posted on August 21, 2006 at 5:59 pm

deep dark dream
nevets come to surface quickly now
rise up through those layers of you
oh dear muse such a sad dream
that it’d all come to the end
i was alone
comradeless
i ‘d been all these different places
seen the cities ripped backsides
i stood in front of hundredsa people
and i sang and i played
and then we drove
and we drove
and we drove
on crystal clear mornings
n foggy dawns
thru crumbling towers
mountains of stone
vast savannahs
oh those beautiful forests
oh those mysterious bayous
the heat in the south
i loved it
and now its all over
in 2 days i’ll be skippin’ down the street w/ mah doodles
on the way to school
this life
n all its noise n rush n excitement n anxiety
will seem as a dream to me now

oh nevets what a lovely hotel you find yourself in
yes muse
a gorgeous sentient tree stretched its hands towards
my first floor balcony
my room is bright colours
with great artwork upon the wall
cut up collages of masters
ruthlessly superimposed on top of each other
my curtains slide all the way back revealing
an amazing japanese-y garden
a swimming pool with the #s 69 painted on over n over
there are stunning mexican god statues
in mindbending tiny tiles
reptiles n buddhas
a carefully tended oasis
i sit at my desk in my lovely room
my last hotel room/womb for this tour
mimesis 2 the instrumental mixes
fill the air with soft muted melancholia
the nite before last we slept in the club
thanks to ed who let us sleep on his floor
shank hall millwalkee
ha it seems like a dream i had a million years ago
life speeds up
it goes by like blurr
the five week tour
all those miles
the conversations
the pitstops
the huge roadside malls
full of starbux, bugger king, kfcu,waffel house, maccas
the guys drivin winnebagos
where are all the stage techs n bartenders
my time has been sucked into the vortex of past
beware fiendss
time is moving faster these days
you all knew it yer heart of hearts tho, i guess
my dream is over
i can try to clutch at it
but its gone
as if it never happened
now i face a long flight back to australia
where things are easy goin’
thats true
but we dont get audiences like we do in
atlantadetroitsanfranchicagonewyork
and thats just a fact
these places ….
they give us back what we need
that final ingredient for transcendence
the audiences willingness
and will
to make it happen
yes i love sydney n melb n brizzy audiences
and im lookin’ forward to or tour there
but the audiences in america
they deeply understand
they connect
they need
and if they get it
their reciprocated joy
enables musicians to take flight
i’m gonna miss that
its only in the states
cos the states invented show biz folks
yep
all the cliches
all the yardsticks
and before ya say anything else
let me just add that 95 per cent of the venues
we played at on this tour were IMPECCABLE!
beautiful theatres
groovy h.o.b.s
c’mon
i feel fucking priveleged to have played there
at this stage of the game
cos we’re running on sheeer integrity only
and oh i wanna come and play again
cos despite the political stuff
and what say do we poor ordinary people have in that?
yanks?
pommies?
aussies?
cool euro trash?
none of us got much say in the way this poor olde world
is being right royally rogered
so….
this is it
the american people
you know
the ones i met at the gigs
n the people who took the money at the petrol stations
n the strangers who gave me directions when i was lost
n the hotel staff who gave me my magnetic strip kee kards
n the wonderful darling audiences who came n clapped n cheered
i love you
i really do
you fill me with purposes to live
your presence at our shows was magical
i feel honoured to have played before such people as you were
in every city
wonderful committed people
warm hearted modest hard workin’
i met professors, i met heirs, i met carpenters, i met nurses
i met bell man, i met maids, i met people
who didnt seem to know what they were doing
i met people from these comments on here
you know who you are
sorry if i didnae mention ya all
now youve seen me close up
can ya see the real me….canya? canya?
nope you didnt
you saw someone in extraordinary circumstances
that guy wasnt me
im always back home in bondi
on my balcony doing yoga
i can hear evie n aurora talkin n laughin
in their bedroom
nks in the kitchen w/powderfinger or tori amos pumping
baby bumper mobile n dangerous
spring is coming to my adopted home
spring in bondi
oh the cafes
of the night life
oh the romance
oh the blossoming forth of a thousand fragrances n colours
the sea still cold….just how this old beach comber likes it
maybe i made anuff money from this tour
to comb that beach a little
to hang in the sauna n look out over the pacific ocean
to do my laps n see the swimmin’ regs down there everyday
this extreme chapter has almost closed
san francisco last night wassa dream
but i was too tired to knock it over the top
too much jazz!!!!!!!!!!!!
was inundated from the moment i arrived
i wassa smokin spliffs joints reefers pipes with kush
molecular redistributors hurling thc molecules
at yer fucking receptors like nobodies biz
i was tired
i was sad
i was emotional
it was the last show
n i was underwhelmed by myself
just like i guess when the day comes
that we really do our last ever show anywhere
itll be an empty feeling like this
a void
ah good
my olde mate rikki from the bjm rings to says hes comin over
n another friend waldo n his daughter
i gotta day in san fran to maybe buy some pressies
im afraid someones gonna leave before i can say goodbye
robby dicko….what can i say to that guy
what a pleasure
a real gentleman
a classic bona fide olde time film star type
long may you rock olde fruit
and so thats it really isnt it?
you may see me wandrin round san fran today
with presents for silly doodlegirls with wonky teeth
or ya may see me in aveggie restaurant
cryin crocodile tears into mah vegan burrito
or ya may see me smokin the rest of my sf jazz stash
(special thanks to lovely lady with red hair
n altoids tin containing 6 or 7 pre-made numbers
of v. high quality
WOW!)
we did a bit of clowning around at a shriek thing
we walked all the way there thru some bad bits of town
shame on the govts for letting san fran get like that
dirty shabby pissy grotty n nasty
the us aint gotta nuff dough to fix this mess up?
dont make me laugh
n yeah
im naive
i guess im not smart enuff to unnerstand
how a country can let its poor bits get so so so fuckin’ rundown
n if ya dont believe me
then drive into chicago the back way
cos theres concentric rings of poverty
holdin’ up the pretty bits in the middle
i just seen the tip of the iceberg
but as an australian…
and as a human
i was/am shocked at this tragic joke
the needless poverty
the need for socialism
the need to care for the down n outs
people, its no fun having money
when ya trippin’ over the corpses of the destitute
cmon america
take care of yer own
give em some fuckin hope
oh you cold hearted wretches who have wrought this misery
of poverty
i seen stuff thatd make ya weep
america
how can i sum ya up
i love ya so much
i m scared of ya so much
ya so misunderstood
but youre a fuckin goose too sometimes
get with it
everybody
we gotta do the whole thing
we gotta go the whole way
no wars nowhere for no reason
no poverty, we wont stand for it
vegetarianism, no more slaughter of anything
decriiminalise the dope you morons
let school reflect the aspirartions of art n humanity
not sausage machines churning out yes men
switch off the telly you lazy dolt
exercise
breathe
see the beauty of this amazing n terrible land
pray to god for sweet mercy
hang up that mobile phone…dyer really need it?
love
love
love
give it a shot
its the easiest n the hardest thing
think of me tonite
on that miserable jet flyin back home
to nk n mah other darlins
bye the u.s.
see ya round

sk san francisco 12 17
overcast n cool

103 Responses to “a bit of a mess,sire”

  1. avatar
    littleginseng | 21 August 2006 at 7:37 pm #

    Safe journey back to Oz, Stevo. Thanks for the tunes!

