posted on August 30, 2015 at 5:31 am


the tour winds through all these cities

the camaraderie the discussions

get on n off the bus

where can i do yoga?

where can i get a veggie soup?

yeah take pictures with blokes and their wives

yeah sign stuff

yeah do soundchecks

we play in missouri in a big woodchipped yard

we play in urbana in a parking lot

we play in beautiful theatres and huge beer barns

the P.Furs are wonderful and we have meshed together nicely

you gotta love richard butler he’s a classic

i don’t get tired of hearing em either

and sometimes the furs stand there listening to us

richard is quite taken with the disillusionist apparently

they are extremely cool people and we are digging this tour

me, i go out onstage and i just rock out

i have fun doing all those stupid rock poses i do

and i love the elasticity that my constant yoga practice brings

i.e. my knees and back don’t give out as i ponce about lugging the bass

the band are all playing great and we have a great crew

i can’t complain

the long drives are arduous but i sleep

there are some damn nice fans out there who cheer me up everyday

the jazz is good n easy to find

i have one small gin and tonic before i go on and thats it

me n tim try to walk about n get exercise

we are a great band

we still have a lot of good music in us

tonight our own show a sold out theatre in chicago

we doing blurred crusade plus show as per australia

there is still so much left to do and play

still vibed

and feeling hungry for more music

love from the bus parked in a rainy chicago leafy street

bye bye


39 Responses to “american days”

  1. avatar
    pierretremblay | 30 August 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Salut Steve, any plans of playing in Montreal soon?

    Best – Pierre Tremblay

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    Greta Garbo | 30 August 2015 at 6:22 am #

    Further/Deeper… Best sound I have heard in a very long while So refreshing to listened to something that opens One’s mind and One’s Soul.. thank you S.K..
    Layered and intense/ great workout repeat for almost a week.. I knew you in the early 80’s sooner perhaps. you were right up on the charts with Boston radio WBCN who played finally music.. introduced Dazed and Confused and Electric Lady Land..The Church The Cure PIL always wore a PIL bottom..Again with gratitude and love..Thanks.

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    Greta Garbo | 30 August 2015 at 6:34 am #

    Had the pleasure of seeing The Church August 16th Cape Cod. very stoned before going in the tent the hot tent with fans on the stage..found a seat and lights off and Reptile..Love Miami Further/Deeper is the best album on the planet. and know one will every top it anywhere till you release the next trip.. Rest Restore Replenish.

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    Greta Garbo | 30 August 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Not people fans fans fans on the stage.

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    M.Prenger | 30 August 2015 at 6:44 am #

    Oh i know this bottle of gin too good, my love.Soon the marathon is over.
    Try to relax. Is there anything you can not do?

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    Janet | 30 August 2015 at 7:13 am #

    If you haven’t already, have a G&T with Magellan and Fever Tree. The best.

  7. etta
    etta | 30 August 2015 at 8:30 am #

    You need cheering up?

  8. etta
    etta | 30 August 2015 at 8:32 am #

    (Gin is a downer. I guess thats why it needs a tonic). Me, i got my camomile tea with me this satdy. 🙂

  9. avatar | 30 August 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Hey Steve,

    Met you at the Toronto show (my wife was the camera-shy girl!). Just wanted to say the show rocked and you guys sounded amazing. It was brilliant. Side question though. I know you had issues with the American label and I don’t want to give them my money. What’s the best way to buy the back catalogue (I’ve got most digitally, but want CD or LP)?


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    Deborah | 30 August 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Wish I were looking for what you knew n would find you might’ve known what! Trundle on n on as your time passes by in this world it’s new people finding you guys all the time, make new friends but keep the old for these are silver but those are good, as they say.

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    adamafridi | 31 August 2015 at 1:36 am #

    Kind sir, take me to the Old Town School of Folk
    I’m on a quest to hear the best rock n roll band in the world
    They give their all, no stone unturned,
    they leave sweat tears and blood on the tracks
    All hail the American night
    Essence of India restaurant on the corner, the sweet smell of rain and perhaps curry.
    Wonderful om chants , the show is a meditation a prayer
    The blurred crusade, the soft parade has now begun, listen to the engines hum
    The lilting melody on the word “victory”
    Jangly guitar arpeggios I will always love
    like jumping from Revolver to White Album f/d is next and the band are transcending to another stratosphere ; occidental drone driving their legs
    A wonderful venue, crystalline sound and intimate
    Thank you to the band who created all this
    Thank you for the moments of unbridled joy and bliss

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    Thrash | 31 August 2015 at 1:47 am #

    Would love to see you back in Atlanta, GA soon. Sad to not see you on this round about.

