posted on June 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm

in truth
i dont care about what you say
if youre for me or against me
if you think i’m hot or not
or if you think im too old
or too small
or too harsh
or too easy
at almost 55
why should i give a flying fig…..
i AM grandpa steve
so get used to it
or bugger off
and i dress how i fucking like
n if my wife likes it (she does!)
thats enough for me
i am beyond any makeovers or dressing “nicely”
and uh
blah blah blah
voice in another room : aw you hurt the killers feelings

we played well in grand rapids
smallish crowd
biggish venue
but a nice crowd
enthusiastic n generous like most u.s. audiences
we pick up some radio interference in an amp
blah blah
we drive today thru the mother of all storms
like being on the bottom of the sea
i’m sitting in my hotel for a change before the gig
but i’ll be going down for soundcheck soon
am hungry and a bit non plussed
gotta fit in yoga n some ironing
gotta have 5 mins down thyme
heres a pic of me in my room
i not asking for advice
i’m just showing ya me in my room
tonite ferndale detroit
last time we had a brilliant nite here
the weather is rainy n gloomy however
dont let it put you off
come n see this unbuff spotty bag of bones
pensioner with the blurry eye
the ringy ears
and the ruined heartnlungs
and terrible clothes
who posts inappropriate pictures of his SHOULDERS
on his own blog
(the cheek,the hide)
rattle n stumble about onstage
at the magic bag
anyhow
there may be some music
if you can tear your eyes off how awful i look
voice in another ego : ooh hes gone off the rails now

ok hope to see ya at the show fiendss
love
the withered one

78 Responses to “detroit rock city”

  1. avatar
    jenten | 25 June 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    Yes! you did play brilliantly last time you were here and yes! we will see you in a few.

    78 and rainy is better than 98 and humid.

    btw love the pics. me and mine were astounded at how good 55 can look. keep it up…and maybe i'll find time for some yoga now

    jen

  2. avatar
    stealthblue | 25 June 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    Steve, keep doing what you're doing. (Like you wouldn't anyway!) 🙂 You're fucking great the way you are and most of us are in awe and could only wish to look and feel as youthful as you do. Shit, I hope I have HALF that much energy in 20 years, or hell, even have that much hair on my head!

    Go get 'em tonight, Killer. Wish I could catch another show on this tour. GO ENJOY PEEPS!!

    Stev-o, good luck tonight, and get some rest when you can. I'm sorry some people are so "painfully offended" by you and your lack of body fat and "sleevelessness", but fuck it. What are you gonna do?? What are THEY gonna do? It's great having you here in the states, man. We are blessed to have you on our turf and I hope most of the Amerkins treat you and the rest of the gang well. Hope the rest of the tour is fun, safe, and somewhat profitable. You guys deserve a little breathing room.
    Keep rockin'…

    All the best,

    Ben

  3. avatar
    stealthblue | 25 June 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    Oh btw,
    That's a pretty cool looking room you got there, but I think you should move that lamp a little more to the left!! 🙂

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    There's all kinds & varieties in this world – some occasionally make you scratch your head as to how out of order people can be.

    The person who commented on your general appearance fits into the above category.
    Its gonna happen whether you write a blog or when you least expect it like going down the road to buy some milk.
    Unfortunately for mankind there's a fuckwit around every corner.

    Dutch Pierre

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    I was trying a few yoga moves earlier while watching a few youtube clips to get some ideas. Plenty of 'Faaarggh' & 'eeeuurgh' noises emanating, and bizarre electric tinglings around shoulders and face. Seems like my mucho swimming malarkey has to be tempered by relaxation and wind-down.

    I know your open to all sorts when you allow folk to post here, but try not to let the negative creeps fug you up too much, eh.

    Love from Scotland
    SJM

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    its good to see that
    your chin doesnt look so hot
    either
    I am also big on comfort
    Nothing to prove on the superficial
    level
    either

    Am glad you feel like professionally you are back on track
    Not an easy task
    with the knockers
    and the ageing process.