  2. avatar
    Brian Turner | 21 August 2006 at 7:40 pm #

    Have a safe trip…Come back to Atlanta anytime..There will always be a audience waiting for ya…
    Thanks for the great show..
    Keep on rockin…

  3. avatar
    aperus | 21 August 2006 at 7:41 pm #

    How in the heck?! You drove from Milwaukee to San Fran in a day? That must have been one grueling drive. Waiting to hear the comments on the show…

  4. avatar
    Padders | 21 August 2006 at 7:44 pm #

    Man, where did that month go ????

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 7:44 pm #

    ciao ciao caro-chi va’ piano va sano e va’ lontano!!
    “festina lente”
    f.

  6. avatar
    John Garratt | 21 August 2006 at 7:52 pm #

    “let me just add that 95 per cent of the venues
    we played at on this tour were IMPECCABLE!”

    Jacksonville must fall into that other 5%.

    John

  7. avatar
    Rachel | 21 August 2006 at 7:53 pm #

    Thanks to you, Steve, for visiting us and sharing the music (and the adventures via blog).
    Happy travels home!

    Rachel
    Illinois

  8. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 21 August 2006 at 7:57 pm #

    Everyone:

    I posted a review of the gig in the comments for “a midwestern prayer”, do y’all want me to repost it in this comments section?

    I just need one “yes”

    Hey SK, have fun with RM, Waldo and his daughter, you should come by 3333 California Street so I can give you the pressies for Eve and Aurora!

    Besos,
    Cecilia

  9. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 21 August 2006 at 7:57 pm #

    Steve,
    I won’t say goodbye because that would be too final…so….so long for now! Thank you for making so many people so happy these past several weeks. Now have a safe journey home, relax and enjoy your lovely family. You always have friends here in America and you know where to find us.
    love always,
    denise
    xxoo

  10. avatar
    Gareth,Notts | 21 August 2006 at 8:19 pm #

    AMAZING blog/gigs/band/music/art/ inspiration/and last but not least,bloke!!!fucking great stuff!!!!!!!

  11. avatar
    leelinau | 21 August 2006 at 8:35 pm #

    The Milwaukee show was charged with energy from a group of musicians well spent.

    Didn’t get to meet ya steve, thats ok tho from your comments on stage didn’t sound like you would want to anyhow. (did you hear the groan of the crowd when you said that about the hubbies taking pictures of you with ugly wives??)

    Sorry about that old bloke (sitting RIGHT in front of ME) who yelled “stairway to heaven” think I actually saw your jaw clench.

    And the idiot (I was surrounded by them) who kept yelling for UTMW. Do you know that ass left after that song. I wanted to trip him as he left.

    I couldn’t believe how animated you were. How talkative compared to last two shows I seen (house of blues chicago 98 and shank hall 2002[?]). Like night and day the difference. Last couple times you stared off into space and sang, this time you moved and communicated and the theatrics made us all laugh.

    And Peter, the silent warrior, Marty with his showmanship (or showboating [ahem, camel toe] WHITE pants?? 😛 ). Tim holding it all together.

    It was a masterpiece, magic, and talent flowing into one.

    Rob…he was cute an all, and energetic, but I agree his lyrics were cheesy. But he means well…
    Your Roadie (Davita???) plays very well. Brave girl.

    Well, please tell us you’ll come back. Shank Hall was packed! You must come back. And maybe by then I’ll have exercised, modified and been homogenized enough to meet you (heheh).

    I still love ya…no matter what. You kept me alive and kicking all these years…which I have noticed ARE going faster. Maybe if only by a second or two, but that does makes ALL the difference out in space.

    xo,
    Adina

  12. avatar
    lily | 21 August 2006 at 8:36 pm #

    SK,

    Hope you have a safe and tolerable flight home and that you’re able to enjoy some R ‘n’ R with the family for a while. I hope to catch a gig on your next U.S. tour!

    lily

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 8:46 pm #

    Steven,

    Go home and get some rest. Hug your kids and be a dad. Jump in the cold ocean, enjoy life.

    San Francisco was wonderful. It was a joy to have you guys here for a visit, come back soon.

    Michael

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 8:47 pm #

    hello my dear Orpheus,

    I’ve been missing you all since last Friday,
    leaving Cleveland.

    Been wondering how the drives were and
    that you probably won’t be home again
    until Wednesday. When you’ll have those
    beauties in your arms.

    Rob is such a movie star, isn’t he?
    Mr Cool.

    I can only say thank you and thank you
    and thank you for everything and I hope
    your foot’s all better and that Aurora’s
    tooth is fine and safe travels home.

    To Marty, Peter, Tim and yourself,
    and Tiane (sp?), Petra and Davida,
    thank you from the bottom of my heart
    for allowing me to share so much of this
    tour with you. A better bunch of people
    I’ve yet to meet.

    Sweet dreams, smooth flying and all my love,
    Mary in Philly
    (MandN)

  15. avatar
    pharaoh | 21 August 2006 at 8:49 pm #

    Another sterling foray into the blogosphere, Mr K.

    I’m disappointed to read though that Australian audiences dont respond to you as well as US audiences. For me every Chruch show is a special event… i’ve seen almost every Briz show in the last 10 years (ie. lots) and loved every one of them. Never thought you cats were less than brilliant.

    I guess stereotypes would suggest that not unlike the Brits, we’re more ‘restrained’ or ‘subdued’ than our American friends. Personally though, i have to apologise for having never shared my enthusiasm with you or the other guys in conversation only because im reticent and introverted by nature. And because like your SF show, im usually too jazzed for the experience to make great conversation anyway.

    Hope the flight home is (relatively) painless and those cool Bondi waves wash your end-of-tour blues away… and i’m madly anticipating your next Brizzy show, whenever that may be.

    Godspeed, Mr K.

  16. avatar
    eek | 21 August 2006 at 8:53 pm #

    “I posted a review of the gig in the comments for “a midwestern prayer”, do y’all want me to repost it in this comments section?

    I just need one “yes” “

    Yes!

