Showing up in a holiday sweater and spreading cheer the rock and roll way, Henry Rollins took to the stage at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform a shaking version of "Carol of the Bells" alongside the show host for what was called a "Very Rollins Christmas."
Colbert and the Black Flag frontman, adorned in monogram holiday sweaters with a "C" and "R" respectively, took on the famed Christmas tune for the Late Show audience. The band comes in a bit heavier once Rollins takes over vocals with his looming wrath, powerful snarls and tough hand gestures. It may be an interesting experience to see the 54-year-old musician take on holiday classic although this surprisingly isn't the first time he's done so. Back in 1991, the vocalist executed a spoken word performance of the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for an Australian compilation titled A Lump of Coal, Rolling Stone notes.
Before the "Carol of the Bells" performance, the frontman discussed his not so traditional holiday customs with Colbert. "I'm a microwave solo act in my utilitarian man box in Los Angeles for Christmas," Rollins said in the clip above. "Food from the store goes into the microwave. I eat it. I listen to records and curse the darkness." He continued to note that he isn't looking for sympathy. "It's not a cry for help," Rollins adds. "I'm fine."
In an exclusive web extra, Rollins shows his expected wrath in the midst of holiday activities like decorating gingerbread houses. After lightly distributing the remaining bit of frosting on his gingerbread house creation, Rollins looks at his work with a smile and appreciation. He then utters the words "phase two" as his Carol of the Bells interpretation kicks in and he dismantles and shoves pieces of the gingerbread house into his mouth with a concerning amount of intensity.