posted on February 14, 2011 at 12:24 am

winter in america is cold and i just keep growing older

yesterday a long drive

we start at 12 noon

we finish  at 12 midnite

on the way i have 2 bowls of soup n some oatmeal

the trip is boring after a while

dazzling snow all the way

as the sun goes down the feeling gets grim

we cross indiana and ohio and now we’re in pencil-vania

at some unholy meshing of servos and fast food joints

trucks and buses and serious looking people working hard for their living

the eastern winter is bleak

it aint no picnic out there i know

today we drive down to alexandria , virginia

just right outside of d.c.

amazes me how close the north n souths cities were to each other

in the civil war……

looking forward to going home n seeing my children

looking forward to going home where life feels a bit easier

than this freezing industrial conglomerate

our show at chicago was our best yet

the band have improved n improved

hell yes we transcend and we will transcend tonite despite anything

i really love my american fans

i know they understand what we’re doing here

i hope we can bring this show to europe and australia

gotta fight with my suitcase now

done my yoga done my chi gong

now to get back in that fucking van n ride

ride it all out

love etc


23 Responses to “hard road”

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    Lara | 14 February 2011 at 1:02 am #

    So sorry you’re in the interstate Nowheresville. As for getting older, though, you look better than ever and obviously have an incredible amount of energy for these shows.

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    NYC_Rich | 14 February 2011 at 1:07 am #

    from this fan of 25 years SK i can tell you i truly appreciate your visit to the states and the fan turnout and support echoes my sentiments. it’s the dreariest winter i can remember due to the cold and ridiculous records of snowfall and it’s affected everyone and everything you are coming in contact with. if you came here in the spring you’d have a much different experience. i thought you guys would be flying around in first class with all the comforts you and the band deserve for your musical accomplishments. chin up my friend i’ll be seeing you both nights in NYC and can’t wait!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 February 2011 at 1:22 am #

    Warriors on the road. I adore the compliment that ‘our show at Chicago was our best yet’. But I believe the best is yet to come. All those fans waiting on the EAST side will show you the love and admiration that you and the guys so rightfully deserve. Your at the stretch run….those angels of yours are waiting patiently for your arrival from these cold brutal states. My little angel turns 3 on Monday, Valentines Day, and Saturday morning (after the concert) I found her with the concert program, looking at it so intensely, and she looked up at me and said: “Steve, Marty, Peter, and the drummer dude”. I all but had to fall down laughing, sorry Tim, I told her that …thats no ordinary drummer…thats THE TIME BANDIT and he was/is the best there is… she looked down at the program than back up at me and said…”better than Steve ???”

    Be Safe And Well…

    Darrin K.

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      Lisa | 14 February 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      Darrin, happy birthday to your little angel! That story is so cute about the concert program – thanks for sharing. I actually would be interested in seeing some pics from the Chicago show, once you get them all together no rush…Lisa

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 15 February 2011 at 4:51 am #

        I would need a way to contact you, internet style. But…I know that there are now many pics on FarceBook from people at the Chicago show. Some of them are excellent.

        And thanks for the Birthday Wish, Kristina is buzzing around with a mountain of energy today. Birthdays are so special when your young. When I play music in the house, which is typically all day long, she can identify with each band, singer and so on. I was playing “It’s No Good” from Depeche Mode this morning and she loves Dave Gahan’s voice. but she thinks every song is actually ‘personal jesus’ so she changes the words to include “reach out and touch face (not faith, LOL).

        Darrin K.

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    veleska1970 | 14 February 2011 at 1:55 am #

    yes, indeed, being in a car for extended periods can really wear you down. 12 hours~~wow. the longest road trip i’ve ever taken was 19 hours straight, from new orleans to ohio. but that was in 1989 and i was considerably younger then and able to withstand such torture. don’t think i could pull anything like that off now. so i salute you guys.

    thanks so much for taking the time to write your blog.

    safe travels.

    lotza love……

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    Jason (jmb066) | 14 February 2011 at 2:00 am #


    The Chicago show was amazing, speaking with Tim after the show he also mentioned that sentiment of the best yet. He mentioned he was only playing at 80% due to his arm. Tim’s 80% is better than most drummers at 110%. A lot of fans were concerned that he would not be able to pull off some of Priest, man were they mistaken. Thank you so much for this tour, its your music that helps me with some of what you are seeing as you tour the country. My wife, kids and music are what make this whole thing worth while. I know you are far away from yours to provide us this escape from the day to day mundane. We really appreciate it, travel safe, get home to your kids and enjoy some time off before the next tour. For those of you going to one of the remaining shows, you need to be ready for nirvana. Bring some cash for the merch table, remastered Starfish and Priest are waiting for you, plenty of other goodies there as well. For those of you on the fence about seeing one of these shows get moving you wont regret it. My wife and I made a weekend out of it and it was one hell of a weekend, trust me you do not want to miss this show.