    (gah, my first comment in days and it’s a comment to a comment…. Probably just as well.)

  17. avatar
    Cortez | 21 August 2006 at 8:55 pm #

    Safe Journey Steve.

    Loved your show Friday in Chicago.
    I am still numb…………….

    Look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future.

    Keep the tunes coming.

  18. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 21 August 2006 at 8:59 pm #

    Thank you eek, baby sweetie!

    Lonnnnng SF account:

    We kept SK and the rest of the lads up late last night, we actually threw in the towel well before they did and I didn’t get home until 2 AM!
    It was a soaring evening, Marty calling for POSITIVITY, right after soundcheck and I believe it did happen.
    Of course there were the typical spattering of requests which are now becoming like fingernails on a chalkboard but they were minimal, praise the goddesses.
    Steve was light on his toes despite the glass, voice immaculate and making up lyrics here and there (“Sometimes when this morgue is kind of empty…”)Marty was a blur on guitar and right on the mark with his vocals. Peter on mandolin, harmonica and piano gave each song a new depth and he seemed very amused by his fellow musicians’ antice. Tim held everything together and show us his less concusive side when at the piano. One observation: Marty plays drums con mucho coraje! I thought the drumkit was going to explode!
    We were treated to 3 encores and to UNGUARDED MOMENT which had never been played in Northern California before, ever, ever – so yeah, you think that was a treat? The place went mad; you guessed it, several standing Os. They deserved it, I mean here it was the finish line, they were exhausted having slept at the fkn venue the night before AND they didn’t give us any excuses, they gave us their ENTIRE SOUL, it was amazing and honestly defies description.
    Some stage banter:
    Steve “How can I become the next Jerry Garcia?”
    Marty: “Get fatter!”
    Steve: “Why Phish and why not The Church?”
    Marty: “We’d have to spell Church with a K.”
    Steve:”This song we can play in Palm Springs.”
    Marty “Emerson, Lake and Palm Springs.”
    Steve:”It doesn’t matter what I drink or smoke, nothing has an effect on me.”
    Marty: “That’s because you’re 78!”
    You get the picture, it was just fkn brilliant and everyone was digging on the great vibes although I did have a drunk Joe Jackson lookalike sit next to me who insisted on behaving like a drunk shouting out the last word Steve would utter during a story. Steve would say “Milwaukee…” and drunk Joe would scream “MILWAUKEE!”
    People, why?
    But let’s not focus on that loser… bottom line there was much hippy, trippy love for the band and we felt it ripple back towards us. I’m sure someone will post the set list and I believe it didn’t much vary with the exception of Unguarded Moment. The smokey, slinky jazzed downed Reptile is very tasty.
    Can’t wait until 2008!
    Besos,
    Cecilia
    Thanks to MWP, SK, TP, Tiare and all the bloggy friends that were there that I didn’t get to meet…next time.
    xxx

  19. avatar
    restaurant mark | 21 August 2006 at 9:08 pm #

    hey steve, have a safe flight home. enjoy you’re family! see you next time. i’m always listening no matter where you’re at. take care and peace.
    mark

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 August 2006 at 9:16 pm #

    you’re going to miss us, and we’re going to miss you, too, but you are glad to be going back home. after all, home is where the heart is.

    thanks for a wonderful tour. and, especially for myself, for making dallas so memorable!! i still can’t believe that after 21 years a fan i finally got to meet y’all. here’s a big hug and kiss for ya:
    {{{steve}}}
    mmmmuah!!!

    lotza love…..

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 9:16 pm #

    hi sk
    even though
    i didn’t get to
    see you
    this time ;(
    i’m so so happy
    that you came
    to the us and
    loved reading
    your bloggie
    every day
    and hearing
    about your
    adventures
    your impressions
    thank you so
    much for
    sharing with us

    also
    thanks to the commenters
    who brought me
    along on your
    churchy trips
    when i couldn’t
    make mine
    it was so much
    fun

    so … even
    though i didn’t
    get to see you
    i feel kinda sad
    like i’m saying goodbye
    when i didn’t even
    get to say hello

    so hello sk
    lots of love
    diane
    xo

    ps
    hope next time
    you can make it
    to denver or
    john and i
    can make it
    to wherever
    we love you

  22. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 21 August 2006 at 9:22 pm #

    you know you have me by the balls, don’t you, can you give me a hint or something to that fact, HOW SOON IS NOW???
    mjnjr

  23. avatar
    Brian | 21 August 2006 at 9:27 pm #

    Bye for now, Steve, and bye to The Church for a little while, until we meet again. It was a pleasure to share your touring world for a few days; it’s an amazing thing you all do together!

  24. avatar
    Melquiades | 21 August 2006 at 10:00 pm #

    What a gift to be treated to your poetically charged interpretations of the states (mind and country), the personal, the performances on stage, the laughter, the tears, the undying optimist, the surrealist, the pessimist, the blues, man.

    I love reading everyone’s comments as well.

    btw, I love BJM. also, I was checking out Ricky Maymi out and on his myspace site there’s this girl in a pix with MWP, ricki and her. I recognized her from the tour. She was helping on the filming. cute girl. Anyway, maybe she’s Ricky and I’m just fucked up.

    I wish you the best in all your travels Steve and please come back soon.

  25. avatar
    Cyndi | 21 August 2006 at 10:09 pm #

    We love you right back, Mr. Kilbey! Take a walk on Bondi beach for me. Until your wonderful band comes back, God love you all!!!!!!

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 10:11 pm #

    Melquiades:
    That’s Tiare, band manager extraordinaire and all around goddess.
    Cee
    x

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 10:13 pm #

    Steve,
    Arizona loves ya…loved the show at the Marquee!!!
    Have a safe trip back to Oz.
    Happy trails… til we meet
    again.

  28. avatar
    stealthblue | 21 August 2006 at 10:32 pm #

    Good for you, Steve! You did it once again! It’s over and we so appreciated your presence in our fine country. She’s a little beat up, but still beautiful. It’s too bad we do spend the money on trivial things, but I will leave it at that. I think you know what I am referring to. On a lighter note, I am very, very grateful for having had the opportunity to meet you, after all these years. You have no idea how much that meant to me. My girl was impressed as well. She too thinks yer pretty hot! 🙂 I told her that I should be so lucky to turn out like “olde SK.” You’re a special soul, brother. I can imagine how it must feel to have it all come to an end…for now. The tour is done, Oz is calling and I bet you’re just excited to get back to your family. Thanks again for all you do. You deserve a break, well at least until you feel the need for more!! I know some folks think that being an artist such as yourself is “easy money” and glamourous, but it’s a different story than that, isn’t it. You worked your ass off and now you can breathe a little bit. God bless you, man. Take it all in. Have a very safe flight home and please keep us posted.

