back about 10 feet from us...

Crookedsuperhero (September 16, 2005)

I never saw Jello presenting a show about people building lame trucks then driving them into things...

And all the other crap Rollins has pulled.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Don't compare Jello with Rollins, Jello is an idiot, Henry is actually well spoken and respectable.

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Henry is (much like fellow punk elder and activist Jello Biafra) very well read on his subjects and is careful not to attack things he is not entirely familiar with.

Yea, because Jello would never run off at the mouth about something he is not entirely familiar with.

hitlerbadzakgood (September 16, 2005)

i think he looks like stifler from american pie on that cover

stevejonestherealbones (September 16, 2005)

what the fuck, is that morrissey down there in black and white?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

He looks like George Bush on that cover

stevejonestherealbones (September 16, 2005)

i thought it was santa

- jones

sfbarker (September 16, 2005)

See, everywhere...just like Elvis...

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)


People who say that are idiots

gladimnotemo (September 16, 2005)

Has anyone gone to this current tour?

Dante3000 (September 16, 2005)

Saw the tour he did to make this DVD. Awesome shit. I've seen him before and own some of his live work and I'm amazed he hasn't lost an edge. He's actually managed to become a more well rounded performer with voices and more energy than a car battery clamped to your nipples.
Too bad the people who hate Hank probably won't give him a chance.
P.S. Does the DVD include the story of the dude he nailed with the water bottle on the "rise above" Tour? That story was 110% gold.

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