    Take care of yourself Steve,


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 February 2011 at 4:47 am #

      That was a great comment, actually all of it. Sorry…we never got the chance to meet each other. How did the ‘booth’ work out? My booth # was G7, which is the first roll of booths parallel to the stage-dead center view point. I was wearing my “Hindsight” Best of T-shirt along with my son-short red mohawk haircut-wearing the “Deadman’s Hand” shirt from the last acoustic tour (April 2010). We have some great pics, still trying to put all those together (multiple family and friends taking pics). Did you get to take any? I’m so glad that you and your wife had a great time, the Park West is an incredible venue, I know that The Church really like it, the acoustics are excellent,…I saw U2 there many many many years ago…LOL

      Darrin K.

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        Jason (jmb066) | 14 February 2011 at 7:46 am #


        I am sorry we were not able to find each other. I ended getting in line early to see if there was a chance for seats on the dance floor. I guessed correctly and sat directly in front of Marty. I was wearing a Starfish shirt for awhile and then put the tour shirt on over it. My wife and I really enjoyed our trip and the venue. Got a chance to meet with Marty, Tim and Steve after the show. We chatted for a few minutes and took some pictures they are on facebook as Jason Burkett. My wife tried to take some during the show but a lot of them did not turn out well (new Camera)look forward to seeing your pictures. Thanks again for the info.


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    . | 14 February 2011 at 2:12 am #

    be safe
    good news
    the south is looking spring like the next few days

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    Will | 14 February 2011 at 2:27 am #

    Looking forward to the Wed. night show in NYC. Bringing a Church newbie with me—what a great way to introduce to him to the Church–at your peak! Press on through the cold Northeast–lots of snow this year but it is warming up this week. Thanks for coming to the US!

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    Jonny Hollywood | 14 February 2011 at 2:29 am #

    ride it all out SK, I like that quote “ride it all out”, wish I was on a ride that never stops…

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    Dave A | 14 February 2011 at 2:38 am #


    Enjoy your writing and looking forward to the NYC shows. Caught you last April at the City Winery in NYC and in Sellersville, PA on the 30th anniversary tour and I was blown away. Most people I know aren’t even aware of The Church, so it’s nice to go to a concert and see so many people that hear what I hear. Hope you just keep doing what you’re doing both solo and with The Church for a long time to come.

    It has been a cold, snow-covered winter here in the northeast, but it looks like we’re in for a nice break in the coming week, with temps approaching the 60’s by the end of the week. Thanks for the music!

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    daveoto | 14 February 2011 at 3:32 am #

    Please, please, bring this show to Europe.
    We have missed you enormously.
    And this is the one show that must make it here, somehow! xx

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    Beatrix | 14 February 2011 at 4:34 am #

    See you in the foxes’ burrow!

    I made fun of this venue before, but truthfully I like it now…..

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    lisa k | 14 February 2011 at 5:16 am #

    The weather forecast for Boston on Fri. is 49’F so you should be OK in that gorgeous (but not warm enough) black coat that you were wearing in your photo a few days ago! We have our tickets and are so looking forward to seeing you guys. Actually, looking forward to this show has made this winter a little brighter for me. I know all the travelling must get old, but we are all truly appreciative! Thanks for doing this– I can hardly wait!

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    Zuma | 14 February 2011 at 6:54 am #

    this is a holy grail kinda tour kids, having seen the church several times, sitting with some long time churchy fans at the Chicago show, what a great show, magical, reading the show guide, we counted a bunch of songs that we’d never heard/seen the church do live, really enjoyed the disillusionist, just inspiring, the Starfish 3rd set was really tight, I could go on and on.

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    Dannis K. | 14 February 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Dear Steve,

    we drove 18 hours out of 40 to come see you in Chicago. It’s sunday afternoon in Toronto and we are still enthralled by your performance Friday night. Thank you so much for the passion and precision you are sharing with all of us. I cannot get Priest + Aura out of my head. You guys are an inspiration. The Disillusionist was awe-inspiring. Safe travels for the rest of the shows. See you soon again
    Dannis in Toronto

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    Freddie | 14 February 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Oh you need to be in GA now. It was in the 60s today…supposed to be near 70 tomorrow!
    I’ll try to make it stay for ya’ll.

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    Cocoamo | 14 February 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Ah – a long drive on a snowy road is enough to knock the stuffing out of anyone. Now you can understand why we flee to sunny Florida in the winter.

    Soon you’ll be sweating back in Australia – what a shock to the system!

    But you’ll be back with your sweeties and how nice that will be.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    hellbound heart | 14 February 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    bring your good selves to byron bay, please……
    love always……

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    eek | 16 February 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Best show was Chicago, eh? Must have pulled out the flamethrowers and dancing girls to top 2.8 in Seattle. Wish all the best to you, Steve, as you travel, and send special wishes for a safe journey home.

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    Graham | 18 February 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    It’s really heartwarming that you want to bring this show to Europe, being based in england and having got to see you guys every time you have been here (England) since the GAF tour, it would make my life to be able to see my favourite album brought to life (P=A) and starfish/U23 in addition would just be the biggest added bonus I could have wished for. I know costs are a big hinderence for the band when looking at europe, but it would mean so much for your european fans to get to see this tour. Ironically, I will be visiting Australia in April for the first time, much to my agony I will be arriving just a week after your Opera House show with the orchestra, such is life! I would travel absolutely anywhere in europe to see this tour, or failing that, a Australia date betweeen the middle of April and the forst week of may please! Yours hopefully, much love…

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