    Whoever is bashing Rob, is it really necessary to do that? He’s heart and soul, people. Despite what you thought were “cheesy” lyrics, those are some very well written songs. No doubt you cannot please everyone, but he truly deserves more credit than that…my opinion anyway. Sometimes, simplicity is best. Sometimes there is a need for more complexity, just depends on the song and all the “five Ws” pertaining to its origination. Perhaps if you had the chance to actually listen to his record, as well as those of Catherine Wheel, you might change your mind. Also, he is a really nice guy and personally, it was a double pleasure experiencing this tour. I think we were blessed to have such a talented bill. Thanks, Rob, for joing the Church on this tour. Perhaps we’ll be just as lucky next time around.
    Peace Everyone…
    BV

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    sk,
    we will miss you as much as you’ll miss us. it was a pleasure doing a little grocery shopping for you. sorry we didn’t bring any appalatia-n jazz to atlanta.
    yous guys rock and i mean that.
    you’re still beautiful baby.
    mimesis 2…….now that’s just unfair.

    richard and dena
    not exactly in that order

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 10:48 pm #

    Guys,
    Thaks for the wonderful show last night. Til’ next time….

    Paul

  31. avatar
    Steve Davis | 21 August 2006 at 10:51 pm #

    Oh, The San Francisco Show last night. Was is really that good? Steve says he’s tired? Pfft! Either I Can’t tell or don’t seem to mind. The show is mezmerizing. This is, believe it or not, after listening to them since 1985, my first Church show. I was not dissapointed. Tracks I thought they wouldn’t play like Grind and Reptile and older wonders like Unguarded Moment and Tristesse swirled amongst newer gems like Block and Day 5 with Steve somehow Mixing in Lyrics From Joy Division(atmosphere?), Jimi Hendrix(very briefly), Go Betweens(Cattle and cane)plus a slew of others along the way, altering the words of others-Like the humor during ULMW about Morgues. I loved it! It was all fabulous and unreal and beautiful. And you did Providence. God I miss Grant. All such great music.

    Steve, you were particularly entertaining. The whole band was great, playing, everything. I’ve been reading the bloggy type thing here regularly so it was interesting to see that lexicon transferred on to stage. Just a great show. 3 encores too? I’m mashed this morning and it wasn’t the jazz ciggies either. Enjoy SF. May the beach back home at Bondi be cool and comfortable….

    Steve

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 11:07 pm #

    Steve – Thanks for everything, we miss you boys and look forward to your safe arrival home. Enjoy those babies of yours and revel in your bonid existance. You worked hard and given the punters what they wanted. We thank you all for that.

    We look forward to seeing ya when your ready in Melbourne – were gunna give you boys a big hug cause we loves ya.

    Pierre Melbourne (its nearly spring and blossoms abound)

  33. avatar
    mike a | 21 August 2006 at 11:13 pm #

    Have a good trip back home!! I bet you miss your family ssssooo much and can’t wait to see them again. I can’t believe your schedule, Chicago, Milwaukee, and SF all in three days!!! I am still very impressed with the Chicago show – it was an awesome experience!!

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 11:15 pm #

    Thanks for coming to Orlando HOB. Best show I saw at that venue – you guys were awesome! BTW – just wanted to let you know that your version of Cortez the Killer (Neil Young cover) is the greatest cover of any song by anyone anywhere! Please consider doing it live in the future.

    Best of luck and thanks for the blog – great reading.

    Ed in Florida

  35. avatar
    Holden | 21 August 2006 at 11:28 pm #

    Steve:

    still waiting for the encore from myrtle beach; how about performing it in chapel hill, nc next time around; thanks for continuing on once MWP split from the stage; it was pretty impressive to witness; your band does have a lot of damn integrity; keep playing and coming back to the states; we’re all gettin older but no reason to stop playing your music and making more; best of luck; thanks for continuing on with us.

  36. avatar
    avalon | 21 August 2006 at 11:29 pm #

    Come on back to the states soon SK!

  37. avatar
    baby | 21 August 2006 at 11:35 pm #

    dint get to say goodnight, brother
    godspeed home
    if i do not see you again in this world, i suppose there is always the next, or even the one after that where mwp will not be sad (as long as he has a magic marker, i surmise)

  38. avatar
    calling down baal and zeusi | 22 August 2006 at 12:11 am #

    come back soon ,..safe trip home ,..

  39. avatar
    tristan | 22 August 2006 at 12:16 am #

    through the mud and steam we clean our mind, keen our eyes and brighten our souls…

    my sincerest thanks for sharing the journey.

    ML
    TN

  40. avatar
    ben | 22 August 2006 at 12:23 am #

    Glad to hear the tour sends ya home with some good memories. I certainly will always remember hearing u guys live. The music is timeless and seems to only get better, and thats inspiring to all.

  41. avatar
    supper's ready | 22 August 2006 at 12:24 am #

    hey steve,

    thanks for taking us
    under the wing of your blog
    on the ups and
    downs
    of this tour
    and the good, the bad,
    and the ugly
    of this country

    jacksonville was not what any of us
    had hoped for
    but you did what you could
    and that made it more than worth it
    glad a lot of the other shows went well

    some harsh words have been said about
    Marty, but he’s the real deal
    everyone should buy the noctorum cds

    have a safe trip and
    looking forward to hearing again
    from you and your amazing muse

    raz

  42. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 22 August 2006 at 12:34 am #

    Real Kilbey-life and rock star Kilbey-life both sound like two equally beautiful dreams: at home, perhaps it seems like playing for people and being adored is the dream, but then when touring, far off beach, swimmy, family seem just as remote and hazy. Both existences seem just as fascinating. Though there is finality it the air, I hope this will only lead on to the next chapter in the saga that is the Kil-being.

    Safe journeying,
    Liz

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    BrianEricson@msn.com | 22 August 2006 at 12:40 am #

    Dearest Mr. Kilbey,

    There are no words that can describe the magnitude of thanks to you and Marty, Tim and Peter. Thanks, for your time and efforts through your careers. Thanks for the endless roads and miles that you’ve traveled. Thanks, for allowing me the privilege of enduring a night which has truly been a life changing evening. Saturday night at Shank Hall.

    I have been a fan of you gents for many, many years. Yet Saturday night in Milwaukee was my first opportunity to see you perform live. It was surreal, a dreamscape setting. To soak in your aura, hear your voice and feel your music was truly magnificent. Magnificent to the point where a part of my life now feels more complete and whole for having had the chance to take in the performance. The fact that I was able to sit next to the stage, next to the horizontal stack of speakers on the right-hand side, with the bass drum pulsating through my body, mere feet away from you gents…utterly mind-blowing.

    Textured rich and delicate.

