posted on June 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

hot , little pig
oh god so hot
last nite was mill walky
ok i guess
pretty good 7 n a half maybe
i dunno
i rocked n i rolled
more subdued (sub-dude) than usual
i rock to the east etc
pluck my bass
kilbey health report

1. my eye is blurry
i doubt if it will ever get clear again
i now have to peer at everything with my one good I

2 my blisters are now hardened calluses

3 i personally asked my suave professor in sydney
about jazz
he said avoid stimulants
i said what about jazz
he said alcohol is worse…much worse
for yer heart..?.i asked….
yes he said
what about jazz? i asked again
the doc shrugged n smiled
he did not say yay or nay
it was obviously his opinion that jazz was not especially bad
my seizure was caused by de-hydration not jazz

4 i’m doing a lot of yoga to fill in time
i am seeing grand and rapid improvement
i am loose limbed
i actually feel more able than twenty five years ago
i exhort all my readers to take up yoga
if i have but one true message for ye
that i can say in words
which will make your very dreams come true
IF you can persist
then it is this
practice yoga
as much as you possibly can
it will work for you i promise
give it time
give it time
i have rehabilitated myself
i had no special genetic predisposition
all i had was determination
in 2002 i was a podgy energyless directionless gink
i believed in yoga n swimming n i pursued them
i think yoga is magic
i believe the following things to be very bad for one vis a vis ageing :
cheesey stuff
eggy bacony sausagey breakfasts
milkshakes with loadsa ice cream etc
cell phones
sitting around doing nothing
fluorescent lights
any kind of metal music
arguing bickering quarreling
being envious or bitter
being bossed around
feeling unfulfilled
soon i will be 55
these are the things i have observed
the following things keep you young
chi gong
good sex (with a bad mofo)
not too much or too little sleep
eat only half on yer plate
avoid eating as much as possible
most of us dont need to eat all day
music and singing
hanging with nice people
walking everywhere
being naive and silly
letting yer fucking hair down
letting it all go
having a hubby or wife you really love n fancy
you already know
you already turned off
hey you
yeah you
reading this blogge
the years passing you by
pants a bit tight this year round the old tummy wummy..?
you better address it
or you’ll have to fight even harder later
or whatever
do what ya like n see if i care
i’m gonna fuckin’ do yoga till the day i die
and at least i’ll croak flexibly

yesterday in milwaukee
i was having a smoke in an alleyway
behind the gig
next door an abortion clinic
complete with “christian” ding dongs
accosting the people going in n out
i was quite oblivious to all this
i was down a dark alley puffing on mother nature
when a worker from clinic spots me
and everyone starts yelling at me
they think (i later surmise) that im a anti-abortion terrorist
or something
everyones threatening to call cops
i go back inside venue
n lay low
later 30 minutes later
i go out to buy something to nibble
n a load of people start yelling
theres the suspicious looking man!!!!!!
a security mans starts trying to question me
excuse me sir…were you down that alley before?
i give ‘im a bit of the olde aussie bluster
the crowd is surprised to hear my strange accent unfold
i admit i do look a bit para military in my get up
did you come from this alley sir ? the security man says
no i came from that alley there….
i say in my best broadest aussie accent
like paul hogan on xanax
or something
he starts walking alongside me
n i walk away faster n faster
suddenly i jump back inside the venue
while a confused crowd mill around
looking for the “suspicious man”
everyone inside is laughing their asses off
n i get called by the mill walky crowd there
“that suspicious man” for rest of the night
jesus…sometimes i attract bloody bad luck
its a friggin heat wave here in mitch again
its fucking 97 degrees i kid thee knot
last nite stayed at a 39 dollar a night hotel
(oh god it was the flea bag pits)
in michigan city indiana
indiana wants me
lord i cant go back there
any way tonite its grande rapidos
and its a huge venue which could look horribly empty if…
see ya later then

83 Responses to “grand and rapid….just like the mangey panther”

  1. avatar
    Mary | 24 June 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi Steve, I just want to thank you for telling us this, I just talked to my neurologist about YES my MS and she told me to start yoga, well I have never done it, and im a bit overweight and im scared to start doing it, but for some reason they tell me to start because it will help me with this disease, I dont know why, I have no clue, but its funny you just mention it, thanks for telling us about it, also, my husband asked the doctor about jazz as you call it and ofcourse they wouldnt say yay or nay and we were like, ok can you tell us anything? they said no comment and i asked my brother which is a doc himself and he said its not going to hurt but they cant say that cause there could be a lawsuit, but as far as what he says it wouldnt hurt.

