posted on December 23, 2007 at 12:35 am

free o oval
big rock show
seems they didnt sell many tix
they stick chris isaak on
but still not sold more
they give away loadsa tix
5 thousand or so
little birdy play before us
katy steeel sister of luke from sleepy jackson
tiny girl with hi heels
theyre ok
like pretenders 30 years later or something
they didnot project however
why…i couldnt say
we went on
we were intense
we blasted em with both barrels
i told a few jokes
they laughed
no lights at all it was 630 in summer
crying like a fire in the sun
we play milky whey
yeah hooray hooray hooray
we give em block
a half hearted kinda encore…?
thats it
we slap hands
hey we did well out there
chris isaak appears
hey didja leave something for me up there? he says
hes weird up close
lovely lovely head of hair
weird nose
like matt damon
the rest of his band are goofy chubby dudes
dressed in black cowboy suits
very nice
very friendly
they go on
its getting darker
the lights and smoke starting to work
they start up first number
its a chuggy chuck berry rocker
very basic stuff
the crowd go apeshit
in one second of that first song
chris isaak obliterated everything else gone on before
totally gone
hes got jokes
show biz routines
hammy gags with the other guys
he changes into a mirror suit
he has a loada local girls dressed up in skimpy cheerleader garb
they crowd scream deleriously
a whopper encore goes on n on
he kills it
he slays em dead
afterwards huge crowds rush his dressing room
the drummer chucks drumsticks
and people fight over em like 100 dollar bills
the divs go on
seemed they were strugglin’ but i dunno
we left after 3 songs
all the crew at the gig were telling us
oh boy you guys were so good
we should just do gigs for crew
there ya go
show biz
never work with animals kids or chris isaak
back to the fucking bars
yessadaze manne

32 Responses to “free-o…..such is life”

  1. avatar
    matt davison | 23 December 2007 at 1:04 am #

    No no… back 2 bars!! Outdoor gig @ night, very late the very late summer i feel..
    the dream———–
    Thats where the Crunch will find the universe…… Loud verberating off the trees, and red chinese lanterns..he smoke filled air the blue streams of light finding our rock heros in the dark.

    Block and Telepath ring out like celestial chimes..

    The gum trees stand like bouncers garding the band from stage divers..

    I am shooting the gig with 400 digital cameras..

    opening the gig with a huge crane shot over PK like he’s the egde

    SK and mwp lurk out from behind the deep reds and yelow spots..

    T poles wacks his skins like a tribal warrior from New Zealand..

    sitting up on his throne beanie on and groovy wrap around glasses..

    Youtube roll it day’s later.. Bono books the crunch to tour

    Here we go again says kilbey..

    Arr… I dunno he say’s support again.. but hey!!


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    veleska1970 | 23 December 2007 at 1:15 am #

    so……he had to rely on all that pomp and circumstance and flash to make a show? what a cop out.

    and yet the church can blow people away just with the sheer talent and genius y’all possess.

    and you are NOT yessadaze manne. you are eternal, my dear steve.

    lotza love…..

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    Matt | 23 December 2007 at 1:20 am #

    Yessadaze manne indeed . . . what bollocks.
    The Church are hitting such artistic highs at the moment . . . and you know this.
    Don’t let a bunch of clueless freoians getcha down.
    Come back to Melbourne and play an outdoor gig at the music bowl. Then you’ll see some adulation.

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    princey | 23 December 2007 at 1:21 am #

    I’ve heard Chris Isaak is a bit of a ladies man, but who cares, can he yoga stretch his legs with a heavy bass between them & play each note perfectly and write brilliant songs and beautiful poetry and age gracefully with no plastic surgery? NO!!!! He’s got nothing on you sk!
    When are you coming back here, withdrawls are kickin’ in bigtime!
    Love Amanda

  5. avatar
    Matt | 23 December 2007 at 1:23 am #

    hi puss om klim kali ka ye na ma ha all is going accordingly burning properly love you too yilton kreen

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    Altres | 23 December 2007 at 1:34 am #

    It’s a Wicked Game alright.