    Most sincere thoughts and well wishes to you and your family upon your safe return home to Bondi. Please come back to America again!

    Regards,

    Mr. Ericson
    Pewaukee, WI

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 12:42 am #

    Hi Steve,

    sounds like the crunmch made a lot of american fans very happy.

    Wish there was something I could do to make you more visible in Oz.

    Regards
    Celticat

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 22 August 2006 at 1:49 am #

    Sk and all…(borrowing your blog again SK, please forgive me!)
    Someone said Rob’s lyrics were cheesy – ok, to each his own, everyone has their right to an opinion. I happen to find his songs beautiful and touching. Ok – story here about Rob: (pass over if you don’t care to read it)

    Something that touched me to the core however, is what I saw Rob do at the Park West. Now I’ve got a cold, a sick cat, and (gents cover your ears) am a little hormonal, but even last Friday night this struck me as so so sweet. There was a gentleman sitting in front of Rob all during his set. I watched this young man; he seemed a little out of place and seemed to be alone, but he knew EVERY SONG Rob sang, and was so obviously a HUGE fan of Rob and of The Catherine Wheel. I kept looking at him because he just seemed so happy. Now Rob usually is kind enough to go out after his set and do a meet and greet with fans near the merch table. Apparently this young man either missed that announcement, or perhaps didn’t want to give up his seat as he was alone.

    Long after the Church’s show was over, this guy was hanging around. He came up to myself and my friends and asked if Rob was around. We told him Rob usually comes out earlier to meet fans and that he was gone now. I felt so sorry for him; he seemed SO crushed. Obviously something happened however – because a few minutes later, down the stairs comes Rob Dickinson to meet this young man, chat with him, sign his stuff, etc. He spent a fair amount of time with him. I watched it all (the voyeur that I am) and was so happy for the fan. I knew Rob was tired, his voice was rhaspy that night….but he still came down and was kind to this person.

    As he bounded back upstairs I went up to him and said “Rob, that was so cool – and jokingly, ‘it was like a Hallmark moment!” He laughed and said he didn’t know he’d had an audience.

    What’s my point? Rob Dickinson is human, yes, he may or may not be your cup of tea, but he also may be one of the kindest, classiest people I’ve ever met. I have no idea how famous he became in The Catherine Wheel since I missed that whole thing, haha. But he didn’t need to come down for that fan. (BTW – I fully understand how musicians often want and need to be alone – and I DO respect that.)

    But I saw such kindness and generosity there and I thought, if only everyone in the world could just be kind to each other. Why is that so hard?

    BTW SK – you’re guilty as charged too now. You’ve become a really sweet, kind, generous ‘old hippy’ as you might say. Even though we understand that you need to decompress alone after the shows (and I think we all do respect that), when you do come out for your fiends, fans and friends, you are a gentleman of class and kindness and supreme generosity. Gettin’ nice and sweet and cuddly in yer old age? What’s wrong with you? You’re doin’ it all backwards man! Hee.

    That’s my story…nothing special…we’re all in this mystery, this reality, this illusion together. If only kindness were the main currency of our planet, what could we all accomplish?

    Thanks for all the great reviews BTW. Godspeed SK and all the other memebers of the Univited Like the Clouds US Tour.
    love,
    d.
    xxoo

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    Melquiades | 22 August 2006 at 1:51 am #

    the sand pushes up through your toes
    the waves sweep in
    in carries the night
    out goes the sultry tide

    Hope that bondi beach stroll
    feels grainy on your toes.

    let the moonlight
    the lunar reflection
    cast into your night,
    my wise traveling friend.

    We love you, man. 🙂

    thanks for the info about Tiare, Cee. x

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    drzej | 22 August 2006 at 1:52 am #

    Ahh sir, it was a championship performance last night in SF, just as you described, really. Hail to those for whom the years do not simply pile up but are instead arrayed. Not the stones hitting the surface but the impact. The concentric circle of poverty in Chicago’s antidote. The result itself. Like that.

    And can Tim please share where he got those fabulous shaker drumsticks from?

    Six of us came and enjoyed the show immensely and waved from the balcony.

    The bit about the corpse in UTMW was priceless.

    There is a lot going on in the minds of this country and I’m glad that y’all were able to through to the reel deel.

    Stay lovely.

    drzej

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    Melquiades | 22 August 2006 at 2:03 am #

    she’s a goddess.
    a stroll across the heavens eye
    She’s a treat
    right before the devil’s pyre

    btw, Steve i got that Siouxsie reference. borrowed, but not stolen.
    Not like you probably intended it that way, anyway.

    right on.

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    mrs. baal n zeus | 22 August 2006 at 2:06 am #

    I think I will
    turn off the television
    fall is coming
    to Pennsylvania
    my favorite thing.

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    mrs. baal n zeus | 22 August 2006 at 2:07 am #

    look forward
    to the honor and the pleasure
    of the music again

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    Melquiades | 22 August 2006 at 2:11 am #

    Well, if you have to ask(I already answered my question)

    btw, I like how you include your dialogue with your muse. This is very genius and I understand. that voice she is ready and willing. it may be the most accesible being in your/our world. to go on I might be suffocating its virtue. in fact, ive typed this line and retyped it, due to her. she said tell them hello.

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 2:13 am #

    please, please, please say you will come back again to the U.S. Especially down south, but not in August! I too am a 20 year fan. I have been twirling and floating to Church tunes for many years. It was such a fantastic treat to see you live. Life is a funny thing, I still feel like I did 20 years ago – maybe even better. Don’t wait too long so I can still twirl and float without a walker!!!!
    Have a safe trip home! We love ya!

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    Melquiades | 22 August 2006 at 2:21 am #

    somewhere out on that balcony
    yeah, she was always yelling out there
    the craters gonna get her
    the vein in her hand
    it’s trying to tell her

    And along that long long night
    inside that poseidon
    inside her there lies
    a world
    a world inviting

    lost on tiny seashells
    down that smoky boil
    along that dying corridor
    you said we needed more

    with the afterhours
    within that we’re torn
    a dusty apparition
    parched and
    wanting more

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    Melquiades | 22 August 2006 at 2:26 am #

    mmmm…..sausage……

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    smoochgirl | 22 August 2006 at 2:27 am #

    Bravo! I must say seeing you guys in Houston was THE highlight of my summer! I’m bummed because the tour is finally over and so is the adventure. Thanks for taking us with you. I will look forward to your return (again, PLEASE don’t wait 16 yrs to come back!!!). I am happy for you getting to return to paradise in Bondi and to your beloved family. Sounds like a dream.