    Your working conditions sound like shit.
    Make sure you eat and sleep sum
    You gotta come back
    upright
    🙂
    Jen

  7. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 25 June 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    i wish i could be "jenten" write now, he's a lucky bastard…
    Jonny

  8. avatar
    MrSLave | 25 June 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    I like pictures! More please! Show us some venues, crowds, round pink guys and fat guys having heart attacks! As a non homo sexual i must say you do look under 45

  9. avatar
    Mary | 25 June 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    no shit, you said everything i was thinking, who cares what people think, your spouse is what matters, atleast thats what i tell my husband, i dont give a damn what people think of me, but i do like this pic of you, and yes i do think your hot lol, anyways i hope you have a good show and stay cool atleast your not in 106 degree weather like it is here in texas omg!!! you would definately not want to wear anything but shorts and a tank top here!!! and stay inside hehe, it sux when you have ms to be in the heat, im just gonna stay inside and listen to your music and pretend im at the concert.

    have fun tonight

  10. avatar
    M E M | 25 June 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    i sit
    here
    in
    my
    own
    conflicted
    state
    remain
    translucent
    back
    ground noise
    static
    electricity
    tiny
    grain of
    sand
    undistinguishable
    falling
    through
    your
    uncaring
    thoughts
    into
    this
    nights
    warm
    embrace

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    To hell with all those bs comments Steve. I can say when I saw you at the Seattle show (up close by the way), you had an intensity and fire in your eye and you looked about 15 years younger than your ripe age of 55. Michael Jackson bought the farm at 50 today…. Rock n Roll em you mangy panther. You guys are tearing it up this tour. Think it's about time to put a little money in the ol' Pay Pal account (the tillbey) for all the great shows I was treated to on this tour. Rock on

  12. avatar
    Shawn El | 25 June 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    I think you look fine dude.

    Actually I also have been finding this year that cut-off shorts make for smart and snappy summer wear in these uncertain economic tides. Maybe you will see me wearing a pair at this wknd's gigges.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    Oh Spot -i – fy

    Blurred Crusade – Life Speeds up

    the medium emulsifies but the music has never been better. Oh little guitars…

  14. avatar
    Cee | 25 June 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    Karen is going to the show tonight and she's going to exchange the t-shirt I bought in SF – too small for my "girls"..ahem…
    Did you hear about Michael Jackson?
    Holy crap.

  15. avatar
    frank | 25 June 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    Why people give a shit what you wear is beyond me. You play rock and roll and write some of the best melodies and lyrics ever in the genre. The only lyricist that comes close is perhaps the guy from Procal Harem and Roger Waters.

    I just hope this tour wakes some more people up to the music you guys create…I am so sick of “classic rock” stations playing the same songs over and over.

    That being said , I am no music critic but I will say that I think both “After Everything Now This” and “Uninvited like the Clouds” are every bit as good and in some cases even better than #23. I love that song Radiance not to mention Numbers….I wish you guys would add that to your set list (Numbers) right after Block you would blow people away with that one two punch.

    Like you I’m not one of those lucky (7) pricks that got to go to heaven apparently I have more to learn guess I must have really screwed up somewhere.

    Anyway time to go mow the damn lawn now it finally stopped raining. Reality Bites!

  16. avatar
    Daberhasher | 25 June 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    Ferndale tonight eh solarizer,
    may Martin Mull himself arrive with the jazz…
    blurry eye ahead, avoid the mushrooms in Detroit, love the pics!
    rock on…

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    Wow, Michael Jackson dead today at age 50. Farrah Fawcett dead today at age 62.

    Steve, you may be on to something with this health thing 🙂

  18. avatar
    malcolm | 25 June 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    Can't wait to see you Saturday in Pittsburgh. Its at a nice little theater, it will be a great show! Cheers!

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    bang on steve…what does it matter? really what anyone thinks…good bad or otherwise.

    I see all these people on facebook lamenting the death of micheal jackson and yes he may have revolutionized pop music and videos and dance and made tonnes of money was adored by millions, all this fame..but he's dead at 50. None of that shit matters now does it.Sounds like KARMA to me.

    Have a great show in Motown!

    Tim.

  20. avatar
    princey | 25 June 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    Please don't get upset sk, like you said, as long as YOU and the people you love are happy, that's all that matters….don't change a thing ok:))))
    (and please don't get put off posting more pics of yourself cos of that numbnuts opinion!!!)

    Have yet another great gig sk
    love and all that jazz,
    Amanda

  21. avatar
    david | 25 June 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    Steve – I wanted to thank you for the levelheaded response to all that jazz business from the other day. I think I'm especially sensitive to it because my wife's father has "checked out" on his life and loved ones by way of jazz. But I can see that it doesn't curb your productivity, love for your family, or, all things being relative in this McNugget world, your health. You still inspire me. I said no to cheese at dinner last night thanks to your health advice. And I order Untitled #23 and the No Certainty Attached book at lunch today with my Father's Day gift card.

