posted on March 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm
alights on the platform in his usual uniform

alights on the platform
in his usual uniform

this is a tough tour

we sleep on the bus no hotel rooms mostly

its snowing and forlorn in nebraska

(someone cue the boss please)

tim and i walk about and find a starbucks

the cold outside would freeze you quickly

lucky to have our nice warm bus

the shows are going well

i suppose

people disagree about how many new and old songs we should have

everyone has an opinion of course and so they should

i buy some legal products in aspen colorado

seems a civilised way to do things

one did not observe the fall of civilisation because one could buy weed

in fact it seemed like a pretty peaceful town as did denver

the gig in aspen was a bad reaction as far as US audiences go

probably one of the worst we ever had

they were just random skiers going to see whoever was on that night

a few fans but mostly just random punters

next night in denver gig is much bigger and better

outside you step out of theatre into silent swirling snow

someone gave us a mediocre review although she said i was “shamanic”

boy that word gets tossed around a bit

i guess its de rigeur for pop singers to be shamanic so there you go

its better than not being shamanic isn’t it?

who wrote all these rules i wonder?

i sit in back of bus ‘aving a smoke as usual

writing a blog on a lappy

whatever you groovers

i can’t tell anymore if its brilliant or rubbish or meh

any of it

not today anyway anymore

at 2am we shall depart this carpark for the sunny tropicals of Minneapolis

where we have lunchtime radio show

it doesn’t feel very shamanic here in this frosty and foreboding place

a cold dry wind moves across the prairies baby

someone commented oh he always moans about touring

but it affects me…am i allowed to say that?

if anyone thinks this is easy…

its not hard yakka in the trad sense

but for a thin skinned old fool like moi its taxing

i hope you think its all been worth it if you see us play





42 Responses to “grand tour izzy mo”

  1. avatar
    steven koontz | 5 March 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    …keep plugging SteveO…..I have read and heard nothing but positives…..looking forward to seeing you guys in Chapel Hill (several friends are making the road trip as well)… steve and Ramona

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    Mogleyb | 5 March 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Well if by Shamanic They mean to conjure the word Magick then…
    I’m dedicating this to you & your Souljourn

    Long May You Run

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    swan | 5 March 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Seeing you play is nothing short of revelatory. It is indeed, well worth it. I saw your tour bus parked outside the Chapel in San Francisco recently, and before entering the show I thought to myself about what it must be like dealing with the mundane, day-to day rigors of the road. The travel, bad food, etc. Finish the show, hop on the bus, sleep on the bus, play another gig. Where’s the glamour? What’s the payoff? Why bother? Well, it’s bringing the music to the people who truly appreciate it, and hunger insatiably for more in between shows. For us in the United States, that can seem like an eternity. I sit here listening to “Interlock”, anticipating another new album and the chance to see you guys play again.

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    bamsgboards | 5 March 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Looking at your tour itinerary, it must be very grueling. You are covering lots and lots of ground in a short period of time.

    I’m sorry you didn’t detour up to SLC, but we’ve been bypassed since the Forget Yourself tour, sadly.

    Your mention of Bruce Springsteen reminds me…I’ve always wanted to ask about your inclusion of lyrics to “Backstreets” during “Lost” on the FPP tour. Are you actually a Springsteen fan, or was this done tongue in cheek?

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    bamsgboards | 5 March 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    Also curious how you ended up with Aspen on your itinerary…oddball choice for sure. Sorry the crowd was ambivalent.

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    Dthala | 5 March 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Hello Steve!

    Really looking forward to seeing my favorite band in Minneapolis. The last gig I saw you guys play in Minneapolis was at the Varsity Theatre in in 2009 where you had played a very inspired and energetic set! You mentioned a lunchtime radio show. Which station would that be?


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    always | 5 March 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Feel what you feel, it’s your only choice. I’ll remind you that these ‘things’ are not in judgement of you, or your music, but a reflection of the world these days.

    Our sensitivity comes from our sign, and the giving of soul in what we do. It is taxing, but we chose to give…

    Nebraska. Kansas, my pioneer relatives rest under that prairie at the cross of two unmarked dirt roads. Short lives for those first westward bound. You can feel how it was for them as the miles go by watching the sun rise on your horizon – pretty heavy stuff.