    No joke about time flying. I’m on the verge of turning 30 (2 days after your b-day) and feeling very nostalgic. Mi esposo (who is 9 yrs my sr.) says this is normal at this age. I’m trying to live in the moment, enjoying each day for what it is. When I first began dating my husband over 10 yrs ago (we have our 10th wedding anniversary on 9/29) he turned me on to your music and ever since then it’s been a very important factor in our marriage and we have many wonderful memories listening to your albums together. Seeing you live was the icing on the cake and another memory we will never forget.

    I really enjoyed your take on different parts of our country; places I’ve yet to visit, but would like to someday. Yeah, we’ve got our quirks, but who doesn’t? And, NO, we DON’T need socialism!!! I’m fine taking care of myself & my family without gov’t aide and pay enuff freakin’ tax dollars to support the poor fellas in poverty. In fact, I think they wouldn’t be so poor if we weren’t constantly holding their hands. Why should they work if they’re gonna get free handouts?? We work our asses of and are still up to our eyeballs in debt. And no, we don’t go on frivilous shopping sprees. We’re trying to spend less, yet seem to owe more. But what canya do? That’s another topic for another time and place.

    “let school reflect the aspirartions of art n humanity”

    Now this I can’t agree with more, esp being an art teacher! Not everyone is left-brained, yet that’s how our educational system is geared. Yet another topic I will save for another time, but will turn our youth on to art while I can. 🙂

    Steve, I’ve really enjoyed getting to see ya and getting to know ya on this tour (I wish I coulda met ya), whether it’s the “real” you or not, you are one cool cat! I must say that for the longest time, I pictured you guys as on the cover of Gold Afternoon Fix (my 1st Church album)! We have a poster of that hanging in our house. I hadn’t seen any recent photos of y’all so it was interesting seeing you in person (in a good way, of course, as you all age well!). For my 1st Church show ever, after listening for over 10 yrs, I was not disappointed! It was THE best concert I’ve attended. You guys rock and you know it. Rob was cool too. Thank you so much for coming and making my dream of seeing you come true. Take care!

    Caryn

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    smoochgirl | 22 August 2006 at 2:47 am #

    Queen H,

    Lovely story about Rob! I wish I coulda gotten into the Catherine Wheel thing more too, but only own one album: Happy Days. Such an ironic title as the album is anything but. It has the song “Heal” with which Rob opened his set in Houston. I bought it because of “Judy Staring at the Sun” a duet he did with Tonya Donelly (formerly of Belly & the Breeders). It’s such a meloncholy song that most always brings tears to my eyes, but one of my all-time favorites. Most of the album is pretty harsh with guitar feedback & all but it does rock.I personally have to be in a (bad) mood to listen to it. It’s a good album to build sculpture to. Rob has the same sexy voice he’s always had.

    When he sang “Black Metallic” it gave me chills and “Chrome” was like visiting an old friend. I will soon be the proud new owner of those respective albums as well as Fresh Wine. Rob is a passionate musician and I’m happy to have become reacquainted with him.

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    SherrySings | 22 August 2006 at 3:13 am #

    Ah, Steve, I haven’t the words… except to say that you and the boys will always be well-loved in Virginia. Falls Church was great! don’t know why it took me so long to say so… love the bloggie! been catching up since the show.

    It was May 1988 when a friend bought 3 tickets and told my sister and I that we had to see this band from Australia. First time I heard any Church songs (except UTMW) was at that show… I saw you 11 times that year… (I’ve never done that with any band, before or since) and what I remember most is your kind and generous spirit.

    …and I feel like you’ve given all of us something special here, an extraordinarily rare and precious gift, your courageous sharing and willingness to be seen… if only one has the eyes to see.

    So glad to hear about the meditation and swimming and vegan and yoga and doodles and vignettes in your daily life… inspires me to change my life in small ways and see what happens. And you finally answered my eternal question: “WHERE does he GET this stuff?” (Stop eating the meat and you’ll see!)

    As long as you keep singing, we will be there to receive the gift.

    LOVE and PEACE to you always!!!

  58. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 3:31 am #

    Sounds like a pipe dream to me.

  59. avatar
    Melquiades | 22 August 2006 at 3:36 am #

    and so mote it be

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    Lil' Me BiG World | 22 August 2006 at 3:49 am #

    Love You Too Steve…

    Thank You For The Music,
    The Poetry,
    The Art,
    The Lovely Visit,
    The Beautiful Card &
    And For All You Do For Us Fans…
    I Can Not Even Begin To Express My Gratitude.
    All My Love To You & The Guys…
    Many Hugs!

    THank You! Thank You! Thank You!
    No, Thank You!

    Wish You Safe Travels
    & Happy Journeys!

    Namaste,
    Lil Me
    (The Silly Girl @ The Milwaukee Show With The Ganesh Shirt.)

  61. avatar
    Tokin' Jester | 22 August 2006 at 4:29 am #

    Hello Mr. Nevets– How’s yer Bass?Little gravity difficulty? Yer foot OK?I’ve been a fan long enough ta not care if y’all mess uppa bit–I’ve been eavesdropping on lotsa others out there with me on the lunatic fringe— General consensus– The Church– If they’ll play fer us WE WILL COME–I’ve loved yer band fer years & years- I don’t see any reason ta stop now—(If I hadda tail, it’d be waggin’ so HARD — it’d be smackin’ me in the head)– Way RAD ta see miss Davida up there with Rob & ya’ll! PATTI TOO!!!! I also spoke with my lovely husband– we (I) were thinkin’– we’d set aside $–50.00- a month –send it ta ya inna coupla years (not too much longer tho’-withdrawls & all)to help out with the shipping & handling of the Church, AND ALL yer guitars & junk—& tour inna real lux coach–along with smugglin’ I’m goin ta seek a promoter mentor– I’m convinced lacka promotion is holdin’ yer popularity back–I’ve done the best I can do alone– Obviously it’s notta nuff. I just wanna help– seriously– Patti knows who I am– if ya choose ta accept my help-She’s got m’gmail(I think)should ya ever feel like granting wishes– some day—i’d like ta have a real conversation with ya with out onna us havin’ ta leave inna big hurry- I’ll bring the altoids–Moglie & I wish ya’ll a safe journey home. Our best ta yer Lady & gurlygirls– DaSmugglah–(not so new meaning fer wonderbra!!hahaha!!!ARRRRRRGH!

  62. avatar
    bucks burnett | 22 August 2006 at 5:41 am #

    SK – Great to see you again in Dallas, which seems very long ago. Look forward to seeing you in the future, which also seems very long ago. – BB

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    jj | 22 August 2006 at 6:26 am #

    San Francisco calling …… wonderful show, connected – yes, energized, tantalized, mesmerized. The flock will always come out for this band like no other. Enjoyed it immensely, both Atlanta and now SF. Some crocodile tears here too, know it was the last – for now. Wish I coulda bumped into a stranger, who looked strangely familiar – today downtown. I wassa there, a bit tired and ragged.