    Spinning off the topic of yoga, concerning your eye, do you have an opinion of reiki (energy transfer therapy)?

    Oh man, I hope yoga wasn't a euphemism for something else. : )

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 12:00 am #

    sk

    am seeing fluffed pillows in the room, maybe clean sheets, maybe a mint. ah, ah.

    keep heading east to falls church, baybee. the van, the band, the bones, the karma.

    wilfred's sunday nite picks: fly/ feel/ columbus/ space savior/ dome/ still beautiful/ panagaea.

    cayce would say yer karma is running a surplus. maybe you can cash in the chips in next lifetime (or maybe one after that).

    michael jackson – death eerily reminiscent of elvis – king of "pop" – cardiac arrest – 8 years older than the king of "rock' – Dr. Nick revisited? – should his mafia have seen it coming – tragic?

    right side of brain and left – you seem in tact and healthy. we look forward to this show, driving up from NC. been awhile.

    wilfred paradise

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 12:06 am #

    Have a great show, Steve. I bet I'll hear Marty and Peter's guitars echo all the way to Toronto. BUFFALO CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!

    Take care of yourself while on tour, as it sounds like you are already doing so well…while younger American pop stars are dying strange deaths, you're rocking in Detroit tonight….ENJOY!

  24. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 June 2009 at 12:25 am #

    New music (by Gwen Harwood)

    Who can grasp for the first time
    these notes hurled into empty space?
    Suddenly a tormenting nerve
    affronts the fellowship of cells.
    Who can tell for the first time
    if it is love or pain he feels,
    violence or tenderness that calls
    plain objects by outrageous names

    and strikes new sound from the old names?
    At the service of a human vision,
    not symbols, but strange presences
    defining a transparent void,
    these notes beckon the mind to move
    out of the smiling context of
    what's known:and what can guide it is
    neither wisdom nor power, but love.

    Who but a fool would enter these
    regions of being with no name?
    Secure among their towering junk
    the wise and powerful congregate
    fitting old shapes to old ideas,
    rocked by their classical harmonies
    in living sleep. The beggars' stumps
    bang on the stones. Nothing will change.

    Unless, wakeful with questioning,
    some mind beats on necessity,
    and being unanswered learns to bear
    emptiness like a wound that no
    word but its own can mend; and finds
    a new imperative to summon
    a world out of unmeasured darkness
    pierced by a brilliant nerve of sound.

    love always…..

  25. avatar
    the dean | 26 June 2009 at 12:28 am #

    yeah i concure – beyond fashion is a beautiful place

  26. avatar
    Belfrank | 26 June 2009 at 12:29 am #

    Can't wait to hear Anchorage next week at Foxboro. 😉
    Gonna buy your boxed set too.
    Have a great show tonight in MI.
    No Jacko gags tonight – I dare ya…

    bF

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 12:53 am #

    MP???

    Isn't he on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy??

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 12:58 am #

    Fuck 'em steve. No matter what you do, say or wear you always inhabit the moment with effortless aplomb. I loved the photos. I think your expressive yet inscrutable, multi-faceted visage is as aesthetically intriguing and pleasing as ever. I hope I have a body as lithe as yours in my fifties. I've always found the shorts and blunnies to be a masterstroke (maybe only Australians understand how few people on the face of the earth could pull that off). And your line of sawn-off shirts and zeitzy t-shirts are always uncannily spot-on.

    Hmmm, let me just say at this juncture that I'm 100 per cent heterosexual (well alright, 10 percent metro, sorry I can't help it).

    Why don't we challenge every fiend here to post a headshot? Now that would be instructive. And only (but not so) fair.

    And to think I was savaged by these low-lit lurkers for daring to criticise a gig, and here they are subjecting you to some sort of misguided blear eye for the anti-straight guy. I'm not sure that Veleska meant offence re: the eye, but I find the staggering blandness of her comments to be the real crime here.

    The newly despised Public Savant

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 1:13 am #

    SK –
    I'm sorry that G.R. didn't sell more tickets for ya – and I hope tonight's bash at the Bag is as great as last time (I was at that show – B-A-S-H!)