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    bendonne | 31 August 2015 at 3:05 am #

    don’t call me stevie, ha ha, church band just awesome in chicago, stun humble, you guys rock, thanks steve, peter, ian and tim for meet greet, posters, pics, tshirts, blurred crusade, happy b day soon, best always, ben and jody

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    markdhardy | 31 August 2015 at 5:24 am #

    Hey Steve-
    I still can’t believe my good fortune that I got to see the Church twice in one year in Chicago.
    It was great to hear how the new songs from “Further/Deeper” develop in a live setting.
    I was irritated that this twat next to me kept yelling out for tracks from “Starfish”– I yelled out for Russel Morris’s “The Real Thing”– a great tune I would have never known about had I not been a fan of The Church.
    Thank you for making the trip to America not once, but twice in 5 months. Australia is far, far away from the Midwest.
    The last time you guys were here in March it was a full moon. And last night it was a full moon too. ooo-wee-ooo.
    Love you guys.

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    mattyc | 31 August 2015 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Steve, do you think that there will be an EP to accompany F/D? Perhaps to include the bonus tracks issued on a limited distribution of the album? Safe travels…

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    dianeandjohn | 31 August 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    We’re so excited to see you in Denver (again!) tomorrow!! Back in March, not only did we have the pleasure of seeing you in Denver, but 2 nights later, our daughter, Laura, had the great thrill of seeing The Church for the first time ever in Chicago!! Tim had graciously put her on the guest list and you guys were both such lovely hosts to her and her friend when you met backstage after the show. She had the most amazing time!! Thank you!! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow and would love to invite you out for a “gin and tonic” if you’re free!!
    Diane and John

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    drumwise | 31 August 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    Saw you in Portland, Maine. It was an amazing show!! Please come back to Maine in the not too distant future. Thanks for all you do Steve!!!

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    michaelk | 1 September 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I had the great pleasure of seeing the Church on consecutive nights last Friday (Urbana, IL) and Saturday (Chicago, IL). Friday night was surreal as it took place at an outdoor summer festival in downtown Urbana, with a definite small town America vibe. The odors of fair food wafted through the air, mixed with the sound of distant dueling bands, and lights were strung across several blocks of closed off downtown streets to illuminate the crowds gathered below. Throw in the Church artfully churning through a concise representation of what it does best on a stage erected in a downtown parking lot to an appreciative mix of well-traveled fans and locals with their folding chairs and coolers, and I felt like I had slipped into some pleasant alternative universe. The sense of the surreal was complete as the strains of UTMW began and a ghostly moon slipped out of the clouds above the stage. Follow that with your twin sets at the Old Town School of Folk in Chicago (especially the second set which was peerless and rich with numbers from Further Deeper), and I went home happy. Thank you and your fellow members of the Church for continuing to defy conventional logic, and for getting better with each new album.

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    swan | 1 September 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Hello, Steve. Just got tickets to see you this Saturday in Petaluma, CA. Going to make the hour and a half trek from the Bay Area. I was thrilled to hear the church were touring around these parts since I last saw you play The Chapel in San Francisco. I really hope you’re planning to play the whole of the ‘Blurred Crusade’ LP, along with the fantastic tunes from the new album. We promise not to throw Milky Way bars on stage this time round! Safe and happy travels.

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    John | 2 September 2015 at 5:54 am #

    Beautiful that a band that’s been around as long as The Church is still very relevant and creative, and apparently enjoying most of it. Love how The Disillusionist theatrics have evolved since the Cincinnati show in March. It’s now my favorite song from the catalog. Here’s hoping the band plays the whole Priest=Aura album some day…can’t get enough of that masterpiece. Peace..

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    dreichen | 3 September 2015 at 12:18 am #

    Thank you Steve, for coming back to Milwaukee Wi. I can’t express enough how great the band sounded. The mix was perfect in the ballroom. It’s so wonderful to see and hear such great musicianship. You guys are truly a class act , and still on top of your game. Further / Deeper is a true masterpiece. My wife and I were literally blown away by the bands performance. Also would like to say thanks for stopping to chat , and sign my vinyl, and take some pics with the wife and I , outside after the show. Hope you guys can return again in the future. Do you have any idea how I can purchase a tour shirt ? I wanted to buy one at the show, but no L or XLs left.