    Hope the return trip is tolerable, and a sincere thanks for coming back to pluck that plank of wood, and sing those songs. America: yes, yes, and yes….it’s a complex and strange beast. The sausage machines churn, I’m caught up in it but refuse to live there beyond the appointed hour. I take their money though, and spread it around in ways that they won’t.

    Auvoir until next time, Nevets. You rocked, you rolled. My best to the doodles and twillies. I can always check the daily blogge.

    JJ

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 6:53 am #

    Steve…

    thank you again from Arizona. And thank you for the wonderful blog. i’ve been reading, laughing, crying and dreaming the whole way with you. Thank you.

    Always know you are welcome here. As long as you keep making magic we will listen…and love.

    Safe journeys and peace to you always,

    Roland

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    Azza | 22 August 2006 at 7:04 am #

    Wow. Such poignant prose. Truly I am with you all the way on this Steve. I can’t understand why the people wiht the power don’t want to help those less fortunate. Its truly sad.
    Have a great trip back just think of all the lovely hugs from the fam you’ll get when you get home. that should make the trip easier to cope with!

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 7:22 am #

    “in 2 days i’ll be skippin’ down the street w/ mah doodles
    on the way to school”

    How wonderful this life can be!

    Aren’t simple pleasures often the best!

    Safe journey, friend.

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    kat | 22 August 2006 at 7:40 am #

    thanks for everything. you cheered me up 😉

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    Brad | 22 August 2006 at 11:55 am #

    ciao nevets….you’re free! goin’ home to ride high on that cloud for awhile…

    Detroit will wait patiently for another visit

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    Lynnster | 22 August 2006 at 2:16 pm #

    Hope you have a good trip home, Steve. And America is a better place to have had you traipsing within its borders for a while, short tho it was. 🙂

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    Sean | 22 August 2006 at 2:19 pm #

    When you miss your baby,
    you need some heaven
    that’s what I heard.

    Unfinished business
    Are you gonna make it?

    You’re tired and a bit frost
    Tattoos and snapshots
    then you lose your way

    Unfinished business
    Are you gonna make it?

    Grant Mclennan.

    Thanks a thousand for the tour. Went to the Cincin. show, amazin’.

    hope your home safe and at the speed of sound.

  71. avatar
    Noel Christian | 22 August 2006 at 2:25 pm #

    A safe journey home and many happy returns, Steve.

    Thanks for everything.

    ______________
    Noel Christian

  72. avatar
    Andromeda7 | 22 August 2006 at 2:30 pm #

    thankyou and goodnight from the other side of the world (melbourne Australia) you lucky fiends. the shows sound tremendous. thanks for all the great reading

    xxxooo

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    secretBeatinMichigan | 22 August 2006 at 2:46 pm #

    SK-

    Thanks for the visit, Space Rockers. Deetroit loves ya – next time yer here give me a call and we’ll go downtown Ann Arbor to Ashley’s. I don’t smokie no more but I’ll buy the first two RedBull’n’Jager appetizers and we can listen to Fats Waller records on the Internet jukebox. And for dinner I promise not to order the pastrami – honest! We can even go into why Socialism sucks – your an Artist and all but methinks I could change yer thinkin’.

    You and the boys make it back safe and sound and see us again soon, SK. Thanks a heapin’ bunch fellas!

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    syrinx | 22 August 2006 at 3:02 pm #

    Two or so years, give or take? I suppose I will have recovered sufficiently by that time.

    Marty, Peter, Tim, Mr. K – I got no words but thank you. And bless you. And be safe on your way home. The thought of you all returning to your respective sanctuaries makes me happy. You’re only on loan to us. Go home and enjoy.

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    dean9000 | 22 August 2006 at 3:18 pm #

    Amen brother!
    I really enjoyed your blog today
    Truer words haven’t been spoken
    It sounds simplistic but just making an effort each and every day to make people feel special or cared for would do a lot….
    Thanks for the transcendent music of which resides in my pod
    I hope this allows you some time in oz to relax with the family for a while and enjoy your doodles
    Just don’t forget about us…
    especially in Dallas
    16 years was too long…
    I don’t want to see ole’ nevets with a ZZ Top style beard on the next go round 🙂

    peace sk

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 4:39 pm #

    And of course that integrity is a rare gem… Because of the integrity: the music is timeless and trendless… … and vital… and uncompromising… And after 26 years, where the best is still yet to come, You Are. Please come back anytime it pleases you, Mr. K. And until then, we will be listening.

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    veleska1970 | 22 August 2006 at 4:44 pm #

    queen h~~about rob: yes, he was a true sweetheart. a real gentleman. i remember after we took our photo together at the dallas concert, i gave him a “thank-you” kiss on the cheek and he thought that was so nice. he blushed a little!! he was a real nice guy, and has a powerful voice also.

    but, you’re right~~he didn’t have to go through the trouble. but he did, and i’m glad for that fan that finally got to meet his hero. i’ll bet the guy was floating around in the stratosphere for days afterward.

    so, rob, here’s a big hug and kiss for you, too:
    {{{rob}}}
    mmmmuah!!!

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 5:38 pm #

    Steve it was a real pleasure to sleep with the church at shank hall, you guys were lovely despite less than ideal circumstances. I greatly anticipate our next meeting and hope to share with you not only a prayer but a jazz cig as well. ed- shank hall.

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 5:51 pm #

    Rob Dickinson. I was in cringing agony from cheese factor overload. The biggest irony for me had to be the “and the night drags on” lyric. Indeed. I would have paid money to have NOT heard him sing. “Smile and hang out with intelligent people”. Horrible dripping cheese!

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    Renee | 22 August 2006 at 6:07 pm #

    parting is such…sweet..sorrow

    thank you for allowing us to be ‘the passengers’ on your tour here around the US, it has been quite a ride!
    hope you will return
    someday

    perhaps then our paths will cross

    enjoy your beautiful girls!!!!

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 6:12 pm #

    Anon 3:51 AM:
    That’s ok, Rob said he doesn’t like you either.

    By the way when can we come and see you perform? Can’t wait to hear your cheese free lyrics.

    Not
    the
    Mod

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    aperus | 22 August 2006 at 6:41 pm #

    I was fortunate enough to catch two Church shows this time around. The first one, I thought “this Rob Dickinson guy has a pretty good voice, I like some of his songs, and he has pretty good stage presence”. Afterwards, I checked into his history to discover the overwhelming critical acclaim his band Catherine Wheel received. Gonna have to check out some of those albums. At the second show, it was clear that he has a skill for writing hooks that stick in yer head… cuz I really dug it the second time around. I don’t like all the lyrics – but enjoyed 75% of it enough to buy his new album.