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    nickfiction | 23 December 2007 at 2:20 am #

    funny ya mention Isaak. I value him as an entertainer greatly. He’s not so cerebral like let’s say ” the church ” however for pure entertainment and a genuine goodtime Chris Isaak and his smart ass rock circus are’nt to be missed and I never do. I appreciate the fact that although they entertain musically , the jokes are a huge part of the show….. He’s a great entertainer and he never sings any songs about touching himself. I guess you just kinda have a laugh and forget about it by the next day. I bet he does…

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    Brien Comerford | 23 December 2007 at 3:02 am #

    Is Australia behind the times? In America Chris Isaak is fading big time. He used to have a good heartbroken aura and negated it by doing comedy on television. Today somebody told me that no matter how much I sin I will be saved if I accept Jesus as God. Really- I’m in!

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    tim | 23 December 2007 at 3:35 am #

    hey band want to do a solstice gig? great!
    as long as we don’t have to go on so early…
    can’t imagine christmas without winter
    happy solstice to you all!



    sometime anywhere and its companion are magnetic and a transcendent rock like i’ve never heard…shit thats some good stuff got a fixing for some new tunes too if ya know what i mean…

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    Sunshine | 23 December 2007 at 3:51 am #

    I thought Chris Isaak’s nose was weird, too, and I’ve never seen him in person nor on stage. I like him and his songs, but I’ve never bought any of his stuff. Sure, a couple of times I’ve considered getting “Heart Shaped World,” but I never did. He’s like a 50s rocker clone, which puts him in a certain category and makes him a certain type of entertainer. I don’t think The Church could be categorized as neatly, quite frankly, and I don’t see that they’d want to be.

    Mark you… I’m sure he’ll be doing a Vegas stint in no time.


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    The Carrier of Fruit | 23 December 2007 at 5:13 am #

    I was at Freo last night. Man you guys blew minds. I was at the front and I thought the response was pretty good. A cupla young 20 yo’s who came with me were mighty impressed.
    The Divs on the the other hand were fucking woeful. What a lot of shite. I dug this band for a while, there was no redeeming feature about this bunch of ol hacks, maybe they need to get on the gear again if they want to relive da good ol daze.
    But back to you guys, the only sore point was you shoulda played at least another 5-6 songs.
    Cheers for the show anyway.

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    stealthblue | 23 December 2007 at 5:13 am #

    Hey Steve,
    I just thought I would check in with TTB and wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and the family. I haven’t been on too much…for various reasons, but just the same, I’ve missed your energy. I hope you are all doing well. I guess I have some catching up to do, but nonetheless, it is great to “hear” from you. I see you’ve hit the 800 mark…WOW! Congrats on that, man. Pretty awesome.

    So, regarding this “Cluster F–k” of a gig, I really wouldn’t sweat it too much. You guys are just plain awesome. (duh) Seriously, though, The Church and Chris Isaak???????????? That is just… night and day, water and fire, and any other analogy you could whip up. The fact is, your acts are just TOTALLY different and I really can’t see a huge connection there, same with the Divs. But I guess that is the way the Biz works, eh? Personally, I would have enjoyed seeing all three of your acts play live. I’ve seen you guys a good half dozen times now, and I’ve actually seen Chris Isaak about 3. I have to say, for different reasons, I really enjoyed their act…the band is tight, and just explosive, but they all seem like really cool guys and yeah, he gets a little glitzy (weird nose and all!):) but the tunes are cool, he’s “hollywoody” hammy and as cheezy as the mirror suit is, it’s just the act. But it works. I saw him wear that thing in 110F degrees. That was maybe 15 years ago. So, if it is any consolation to you, he’s been doing the same show since the beginning. Sounds like it hasn’t changed a BIT, probably even the same black cowboy suits! So, yeah, he rocks…so what? SO DO YOU, MAN!! Plus about 95% of his songs are variances of his other songs, and most of the subject matter is “Love”, “lost lost”, “need love”, “want to shag but can’t because girl are married”, etc, etc. But, they’re mostly pretty good, but afetr a while, they all kind of sound the same.

