posted on December 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm

napoleon in rags n the language that he used


play in canberra act

thats the capital city you idiots that flunked geography

a place called tilleys

the nights start to blur in my mind

theyve all been good

on one night this song maybe better

on another night it will be another

sometimes the jokes are fresher and funnier

sometimes someones tired or uninspired

nevertheless we aquit ourselves well i think

we get called back for more

i meet lots of nice fans

young guys

young guys of 17 n 18 saying how much they like it

thats strange isnt it

i mean not really but to me it is

theres the ladies who love to ‘ave a cuddle with the killer

(cor blimey ‘ere comes reg kilbey again)

its nice to be loved

if their cameras dont work at first theyre happy to stand there with

my arm around ’em while the mechanical problem is sorted

often the husband taking the picture

i am the only geeza who gets to put his arm round blokes wives n girlfriends

and the husbands are happy about it

then its time for arm round husbands

well you know i dont enjoy that quite so much but its give n take

i got a table of some old school chums too there to see me

a lady who was once a girl i used to love from afar at high school

she never knew

at last at this ridiculous stage she got to see me play

if i impressed her it was like 42 years too late but there you go

another 2 girls i used to like at schoool

janet who is still honest with me like she always was


jenny who was the school dux and is a real lefty now

and theres rob whos now a p.e. teacher

yeah we  drive back to syd at 3 am

next day 2 shows one a matinee for family friends and music biz

a weird gig

dont like matinees (arent they like a dugong?)

family friends n music biz didnt respond like a real audience neither

never mind

a few hours later i drag my weary carcass onto stage again

the opening notes start n bingo

rocknroll pours down n fills my soul

i get the energy from somewhere but i dunno where

yeah we’re pretty good i suppose

i cant review it anymore myself

i have no perspective

i have nothing to compare it too

i guess thats all i can say for now

2morrow night central coast!

48 Responses to “canberra sydney”

  1. avatar
    Shoffy | 7 December 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Im sure you’re saving all your good jokes for Adelaide, most people do, save some energy too, from somewhere, funny place somewhere. Nice guitar Kilbs, how does it sound? All the best mate, see you at the famous Gov. Shoffy

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    Galamor the Wizard | 7 December 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    Great show at Sydney – you were all in fine form.
    You are really SPRITELY now on stage whereas when you were younger, you used to hardly move at all!
    Why Why Why do you play SUNDAYS!!!! Some of us have gotta work the next day and The Gong is a good hour away. Please try to play Sydney on a Saturday night next time.
    My faves on the night were Fly (Have you played this ever with the band since the Seance tour?), Reptile (el siguiente) and Tear it all away.
    I would have loved you to play Jazz, Anesthesia and Summer but I guess they will have to be for next time or big anniversary eh?
    Looking forward to Isidore Mark 2 in the new year.
    Have a magic Xmas.

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    Starflower | 7 December 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse.
    When you ain’t got nothing,
    you got nothing to lose.
    You’re invisible now, you got no secrets
    To conceal,
    How does it feel?
    How does it feel
    To be on your own
    With no direction home
    Like a complete unknown
    Like a rolling stone. Bob Dylan

    Thanks Steve, Reggie, for keeping us all in touch. Keep travelling well!

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    eekie | 7 December 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Wow, you must have been running on fumes after that second Sydney show. Glad you had a couple days off (from doing shows anyway) to catch up on rest a little. From what I’ve read attendees were thrilled with all three of those shows, so yeah, I’m pretty sure you did A-ok!

    I think gigs in the afternoon are a bit strange for the audience too, so I imagine that’s part of why the response was different. And the dynamic is different with a group of people that know you (or are in the biz) — even if they are fans — than it is with a crowd of people who are primarily just fans. I’ll bet both groups thoroughly enjoyed the shows, but it was probably best that the regular crowd was at the second show so you could get a bit larger adrenaline rush from the crowd.

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    Karen | 7 December 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    yes canberra were I reside & didnt see your performance

    sounding a bit tired …well your not a performing seal ( or manatee) not all beer & skittles eh reg……..Ill have to waita bit for some poetry then

    must be nice to be loved though for sure ..all those huggles with the ladies and thier hubbys

    good to hear some 17& 18 yr olds do have good taste in music not all hip hop & rap & baseball caps

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    captain mission | 7 December 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    well i’m the first to admit i lack any objectivity when it comes to the church but sunday night at notes was the bees knees, you were amazing and down on the street as I left the building the word was out, people chitter chattering about this cosmic space rock band time travelling from the future to the past. newtown was buzzing.

    i keep seeing the church and i keep thinking, it can’t get any better than this and then it does. and now we have a psychedelic symphony to look forwards to.

    rest up dude, i worry about you, make sure your getting some sleep and drinking lots of coconut water.