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    kylescott | 5 March 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    As a guy who met you in Marc Geiger’s apt many years ago, I thought the show at the El Rey was great. The old songs are great and really sound just as fresh today as they did years ago. The new songs give the band other layers and are seeking out new ground like your The Slow Crack, Earthed albums. And a song like Miami has the energy of the old songs with a new feel. I am glad you went out on the road. So fight through the cold and put up with inconvenience because your fans appreciate your music. And music is never better than when it is live and the fans can be in the same hall as the musicians that they have listened to and admired.

  9. etta
    etta | 5 March 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    You make me smile. Not at your expense, so please don’t feel thin skinned. I can just see you smoking on the bus pondering and then thinking ‘meh’.Some will love you, some won’t. You’ll have good days and bad blah blah but I guess as long as you do it for the love then that’s the best way to go and probably the only way to go. What would I know? Just trying to make you feel good, hopefully. Despite more comfortable weather, Sydney feeling a bit boring at the moment for some reason. However, great again to see the fan vids friends and people in groups are posting. Thanks again! Wish I could reciprocate when you perform here. I worked out the video on my last phone but the latest one is not so user friendly to me :/ But I have made a few accidental vids. No idea how. Bon voyage!

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    Album | 5 March 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Funny how the weather conditions can influence one’s perspective. Today down south it was in the 70s, balmy, and “great to be alive” weather. It just felt good to be outside enjoying the tepid temperature… driving with the windows down listening to Hank Mobley – Soul Station on the drive home. I sincerely hope that The Church will play the songs that feel right as the heart knows what the “correct” balance is. Regardless, it’s likely everyone thinks it’s deliberately done. Cheeky Right?!
    Looking forward to the moment when I get the chance to stand in the audience once again. I’ve been fortunate enough to see almost every Atlanta show save only 1984 and 2011 for which there were unavoidable circumstances.

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    gpchem67 | 5 March 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Touring looks like an exhausting event, though I agree that musicians don’t get much pity. “The price of fame,” or whatever. Welcome to a Midwestern winter! I thought the band set list was a great balance between old an new. Frankly, you guys played so long and so hard you wore me out! I could hear echoes of Delirious ringing in my ears for two days after the show. With just a few of exceptions, you played one song off each release, and that was a really cool thing.

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    rhkbco | 5 March 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    I was at both the Aspen show and the Denver one, and the Aspen show was indeed quite odd. There were maybe a dozen hardcore fans who were seeing both Colorado shows (it was easy to find each other) but there were also a bunch of rich loud drunks showing off their dancing girlfriends, proud of themselves for rocking and rolling. Not exactly what I expected. The Gothic was great. I took someone who had never seen the church before and she was just awed. The Denver crowd was really psyched since we missed the last two tours.

    I definitely thought of you guys driving back from Aspen in the snow. It was only a couple hundred miles in the snow for me, not the thousands on this tour. Thanks so much for making it out to Colorado.

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    kell | 5 March 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Hey you. Hope you’re able to do yoga. Stay safe!

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    andy | 5 March 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    you are a genuine hero mate!
    that schedule would finish nepenthine off….
    wer’e such old farts.

    aspen though?
    a bit random that-one….remember hengello?..doh!
    big love to ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Kraig
    Kraig | 6 March 2015 at 4:59 am #

    Sounds like a bunch of posers in Ass-pen! Well, this is my Friday, we get on the 6am train tomorrow on our departure to see the best band on Earth! Looking forward to the Double Door in Chicago! Not so looking forward to the cold in “the windy city”…i seriously debated on going just because of the cold, its been a rough cold this year too as you noted. Thus why we took the train for the first time this time, not a car. It’s a 5 hour drive but with train about same 6 hours. Staying at hotel for 2 nights. Can you believe its’ also my wife and my 4th wedding anniversary, so we’re celebrating that too! Well hope you guys get rested up and sounds like an excellent choice of songs for the shows so far! Nothing i hate worse than complaining posers. See you guys soon! Happy Save Travels! Big Cheers!

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 6 March 2015 at 6:34 am #

      I mean, Safe Travels! Also just found out it’s going to be the coldest in Chicago history this week since 114 years!? Wow! So far March has been coldest since 1876! Sucks! So like i said, have a happy and SAFE travels! Cheers, see you guys in Chicago!