    But really SK – your show at the Intersection was beautiful. I don't use that word much – especially about manmade things – but you guys were prime at G.R. I understand where you are coming from when you ruminate about your age but your music and musicianship could not be made by someone of lesser years – let alone lesser refined-talent. You guys jammed, SK – I had a blast at the Intersection and I thank you fellas very much for making the trip to give use the Space Rock.

    Have a good tour SK – a good tour and a safe trip home to your loved ones. 55 years old POSH – YOU THE KILLA!!!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 1:20 am #

    RIP Sky Saxon

  31. avatar
    tofu | 26 June 2009 at 1:49 am #

    R.I.P. Sky Saxon…

    so what was the story about playing 12-string on "Put Something Sweet Between Your Lips"?

  32. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 26 June 2009 at 1:53 am #

    Hey, when did you get a tattoo?

    Weird.

    Ah, you look fine in shorts.
    What the hell, the chrunch aint no fashion show.

    it's sonic baby!

    rock them kids killa!

    -glynnis

  33. avatar
    Ann | 26 June 2009 at 1:58 am #

    Wish you were coming to Dallas….am totally loving the new album!

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 1:59 am #

    still HOT to me!

  35. avatar
    ashdeevo | 26 June 2009 at 3:32 am #

    And broad shoulders they are, it seems you can never get away from the tall poppy syndrome.

    Their jibes don't make me bleed..

    It's the meat talking. Thanks for the blog, the music and the inspiration when it's so hard to find.

    Long Live Grandpa Kilbey!!!

  36. avatar
    A.M. | 26 June 2009 at 3:34 am #

    Killer is the killer 'cause he's killer! Anyone who looks that good at 55 is definitely doing something right and anyone who's smart is going to pay attention.

    Say hello to Ferndale. Visit the Om cafe just off Woodward right in downtown Ferndale for the best veggie food around if you get the chance. Their seaweed burger (rice, daikon, carrots, umi wrapped in nori) is fab!

  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 June 2009 at 3:48 am #

    "…how awful i look"
    i know you're being sarcastic, but what the anon said is a load of crap….i hope i look as good at your age when i finally get there. and oh, about those pix from yesterday~~it's already hot enough in dallas, don'tcha know?? 😉 those were sweet.

    hope you had a good show tonight. well, it's about a quarter of 11 where i am, so you might still be playing right about now.

    enjoy your evening. hope you can get some decent sleep.

    lotza love….

  38. avatar
    craig1.618 | 26 June 2009 at 3:51 am #

    i didn't mean i was having a laugh at ya earlier

    by using the word hilarious

    i meant exactly what you said up top just now

    wanted to make sure you knew

    because i should have been more succinct

    some folks that write rude abusive comments

    those folks probably don't like themselves
    very much

    you know that, i know that, most folks know
    that

    perhaps those abusive folks have lost
    the ability to forgive themselves

    their internal dialogue immersed in fear

    falling for the illusion of separation

    may they find peace someday

  39. avatar
    Clem | 26 June 2009 at 3:52 am #

    One time in Seattle you ate my fries at the Crocodile cafe. "Fucking Chips" you called them. After everything now this tour. Maybe that's why you've taken up yoga.

  40. avatar
    Clem | 26 June 2009 at 3:55 am #

    Yes, in Seattle one time.Crocodile Cafe. You ate my fries. "Fucking chips" you called them. After everything now this tour. Maybe that's why you've taken up yoga
    You signed my CD. It's cool. You can have th' chips.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 4:17 am #

    I don't think most people know what a healthy weight looks like anymore. SK, you're doing great if you ask me.

    The first time I saw The Church was in Detroit at the Fox Theatre with the Bunnymen. Hope this time is just as good.

  42. avatar
    Freddie | 26 June 2009 at 5:13 am #

    Just ignore all the glowing comments
    and all those who’ve suddenly decided to do yoga
    to look and feel younger
    and focus on the couple negative comments.
    Verily M’ Lord, tis what thou doest.
    You look HOT in those photos
    and as long as you feel good too,
    then go for it.
    But don’t get as skinny as that guy I saw at tonight’s show,
    the one with Van Der Gaaf.
    That man is skeletal.
    See thee at tomorrow's show!