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    AndyP | 3 September 2015 at 10:10 am #

    Hey, Steve. Was really looking forward to meeting you and the band this Sunday in Saratoga, but just got word that the meet-and-greet has been cancelled. Major disappointment, but will still try to get to the venue early to listen in on the soundcheck, and truly hope there will be another opportunity to meet you and the guys to say “thank you for the music” (very Abba-esque, I know!!) and more. Your last show in SF was absolutely aces, and Saratoga will most certainly be more of the same. See ya then and go rock Seattle!! Cheers!

  23. etta
    etta | 4 September 2015 at 1:49 am #

    Just want to acknowledge the passing of fellow Church fan, Warren M. I know he commissioned a painting from you and remember how enthused he was about it. I think that’s how we ‘met’. He also mentioned having guitar lessons from PK, something else which gave him joy. I met him at least once… He would come to Sydney from interstate for cancer treatment. Was lucky to meet him and he actually looked well when I saw him but it was a wonderful attitude he exuded. We talked for ages about Aussie music and the Church from way back. I remember he told me he specially loved the jingle jangle sound. He encouraged me and my daughter with ballet. He loved travelling.He gave me special smoky eastern tea to ward off lurgies and it worked! Anyway RIP Warren who has left behind some beautiful daughters and wife… who I have only seen in photos but bless them! And I thank the Church for the music without which I would never have met Warren. From Etta, in Transient again…

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      thetimebeing | 5 September 2015 at 11:37 am #

      rip warren

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      Pictish | 7 September 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      Condolences, Etta.

      • etta
        etta | 9 September 2015 at 8:32 am #

        Thank you kindly and thanks to any other kind people on here i was too i dont know what to respond properly if at all

  24. etta
    etta | 6 September 2015 at 1:58 am #

    Seattle was fun! Glad i got to go! Trying to recover energy from the journey. Bril to see you there and check out that city. Looked like an interesting place to mosey about. Enjoyed P Furs too. Show box was a great venue. Dont know what else to say now. Exhausted! I want to write a review at some stage.

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    Mangotango | 6 September 2015 at 9:57 am #

    A fantastic, powerful show at the Seattle Showbox, Steven!! tho it was different seeing the band as opener…you was like a big bright shooting star. Can’t get enough of your little wiggle move, the best. I hope you keep having fun and wiggle away. Thank you for coming back to Seattle, and it was our great pleasure running into you for a moment near the bus. Enjoy the rest of the tour. Best, Craig & Masumi

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    rustywilloughby | 6 September 2015 at 10:55 am #

    howdy killer. my name is rusty. hello! apologies in advance for the length of this reply.

    just got to hear you play in seattle at the showbox. thank you! also saw the show back in february at the tripledoor where you got to stretch out a bit more. incredible. also was at the show at the university of washington HUB ballroom in 1986 where you opened for echo and the bunnyman. i know, but i got to see ploogy play live! i’ve been a huge fan since i was 15 years old and now i’m months from 50.

    and you guys are better now than i’ve ever heard you. further/deeper might be my favorite church record ever and until untitled #23 came out – which quickly became my favorite church record – i was way more a fan of the pre starfish days. blurred crusade, sing songs, seance (i know!). “too fast for you” is still one of my favorite songs ever. but you all just keep writing my favorite song over and over and over again!

    i love your book as well. i’m glad you included all of the childhood stuff. like julian cope did in his books. thank you for writing “something quite peculiar” as it allows us all to more fully appreciate the music. peter koppes accepted my facebook friend request and it made me feel like a teenage girl. and i’m a middle-aged man! you people are inspiring. holy crap.

    tim – fabulous drummer dude – mixed my friend’s album recently. by the way, i love the drum sound on further/deeper. kind of warm and fat like the old church records. the bob clearmountain mixes. something about hearing your voice over that kind of drum sound – and all those fucking awesome guitars – it’s unbeatable. cash on the barrel. bona fide!

    alright. this is stupid me running off at the mouth. but i had to get it off my chest. thank you is what i was trying to say.


  27. avatar
    Crowd of Stars | 8 September 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    Paint your ride and your way.

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