  7. avatar
    Richard | 7 December 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    now ziggy played cigar
    …he played it left hand (sorta)

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    nic | 7 December 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    I always wonder what some musicians are thinking when they are mixing and mingling with fans … it must get tedious at times … but for those who are meeting someone they have long admired … its rather special … (and just about impossible to come up with something candid or ‘right’ to say too…)
    it must have felt rather wierd to have old school friends there last night … and old crushes too …
    I’ll be there tomorrow night Killer …. its my birthday …. and I have been counting the sleeps …(to see you … rather than turning 39!) xxx

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    Wilfred Paradise | 7 December 2010 at 10:41 pm #


    Would love to see you bring it all back to the States. Ah, ah. Wilfred Paradise

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    andy | 7 December 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    that guitar looks well cool……….
    bet it plays like a dog though!
    you’ll tame it i bet.
    so great to hear tell of you breaking through to the kids kilbs….
    maybe the future has a future afer all, thanks to the time being.

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    . | 7 December 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    oh i wish i could be there, across the briny way
    bound here in suburbia, i can’t see their notes ripple and sway
    a moment in a brief moment, they reinvent and they portray
    the most intimate parts of the soul while on stage
    energy derived from yearning, the simple hope for a new day
    close my eyes and flashes fill my head, rainbow bright, even dull gray
    singular rhythms unfolding into one, how they do faithfully play
    chords washing over me, showering in a brilliant and dazzling display
    i’m caught in a flood of possibility, like some japanese anime
    it’s great to imagine something better even when you’re a bit dismayed
    let your heart be the embodiment of spriteful youth
    carry on the legacy of the lost and ancient truths
    found only in the space and time of a performance so pure
    your presence, space, and echo are here forever, you’ve nothing to prove…

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    Freddie | 7 December 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    That is a cool instrument you have there!

    “i am the only geeza who gets to put his arm round blokes wives n girlfriends
    and the husbands are happy about it”

    Shhhhhh….hush hush Steven!
    As long as they believe we’re all there for JUST the music,
    we’re all good.
    Shhhhhh ♥

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    eekie | 8 December 2010 at 12:33 am #

    Coming back here with a tour for my birthday! How fantastic of you! Yippee!! 🙂

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      thetimebeing | 8 December 2010 at 7:23 am #

      happy birthday to you
      happy birthday to you
      happy birthday dear eekie
      happy birthd…..bah humbug!

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        eekie | 9 December 2010 at 7:47 pm #

        aww…that’s sweet!
        Even with the Bah Humbug. 🙂

        Looks as if I may be at the show which is on my birthday, so you can sing it to me in person. Yay!!

        You can’t do the Bah Humbug in February though. It’s just not done. 😉

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 8 December 2010 at 12:38 am #


    I bet ya the ladies love it when you stroke your new instrument. LMOA !!!!!
    I remember in 2006 at the Park West…it was 1am and you came out side in the rain/humidity to chat with me,my wife,Ben (stealthblue), and his wife Krystyna- and the ladies wanted to take pictures with you and you hugged and squeezed them with a big Rock Star Grin…and I hadn’t even got my camera out of my pocket yet…LOL !!!

    Sounds like the tour is going great, I hope all is well with you and the misses….and the children are getting ready for Santa in Sweden. I can only imagine what surprises you have in stored for them at Christmas time. Send them a singing telegram from Dad…with a crazy mascot character belting out a noel. Scarlett would love that. I know the girls miss you dearly, and you the same. Hang in there brother…your at the stretch run now and I hope the time spent with the band and Tiare ignites that creative flame burning inside of you. My family has been wiped out by a bad cold/flu and I still havn’t seen my MRI test results from past Saturday, so I am getting nervous…my pain is getting worsew. My little angel, Kristina, is watching me type this and she says “Rock n Roll Baby” as she fist pumps her way into the kitchen. I will have to play “paradox” for her now …as she sways back and forth and sings…’you are a pair of socks to me’ and giggles and laughs.
    She makes me play the song like 10-20 times in a row…so if you need me to ever fill in on that song, i’ve got it to memory.