  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 June 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    **chuckles** that's a funny mistaken-identity story. you get those often.

    it's hot here in dallas, too. the temps have been close to 100. in fact, they're expecting the highs to be about 101 for the next few days. but since i cannot STAND cold weather i'm not really complaining.

    have a good show in grand rapids tonight.

    lotza love…..

  3. avatar
    Craig Miller | 24 June 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    After seeing how young you guys looked and played in Denver, I'm sold. I haven't eaten any meat since the show, I just got off the treadmill as I write this (no swimming pool at the office I'm afraid) and I am definitely going to start yoga. I'm 36, almost 37, and I'm in horrendous shape, and it's time.

    Out of your list of bad stuff, I do a lot of them. Thankfully no cigarettes though, and thankfully not feeling unfulfilled.

    On your list of good stuff I don't do many of them, but I can do a lot more.

    So for what it's worth, here's one guy who's been inspired by you to work on his health. Maybe your next book should be a self-help book instead of poetry? Ha. Or maybe self help poetry.

  4. avatar
    steve kilbey | 24 June 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    dear craig and mary
    i guarantee if you do yoga
    you wont know yourselves in 1 years time
    the ageing process can be reversed
    yes mary yoga will pacify your ms
    yoga works on every system in your body
    craig…i'm really proud of you with the meat n exercise
    keep it up
    dont give up
    if i can persuade people to do yoga n be veg
    then i am fulfilled

  5. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 June 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    ….losing a heap of weight (i ain't gonna tell ya how much but it's a hell of a lot) and getting onto regular exercise/eating healthily was the best thing i could have done….
    couldn't agree with you more…..
    love always….

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 June 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    Where would one start at Yoga? Can you give us a hint?
    Is there a particular type/practice that brings you such success?

    I'm very interested.

  7. avatar
    Mary | 24 June 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Steve, Thanks I got a list of places that offer the classes and im going to bite the bullet and sign up, and like Craig said you should write a book on this seriously, we would definately buy it, you are very inspiring, atleast it is helping me, I even made a blog here too just after I got diagnosed to put all my thoughts and feelings down to help me cope, the yoga and getting into shape will also be another thing to start, thanks so much for the advice! Stay safe!


  8. avatar
    Craig MIller | 24 June 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Brian Wilson's recent story isn't all that different from yours. Got off drugs, started eating healthy and running every day, and had a creative resurgence and finally made Smile. Seeing what he did and what you're doing makes me realize how young 36 actually is. I have a lot of regrets of things I haven't done creatively in this life yet. But I think of what you guys have accomplished in the last 20 years and realize that it can all still be done.

  9. avatar
    Daberhasher | 24 June 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    wow, great adventure tale… Paul Hogan on Xanax!!! oh to be a fly on the wall for that exchange…

    it has rained in Maine all June!!!
    actually had to have a fire in the woodstove two days after summer solstice, bizarre…

  10. avatar
    Jasperina | 24 June 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    Yoga saved me in the darkest hour I had to face and it continues to be my saviour. The quest seems more possible, love and forgiveness exist in that meditative realm like nowhere else. Feeling all inspired by your blog today. There could never be an empty space when the church play even if it was just the four of you… all the divine spirits and saints in heaven would be there.

  11. avatar
    Cee | 24 June 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    I get in my sun salutations every day and going to yoga class on Saturdays – it's a great thing.
    Those considering beginning: talk to the instructors, tell them about any injuries or limitations…yoga is very adaptable and there are different types for different needs/ interest/goals. Use the internet to LEARN about yoga – then GO DO IT.

  12. avatar
    KapustinYar | 24 June 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    I havnt smoked in almost a month, the gum does help. Gaining weight even though ive been working out more. Guess i'll give this yoga thing a try. Im a poor ass so i'm checking for vids on youtube.