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 5:20 am #

    STOP IT!! STOP IT!! STOP IT!!
    I swore I would never do this – but here it is. Steven – you are a beautiful man. You have only gotten more handsome over the years. There I was HOB Chi front and center mesmerized,and then actually meeting you – gracious, smiling, charming, signing – speaking to ME?? Was I looking at Errol Flynn?
    Don't let this loser bring you down. Don't let 1 jealous asswipe ruin everything. Horrid little man.

    Even my son Zachary who is 17 said 1) He definately has a stage presence 2) He is very handsome 3) He is very well preserved. Now that from a 17 year old is something, my friend – (he is embarrassed to be seen with me). He of course was amazed at your playing abilities, your focus, your passion.
    I am so happy you have your NK and the girls to love you for all of us. Wish they were here to soothe you now. You must understand by reading your blog we share in your thoughts, your hurts your soul.
    Hoping tomorrow will be better for you. msmel

  44. avatar
    frostatmidnight | 26 June 2009 at 5:42 am #

    You're not Grandpa Steve, you're Uncle Andrew! And we like your pictures. Hope you had a great show.

    love,
    kristine

  45. avatar
    melissa | 26 June 2009 at 6:24 am #

    Steve, those photo's are AMAZING! I love them .. I really love the second last one (from Thurs bloggy), the black and white pic. Wow 😀

    I'm so enjoying reading about the tour … been thinking about the Churchy band quite alot lately and have even been dreaming about going to the shows, ha! Wish they'd come true 😉

    Are people still carrying about your clothes etc??? Seriously … some folks are so annoying and shallow.

    I am in a cranky mood today .. but feel cheered up now having visited TTB. Take care SK, safe travels

    xxxx

  46. avatar
    Jasperina | 26 June 2009 at 6:36 am #

    Truth in all its forms is hard for most people to take. But the visual form is sometimes too much truth for some people. We can always hide behind our words..The way someone responds to an image is more about them and the way they see themselves. I love the photos you have been posting. Any drawings or ideas for paintings popping into your head while the wheels of the bus go round and round? I imagine there isn't much time to dabble while you're on the road but I'm sure you'd still be thinking about what you'd like to paint if you were in your studio back home?

  47. avatar
    davem | 26 June 2009 at 6:42 am #

    You look gggggreat SK!
    Very sad news about Sky Saxon.
    RIP.

  48. avatar
    davem | 26 June 2009 at 6:43 am #

    You look gggggreat SK!
    Very sad news about Sky Saxon.
    RIP.

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 6:43 am #

    The Steve Kilbey blog cycle..Anonymous makes a comment which hurts steves feelings, he over-reacts like petulant school boy, and then the "true" fans come to his rescue following day with expressions of love. Kind of sad in a way.

  50. avatar
    eek | 26 June 2009 at 8:48 am #

    I like the pics — they're cute. Especially the "inappropriate" pictures of your shoulders. Maybe you can snap a pic of your naked ankle next time and push MP right over the edge. lol!

    You have to admit some comments you get here are comedy gold. I mean, really, how can you not laugh at "These shots are really in poor taste"? I mean, holy fuck, the pics were shots of your face and top part of your torso. How is that even possible to be in poor taste?

    So I wouldn't take these comments too seriously, but they are great for giggles.

    Looking forward to seeing (and hearing, of course) you. 🙂

  51. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 June 2009 at 8:54 am #

    sky saxon r.i.p
    killer….don't you get pushin' too hard ok?

  52. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 June 2009 at 8:57 am #

    freddie…..
    the thin guy is peter hammill.
    one of his solo albums is entitled:
    'the thin man sings ballads'.

  53. avatar
    Richard | 26 June 2009 at 8:59 am #

    how good is this?

    the best, in the west

  54. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 June 2009 at 9:17 am #

    rest in peace, michael, farrah, et al.
    although i know that there will be many waiting to dig up your bones and place them under scrutiny in harsh daylight…..

    peace

  55. avatar
    linjo | 26 June 2009 at 9:40 am #

    Yeah, anon at 4.43, I dont think we really need to be Steve's champions with regard to how he looks! It's irrelevant. It's his mind we are interested in.
    Hoping Steve, you are only one step away from putting the filthy chemicals (growth hormone, anti fungal agents etc) in your lungs, sounds like yoga may get you there!
    Man it is hard being an addict. Friday night here, the overwhelming desire for
    Tooheys gets me every time! oh well, tomorrow is another day and we can only try. Linda

  56. avatar
    heatherdaydream | 26 June 2009 at 10:31 am #

    mp aint the self appointed arbiter of style…I AM!
    and I SAY SK is very stylish.
    so there. I win to infinity.

    xxKittykat

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 10:42 am #

    Steel Panther are giving away free air guitars to everyone who signs up on their myspace, so hurry if you want to get one! However, I doubt they'll be very good quality and will probably go out of tune far too easy. Investigate at your peril!