    Have a great day !!! And try and sneak in some rest here and there.

    Darrin K.

    BigSmilesKate – i am so jealous that you and your friends will get to witness, what could possibly be, the greatest church gig in history. Cross your fingers and lets all hope that its recorded for all to enjoy-FOREVER !!

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 8 December 2010 at 12:46 am #






      THIS WILL BE HISTORIC !!!!!!!!!!!

      Darrin K.

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    Ron Bonham | 8 December 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Sooo, I just heard the news about the US Winter tour; what a great idea!U#23>P=A>*fish all in one show….beyond epic! Thinking I will make the 2 NYC shows.

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    Ryan | 8 December 2010 at 1:23 am #

    LMAO @ “i am the only geeza who gets to put his arm round blokes wives n girlfriends
    and the husbands are happy about it
    then its time for arm round husbands
    well you know i dont enjoy that quite so much but its give n take”

    There’s always a price Killa. There’s always a price.

    Just heard the news about US 2011. Priest=Aura! No shit! Looks like I’m flying to the states again. jeez, why can’t you add Miami, i’m gonna be there for a couple weeks round the start of the tour. Ahh well, looks like Chicago or perhaps PA. :))

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    andy | 8 December 2010 at 1:26 am #

    ah…great…..our american cousins get another massive helping of live churchiness.
    nice for you. nice for them.
    any chance for poor olde blighty?

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    matthew | 8 December 2010 at 1:32 am #

    and what IS that instrument SK? Fascinating, it looks great… how does it sound?

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    dwellingwell | 8 December 2010 at 3:03 am #

    That is a cool looking box guitar. And a Lefty ! I suppose it already has a pickup in it. It reminded me of this preamp/eq box Rupert Neve designed with Taylor Guitars. Maybe try to find a Taylor pickup for that thing and hook it up to this:

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    davem | 8 December 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Another US tour Killer. Starfish, Priest and U#23.
    Really hoping you can swing our way but not expecting it……
    I accept you can’t visit us at a loss.

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    Ellen | 8 December 2010 at 6:38 am #

    I’m SO happy to see The Church will be in Los Angeles on Feb. 2! Yea!

    This time around, I think I’ll drum up the nerve to say “hello” and even give you a hug, so long as you’re willing to oblige. 🙂

  22. avatar
    veleska1970 | 8 December 2010 at 10:23 am #

    just heard about the tour….hmmmm…chicago or LA? decisions, decisions…which should i choose?

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    Ron Bonham | 8 December 2010 at 10:41 am #

    ***Note just to you SK*** I’m knocked out at the moment w/the flu and had a thought upon waking up from a nap; saw the band do Dome on the Box of Birds tour 99, and recall the vocal part “all of their love couldn’t save them” being really not so on….not to be a buzz kill betty but hopefully kicking the gear will let you sing that bit on key when you guys play it next year. I know you can do it!

  24. avatar
    Jason (jmb066) | 8 December 2010 at 12:00 pm #


    You just killed me with this U.S. tour announcement, my favorite three albums played live all the way through. Wish you had a Detroit show but no problem I will see you in Chicago. I am going to get off the floor now and figure out travel arrangements.

    You guys just made my year.



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    princey | 8 December 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    That’s great news for the U.S…….but geeeez it’s an aweful ache in the gut.

    Looking forward to next week, plus the extra GB3 gig in the arvo, and then a smooth ride down the Princey Freeway to Geelong for more……..can’t wait.

    Have a great night tonight,
    love amanda

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    Tex | 8 December 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Excellent show on Saturday night thanks Steve – the best I think I’ve seen you play (the first time was about 1983 in Perth). Thanks for taking the time to consort with the various fat cats and expats now residing in gulag Canberra.

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    Lara | 8 December 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Well, well, you devil. 😉 Sydney Opera House would be tough to swing, but San Francisco or New York I can definitely do. Thrilled to hear the news.

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    Jonny Hollywood | 8 December 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    wow man, future past perfect winter tour 2011 sounds like the fuckin’ shitzba, the church must be on a nev ride that never stops…

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    Donna | 8 December 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Steve, you sound good, like everything’s going your way and I’m glad to hear it. I’m also just as excited as everyone else about your US tour!! I can’t believe I see Foxboro, Massachusetts on that list! I’m already checking the calendar…hey, maybe you’ll even let me take a picture with you…and don’t worry, cuz you won’t have to put your arm around my husband.