  13. avatar
    stealthblue | 24 June 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    ****THIS IS AN A.P.B.: Be on the look out for a "suspicious looking man"; dresses in a rather bohemian style, sports whitish facial hair, but looks much younger than he should be allowed to, uses strange "Aussie-Anglo" twang to cunningly confuse sterile,"pure" non-jazzing, God-loving Americans and other right wing extremists. Believed to be armed and dangerous; weapons of choice: sharp mind, quick tounge and heavy wooden axe. Usually seen travelling with 3 or more other suspicious-looking characters. They too are considered armed and dangerous; one wielding peculiar looking sticks of sorts and the other two also brandishing wooden axes of various shapes and sizes. Beware as they frequently will congregate in fairly large masses atop an alter of lights and apmlification. They have the ability to mezmerize, maybe even tantalize, but most certainly, they will terrorize all good people of the world, especially in these God-blessed United States. They tend to huddle in alleys and roof tops for sacramental ceremonies, leaving residual "skunk-like" smelling smoke-some might even say it's "Sulfuric!!" After such ceremony, the white bearded one can be seen contorting himself into a meditative state. These individuals are also keen to frequent meatless dining establishments, 39 dollar motels, and Mac stores. If you see one, if not all, of these characters, PLEASE do not approach them and call your local auth…uh…wait..***WE INTERRUPT THIS BULLETIN***If you happen upon this group of wandering souls…PLEASE DO APPROACH THEM AND OFFER LOVE AND APPRECIATION. 'Turns out…He and his cohorts AIN'T SO BADDD!!! 🙂

  14. avatar
    M E M | 24 June 2009 at 11:29 pm #


    u can give

  15. avatar
    m.p.k | 24 June 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    God how I know that "suspicious man" crap. I know it well. I was always that guy when I lived on the East coast… until I moved to the west. Tucson AZ was a big improvement, and now in San Francisco I couldn't be more normal. Even though I'm at work right now wearing a top knot. I tell you what really makes SF great. Nobody gives you any trouble as long as you mind your own business. It's not about activism or liberalism or anything like that at all. You could be the most uptight neoconservative cheney worshipping Bushite or a Transexual into BDSM and people will leave you alone as long as you live and let live here… Anyway that struck a chord.

    So did the yoga. I agree SK about yoga, although I think for eating you can just listen to your body. It will tell you if you shouldn't eat something at any given time and isn't as militant about what as long as you listen to the when.

  16. avatar
    the dean | 24 June 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    the middle way.

  17. avatar
    Tim_G | 25 June 2009 at 12:01 am #

    It's lucky the ding dongs didn't think you were Philip Nitschke, although that would have made an interesting scenario – an euthansia expert lurking in the alleys next to an abortion clinic!

    On another note – I agree with Craig and Mary – you are an inspiration. Never had a problem with weight – it hasn't changed in all my adult life due to a fast metabolism, but I do need to do more yoga to improve my flexibility for sure.

    Curious to note you didn't list jazz as something to keep you young.

    Enjoying your blogge as always.


  18. avatar
    lloyd | 25 June 2009 at 12:06 am #

    glad to hear the calluses are firmly in place. no need for any more superglue then!

  19. avatar
    frank | 25 June 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Hey daber its' been rainin' in Massachusetts for 17 days in a row….fortunately my wife and I got the hell out of here on a cruise to Bermuda from Boston.

    Steve how about a Church Band Vegan Yoga Cruise say in the Caribbean. That would sure get some folks started down the right path. Maybe just a little rum in the fruit smoothies!!!!

    They have blues cruises, jazz cruises (I'm talkin' music here)though the kilbey form of jazz would be great for some snorkling and swimmin' with the dolphins.


    Yar, Yar, Yar and you could bring your eye patch!!

  20. avatar
    m.p.k | 25 June 2009 at 12:18 am #

    I'd add to your secrets of longevity these:

    -good teeth (take expert care of 'em)
    -healthy long hair (my own personal superstition i suppose)

  21. avatar
    Thelonious | 25 June 2009 at 12:18 am #

    Hi SK,jazz, pretty much all I listen to these days except for your stuff. Be happy to send you some. Better get that eye checked out. Hope tour continues to go well.

  22. avatar
    David Connell | 25 June 2009 at 1:00 am #

    Steve, if last night's show was only a 7 1/2 in your book, you guys are truly playing your best music ever. I saw you in the same venue back in 2006 and many time before then, but last night was the best music I have heard you all play. It was focused yet loose. The sound quality was just amazing(mega-kudos to the soundman). It was unlike any Church tour I have heard. Just when I think I have you guys pinned down, you blissfully mess it all up. You have done this your whole career and I hope for 30 more years of it. Also, thanks for graciously signing my book! Have a great rest of the tour. Even if your venues happen not to be full, please know how much your music means to the lucky folks that are there!