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    tjschlen | 6 March 2015 at 5:28 am #

    hang in there – it’s been a rough winter in the midwest, but it makes it all the more worth it when you guys come to Chicago…Chi-town will be ready and waiting…the double door will blown away by you guys…might I request a song you might squeeze into the set list? Old Coast Road would be awesome! Top to bottom, the latest album is right up there with my favorites, Starfish and Heyday. Stay warm and see you Friday night!

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    davem | 6 March 2015 at 6:36 am #

    Sounds exhausting. I read one of the comments about set-lists. Some arse going on that you didn’t play enough old ones and he left in the interval. God forbid you ever become some cabaret act. And I’d call Is This Where You Live, You Took and Myrrh a pretty good selection in the first hour.
    The new album is fantastic and deserves to be shared. If people want to see a bunch of money-grabbing, has-beens then Spandau Ballet are back together. OUR band never went away and still create new magic.
    I’m always very proud of you. You’re my hero and I’m not ashamed to admit it!
    Can’t wait for Europe. Much love,

    Dave x

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    davem | 6 March 2015 at 6:39 am #

    Hengollo Andy. That was just before Brighton 2007 wasn’t it – a despondent Killer. I’m hoping when you come to Europe you just do Amsterdam, London and little else. Good crowds, genuine appreciation.

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    wojokojak | 6 March 2015 at 7:15 am #

    Yes, it is worth it SK (and i too am a thin-skinner). Maybe reframe the tour challenges as that giving joy to others sometimes means a bit of sacrifice? 🙂
    Saw the LA show…very good with moments of transcendance, but not quite stellar. My two cents: swap out certain songs (i.e. Delirious, Sealine, Miami, etc) for more cathartic or elevated ones (i.e. Kings, Antenna, Louisiana, Telepath, etc). Also, how can you not perform the absolutely masterful Pride Before A Fall???

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    Lara | 6 March 2015 at 7:21 am #

    Listening to a rebroadcast of your KEXP show now. You sound fantastic! Your schedule does look punishing, though.

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    Mr. Argent | 6 March 2015 at 7:48 am #

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    Michel | 6 March 2015 at 8:25 am #

    The infernal winter eternal tour again…
    Don’t forget to take time to rest,
    Hope you will leave the snow and find the first signs of spring soon.
    Spring = Primavera. I have booked my ticket, as the other european shows are still secret ones.
    La Sagrada Familia and The Church : can’t wait until may !
    Prenez soin de vous, see you soon.

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    garrattjohn | 6 March 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Every tour has an end…

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    garrattjohn | 6 March 2015 at 8:50 am #

    And don’t forget your Ohio promise!

  25. Shaman Ron
    Shaman | 6 March 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Sounds like a crazy, busy tour thus far. I have found the term ~”shaman”~ has become a bit trendy and used a lot amongst hipsters and the “new” young psychedelic masses the past few years. Still an respectable title and compliment though. See ya on Monday in DC. Shaman Ron
    Oh I am glad I have a hotel room for after your concert… it is a bit more relaxing after an evening of wonderful music then driving on back home.

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    plumlady | 6 March 2015 at 11:05 am #

    Very excited for the Minneapolis show. A day later you would have made it into our Spring Thaw, but tonight we still freeze. Hope there are still some tarot decks left. I’d bring my copy of Earthed, but you’ve already signed it twice. Touring may take it’s toll, but know that you are loved and it’s remarkable to still be recording such beautiful music and coming back to tour…..rock on Shaman!

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    veleska1970 | 6 March 2015 at 11:16 am #

    Old Man Winter is pummeling everyone everywhere……stay warm and safe.

    Lotza love…..

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    BradW | 6 March 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago tomorrow night, Steve!!!

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    Eskaedor | 6 March 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    gotta get lit baneful brick layin’ dirt river stretch meow long into the dark gnarled street mow down harrow snap royal quiver cutter barrel gamble with the larger letter dry lakeside tend to forget a white city red sombre fluent arcane ditch the windows walk approaching fire another self surface offers every night fresh faced burst and buttoned

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    rob | 6 March 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Hello Steve,

    I saw the show in Denver, and it was definitely worth it. Very good! I thought the band sounded great. Being a guitar player, I loved soaking in Peter and Ian’s guitars. (And there were more 12-string guitars on the stage than in any music store I’ve ever been in.) The new songs were good, and inspired me to buy the new album. If anything, the music is more psychedelic than ever, and perhaps a little harder rocking.

