Henry Rollins Borrows Vancouver Butt Cheeks

Henry RollinsHenry Rollins
Vancouver,BC
Centre of Performing Arts
May 25th, 2010

By Charlene Tupper

Henry Rollins performed last night (May 25) in Vancouver at the Centre of Performing Arts. He has a list of accomplishments such as, stand up comedian, musician, songwriter, spoken word artist, and so much more. Tonight’s show was the 100th show of his 200 shows here in North America. When he isn’t working, he is travailing the world and developing more knowledge and appreciation for the things around him, which he incorporates into his lectures and stand up acts. Henry has a never ending passion for each and every career choice he has made up to this point today. He was travailing for three months before he embarked on his North American tour this year and it showed.

Henry started the evening off by greeting the near capacity audience and then jumped into politics by informing the audience how the world has changed since he was last in Vancouver. He mentioned that the United States made history by voting in an African-American as President, while humoring us by poking fun at the last President and his incompetence. He said the United States is a better place without their former leader.

His stories ranged from government and democracy, to self pleasure and drag queens. Either way, the crowd greatly enjoyed Henry’s sense of witty humor and vast knowledge of international history. If you weren’t keen on some of his raw humor, you definitely left the theatre with a broader spectrum of knowledge about world history. For instance, did you know that in Germany you can be tossed into jail for just simply raising your arm and saying “Heil Hitler”? Plus, one of India’s most populated areas in Delhi, Yamuna River, is so heavily polluted that the government hides it behind solid walls and photographs are solely forbidden. Henry definitely does his research and learns a vast amount of knowledge from his travels.

While enjoying the show, I found myself learning like I did in High school history class and I was eager to learn more. Inside the history lesson he inserted some witty humor and clever one liners like “Hello. Goodbye”, which a man said to him while he was in China this year. Henry taught the audience a lot about the world around us, but that wasn’t all – he also lectured us on how we, the people, can make the world a better place by spreading more tolerance for different religions, different races, and simply by being better people internationally. This tour definitely brings out the traveler and international diplomat within him.

While the end of the evening drew near, he received a standing ovation for his wonderful performance. He gave the audience a wider spectrum of knowledge to leave and share with family and friends. There was so much laughter and so much information shared in that two and a half hours, you could have left exhausted, but in the end he gave something special back to his audience. Something that we all thought was ours in the first place. He informed us that our butt cheeks were secretly his all along. They were his for the duration of the entire two and a half hours, but he politely gave them back to us since we were loyal and stayed for the entire show. After we all received our butt cheeks back, we happily returned home and told our family and friends about this great experience.

Henry Rollins, I would like to personally thank you for a wonderful evening full of laughs, full of fun, and most importantly, filled with a sense of world knowledge, that I can walk around every day knowing that my tolerance for the world has grown and respecting the people around me for who they really are. For that Henry, I thank you.

“Hello. Goodbye.”

Photo from www.henryrollins.com