Henry Rollins - of BLACK FLAG fame - had some rather interesting things to say about his experiences opening for THE GREATEST FREAKIN' BAND OF ALL TI... uh, I mean, IRON MAIDEN:
Now I've been to my fair share of IRON MAIDEN concerts - eight or nine of them in the last 12 years, not that anybody is counting, of course - and I have to say that, mildly ridiculous insults aside, that is exactly how we fans feel about the opening acts.
Seriously, I once saw DREAM THEATER open at a MAIDEN gig. Now, if you have ever seen DT play live, you know that those guys are seriously amazing. They are an insanely talented (though in my personal opinion generally soulless and a bit obsessed with guitar-hero wankery) group, and I was lucky enough to see them play live three or four times back when Mike Portnoy was still pounding the skins.
Thing is, though... when they opened for IRON MAIDEN, despite the fact that five of the most talented rock musicians in the world were up there doing their thing, the entire audience at MSG just wanted them to GET THE F*** OFF THE STAGE.
About the only opening act that I think ever successfully got the audience on-side at a MAIDEN gig was Alice Cooper. I saw him open for the band twice in 2012, and boy did he deliver. And that is because his patented style of theatrical shock-rock is about the perfect way to open up for a band that brings on a 12-foot-tall animatronic zombie called Eddie the 'Ead toward the end of their gigs.
Oh, you thought I was making that up, didn't you? Nope. Eddie is real, and he's AWESOME.
Henry Rollins himself is a bit of a character. He wrote an essay called "Iron and the Soul" many years back, in which he laid out the enormous benefits of lifting heavy things and the reasons why he became a lifter himself. As a result of all of that lifting, he is himself in really quite good shape, even today, at the age of 57.
On top of that, Henry Rollins was MGTOW long before that became fashionable, and held absolutely nothing back about why he finds most Western women to be completely pointless:
All of which makes it all the more strange when you realise that he is actually something of a major SJW and a hardcore liberal:
Rollins has become an outspoken human rights activist, most vocally for gay rights. Rollins frequently speaks out on social justice on his spoken word tours and promotes equality, regardless of sexuality. He was the host of the WedRock benefit concert, which raised money for a pro-gay-marriage organization.
In August 2015, Rollins discussed his support for Bernie Sanders as a candidate in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries.
It is pretty unusual to find a hardcore iron addict who is a bleeding-heart liberal. The liberal ideology is fundamentally one of weakness, and one cannot be weak when squatting and deadlifting and bench-pressing heavy weights. It is should not be possible to maintain a mental attitude of weakness and self-loathing, which is the basis of the liberal ideology, while trying to make oneself better and stronger.
Evidently, the exceptions provide the rules.