  23. avatar
    stealthblue | 25 June 2009 at 1:59 am #

    Maybe I just didn't notice it before. But, when did you get the "tat"?? What does it depict? A panther or somthing? Just curious. Never knew the killer had one. I've been toying for a long while with having one done of somethng I drew many years ago, but could never afford it back when. Maybe it's a good thing, but sometimes I wonder…would it still be cool if it means something to me? Or am I too "old" at my whopping 36 to get one done now, and would I actually feel that great about it? My wife hates the idea, but I told her "I don't give a crap what you think!" Just kidding. I did tell her that I would only do it if the reason behind it was cool, etc. Not just to "have a tat." I wouldn't just go to the parlor and "pick one" out of the pre-fabs, like "Yosemite Sam" or something!! Know what I mean? She'd be cool with it probably, but now I wonder…would I, after all these years? What I have in mind is quite elaborate, and would cost quite a bit more than I am willing (or able) to part with. Any money should really be going towards new studio stuff! Unless, it's done in stages, over quite some time though. Hmmm…

    Anyway, just thought I would ask since you're exposing your "guns-n-torso!!" Say, weren't you the bassist for "Guns-n-Torsos" back in the 70s? 🙂

    Hey, stay safe on the road and please be careful where you partake in any jazz. You know I'm totally down with the whole thing, but it never ceases to amaze me how many people, especially here in America, are just so vehemently opposed to it…and they really, truly don't know how or why. After all, the reality is that over all, it really is quite innocuous as opposed to the way it is portrayed in the whole media propaganda, etc. No? On another note, regarding what doctors think, let's just say that I know MANY a physician (not to mention other "esteemed" professionals) that LOVE "jazz" and utilize it regularly.

    Well, I hope you guys have a blast the rest of the tour. Wish I could jet around a catch more shows. Canada should be cool, eh? Never been to Ontario, just B.C.. I love Canada. Dunno if you've ever been to B.C. but I'm pretty sure you would dig it. Vancouver is a great town and Whistler is just awesome. Alright, sir, take care out there and yeah, definitely have that eye checked out.

    P&L to you, the road crew, all your fams, and all you other fiendss,

    Ben V.

  24. avatar
    OnPorpoise | 25 June 2009 at 2:00 am #

    Also accosted by the same people. Witnessed part of this – asked you about it after the show.
    Please come play Madison, WI next time – plenty of mother nature here and with no hassles.

    Been doing yoga for about four years…specific workouts designed for bicycling (great exercise, I might add).
    H.G. Wells said, “When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.”

    Time for my downward/upward dogs..
    Thanks for Milwaukee!

    Frank & Nancy

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 2:28 am #

    is that a for real tattoo i see there?
    i'm loving you're new found vigour and weight loss and energy but in my humble opinion every one of us has a base weight we should maintain, and starving yourself will fuck up your metabolism.
    and don't forget, too thin in the face=lines and hollows= age


  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 2:58 am #


    bring your bass and your band and your yoga on over to falls church, please, we're driving up from north carolina to check out these great new songs, and maybe a couple of seasoned ones.

    shorts and sandal wear on stage is fine – even sunglasses – it's the live music we want. it will be hot the rest of the way.

    requested numbers: seen it coming/ feel/ fly/ is this where you live/ panagaea

    but, am guessing they're either in the set list (is it ready mix?) or they're not.

    going to be a good time. hope you agree.

    wilfred paradise

  27. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 25 June 2009 at 3:21 am #

    …added the photos since i've been here this morning….very good indeedy yessiree……

    love always….

  28. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 June 2009 at 3:26 am #

    you haven't mentioned how your eye is doing. it appears very droopy in these photos. how is it??

  29. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 June 2009 at 3:55 am #

    sorry, steve~~my bad. you DID mention that your eye is still blurry. hopefully that will change in time.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 4:24 am #

    Thankyou o sage one
    I am getting too much bullying
    and you help me to thnk straighter
    And not let this circumstance
    overwhelm my better judgement.

    I hope your next hotel
    has good art and crisp

  31. avatar
    Art Miller | 25 June 2009 at 4:53 am #

    A belated thanks for putting on a rockin show in Minneapolis. I live in KC and was disappointed about the cancellation there, but no worries I just had to fly up to MN. Was in the front now, and had one of the best concert experiences ever (and man I've seen a lot). You guys looked & sounded great…new album sounds great as well. THANK YOU

  32. avatar
    frostatmidnight | 25 June 2009 at 5:46 am #

    You've discovered the lovely cam in your new MacBook, eh? Nice photos! But please tell me the tattoo isn't real. Pretty please?

    The heat sounds unbearable. I can handle dry California heat and actually quite like it, but my heart always belongs to autumn and the wind, rain and falling leaves. Someone wrote me this morning that the poet John Donne says that in heaven it is always autumn, and I think he's quite right.

    p.s. Hilarious story about the suspicious man! Better make sure there are no more abortion clinics by your gig venues! 😀


  33. avatar
    davem | 25 June 2009 at 6:27 am #

    So true about the cheese and booze. I can't quite shake off all of the dairy – now avoiding milky but the cheesey and the red wine and ale add to my girth.