    Shit, SK, I’ve received more pleasure and spiritual-guidance, and life-wisdom, positive influence, and just plain aural-luxury, not to mention an influx of musical/artisitic inspiration from my old “friends” Steve Kilbey and The CHURCH. I love you guys like brothers/friends. I mean that, and that could never change. And you bet your Aussie butts, that ANY chance I get to see you perform, I will be there, unless I am playing or my wife is havin’ a baby, or I am unconscious for some reason!!:) I also hope that I get to see you guys again sooner than later of course!

    So, please keep your chin up, Steve. You’re an amazing human being and I just want to say “Thanks” for everything you do.
    On that note, just know that you rock, and have an beautiful Christmas with your girls and May the New Year ahead be awesome and inspirational and healthy and full of life and positive energy. Believe me , I know about life being a bitch sometimes, and I am an ace at getting myself down, it is easy to do in this world, but we all gotta keep our chins up somehow, right?

    Take care, SK, and know that you are loved for who YOU are.

    All the very best to you and yours…sincerely,
    Ben V.

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    Melby Symon | 23 December 2007 at 6:53 am #

    Sorry SK, but I gotta tell it like it is….that is bullshit.

    You and the Church are not yesterdays anything.

    Their “smoke and mirrors” acts don’t fuggin add up to a fuggin millioneth of the sheer talent and class of yourself and the Church.

    Yeah…you could play for their crews… or for the loyal and dedicated following that you have which is growing and getting more diverse all the time. Please play for us. We want more. We need more.

    We can generate all of the interest, hype and promotion that you need with our enthusiasm..both here in Oz and OS.

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    davem | 23 December 2007 at 7:00 am #

    Yesterday’s man? You’ve got to be joking. The remarkable thing about the chrunch is that all these years on you still make vibrant, relevant music. Had FY on yesterday really loud…my god it was just awesome.
    We can’t do much about the masses going ape for Chris Isaak…they’re the same bunch who love McDonalds, TV reality shows, right-wing politics and gas guzzling cars….fuck ’em.
    We are here EVERY DAY because what you do today is even more vibrant than yesterday.
    Love you SK.

  15. avatar
    davem | 23 December 2007 at 7:02 am #

    Oh…and look at London this year.
    A Monday night, zero publicity except word of mouth and you sell a thousand tickets. Were we not noisy enough……….??

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 23 December 2007 at 7:11 am #

    like i said a few days ago, i would give a helluva lot to be there and experience the church’s magic…home to loved ones soon…
    love always…

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 23 December 2007 at 7:42 am #

    Chris Isaac – U.S.A’s Gary Glitter hey! I concur with Veleska – ain’t no substitute for quality in art & music. In my view music sits in two camps; it’s either authentic ‘Art’ which has soul and integrity (which obviously includes The Church) or it’s ‘Craft’ which is market driven. And given the fact that the majority of people have an average IQ of 100, unfortunately for the artists of this world, wide recognition is never given where it is deserved – well often not while ‘real’ artists are alive anyway. I like Matt’s idea – a summer concert at the Music Bowl but with other ‘like’ artists would be sublime. Would love to see The Church in concert with another, but much older OZ psychedelic band “Spectrum”. Saw them recently at the Queenscliff Music Festival and they blew the crowd away – I didn’t really know who they were before then – (a bit b4 my time). I’m listening to them most days in between lots of other music including The Church. ( oh yeah Brien C it’s funny you should mention not listening to Radio Head co’s I haven’t listened to them for about a year since I’ve stocked up on more T.C albums!) Have turned my man-friend on to The Church (aged in early 50s) & he’s thrashing it! Speaking of Sublime – making love to ‘Sometime Anywhere’ and also to ‘Parallel Universe’ is out of this world………………no drugs required for that high………….

