Henry Rollins Teases Mysterious Nashville Project That "Will Make People Smile Until Their Faces Hurt"

"It's something I've been working on for a couple of years ... and I've put my life savings into it"

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 24, 2023

Henry Rollins has teased the arrival of a secretive Nashville-set project in a new interview, sharing that its eventual reveal will bring immense joy to those in the Tennessee capital.

Fielding questions for The Guardian in the latest instalment of their reader-led interview series, Rollins is asked, "In your recent book Sic, you mentioned that you have moved to Nashville to [realize] a major project. What is it?"

While his answer is light on details, Rollins reveals, "It's something I've been working on for a couple of years with my manager, Heidi May, and I've put my life savings into it. All I can say is that we're looking at launching 14 months from now in Nashville and it will make people smile until their faces hurt."

Last August, Nashville Scene reported that an LLC affiliated with Rollins purchased a commercial property in the city's Chestnut Hill neighbourhood. The building, purchased for $2.7 million USD, formerly housed an HVAC business.

When it comes to guessing what this project could be, Rollins shares in the Guardian interview that it won't involve live performance, for his part.

Asked why he has stepped away from recording and performing in recent years as a "music obsessive," Rollins explained, "I stopped processing ideas in terms of lyrics. One day, I woke up and thought: 'I'm done.' My manager flipped out, but I've never looked back. I didn't want to become a human jukebox playing old songs, so I filled the space the band took with films and TV and now my shows, my radio show and writing. At this point, I wouldn't go back on stage with a band for anything."

Rollins currently hosts a weekly radio show on California NPR affilliate KCRW, has hosted programs for National Geographic, and was a regular columnist for LA Weekly. He was most recently onstage for a 2022 spoken word tour.

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