  34. avatar
    princey | 25 June 2009 at 6:34 am #

    MORE please:)))))

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 6:56 am #

    rock came from the is resilience .neither are resistance.its evolution.REVOLUTION!;-) xo

  36. avatar
    loolaabillions | 25 June 2009 at 7:40 am #


    lurve the snaps
    of one so

    go the apple…..nice

  37. avatar
    fantasticandy | 25 June 2009 at 8:13 am #

    an imposing figure steve!

  38. avatar
    eek | 25 June 2009 at 8:16 am #

    Someone's having a great time with his new built-in isight camera!

    I imagine the clinic workers are particularly on edge right now since George Tiller was killed not quite a month ago. You apparently were in the wrong place at the wrong time and made those people very nervous.

    Then again, looking at the pics you posted, you do look as if you are up to no good! 😉

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Man, what in blazes are you doing to yourself!? You looked trim and terrific not so long ago, but now…now you look a hundred in the shade. Matey, you’re too thin, and it just doesn’t work for you – not with your face shape, and certainly not at your age. It just ages you more, and makes your nose look huge. Put on some weight, and some clothes, for bloomin’ sake! – Awful those pics of you half naked with your spots and freckles. Get a grip, man, you’re 54. Frayed and sleeveless shirts; tattoos and earrings: talk about mutton dressed as lamb. Bloody get over you already; grow old gracefully. These shots are really in poor taste. And since you’re giving some good advice as to how to slow down the aging process, add staying out of the sun to the top of that list. When your tan fully fades, you’re going to be in for a rude shock. Dominant pitta with recessive vata: you’re thin-skinned in more ways than one. You need to get a bit of fat into that tissue before it sags beyond repair. Remember, you lose collagen as you get older, so wake up to yourself or we’ll have to start calling you grandpa Steve.


  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Fulfilment wise, your cup overfloweth…you inspired me a year ago via this blog to get into yoga and i'm loving it – i FINALLY did my first head stand last night (not such a big deal i know but it felt so..right?) – anyway, our teacher (who's extremely good i might add – he even works with 'The Cats' – sorry, i know footy's out of bounds!) has been gradually introducing more meditation aspects into the classes and they're fantastic! So Thanks SK…


    Jon from Geelong.

    P.s. I loved your 'suspicious man' story, very funny! :))

  41. avatar
    iseult | 25 June 2009 at 11:07 am #


  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Woah Professor, you begin the blog with one of your most heartfelt humanitarian pleas for life (which touches me no end), and split it in half with one of the great Keystone Copian comedies…

    Brilliant stuff you son of Mother Nature…

    Luvvin' the US bloggies…

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Yeah you're a hot piece and panthers eat meat you know. Cum back to Bondi so I can enjoy watching you lap lap lap again jungle cat.

    Being adored helps keep us fruitful doesn't it? Work it hottie.


  44. avatar
    b.bon | 25 June 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Kilbey did you get that 'tattoo' off a sticker in a packet of Spiderman sweety cigarettes/candy sticks? Cos it fukn looks like it! What's it say? Oh don't tell me:
    Lloyd Cole
    House of Love

    Close huh?

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 11:56 am #


    though we have never met, you just described me..the guy with the tight pants. I have been doing qigong off and on for last two years but never consistant. Since I was hit by a car in april, my life has changed…I do half hour a day, everyday and my fractured and stiff hand that came out of its cast 6 weeks to the day after my "mis-hap" is about 99 less than a month!!!
    no physio..just qigong..never tried yoga but it appears to be much the same???
    thanks for the advice thanks for the support…i need to drop about 50lbs…i have given up meat and fallen off that wagon several times over the years and am back on the meatless diet but it is difficult…my stomach does not react well lately to vegetables and certain foods and travelling alot as you well know…it is not a veg friendly world out there. I ordered two meatless meals day before yesterday in 2 different places and both serve me the dish WITH meat. FUCK it frustrates the hell out of a person cause u are lucky if there is one dish on any given menu that you can eat. Not to mention how you are treated…You don't eat meat? Why not? My standard line is..I don't care much what YOU eat, so why should you care what I DON'T eat.
    People…they're the worst!
    Anyway, welcome to our part of the world, was gonna cross the bridge to come see you tonight at the magic bag but can not make it, however have my ticket for hamilton and can't wait for the show.


