posted on February 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

episode 23 : the mortal portal

yeah the flesh

yeah the decay

yeah the cash oh yeah the cash is flowing n drying up

yeah the jostle the jostle for position

the position to strike first

quiet day in hollywood

an interview on the phone

what am i the wise old man of fucking rock…?

what do i know….i’m in the church and we meander carefully along

l.a. big deal

the moon big deal

the entire universe big deal

i am strangely detached i am at some hazy distance from it all

i dont care i only care about the words i must sing

the notes i must play

because when the bass goes wrong things sound really sick

so i have 3 ways to go wrong

1the bass

2the singing

3both at same time

i gotta remember all those words in anchorage n disillusionist

at the moment i in hotel waiting to go

always waiting around my lord aint it the way

down to sound check and all its racket n mayhem

i hate soundchecks i loathe em

what do i know but they kill my damaged ears

anyway tonite the 1st show

have no comment

but definitely at this stage a wing n a prayer jobby i’d have to say

i’m sure the church can pull it off …so to speak..

but i wouldnt be shocked if they didnt either

notice how i talk about us as they

freud could have a field day

anyway folks stick around these catacombs because no doubt i’ll be back later

with all the up to date stuff on what happened when the church played l.a.

hey one hell of a warm up gig, guys….or what……??!!

59 Responses to “‘ell, ray …!”

  1. avatar
    andy | 3 February 2011 at 9:26 am #

    great stuff stevo!
    but yer white magic bandcamp thing is all fecked-up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    maybe iv’e three copies coming….or maybe none.

    • avatar
      Freddie | 4 February 2011 at 9:35 am #

      Andy, mine came in the mail today.
      I ordered it on January 24th.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2011 at 9:37 am #

    In just a few hours, I’ll be treated to The Church!

  3. avatar
    Craig Miller | 3 February 2011 at 9:37 am #

    The church on a “wing and a prayer jobby” are still better than 99% of bands on their best day.

    See you tonight.

  4. avatar
    Ron Bonham | 3 February 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Man, hope tonite is a good show for you guys. First one will always be a bit ropey in some parts, always is, but don’t fret it too much. Will be in NYC for both shows, with a newbie for the second one. Best of luck Killer!


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    Lisa | 3 February 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Kill ’em killa!

  6. avatar
    jcole | 3 February 2011 at 10:28 am #

    best of luck tonight steve! can’t wait to see you guys in seattle.

  7. avatar
    Rich | 3 February 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Break a leg SK…kill ’em with SKill! Can’t wait till you guys roll through NYC!

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    Cocoamo | 3 February 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Hey – maybe I had a good idea about the sound protecting earphones, which also have someone in the back room prompting you on the words (being ancient, senile, and all that?) Ha ha. Hmmmm.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now, thank Heaven, in Cocoa Beach)

  9. avatar
    Patrick | 3 February 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I’m excited and I’m 2 thousand miles away, snowed in under 2 ft of snow! You will sound great I’m sure! see you next week!

  10. avatar
    Jason (jmb066) | 3 February 2011 at 11:15 am #

    But a thing of love and beauty is in my head
    And that’s the end of the honeymoon
    I cannot bear to share you, we can’t be alone
    I hope that someone else comes along
    You’ll have to swim like all the rest
    We are endless like the sky
    Is there some trick involved in this
    I didn’t mean to make you cry
    I fell asleep before it was over
    Look around you, this may be your last sunrise
    Overcast and grey
    Don’t stare, shadows in the smoke whispering everywhere
    Beyond that void there’s a place

  11. avatar
    Paige | 3 February 2011 at 11:23 am #

    You sure know how to give a pep-talk! ;). Best of luck…as if you guys need it!

  12. avatar
    Freddie | 3 February 2011 at 11:56 am #

    You’re gonna do alright!
    Relax and let it flow…you are surrounded by love.
    Knock em dead killer! :^)

  13. avatar
    veleska1970 | 3 February 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    you’ll be fine!!