  58. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 26 June 2009 at 10:54 am #

    That's definately not a $39 room 🙂

  59. avatar
    davem | 26 June 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    It isn't sad at all anon at 4.43. Expressions of love are sad?? What a twisted world. People come here 'cos they love sk's work and and are amazed at how openly he shares himself. Many of us are also fiercely loyal to the man. I ain't ashamed of that, he's fucking brilliant.

  60. avatar
    John Garratt | 26 June 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    Wow.

    Why are people giving you shit about your clothes?

  61. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Yes I agree. Steve is twat with a small but devoted handful of twatish fans all beyond their heyday.
    Ohhh I love you Steve, show me you shoulders, you look so young for 75, I have given up blowing my boyfriend because I no longer eat meat and am swimming in yoga etc etc

    Loads a love, hope you eyeball, wrinkles, finances, inflated ego and poses in yer hotel room get better loadsa love,give me more, I love you, love love

    sad anonymous wanker Julie.

  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Haha,

    The reason you look so good to your fans is…
    …have you seen the pics of these men/women/trolls.
    Yes, you look great to a bunch of olde fugleys.
    Jesus wept. Reality check anybody!!!
    I guess you're not the only won with a bung eye.

  63. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 June 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    Was listening to Acoustic and Intimate yesterday and looking at that pic on the cover. It just does not look like u at all. What a fucking transformation you've pulled off in just a few short years. Look at pics from, say, the HOB time period and compare them to today. It's like you've stopped the aging process and pushed it into reverse. IMO, you've never looked healthier.

    Really proud of the work you've done.

    I'm also tremendously reassured to see a 54 year old guy making faces at his laptop camera, alone in a hotel room somewhere. That gives me hope for my own future.

  64. avatar
    Ellen | 26 June 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Steve, I really love reading your blog! Love your sense of humor, like that you wear your heart on your sleeve, you write what's on your mind, you're in the moment, you're passionate about everything and it all just flows.

    I won't come on here and tell you how to dress, what to eat or how to act. I take you as you are. Keep on keeping on.

    [Still waiting for Painkiller and 23 to arrive…]

    Sending a big warm LA hug to you.

  65. avatar
    Mary | 26 June 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    John Garratt cause they have nothing better to do with there lives then to come in here and start shit, they just want attention, they cant get it anywhere else, im sure they are such dorks and cant get laid on a friday or sat or any other night so they have to come in here with there lonely selves and get attention, i know its sad but kinda funny too, just let them have there attention that they need, so they dont explode,its ok anon 12:11 we are here for YOU and only YOU did you get your daily attention that you need? are we ok now? you feel better now? can we move on?

  66. avatar
    Ellen | 26 June 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    One more comment for today's blog:

    The reason some dopes think you're too thin is simply because most people are too FAT! [Don't get me started.]

    Anyway, Steve, I think you're hot. You exude a sexual charisma and energy.

    And to anon., no I am NOT a fat, ugly, pathetic fan, blah, blah, blah…

  67. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    this blog and it's comments are way too agist. Why is everybody blithering on about 55 like it's the end of the world? It's very childish.

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    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    SK –
    I just got finished blasting some numbskull on youtube who claimed/speculated that the KC show was canceled due to "a bad needle". He also got my ire up by referring to your "has-been band". Oh man, nothing like the blissfully uninformed to get the blood racing. It continues to amaze me how the ignorant are so brash.

    As for the comments about your appearence, clothing, curvature of your nose, freckular arrangement, etc, many have already properly come to your defense. I'll just add that I've been vegetarian since 1994, vegan since 2007, and I've just started practicing yoga. Only two months in and already I can do things that I thought would remain impossible after my first week. Looking forward to doing this for the rest of my life!

