"Thankfully, the John Coltrane-Bob Dylan aspects permeated and the Archie Bunker aspects did not," he said with a bit of a laugh.
Inevitably, curiosity about the world
around him sprung up for Rollins. He toured the United States and occasionally Europe with Black Flag. Although he is no longer with the group, Rollins' curiosities
have spilled over to his work as an author, photographer and spoken word performer, re-emphasizing his deep interest in politics and culture.
Although many of his fans might be disappointed to learn that Rollins won't be performing music on this tour, audiences can expect a show filled with sharp observations and passionate storytelling.
"When I see things going on in my country that I don't like or could be better, I get angry," he said. "But my anger doesn't lead me to drink or punch holes in the wall, it leads me to be proactive and right a wrong, if that can be done."
Rollins channels his anger and dives head first into the complexities of various issues, priding himself on forming an educated opinion. On a moment's notice, he can cite the Constitution and statistical research to back up any number of his positions.
Everything from the economy to same-sex marriage to abortion rights to war and health care is always on his radar. Just like his days in Black Flag, Rollins' political and social musings in his stand-up work champion the underprivileged and seek a better way for the world.
For a man in his fourth decade of performing in a variety of capacities, one would expect Rollins to take the time to reflect on the impact of his past work.
But truth be told, he could care less about the past and — maybe even more importantly for his die-hard fans — shows no signs of slowing down any time too soon.
"I'm only as good as my newest release — my last book or whatever. Someone will say to me, 'Hey, you wrote that song 40 years ago.' And I'll say, 'yeah.' It's so far away from me now that I can barely take credit for it. I'm only into the present and the future," he said.