  14. avatar
    Steven Krut | 3 February 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Good luck with the show! You sound a little nervous, actually. Worried about the sheer number of words you have to remember. Maybe you should get one of those teleprompters like Obama has. It will look like you’re staring into the audience, but really you’ll be reading the words. 🙂

  15. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 3 February 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    the church band play the city of angels 🙂

  16. avatar
    Wayne | 3 February 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Break a leg Killer… and be sure to bring the 3 albums show to Australia! It’d be a shame to relearn all of those lyrics for just one continent. The lyrical teasers in your blog have been making me very jealous of those in the US of A. I remember live shows around the time of P=A with great fondness (and an equal measure of haziness).

    I saw you grin to y’self when you realised that you’d muffed a line in Metropolis at a recent Brisbane gig (also first night in the tour) – it doesn’t matter in the scheme of the whole show.

  17. avatar
    Ryan | 3 February 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    If you forget the words
    sing new ones
    they’ll be as good as the first

  18. avatar
    eekie | 3 February 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Concerts, like childhoods, don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. You are going to do great, I know it. Yeah, you will probably find flaws, but it’s the overall experience that counts, and that is going to be fantastic for the audience.

    Besides, these first shows are just dress rehearsals for the real shows (ie., the ones I’m going to!) 🙂

    And I thought Freud could have a field day with just about anything. That’s what made him so much fun!

  19. avatar
    Ryan | 3 February 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    You guys will rock. You guys will roll (not on the floor). And it will be ridiculously cool.

  20. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 3 February 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Don’t you worry about remembering all those lyrics, the crowds will easily be in total sync with the band as if you brought along a chorus miles and smiles away from Bondi. And that bass will be pulsating so strongly that each heartbeat will re-align themselves in the chests of your choir as they will gladly help guide you thru all 3 sets.

    I made a stupid mistake. Everyone probably knows by now that here in Chicago, we have been in the thralls of a huge blizzard (20+ inches of drifting snow), third largest in measurable snowfall totals, and I have been alive for every one of them. My son and I help our neighbors (2 sets) who are elderly and have no family, with their gardening, and snow removal and so on…ensuring their safety. Alex has been out there every 2-3 hours since Tuesday when it began, even stayed up overnight so it wouldn’t get to bad. The drifts between the houses and in the yards measured well over 4-5 feet because of the nasty wind mixed in. Stupid ass me- went out and helped him because he was running on empty (energy wise) and I totally forgot my back/neck problems. Well…I really fucked myself up now, no ‘strong meds’ have made a dent in this epic pain and I cannot stand, sit, or lay down for any period of time without numbness on my left side and horrific pain crushing me. That was really stupid of me. I am just hoping to get some rest before daybreak, its 12:40 am already (Thursday morning). That was really stupid on my part !!! And I still have not went for another prescribed MRI because of the weather issus.

    So someone…please comment on tonights show in L.A so I can get my mind off of it for a bit, I’d really appreciate it, and if you snuck a film clip here or there and posted it up on YouTube…I will be in your debt-that could be the best medicine I need right now.

    Darrin K.

  21. avatar
    princey | 3 February 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi sk, hope it all went smoothy last night, look forward to reading your thoughts about ALL of it (the good’n’bad’n’ugly!).
    love Amanda

  22. avatar
    Lyndall | 3 February 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    You’ll be great – The Church will be great! Wish I was there … All I can do is dream L x

  23. avatar
    Tanyia Velez | 3 February 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    The show was great at El Rey! Thank you so much.

  24. avatar
    Kelda | 3 February 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    or an observing from afar with the sound and the audience to listen at your alter.

    yes the sound check if only it was is in the same acoustic surrounds then it would be perfect and no need for them.

    we all co exist as a group and as an individual depending on how it is at the time. the time being so to speak.

    And in the mean time the show goes on either way…

    Because this ride is the only ride that you will be on. la la la

  25. avatar
    . | 3 February 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    i can’t remember my address
    all i have is nothing, no less
    i loathe the elements i must confess
    my triangle of fears will put me to the test
    may my sanctuary give me wisdom, give me rest
    rock on sons of babylon, give them pleasure, all the best

  26. avatar
    aisatsu | 3 February 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    “notice how i talk about us as they
    freud could have a field day”

    i like that a lot

  27. avatar
    Wilfred Paradise | 3 February 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    enjoy a jazzy ciggy. wilfred paradise

  28. avatar
    Eric | 4 February 2011 at 1:33 am #

    I thought the show at the El Rey was great!

