posted on May 22, 2016 at 12:41 am


singing david bowie numbers at the sydney opera house

with the sydney symphony orchestra

thats quite a gig i guess

i wasn’t too bad but i was not perfect either

and singing those songs right carries a whole lot more responsibility

than singing my own songs right..?

of course you know it does

because if i fuck up my own songs they are mine to fuck up

i can forget words i can play wrong notes i can get it all wrong

but the people don’t mind because its mine

so with bowies songs i didn’t get all the aspects right and ok

thats enough self flagellation

except there is room for improvement

the other singers were great

(boy tim rogers is a character on and offstage)

bowie was the best there ever was in my opinion

he was a prime mover moving beyond his own influences

to be the main man

a once in a century type

he was number one in every department

and his songs are masterpieces mostly

and for a good decade everything he touched was gold

and always flashes of brilliance too in the sometimes patchy later records

and his patchy is better than most other singers best

no one could ever underestimate how important he was to me

the symphony show will be coming eventually to a city near you

and even possibly going overseas to some strange places

it was the most exciting nerve-wracking fulfilling gig of my career

my good friends were there esp dave r, george e, chris b, mark a

natalie aurora eve and scarlet came and watched and enjoyed

after a drive home in a cab with eve and aurora and they get out

the cab driver, an old european gent says

you have fine and beautiful daughters. they are a credit to you!

and that just about ends the last of the sydney gigs

but there will be more to come

i will miss my compadres esp adalita whom i love like a sister

everyone was super nice and super pro

a bloody good gig! i am a happy customer

at least for awhile

more gigs and work on new solo album coming up!

adieu then

sk coogee bay sunday the 22 nd may 2016



31 Responses to “in this age of grand illusions…”

  1. avatar
    dunn117 | 22 May 2016 at 6:33 am #

    I play Drums in a Bowie cover band for 4 years now called Jerome Newton and the band who fell to earth-I know what you mean about getting it right. any recording of your show? I bet you nailed it.

  2. etta
    etta | 22 May 2016 at 7:13 am #

    No one in their right mind noticed boo boo. Inhabiteant of nineveh.

  3. avatar
    andy | 22 May 2016 at 10:16 am #

    if your performance was even half
    as heartfelt as your channelling of Harrison’s ‘all things must pass’
    a while back, it will have been something else steve.

  4. Pictish
    Pictish | 22 May 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    You are the SK; you are what you play. We believe in ya!

  5. avatar
    bendonne | 22 May 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    did anyone cover scary monsters and super creeps? congrats on the awesome gig

  6. avatar
    matthew | 23 May 2016 at 10:38 am #

    Well done Steve. You nailed it.

  7. avatar
    Ingrid | 23 May 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Feeling disappointed that I missed your gig at Sydney Opera House – I only heard about it via TTB a little while ago and thought that it was still upcoming. I’m sure it would have been great!

  8. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 23 May 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    What a privilege and honor for you Steve, to play and pay respect to one of your heroes. So nice that your family was there to share that moment with you. Your show with The Church and the orchestra is amazing, I am sure this show was no different yet I understand not wanting to make any mistakes. I am sure it was excellent, hopefully we can see it hear in the states.

    Take car,


  9. avatar
    Gordon from Scotland | 24 May 2016 at 4:00 am #

    Hi Steve, glad you are enjoying life at the moment. I know you and the guys have a further tour in the US and you were quite expansive earlier when talking about upcoming solo stuff. Not sure if I missed it, or maybe it hasn’t been asked, but anything likely in the near future from The Church?
    Best wishes

  10. avatar
    Gordon from Scotland | 24 May 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    Hi, that’s not so good. I was hoping that you were going to say there was one already waiting to come out! Further Deeper has become my favourite album by the band, which is quite strange given that it so far removed from the stuff I first heard and fell in love with back in 83/84. I hope you can find the time/money to get something new recorded. The Youtube stuff from the current tours sound amazing, shame there is nothing we can officially buy/download.
    All the best

  11. Kraig
    Kraig | 26 May 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Hey Steve don’t be so hard on yourself, you probably sounded better than you think. Speaking of Bowie, what’d you think about the new album release during/after his death-Blackstar? I rate it so-so. Also did you know if you leave the LP cover in the sun, the dark star turns to universal multiple stars? Maybe Bowie meant it maybe not or chance? Begs the question. Anyway, looking forward to The Furs and Church coming to Saint Louie! (St Louis, MO USA)my hometown! Haven’t seen ya since 1994 here in Saint Louie, last time was the Sometime Anywhere Acoustic Tour with Marty. Of course met you and the band in Chicago the year before last, don’t know if you remember after the show? Furthermore and Deeper…my wife and I will be seeing you guys here in town August, bought tickets and the VIP package too my man 😉 Looking forward to it most definately! Latez n Cheerz!

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 26 May 2016 at 3:31 pm #

      Also meant to say that i’m lookin forward to some solo stuff and bring on the symphony anyday to any strange city my way! haha hellz yeah!

  12. avatar
    Steven Krut | 28 May 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    From what I’ve seen, you did quite well with the Bowie songs. Any insight on your solo album? Does it have a concept?

  13. etta
    etta | 1 June 2016 at 8:39 am #

    I journey late tuesday afternoon
    Somewhere vaguely familiar from exterior
    But unknown inside or so i think
    To see doors flung open softly brightening night
    Offload some provisions, in return
    Whisked to a magic far off land(s)
    Sitting up front centre
    As if in command! 😉
    Sometimes spinning a bit
    Seeing smiles reflections of smiles
    And after laughter jumping for joy
    Ahoy you are buoyant boy
    I am strangely kissing virtual strangers
    Strangely not kissing just one this time
    Which is also fine? i dont mind
    Bless his socks
    Just to hear pleasure transforming
    All time’s great and small knocks

  14. avatar
    andy | 4 June 2016 at 12:15 am #

    ‘Stars’ is super-duper killer, kudos to frank for pestering you about it all this time!

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