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    Celticat | 23 December 2007 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Steve,

    just got bck to Bunbury from Freo. For all – The Church were great last night – I couldn’t believe it when they had to leave. I was in the front row with my daughter (Church 1st time for her) and I thought you guys were unbeliveable. You looked like you were having a good time – shadies off no less. Everyone around me were goin’ Faaaark where did they come from? I had great pleaseure in teling evryone I could that the Church were still making great music. We all loved it.

    WE ALL LOVED IT! You left us gobsmacked.

    Chris Isaak is a showman and we enjoyed his time on stage – Divinyls weren’t shite but something was weird – some band dynamic. Whatever it was we left 1/2 way through their set.

    The band of the night was definantly The Church.

    All our Love
    Celticat & Rachel

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    linjo | 23 December 2007 at 9:00 am #

    Oh Steve hope that black dog not biting too hard. He gets me at xmas sometimes, could be the culmination of the years unexpected disapointments maybe and the financial drain.
    As a beautiful talented man in the 80’s you had what most can only dream about, but no use stating the obvious. You know everything (not being facetious!).
    Thank you for your thought provoking words and honesty, a true gift and rare amongst even our closest friends.


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    fantasticandy | 23 December 2007 at 9:32 am #

    sorry olde son!
    your vibes are only understood by the more highly evolved.
    can’t be helped……
    andy L.

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    melissa | 23 December 2007 at 10:14 am #

    Nodding my head in agreement with everyone’s comments today .. nothing much more I can add meself! All I know is that you all rocked the sox off many folks on this tour so far and have been playing brilliantly .. wouldn’t trade that for all the mirror suits and cowboy outfits in the world 🙂

    Betcha looking forward to heading home and stepping off the showbiz merry-go-round for Chrissie with the fambily.. hope it’s a wonderful one 🙂

    Have a very cool Yule everyone! Lotsa luv and good wishes 🙂

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    Celticat | 23 December 2007 at 11:00 am #

    yessadaze manne

    Absolutely not.

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    lily was here | 23 December 2007 at 1:02 pm #

    Uh uh. You blitzed them in Melbourne that Sat nite i was there and they’re still recovering Im sure. The Forum and you — pure transendental magic. Thank you Tim for being late, meaning I could get there just in the nick of time 🙂 I felt weirdly out of place wearing white in a sea of so much black, but right at home when The Church entered the arena! Did anyone else there notice the groans of pleasure after that beautiful Day 5 opener? Maybe that was me :)And for the record, I thought The Divinyls rocked that night. Nevermind about Chris Isaaks. I really like the guy but he’s no Killer ..and, performing beautiful rock music in harsh daylight is just wrong. The Church own a universe of their own, and the mass appeal of what you do is spread far and wide, in special corners. You cant buy what you’ve got.
    Love from me

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    davem | 23 December 2007 at 3:07 pm #

    Welcome back Sue! Oh, I wish I’d been there.

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    Paul Lightfoot | 23 December 2007 at 3:14 pm #

    Sounded like one of them gem gigs, that all but one or two of us lucky fieends passed us by. You mentioned that Perth was the most isolated city in the world. But at least they still got to see The Church in concert. On the other hand, Auckland, New Zealand (merely a 3 hour non-stop flight from Sydney fieends) could be the most isolated city in the world when it comes to getting to see The Church “Live” in concert. 1984 was the last time, and it’s been commented and begged for on here umpteen times. But OMG, I wish the Killer would get onto Kurt and
    (B)lock down either Auckland’s legendry Kings Arms Tavern, or the – personally approved by SK -Transmission Room. One blistering show here in Auckland would go off, and is deserved. Even though part of organised tour, its a wind up to know you had to galavant all that way across to Perf, and played superbly to a fucked ho-hum fucking crowd that went mental over Chris Isaac, who also took away your initial time slot at dusk. What a bastard. So would have loved to see regardless of the daylight. You were excellent at Bimbadgen last February.