    Cheers, mate!
    amos7228

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    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    thank you
    thanks for sharing what you think when you do not owe us one thing more
    thanks for sharing what you've learned and seen and unseen
    thanks for sleeping in fleabag hotels, eating close to veggie as america can give
    thanks for putting up with security, anti-terrorism, and amerika, the strange and the beautiful, o beautiful for spacious skies
    thanks for playing on the radio radio after one hour of sleep and still making it sound like THAT.
    thanks for recording and recording and recording, please don't ever stop just fade
    thanks for baring your shoulders and bearing upon your shoulders thanks for writing every unfathomable day
    thanks for giving and receiving, for tolerating the fawning, the chattering, the signing, the photographing, the begging, the borrowing, the smoking or non-smoking, the trays in the upright position

    and the saving
    thank you for saving us
    thank you for saving me
    it's cliche but i think it must be true
    because i feel it

    for the time being

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    bjmcwilliams | 26 June 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    Was in Ferndale last night – packed to capacity. Loud and enthusiastic crowd. Great show!! Someone set Steve off in "You Took" again.

    As far as the negative comments. Love those who are worthy of being loved… and those who are not… A sentiment from Lao Tzu.

    I'm no expert, but from my own path I see that ego work is constant… there's always some new layer being revealed. Every thing that happens is an opportunity to unwind the threads and serves as a mirror ito see where we're working or need to work.

    Some Rumi:

    Rumi – Guest House

    This being human is a guest house
    Every morning a new arrival.
    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.
    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
    who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture,
    still treat each guest honorably.
    He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    meet them at the door laughing,
    and invite them in.
    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.

    Thank you for a great show. Thank you for saying hello and signing the Isidore CD!!!

    Peace – enjoy the rest of the tour!

    Brian

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    Craig Miller | 26 June 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    What is it that makes people want to go to a singer's blog, a singer who they obviously don't like, and post about how much they don't like them? Aren't there more productive things to do?

    Then again, on second thought, I'm going to go to Robert Smith's blog and tell him how I don't like his recent work, his ridiculous looking makeup, or the way he talks. That will surely make me feel so much better about the fact that he's accomplished way more in life than I ever have. I bet ol' Bob will really be upset when he reads my comments too!! Haha. He may be a big star, but he'll never escape my biting cynicism. I bet he'll just go curl up in a little ball and give up once he hears my special opinion.

    Or I could do something useful, productive and positive with my time. Like start yoga lessons and try to better myself.

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    Cee | 26 June 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Mean spirited anons regarding your comments…sung to the tune of My Three Sons:

    Nobody cares
    Nobody cares
    Nobody cares
    Nobody cares
    pa da da pa da!

    Looped to infinity…

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    CSTCoach | 26 June 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1172810/The-yoga-supergran-bend-backwards-age-83.html?ITO=1490

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    fantasticandy | 26 June 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    bloody hell!
    there's some narcky buggers about at the mo eh?
    thanks for publishing them though steve as
    1/
    your'e all big enough and grown-up enough to maintain your 'transparency policy' viz a viz the blogge(i didn't think the moderation angle was a good thing, but much credit to you…you have only rarely and wisely used your powers in this matter…top man!

    2/the twat/s have given the vast majority of us a damned hearty laugh!

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    m.p.k | 26 June 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Steve you look fine. You sound even finer. Don't feed the trolls. They live by generating negative energy. It's their food. Their nothing but little goblins that exist to make mischief. They have nothing else and have long ago grown bitterly accustomed to this way of life. But that doesn't mean you have to give them an inch (cuz if you do they will surely take a mile).

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    Alien | 26 June 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    Steve,

    you look lovely, you sound lovely. don't let anybody tell you any different.

    the band sounded great in grand rapids – really achieved liftoff a few times, i thought.

    my only suggestion is that you should have worn the Ford shirt in detroit. would have got the crowd on yr side right away.

    cheers

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    Mary | 26 June 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    I GOT IT CRAIG, it took awhile but i figured out whats bother anon!!! it took me getting a few hits last night, he is in the closet still, he is secretely in love with Steve and doesnt know how to show it so what he does to try to push that feeling is he gets in here and bashes him and the band!!!! man i finally figured him out!!! its ok anon no one cares if you are gay, we have nothing bad to say about gay people, i have lots of gay friends that can help you deal with this 🙂 just come out of the closet already

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    Sunshine | 29 June 2009 at 2:28 am #

    I needed this blogge, Steve! I love you and your sense of humour and humility and well-deserved arrogance all that jazz (pun intended).

    Laughing with tears gently streaming,
    ~Sunshine


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