Henry Rollins Not For Crowd-Pleasing Nostalgia

Henry Rollins

(Classic Rock) Henry Rollins, the former Black Flag frontman and spoken word performer, says that listening to Foreigner and Twisted Sister at Hellfest play their greatest hits last month left him wondering why any artist would want to play old classics for the sake of crowd-pleasing nostalgia.

In his LA Weekly column, Rollins says: "A lot of bands do these blasts from the past. It is the band's total submission to the will of the fan. "The customers get what they want and can leave with a feeling of fulfillment and having been duly served. The rock stars get the adulation, proceeds and whatever else falls into their enclosure.

"I think it's safe to say that there are many motives for why groups do this. The most frequently reached conclusion is that it's for money, and perhaps that's the biggest one.

"I just think the past is sad. It holds all your failures, humiliations and unrecoverable victories. The future offers opportunities to improve, so why wouldn't you run at it with all speed?" Read more here.

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