    Paul L
    Auckland, NZ

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    Brien Comerford | 23 December 2007 at 3:30 pm #

    The Church are nonpareil and inimitable. Maybe they should just play solo gigs. The Church and Chris Isaac. That’s akin to Pink Floyd playing with Barry Manni-low !

    It’s only a suggestion. I simply wish SK the best to bring the bacon (soy) home to his delightful family.

    I confess that I liked Chris Isaac ten years ago. But he sold out big time. Take the money and run. Can’t blame him, we do live in a materialistic human too human world.

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    eek | 23 December 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Chris Issak’s music has always seemed to me to be pleasant but undemanding. He also apparently has a fun, engaging show that often has audience participation. All perfect for a mass audience. I do like a couple of his songs, but lose interest quickly. And his nose is indeed weird. Whenever I see him I can’t help but stare at it. Shallow, I know but it just bugs me.

    The Church’s music is more complicated and requires more from the listener and as such is not going to appeal to nearly as many people. Most people want nice, simple songs not anything with complexity or layers. You will never appeal to as many people, but most of those who do “get” you are excellent and devoted fans. We like music that doesn’t spill everything the first time we hear it; we like that you continue to grow and develop musically; and we appreciate the care and love you put into your work.

    Just as there aren’t as many of you (bands like the Church)), there aren’t as many of us (Church fans), but damn we are (both the Church and the fans) utterly fantastic! 😉

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    veleska1970 | 23 December 2007 at 4:08 pm #

    as eek says: “We like music that doesn’t spill everything the first time we hear it”
    and that’s so true about your music, steve~~each one of your songs is a gift that keeps giving, because i’m ALWAYS noticing something that i hadn’t before, no matter how many times i hear it, from both your recent stuff and the older stuff too. and i’m sure i speak for other fiendss by saying that.

    that’s how beautifully complex your music is. 🙂

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    Brien Comerford | 23 December 2007 at 8:14 pm #

    I concede to the women commentors today. Veleska, EEK, Melissa and Ethereal Butterfly-very compelling remarks. I concur.

    The Church and solo Sk’s music is so intricate, elaborate and complex it takes a few to several listens for it to be incorporated into the psyche. Then it begins to mystically assuage the heart and vivify the soul. Cannot get enough of their music. As for Sometime Anywhere-“Fly Home” and “The Dead Man’s Dream” bring a stunning and majestic conclusion to that incomparable CD. SK and MWP at their optimal best (if that’s possible).
    At Age 47 I Declare !

    Greatest Band=The Church
    Greatest Guitarist=Jeff Beck
    Greatest Humanitarian=Mahatma Gandhi.
    Favorite Bible passage/Genesis 1:29

    Sorry about making three comments. My first two were palpably paltry(Even Worse Than My Usual Comments)!!!!

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    andmoreagain | 23 December 2007 at 9:20 pm #

    I was listening to some remix/live thing and thinking man, I’d like to see the Choich at a big show. Made for the stadia. Kinda forget. I find it odd that you play so much in Austrailia where they never really got you in the day. I remember Marty saying that you were always a bigger international band. Mebbe I’m wrong.

  31. avatar
    Celticat | 23 December 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    chris isaak obliterated everything else gone on before
    totally gone

    Absolutley not!!

    To Paul L

    played superbly to a fucked ho-hum fucking crowd

    Less of that please – all the people surrounding me and my daughter were serioulsy impressed with The Church at Freo.

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    Hellbound Heart | 24 December 2007 at 1:44 am #

    i probably won’t get onto the computer again before christmas day (christmas with the in-laws)so, steve, i’d like to wish you and your loved ones a beautiful christmas…thanks for the sublime music and for (often) being the best part of my day…
    as for the rest of the fiendss out there, you guys have a lovely christmas as well…dunno if anybody else feels the same out there, but i feel like part of something special here and you guys help to make it that way…
    love always…

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