Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Genius, If You Can Handle the Long Haul; COMEDY Henry Rollins Hammersmith Apollo

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Genius, If You Can Handle the Long Haul; COMEDY Henry Rollins Hammersmith Apollo

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Byline: BRUCE DESSAU

CONSIDERABLE praise has recently been heaped on Jeremy Irons for his memory-challenging speech in Embers. For a real monologue marathon man, however, critics should check out America's Henry Rollins, who came onstage at 8.03pm and departed at 10.41pm. Some disciples were disappointed - 2005's gig was 19 minutes longer.

Rollins, who started out fronting seminal US punks Black Flag, does not do things by half. He does not drink, does not smoke and does not do smalltalk.

When not gigging or reading Proust at home in his " utilitarian hovel" he is experiencing life to the max.

This was not so much a gig as live blog, with the tattooed raconteur laying himself bare.

Part-satire, part-anecdote, the personal and political overlapped. He grinned as he revealed how he was reported to Australian airline security for reading a book called Jihad, despite the fact that it is recommended US military reading.

Elsewhere, he recalled watching the OJ Simpson trial with John Lee Hooker and entertainingthe troops, or, rather, "cleaning-up after the President. …

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