Rollins In London - The Grammies...
I'm just going to rattle through this and finish it off as this is the last
installment. Again, this one is really about Rollins coping with his increasing
stardom and the fact that he is starting to circulate with Rock and Roll
legends. I wasn't sure if I should call this one "Gene Simmons Tongue" or not
but it all kind of relates to the Grammies anyway.
Story 4: The Grammies
Rolins recently won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word. He went up against
God (Gregory Peck reading the bible) and won. Because he was going to be there
to pick up his little gong, the Grammy people invited the band to play
[ there's a bit missing here - Kevin]
at people won anything, the camera could just zoom right to them and catch their
shock expressions of "who me? Shucks". Henry started memorising where different
people were sitting for that night. He hired Armani tuxes for the whole band,
they all had black cumerbands, his was red, and they went on with no shoes on.
As they played Liar they went into the slow, lounge band part, and Henry started
miming all of this I love you stuff, with a cheezy lounge entertainer look on
his face whilst pointing to various amazingly famous people, and generally
bumming them right out. As the band reached the end of the song, Hank ran up to
the drum riser with one foot up on it, and knowing the camera would be on him
close up, spun round and did a huge open arms pointing to the camera mouthing "I
love you" with the most amazingly cheesey Wayne Newton/talk show host smile he
could muster. they pissed a lot of very famous people off.
After the show, Rollins got to go to all of the Grammy parties, and did stuff
like shouting "Hey Pamela" across the room to Pamela Anderson and proceeding to
do his best seal impression whilst slapping his hands together like flippers.
Again, Rollins got the chance to meet someone really famous, Gene Simmons. He
thought, cool, sure why not, expecting Gene to be Mr. Rock and Roll personified.
Gene turns out to be a really cool guy, very intelligent and funny in a pretty
cynical kind of way. While they are talking, these two girls come up. They are
atypical California 'chicks'. Silicon tit's totally in your face, and huge dyed
hair sitting on top of massive bee-stung lips. They come up and say Hi to Gene
and ask of they could see his tongue. Gene immediately drops down to chest
height and starts having this close up intense conversation with these girls
breasts like "Have you ever tried to team up and overthrow any South American
governments" and lots of bizarre shit like that. They ask again to see Gene's
tongue and now Henry is backing them up. Gene says ok and pops about a half
centimetre tongue out of his mouth, and Henry's thinking "Hah, it was all smoke
and mirrors for old Gene here", and Gene pops about two centimetres of his
tongue out now. By this time, Hank and the girls are leaning in real close when
Gene opens his mouth and this tongue comes out which is about as long as your
arm and proceeds to start rippling and undulated, zig-zagging back and forth and
up and down, nearly taking the girls eyes out and scaring the shit out of Henry.
Hank admits to still being kind of scared of Gene Simmons to this day. It was
kind of scary to find out that such a Rock and Roll legend is actually true, and
it made him wonder if all of the other stuff he's heard about Kiss over the
years is true too.
These stories are just a little of what Henry talked about on the night in London
and I really haven't anywhere near done him justice. But the point of this
review is just to say to you to go and see Rollins if you possibly get the
chance. It'll really be worth it. His spoken word stuff is just getting better
and better in my opinion. He is really starting to get to grips with really
making an audience enjoy themselves listening to him for a few hours. I didn't
get a bootleg to send anyone or anything, but if you can get hold of one, then
buy it, it was a great show.
That's about it. Hope you enjoyed reading some of Henry's work. Buy his cd's,
pay to see him, etc.