  46. avatar
    adina | 25 June 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    perched along side the
    dandelions, I only look up.

    Missed you & m so very sorry.

    (& sorry about the douche bags on the east side)

    the south side is much better


  47. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 25 June 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    In photo five I see Russell. In photo two I see Ricky Gervais :))

  48. avatar
    Melquiades | 25 June 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    good info on the do's and don'ts for livin life Steve.

    I have a penchant for wine – the reds 99% of the time. cabs, shiraz. love em actually.

    must stop cigs. I have taken this back up lately (past 4-6 weeks). not sure why. been stressed with home buying and moving to the wedding date, i guess. must stop. I feel the effects within this short amount of time.

    I have been doing yoga. there's this type of yoga Bikram yoga or hot yoga. this is an amazing experience. it's 90 minutes of stretching and twisting in a cauldron. they jack the room up to 100 degrees +. water is dripping off you like a leaking faucet. you walk out energy levels buzzing. amazing

  49. avatar
    Shawn El | 25 June 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Looks like someone is trying out the camera feature on their new computer…nice. I like the variety of actor-SK poses.

  50. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 25 June 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    Anon at 8.07am, try this one. It's an excellent stretch. I'm NO expert whatsoever. But my ex-wife very much is.

    Kneel on the floor, knees pretty close together, and letting your ass gently fall between your heels. The idea (when you're flexible that is)is for your ass to reach the carpet. But initially and if you're stiff as a plank, you'll need a Sydney White Pages to sit on. Breathe and stretch your arms straight out forward and lean right down – as if trying to get your chin to reach the carpet. Breathe, and notice straight away how your chin and ass get closer to the floor.

    Great if you have shoulder muscle and upper / lower back pain. Works for me.

  51. avatar
    Tendraftsdeep | 25 June 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    Mr. Kilbey, You never fail to inspire me. Keep on rocking!

  52. avatar
    Ellen | 25 June 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    You're absolutely correct about what ages one and what keeps one young. Yoga is the "bomb." My yoga teacher says it's the only activity where you actually improve with age. It's great to hear that you've latched onto a much healthier lifestyle. And swimming is excellent for the cardiovascular system.

    Glad to hear you avoided being arrested out there, you "suspicious man" you. But I'm going to refrain from commenting on abortion.

    Stay strong and healthy and thanks for the photos!

    P.S. Mary, I read in your comment that you suffer from MS. My friend also has MS and has been a yoga instructor for years. He's a very disciplined and advanced yogi and tells me that yoga has made all the difference in his health. So YES, do yoga, as Steve implores us.

  53. avatar
    steve kilbey | 25 June 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    dear "mp"
    i already had the earrings and i already had the freckles and the tattoo is a sticker and the sleeveless shirt is cos its 100 degrees
    please advise me what to wear..please
    i bet you really look the bizness…
    more weight and some khaki baggies
    and a nice white shirt n tie
    and acting my (considerable) age
    and i'll stop smoking dope
    and if i try hard
    i could be just like you
    and then
    wouldnt everyone be happy?

  54. avatar
    davem | 25 June 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Paul – do you have a copy of the Sydney White Pages you can lend me please mate?
    Mind you my arse nearly reaches the carpet when I'm standing up so I must be ok!

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    davem | 25 June 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    It's nice to know when you're logged on killer. We miss you over here. If Europe is to be no more I'll have to rob a bank and get to the next states tour!

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    bjmcwilliams | 25 June 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    Quick take on Grand Rapids:

    There were probably 300 – 400 people by time the church started playing. It was hot. The sound was kind of boomy and echoey given that the size of the club was large.

    They played a really good show. Really liked their set which for me included highlights: Tantalized, Block, Day 5, A Month of Sundays, Hotel Womb, Pangea (great bass line) and man did Operetta translate on stage!!! Without an instrument, Steve danced around the stage and really seemed to enjoy this one. What a great frickin song!

    There were a couple of drunks at the far right of the stage. One kept yelling "let's go" when Steve would try to tell a story before a song. Steve said something like "why don't you go?" followed by "ok, we're going"… Later the other drunk was yelling "aaaaaayyyyyyy" during a quiet part of "You Took" and Steve stopped the song and said "you're ruining the vibe for us". People in the audience started yelling at the drunk to be quiet. From that point onward the drunks were quiet. Steve apologized to the audience during encore #1 for getting annoyed.