    Sorry you came at a bad time in terms of the weather. But glad you could benefit from Colorado’s enlightened new law. 🙂

    Best of luck to you and everyone with The Church.

    Rob Roper

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    Chris | 6 March 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    i like your choice of this quote on TTB:

    The artist’s soul is open to and pounded by all the forces of creation, yet instead of shattering, it is compressed into a radiant diamond.

    — Alex Grey from Art Psalm

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    MarlaRobbinson | 6 March 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    The old as well as the new doesn’t matter to me. It never will. I was only a child when my father took me to see The Church and it was my one my best memories of him. He’s gone now. “Shamanic” seems misappropriated but what to critics know? Your show brought me joy I have not felt in a long, long time. So is it worth it? I can’t answer that but you did touch the heart of a girl with warm memories as you played on such a frigid night. Thank you, Mr Kilbey.

    I wish all the best on the remainder of the tour. And safe travels, of course.

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    billpalmer73 | 7 March 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    My wife and I drove up to the Denver show from Santa Fe, NM… 6 hours… I thought, along the way, “what a crazy fucking idea, driving all this way to see a band”… I have been a fan since the ’80s and a traveling musician myself, so several things were at play in my journey north to see The Church… You, Mr. Kilbey, have inspired not only my music but my way of seeing the world. Thanks for that. There was something in there all along, a deep regard for the Earth, a fascination with the nature of things, that resonated with me… We cleared 2 days from our calendars to come see you guys, in blizzard conditions, up the front range. It was a pilgrimage of sorts, completely ridiculous by all accounts, not unlike teenagers making the voyage to find like minds… On our way home, again through nasty blowing snow, we were quite satisfied and inspired. Songs we had never heard before were turning circles in our minds, new favorites and old gems. We were glad to give you fellas our money… I know that bus is tight, but you’re on the tent revival tour, pushing on, living the dream. Good on ya.

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      thetimebeing | 7 March 2015 at 6:44 pm #

      bill thank you. wow i wanna go to santa fe too!

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        billpalmer73 | 8 March 2015 at 8:20 am #

        You’ll love Santa Fe when you pass through someday… It’s a very unique place, old Spanish city in the high desert, adobe, good food and cool folks… You have friends here!

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          thetimebeing | 8 March 2015 at 5:52 pm #

          oh i wanna come so badly to santa fe

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            billpalmer73 | 9 March 2015 at 10:24 am #

            Anytime! Got a unique spot here, a gorgeous recording studio up on a hill overlooking the city, with plenty of room to stretch out and all the necessary supplies, if ya get over this way. We’d be happy to host you. Cheers.

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    Loren | 8 March 2015 at 8:31 am #

    Saw you in Denver, with family I’d seen you with over 25 years earlier plus a 16 year old niece and my wife whom I exposed your music to years ago. That show was always one of the best concerts I had ever seen and I couldn’t wait to see you again. Funny how with everything that had happened in my life since then (and your music has been the soundtrack to much of it), being right against the stage, I was young again and yet so much wiser. It was a transcending 2 hours! There is something amazing seeing truly self-actualized artists perform with the grace that you do. We can sense the skill and mastery of your talent and yet you have the magic to not come off as being full of yourself and let the crowd in the experience like we were family. Thank you so much for what you do and putting yourself through the rigors of the tour so we can experience your awesome enery live! Fuck Aspen! It’s not a real place!I It’s a plastic fantasy on a foundation of mist. Someday those people will a hard fall when reality rears its ugly head. I hope we gave back what you gave to us at the Gothic show. I have had your music playing constantly since Tuesday and that will go on for some time. You touch many facets of many of our lives and you make it that much better by doing so. Have a wonderful rest of the tour and know we respect, appreciate and love what you do!

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    tresjames | 10 March 2015 at 6:52 am #

    Probably too late – doubt you will see this, I just wanted to chime in with the fact that we loved the Denver show. Great show – happy because I got to see The Church again.

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