  29. avatar
    matthew | 4 February 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Look after yourself SK. I’m sure it’ll be great. Take care my friend!

  30. avatar
    david | 4 February 2011 at 2:03 am #

    wanna thank l.a. for guinnea piggin the evening ..should be transcendant by the east..cant wait..

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    lisa | 4 February 2011 at 2:29 am #

    Steve, by the time you read this the LA show will be over and I’ll bet it was amazing! But even if you did forget a word or two I’m sure nobody minded…You could sing the alphabet and we would be transfixed. Two weeks and a day until I head over to MA for the Foxboro show. By the way, I always enjoy the blogs that you write while your touring. Thanks for taking the time.

  32. avatar
    Cecilia | 4 February 2011 at 3:13 am #

    …and I can’t let it go…

    anyway folks stick around these catacombs because no doubt i’ll be back later
    bueno gente quédense en estas catacumbas porque sin duda al rato regresaré


  33. avatar
    Andreas | 4 February 2011 at 3:43 am #

    You’re the best singer/bassist/songwriter in the best band in the world!
    No doubts.


  34. avatar
    davem | 4 February 2011 at 4:43 am #

    I’m looking forward to hearing how fab it was.
    I have faith in you.

  35. avatar
    Jasperina | 4 February 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Sending it all your way…whatever your wish Sir the universe will grant it. My oh my, a heavy head for those who who weave spells…

  36. avatar
    freakalily | 4 February 2011 at 10:01 am #

    A little belated, but good luck anyway……if only I could have leant you my brain (as I often say my head is filled to the brim with song lyrics, so much so I forget almost everything else!).
    PS – Thanks for the lovely reply last time 🙂

  37. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 4 February 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Thank God you started the tour in California. It freezing and laden with snow from New York to Chicago.

  38. avatar
    eekie | 4 February 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    This person posted most of the songs from P=A and Starfish on YouTube. Check them out!

    I love that the lighting is brighter this time around. Yes! It’s about time!!! It’s fine for butt ugly bands to play on a dark stage, but you guys are way too attractive to hide!

    • avatar
      Richard | 4 February 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      eekie, with that link you have made my friday night
      (isn’t this internet thing useful sometimes?)

    • avatar
      Andreas | 5 February 2011 at 12:49 am #

      Thanks for the heads up- they are opening on a high note!

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 5 February 2011 at 2:12 am #

      I watched the entire post and the person shooting the video did a nice job. I hope they shot the #U23 portion of the concert and just have not had the time to post it yet. I do agree with eekie- the lighting is far more illuminating from other homemade vids that I’ve seen. And, yes, those are fine lookin guys tearing it up on stage.

      I do not want to promote anyones YouTube channel-but this friend did a really nice job and people should try and check it out.

      Darrin K.

  39. avatar
    andy | 4 February 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    fantastic el rey footage!
    you lucky, lucky people……..
    sod the snow…you must see this show!

  40. avatar
    plumlady | 4 February 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Totally living through the rest of you that get to go the shows……maybe since Chicago is so snowed in and doesn’t sound like Darrin K can make it; you should move the show to Minneapolis where there’s not quite as much snow (he he). I love the comment “if you forget the words, make up new ones”…we won’t notice anyways; so true. All your true “old” fans are singing along and making up their own words everyday anyways! Good luck!

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 6 February 2011 at 9:10 am #

      Oh Plumlady…

      I will not miss the show unless a …. unless nothing. I have my tix, my son, best buddy and his wife and have a booth reserved center view…only 20+ feet from the stage up off the dance floor. Seen many a concert at the Park West and the sound has always been amazing, this will be The Church’s third show there. Actually, 3d in the last 5 years. I so wish that this tour was spread further across the U.S. and I really wish you could attend the show. My son will take many pictures, I will be glad to send a set to you, and anyone else who would like one.

      Darrin K.

