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Henry Rollins

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Not only is Henry Rollins known for his musical following – from Black flag to Rollins Band- he’s always kept the attention of other fans through his political views as well as his freethinking. His most recent spoken word captures the attention of the entire audience while he tells tales of his visits to various foreign countries, everyday life at the office, and his tour days with Black Flag.

While talking about his off tour days at the office, Henry lovingly refers to his assistant as “The Demon.” Quick trips to Costco and discovering the George W. Bush book, ‘Decision Points’ — “The Demon” helps Henry Rollins to find humor in any situation, and is always able make the simplest experiences memorable.

He talks about a recent visit to North Korea during which he befriended his guide. Rollins felt bad about the fact that he knew the guy would never get out of country, even though he mentioned how he would come to the United States one day, and he would be sure to look Henry up. The point Rollins was trying to get across to the audience with this story  was that we should never take the country we live in for granted.  Traveling the world only proves that truth with a stronger intensity.

The one thing that really stood out to me during his show was a particular story he told of when he was on tour with Black Flag:  A young woman was unfortunate enough to lose an eye caused by a fellow fan and stage diver.  A year after the show, a young woman approached him and asked if he remembered her, to which he replied no. He was then informed by the girl that she was the one that the oversized stage diver had landed on the year before.  Rollins shrank back in empathetic pain, and stated he was glad she turned out okay.  She removed her glass eye, and told him she lost her actual one that night. Rollins ended by saying, when your mother says don’t do that because you might lose an eye, she’s right.

Not only is Henry Rollins a great spoken word artist, he’s a true Punk Rock legend.

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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