    Marty's amp was picking up a talk radio show for most of the set – you could hear it between songs. Steve said they were channeling the spirits and told a story about a guy he knew who picked up radio on a filling in his tooth.

    I waited around after the show was over and Marty came out to sign things. No sign of Steve – bummer. Maybe at tonight's show in Ferndale?

    Looks like Marty has been traveling the world and taking photographs – I had no idea. He had a ton of stuff for sale.

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    Paul Lightfoot | 25 June 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    Dave mate, the Birmingham White Pages is plenty thick enough I'm sure :))

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    CSTCoach | 25 June 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    You're a suspicious looking character for sure. Bricklayer type like you loafing about in back alleys with one bleary eye and a questionable attitude? Good thing you made your escape when you did. No one's comfortable when there's a panther on the loose. ESPECIALLY a mangey one.

    Good on ya with the yoga! Very proud of the work you're doing. What a fucking transformation from just a few years ago.

    Highly recommend yoga to anyone. To be honest, i don't enjoy doing it as much as more intense circuit training type stuff, but i've found it to be absolutely essential, and i practice daily. The Clubbell weights that we've developed also have roots in yoga – traditional persian club swinging and indian club, but with better modern design and a dose of the latest sport science. R u familiar with club swinging killa, or any of the other faces of yoga (that crazy yoga they do on ropes, poles, etc)?

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    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    SK –

    Wanted to thank you for a great show last night. I was worried about turn-out in Grand Rapids as I've been to The Intersection and been the only person to turn up! But it was nice not to have to drive to Chicago to see you for once!

    You guys were great and I don't think you needed to apologize to the idiot that was interrupting you. He was annoying EVERYBODY and being distracting and certainly had it coming.

    I brought a friend who's into guitars and good guitar playing and he was REALLY impressed with you guys and your equipment.

    I hope you guys never lose your creativity or zest for playing because I think you guys are better than anyone else out there. Thanks for 30 yrs of outstanding music. Keep it up!


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    John | 25 June 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    SK, please don't think Michigan City is representative of Indiana. That's a rough patch up there with all the steel mills and industry. Come south again sometime, you might be surprised. What is the story on you and Indiana anyway? I would love to know.

    SK, you look great these days in all respects. If I can look half as good as you do when I'm 54, let alone 45, I'd be a lucky man.


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    Mary | 25 June 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    Ellen thank you, yeah I am in the process of trying it out, I tries pilates before and thought maybe yoga was like that so i refused to do it since pilates was freakin hard as hell, but ill give yoga a try, im sick of living with this MS already, I just got diagnosed with it not long ago and already sick of it, so hopefully this will help it, thanks guys for the advice, and as for MP what the hell are you smoking dude? why do you inisist on insulting people, Jesus! Im so sick of people telling people what to wear or what to look like, im sure you are one ugly fat ass old mother !@#$er get a life dude!

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    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    To MP: To paraphrase a Kinks song, "He's looking fine…"

    Live and let live, you'll be happier…

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    Jen Jewel Brown | 25 June 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    I always knew you were that suspicious man, so no suprises there pal. Great to tune in and get fluoro pangy panther. Love the b&w diving shot. Love to Peter and Marty and you, roll 'em in the aisles, sounds like it's rolling on to infinity down the white line.


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    Mary | 25 June 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    oh by the way i forgot to ask last time, does anyone here recommend a good yoga dvd i could do at home, if anyone here does yoga at home? something maybe for beginners

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    Jen Jewel Brown | 25 June 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Highway number … 19!!!!
    The Time Being
    Site Summary


    Total 761,092
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    Super work Kilbs

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    Freddie | 25 June 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    A few of the reasons why Lil' Steven can't be left alone. Lookin' good…lookin' so fine. 😉
    And yes, yoga is pretty awesome. It's helped me reshape: love it 🙂

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    heyday2day | 25 June 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    hey steve, i'm an idgit when it comes to yoga and the like. since i have been reading your blog, i occassionally will pick up one of those yoga books with the pics while i'm at a borders or barnes and noble and look at it. i want to do it, shit, i need to do it, but it looks quiet intimidating to the non flexible (i.e. arthritic left knee, screwed up shoulder from baseball, etc…) and thus i have never set off to try. i imagine (i really hope) that your resources are a little more fluid than mine but how did you get started? did you have a personal trainer start you? is it possible to learn and be effective by picking up a book, having a bit of determination? i have flirted with the idea for too long but can't afford an instructor. thanks

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    C. | 25 June 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    Signed up for a six lesson Beginner's series. Starts in two weeks.