  41. avatar
    Aperus | 5 February 2011 at 2:49 am #

    Hey Steve – looking forward to the Chicago show after seeing some clips from Ell Ray. Curious… why were you playing your bass lines on a six string during the Priest = Aura segment of the show? And, did you use an octave pedal to lower the notes or is the guitar special for these tracks?

    Can’t wait to hear Disillusionist!

  42. avatar
    Once | 5 February 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Repost from FB…due to unforseen (well, seen but conveniently ignored) medical issues, I am now unable to fly up to attend the SFO show…got 2 tkts on will call, so if you want to go, let me know…no charge, of course (I’m an advocate, not a dealer)…just gotta send a fax to release ’em…

    Let me know – here, on FB, or at


  43. avatar
    GbFP | 5 February 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Get to Seattle safe! Two nights! We are all looking forward to it. Triple Door, as you know SK, is a fucking sweet venue. If you need some food or drink along the way Steve – We’ll be up front with plenty of it. GbFP

  44. avatar
    Jacko | 5 February 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Killer The boys brought it all in LA. The large and friendly crowd lapped it up like bees to the nectar. This performance was ambrosia..I can’t recall the energy (both from the band and audience) to be so electric, and I haven’t missed a Church concert in the Southland since the mid 80s.
    This was a Magnum Opus ( I dont care if you forgot a few lines and you shouldn;t either) and will be the measuring stick by which others are measured. Your Voice sounded great as did Marty’s and the guitar triumvirate of Koppes,Kilby and MWP blew us all away on Reptile. I felt 25 instead of 50 and would have danced down the aisle except they were all full with rabid Fans.
    I blasted Uninvited like the clouds with the sunroof open all the way home to Ventura County as if to spread the word to the masses.
    My teenage daughter agreed this was the best Church performance she had seen and I hope you are able to bring it on the rest of the tour , the way you brought it to the El Rey.
    Have a great night in SF
    Cheers Jacko

  45. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 5 February 2011 at 11:07 am #

    The reviews are are in. The sold out LA show was all killer no filler.

  46. avatar
    Therese | 5 February 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Sure the gig was one to remember, would love to hear those 3 albums, nothing beats hearing them live.

    Lucky you’re not in Sydley town today, the olde mercury has hit 40c (104f), has gone done to 39c in the last hour. While Sydley sizzles might be a good time for a Church cd to forget the heat.

    Keep on rockin and rollin your way across the US, making lots of new fans along the way.

    Peace & love

  47. avatar
    Ron Bonham | 5 February 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I have to second the welcome return of “trippy” visuals. Will not be watching Film on the you-tube, though; that one is far too special to spoil before hand. Fuckin’ A Klbey, thank you!

  48. avatar
    Donna | 5 February 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Welcome back to the States! (I know I’m a little late on this). You sound a little nervous, but I’ll bet it was a GREAT show. You’re a pro!!

    I’ll be seeing you in less than 2 weeks in Massachusetts…can’t wait to hear Anchorage, among all the other great songs!

    • avatar
      lisa | 6 February 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      So glad to hear that you’ll be there. You didn’t think you’d be able to make it a couple of weeks ago. I’ll be there too and I’m sure it will be amazing!

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    queenhatshepsut | 5 February 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    You were all fantastic. The El Rey show was absolutely amazing. I could just sit here all night and write superlatives – I’m sure you’ve heard it all. You know I love you! ; )
    Denise xxoo

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    Lara | 5 February 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Steve, SF show was amazing. Never heard those songs quite like that before.

  51. avatar
    hellbound heart | 5 February 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    all will be well and all will be well and all manner of things will be well….
    love always…..

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    zshad | 6 February 2011 at 3:57 am #

    eekie is correct all of P=A is posted as well as all of starfish however, Hotel Womb cuts out right about the time SK begins singing. My battery died! I don’t know who came up with the idea to play these three albums straight through but it was brilliant show!

  53. avatar
    Ray | 7 February 2011 at 6:12 am #


    Shoot. Missed you in SF. Met you in Providence in ’87. You weren’t interested in meeting me. You were chatting up the girl I was with. Didn’t blame ya either!

    Happy trails & never stop playing.

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