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    Anonymous | 8 December 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    i like squeezing the grannies

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      Richard | 9 December 2010 at 7:53 am #

      I’m more a Johnathan man

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    Linjo | 8 December 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    The Killer is working himself to the bone! I tell ya I could do with a hug from the Killer tonight! Christmas time can bring disharmony in the fambley! How much could the Killer sell hugs for on ebay? (with a guarantee for instant noice peaceful feelings)
    Poor Davem, he loves you so much but always misses out! x

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    Narelle | 8 December 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Such a great concert at Newtown and it only took me 40ish years to hear Steve Kilbey play in a band again……..’live’ that is. I wonder if my long lost friend Susan attended Tilleys. We were best of friends at a ripe old age of 17….and Steve Kibey really left a mark on Susan. Susan often mentioned SK…..just can’t remember what it was about…(Susan left Lyneham and ended up at Canberra High). We had such a good time way back then. I would repeat those times at the drop of a hat if I had a chance. We followed lots of Canberra bands………..Saga, Krivoy Rog, Doeg etc etc. Another wonderful friend, Fernando introduced me to Savoy Brown. Fernando also ended up attending Canberra High (after the catholic school Steve). Anyway, the Canberra folk would have loved their heartfelt hugs Steve. Fantastic memories of days gone by. Just don’t mention that you come from Canberra as there is a guarantee of some dumb arsed response attached. Also, thank you for the gift with ticket purchase, and a hugh thanks for telling that rude talkative person to stop!! Once I have had a chance to read the program more closely…… amazing Program by the way, I will tuck it away carefully with some of my other precious memorabillia…like my Canberra Theatre, 1976 Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee Program. Take care, and I look forward to The Opera House Concert. Cheers and best wishes to all.

  33. avatar
    Steven Krut | 9 December 2010 at 5:13 am #

    “yeah we’re pretty good i suppose”

    This made me chuckle. Yep, you sure are.

    That’s a nifty-looking guitar. I hope you play it on a video sometime in the future. I’m sure a lot of us are curious how it sounds.

    I’m really excited about the U.S. tour, although I’m disappointed you won’t make it to Atlanta. I’ll probably fly up to one of the northern cities to see the show. February is prime blizzard month, though. I hope the weather cooperates with your ambitious schedule.

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    bionicanna | 9 December 2010 at 5:14 am #

    ooh i hope the u.s. tour gets extended down south! and there might be a blues jinn sleeping in that there cigar box.

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    david | 9 December 2010 at 6:15 am #

    wow! what else should i invoke?!

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    Lisa | 9 December 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Awesome news about the U.S. Tour! You may need to add 3 more Chicago shows to accomodate all your midwestern fans. Perhaps a quick stop in Minneapolis per chance?

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    Cocoamo | 9 December 2010 at 10:06 am #

    It fills my soul too..
    Yeah, you’re pretty good I guess

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    hellbound heart | 9 December 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    it’s so cool to hear that there’s a whole heap of young folk who are loving your music….i shouldn’t be surprised, beautiful music goes far beyond any boundaries…..

    love always……..

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    Cedgie | 9 December 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    my childhood friend rang me tonight insisting that he accompanies myself to Gov to see The Church! I have loved SK & the Church since 1981. I have wanted to go so badly but it’s a 4hr drive away, I have no clothes, I havnt been to the hairdresser since world war 2 (well it feels that long) My rego , council rates, electricity is due blah blah blah! But I said “fuckitall I’m bloody goin ok?!”… In 1993 my late beloved Granny gave me a grey nurse! Yes a paper $100 note! I have saved it all these years for something super special. Yippee!! Im going to see The Church, you little bewdy!! Im too fat & frumpy to hug so I wont be lining up for one sorry, I will just wave at you from afar ok?

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      eekie | 9 December 2010 at 11:39 pm #

      That’s so cool! It’s a great show — you’ll have the best time!

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      veleska1970 | 10 December 2010 at 10:25 am #

      good for you!!!! you will NOT be disappointed. and bless your grandmother.

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    B.Bon | 10 December 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I have just purchased my SOH tickets – they are selling fast chums – I’d get on there today if you want a seat.

    Isolde – will you traverse the miles to come in April?


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      isolde | 13 December 2010 at 10:38 pm #

      oh it will be the royal box as usual for these things my dear chap

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