    You can’t please everyone… and everyone has a different angle. I’m glad Rob opened for the Church. I enjoyed his set and thought it set the stage very well for the band. His backing vocals on the Church’s “Invisible” were fantastic by the way…

    Peace,

    Brian

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    Reid | 22 August 2006 at 7:05 pm #

    Thanks again Steven – that really was the best show I’ve ever seen you do (about ten shows altogether now) We all had a blast – definitely something we’ll all remember and keep close to ourselves.
    Be careful with those Hungarian Liquors…
    -Reid

  84. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 22 August 2006 at 7:51 pm #

    Gloria Gaynor is right but how did she get that number?

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    Paul Regelbrugge | 22 August 2006 at 7:53 pm #

    Uninvited, Like the Clouds is the best record The Church has made since Priest=Aura. Your comments throughout this blog have shown me a side of you so different than your lyrics; so different than your stage persona…. I have really, deeply appreciated them, much like you and your band always bear the capacity to so pleasantly and richly surprise me after all these years. Truly a splendid show in Detroit, and here’s to seeing you all again sometime sooner than later. cheers,
    Paul Regelbrugge

  86. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 8:32 pm #

    you make america better. at least we know we won’t get any more rap than we already have. america is everything isn’t it? well, who knows if more poor people vote and get rid of the monsters in control. it can’t get much worse, can it?

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    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 8:56 pm #

    Thankfully I picked up Back With Two Beasts at the show, since it is harder to get here in America. If you like Univited… I highly recommend it. It’s from the same sessions I think.

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    Trickster | 22 August 2006 at 9:29 pm #

    SKil-bro,

    I missed ya man.

    maybe next time.

    resteasy.

    peace.

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    davem | 22 August 2006 at 9:30 pm #

    Safe trip home esskay.
    I’ve really missed your words these last two weeks & I’m happy to be home. I wish you an equally happy return to those that you cherish most.
    Thanks for bringing us all so much happiness – & for challenging us from time-to-time.
    Love you more……….

    Dave M
    xxxx

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    subcultureofone | 22 August 2006 at 11:25 pm #

    safe journey
    space fan
    wherever you are

    thanks for everything

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    veleska1970 | 22 August 2006 at 11:37 pm #

    hey everybody~~steve’s uploaded some more vids on his myspace page…..one of them is a hoot that is guaranteed to have you in tears.

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    Paul W. | 23 August 2006 at 12:05 am #

    Thanks for the travelogue Steve, you gave us some great insights into life on the road. I couldn’t get to any of the shows, as I was back in Australia (and I’m sure I’ll be back home in the US during your upcoming aussie tour – grrrr), but I managed to get a feel for what I missed through some of the recordings that are floating around now – great shows, and a wonderful new take on some of those songs! I’m sitting here reading your blog and listening to a show from Ballarat in 1986, and my god!, any band that was THAT GOOD 20 years ago should have had nowhere to go but down, but you guys have managed to not only hold it together, but to improve with age. It really is a remarkable achievement, and one you should be proud of. Enjoy getting back with your family at home, and thanks for including us in the process.

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    Floridian | 23 August 2006 at 12:26 am #

    SK,
    Just sitting here in Fort Lauderdale listening to Tin Mine. Just flew in from Los Angeles. I happened to be in LA this past weekend and my friend and I made the drive to San Fran for the weekend to see the show. I thought the Laudydale show was great but the SF show was absolute magic. What a great crowd,venue and band. Kudos to Rob D. as well. Big props to the guy in the reserved seats in the balcony for inviting us to sit front and center there, icing on the cake after such a long journey to the show. You guys were untouchable that night….Peace and jazz and I’ll see you next time.

    Safe journeys guys!

    Art

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    smoochgirl | 23 August 2006 at 12:40 am #

    I love this mood: thunderstorm’s rolling in; the sky is almost dark except for a faint blue peeking through the trees and “Invisible” is playing…love it. The boys are actually quiet for a moment, like the calm before the storm )although hubby just ruined it exclaiming that something “smells incredibly diarrhetic in here!” Here comes the storm! Hopefully not a diarrhetic one!) Leave it to him to ruin the moment. I think I’ll repeat the track and put the boys to bed.

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    oversoul | 23 August 2006 at 1:32 am #

    Steve, why don’t you tour in the Third World and see the poverty there. The USA is rather well off comparitively in its overall wealth. Any city over 10 million will have huge poverty, thats just life. I’m sure when you were running around King’s Cross you would have been lumped in the bottom and no social handout would have gotten you much roof or food rather drugs and sloth.

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    mrs. baal n zeus | 23 August 2006 at 2:42 am #

    i love you so much
    xxxxxxx

  97. avatar
    mrs. baal n zeus | 23 August 2006 at 2:42 am #

    i love you so much
    xxxxxxx

  98. avatar
    Letango | 23 August 2006 at 3:08 am #

    Oversoul wrote: Any city over 10 million will have huge poverty, thats just life.

    And I guess that’s where you’ve been living your whole life?

    I suppose you’ve never experienced the poverty of a town with a population size of 300?

    I suppose you’ve never experienced rural poverty?

    That’s just life?

    Sorry, Oversoul, no it’s not. It doesn’t have to be.
    And to say that’s just life is an outright ignorant denial of the mechanisms of inequity.

    The playing field has never been level in this country, and I do not entertain any BS about every American having an equal chance to CREATE wealth.

    And as far as 3rd world poverty…
    The Global Economy
    The WTO
    MonSATANO GMO seeds
    The World Bank
    etc. etc.
    I don’t want to bore anyone with the list

    It’s just colonialization with a different label. Insidious, ubiquitous and fascist.

    And as far as mechanisms of inequity, one of the biggest injustices in this country was when coorporations, which used to have to serve the public, were given the rights of personhood. Or do you fail to understand the implications and consequences of that?

    Perhaps it’s a futile argument. And one I certainly can’t make in a comment. I’d have to show you the people, you’d have to hear their stories; the impoverished and the ones who lived long before us and even now without one among them going hungry. Not at least by man’s doing. I’d have to show you Community and what it can do and what it can be. Even then, even after showing you statistics, research, ethnographies and equations and economic theory… and so on and so on… doesn’t guarantee you’ll see or understand a darn thing.

    In the least
    Think before you speak.
    Respond
    insead
    of react.
    Dig deeper.

  99. avatar
    mrs. baal n zeus | 23 August 2006 at 3:15 am #

    poverty is poverty
    it doesn’t matter the reason
    or the place
    and human nature is human nature

  100. avatar
    Letango | 23 August 2006 at 3:28 am #

    Can’t go to bed on my last note. I originally logged on to say, hey, congrats you broke a 100 today.


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