    In other news I'm about to go on the mother of all world tours for work Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Paris, Berlin, Vancouver, Austin, San Francisco, London, New York and L.A.

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    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Was somebody disrespecting Lloyd Cole earlier?? I won't hear of it!

    Straighten up your life! There'll be no Cole bashing here! (unless Steve does it)

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    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    Look, I’m not perfect, but who is? I’m qualified, though, to suggest what I think is best for you. Yes, BEST for YOU. Some men your age can get away with being overly thin, but, with your attributes, you need a little more weight. No one is suggesting you pile it on; just a few kilos and you’ll look your best. You’re a handsome man, and you’re tall enough to carry a few kilos more than you’re carrying now. Those kilos will optimally balance out the dimensions of YOUR facial features, adding definition and enhancing their charms. You’ve clearly stated – on your blog – that you find overly thin women unattractive. Am I to be ridiculed because I find gaunt men unattractive?

    As for what’s suitable to wear at your age, well, you’ve done your fair share of bagging middle-aged women who wear ‘inappropriate’ attire. You’ve raved on and on about how ridiculous some mature-aged women look in outfits intended for their daughters. SOME women CAN get away with it, for a variety of reasons which I won’t go into now, just as some men can. You, too, can get away with wearing ‘younger’ men’s outfits, just not the ones you’re sporting at the moment. That look is a big no-no, I reckon – for anyone! I simply feel that you could look better if you changed your dress sense. Given half the chance, I’d have you looking hot to trot, believe me.


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    A.M. | 25 June 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Holy shit! My heart just skipped a beat looking at those pics (sorry, NK, don't mean to objectify your hubby). Hot, yes, but at least you're not a little pig on a spit like this friggin' HEAT! If I were the Wicked Witch of the East I'd have disintegrated by now. Hope you're all faring better.

    All right, I guess I'll actually go back and read your post now. I was sidetracked by the photos. 😉

    All m'best.

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    A.M. | 25 June 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    Great post, great tips, great stories!!!! And Indiana is f'n' weird as hell. When traveling, I do my best to avoid stopping in Indiana for gas, a piss or food. I think Indiana wants everybody, and what they do with them once they get 'em ain't pretty. 😉

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    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    Sorry I'm with MP on this. You're too skinny SK. Eat more, and go to gym, swimming and yoga ain't gonna get you buffed. Get a tan. No sleeveless shirts. Grow out hair. Shave off beard. Stop smoking dope (you're damaging your lungs/heart), if you getting the benefits of yoga like you say, then you don't need it.

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    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    MP, Steve is obviously much kinder than I as I wouldn't even bother to publish some daft attention seeker's comments like yours. Skinny is GOOD. You are an obsessed fan, anonymous, and should really seek help. Nobody cares what you think; they come here to read Steve's blog, not listen to you blather on with your bad advice. I mean, buffed? There is nothing, and I repeat, NOTHING worse than a man who is buff. Skinny is where it's at. Now please, do us all a favor and consider getting a life. Dipshit.

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    craig1.618 | 25 June 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    people trying to tell you what to do

    that's fucking hysterical!!!

  76. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 June 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Never trust a man in camouflage gear

    ..with apologies to Martin Phillipps of The Chills.

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    fantasticandy | 25 June 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    i wonder why you even bothered to respond to 'MP'.
    why fuckin' bother?

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    fantasticandy | 25 June 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    oh… by the way,
    i look like a bag of shit!
    however….i belive my purpose here is to play shit-hot guitar.
    'n i'm doing ok.

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    BigGayAl | 25 June 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    Damn some other dude alreay beat me to it! Jesus Christ!

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    Mary | 26 June 2009 at 3:24 am #

    i think the reason why they try to change other people cause they cant change themselves i dont know, im too high to think about it, i say do whatever the hell u want to, i still think u look good the way you are, i hate looking at buff guys, they look so gay if you ask me lol, and as for smoking dope its alot better then smoking cigs

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    lizardlizard81 | 26 June 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Poor suspicious Steve…

    I like your story and your inappropriate shoulders… 🙂

    According to your list tho: I'm fucked… and I'm only 28…

    Running off right this second to go feel unfulfilled.


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    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    I have but one piece of advice for you.

    Ignore the advice and critics.

    You are who you are, and if we didn't want to hear you or see you we wouldn't.

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    Sigur | 30 June 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    I have a friend who is about your age and he said a few years ago, his eyes started to lose its strength.
    He found a book about how to improve your eyesight and the exercises worked for him.
    It sounded like it takes some patience though.
    Here's a website for a 90 day program:


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