posted on May 1, 2007 at 10:51 am

im sittin’ here with ricky of the beejayem
in the foyer of the columbia hotel
its the morning after
its warm n sunny
ricky n i have just had a smokey dokey
tonite i fly back home
sk :hey ricky …..how are ya?
r:great thank you
sk:how was the gig?
r: it was great one of the best i seen
sk:when did you 1st meet me?
r:1990 october san francisco paradise lounge solo gig
i was so young i had to hide in the shadows of the club
i was only 17 n you hadda be 21 to get in
i woulda been mortified if i missed it
sk : we actually met right?
r: yeah 17 years ago
sk : what was i like…and be honest i wont mind
r: surprisingly open to meeting me
approachable friendly happy to sign albums
you were looking for a joint so i left…
i thought if i stayed to long youd tell me to get out
you have no recollection at all….
i was just a pasty faced kid with a loada records
sk : did you know on that day i’d been stung in the mouth
by a wasp when i was tripping?
r: was it that night?
sk : my tongue had just been going down…
what happened i was in a forest outside san fran
i had a fresh juice which i put on a tree stump
i was tripping on some magic pizza toppings
and i picked up my drink
n i noticed a big orangey lump floating round in it
which i took to be pulp
i stuck my tongue in expectantly
n bang
i cant describe it
the pain
bewilderment
my tongue swelling
by time of gig i could only just sing or talk at all
r: next time we met it was palo alto in 95 south bay
you n marty acc tour…
sk : my dark days
r : yeah you were a lot less happy
it was apparent in your aura that you
were existing in that dark(read heroin) days
sk : how was the show
r : it was great i met you backstage
sk : how was my attitude towards you that nite
r: you didnt remember me
from before
you seemed generally not as happy
so i didnt spend time bothering ya
you played a bit of remindlessness on an acc guitar for me
marty was so involved in a book n left him alone…
sk : so last nite…?
r: woulda liked to have seen wide open road
sk : so i ask you for a comment on last nite
n thats the 1st thing that occurs to you?
r: i guess…..the sound was better in brighton..gelled more
sk : have we changed?
r : in so many ways,….peter playing all the keyboards
you interact with audience a lot more..the free association
you particularly your stage presence has changed
cos your more in tune with yaself physically
sk : ok , is it silly an olde geeza like me
rocking n rolling n poncing about on a stage at my age?
r: not when you see you doing it…
if someone asked ..yeah
but its just your way of entertaining
the whole thing transcends the age issue
you dont think about it!
sk : shucks……..

london was all i hoped for
we rocked baby we rocked
it was good
it was all good
it was what i needed
thank you
boydie
thank you
leesy
kevvy marshall
andy voyez
boydies missus n kids
tilda
peta luma the bright one
greg n sylvia
leigh gregory n oh dana! c’mon…..
davem n missus m
zoltan
trevor johhnno johnstone
our lighting man for twenty one years
kevvy allegedly nejedly
the greeks
the german
all the other crazy knuckle heads
richard n especially merrick
who is a true star
if i forgot ya..
hs7
an amazing band from hungary
please check em out
some of their songs i wish i had written
tiare
all the rest
ernst n his sister
stefan fandorin
jens time
all the rest
a cast of thousands…
speek to ya from australia

109 Responses to “intavu with ricky”

  1. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 1 May 2007 at 12:19 pm #

    bon voyage!

  2. avatar
    kat | 1 May 2007 at 12:19 pm #

    thanks for the wake n bake interview with rikky ;] glad london went trememendous. have safe journey home ;]=~~

  3. avatar
    Inge | 1 May 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    πŸ™‚

  4. avatar
    al renwick | 1 May 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    Steve – thank you, I have seen the Chchru many times, but last night was the best, i have been in a daze since not just down to bleeding ears (stand at the back ya fool…)

    i hope hope hope you all come back but if you don’t it was a hell of a way to sign off..

    bon voyage and love to JLK
    al r

  5. avatar
    Richard | 1 May 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    Steve

    As I walked into Bunnings this afternoon (for non-Australian fiends – a very large, very generic, hardware franchuggernaut) the opening strains of Metropolis rang out.

    Now Metropolis has never been one of my favourite Church songs but it was far and away the best song I’ve ever bought glue to!

    Hope the inflight entertainment is unusually good for your return trip.

    (‘franchuggernaut’ is quite a good word isn’t it?)

  6. avatar
    cita | 1 May 2007 at 12:38 pm #

    The whole thing transcends the age issue… Your music and words have the power to transcend…I know that’s why I adore your music and that is the reason I love to read your blog. Transcend me forever more.

  7. avatar
    Guitar Tech | 1 May 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    Good gig ruined by Koppes guitar feeding back for the whole time.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 12:51 pm #

    You, your crazy, brutally honest confessions, the sometimes equally wonderful comments from your readers, it’s really lovely. I’m comforted as much by the warmth as I am by the harshness. That is life, after all.

    And your daughters, such beautiful creatures. I have daughters myself. Aren’t we so blessed to have had something to do with releasing such beauty in the world. No art could ever match them.

  9. avatar
    dugster | 1 May 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    Don’t often post but am committed reader of this here blog!
    Just wanted to thank you for an amazing gig last night in London. Like you say it was all I hoped for too. Wrote my review at hotelwomb but wanted to thank you all for coming to see us again and really really hope you can come see us again. Not sure how many were there last night but must have topped 6-700 I guess. Thats enough to make it worthwhile, right?!
    Have a safe journey home.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 12:54 pm #

    Not going to comment on the deleted post, huh?

  11. avatar
    davem | 1 May 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    Steve.
    I’m just back from London. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for the greatest 72 hours of my life.
    It has been absolutely brilliant. Inspiring, lifting, moving. I admit I’ve shed tears this last few days at reading your words and at the beauty of the music. Last night during Reptile I was choked thinking I might never see you live again, tears streaming down my cheeks. Both UK dates were fab. YOU ARE SO LOVED HERE!!
    Have the safest of trips back and I wish you many, many happy and uninterrupted days with NK and the girls.
    Whatever you decide to do I’m with you 100%. It’ll be great if you do tour again but if not keep creating. You’re with me 365 days a year anyway with your words, music and, of course, this inimitable blog.
    I’m off to get my photo’s developed now, hoping they’ve come out. Me and mrs m with the killa will be framed and cherished!
    Love you Steve. Thanks for all that you do.
    Dave M
    xxxxxxxxxxx

  12. avatar
    ~ | 1 May 2007 at 1:10 pm #

    in interview
    with a devoted fan
    by a devoted fan
    sweeeet!
    like the music, both Brighton
    and London
    rocked: I bet they’re talking about the music somewhere in space
    we haven’t seen yet
    hyperpandimensional beings are sayin’to themselves
    (over a glass of betelguise and some jazz)
    see,
    those earthlings ain’t all bad!
    well worth tripping oceans for
    though if yous guys play stateside
    I’d happily drive to where ever
    cause I can
    lucky lucky lucky me
    and if ya need posters…
    or jazz…
    or vegan cafes, I do recommend PaRaDoX on Belmont,PDX
    to anyone!
    I got pics of it in older blog posts, I live within walking distance to it and some great tea houses-what a princess, I tell ya πŸ˜‰
    what good fortune to meet such good people,
    Ricky,thank you thank you for the kindness of your kindness, show w/Dean wednesday lookin forward-
    Davem, what a great guy to bring your son and take pics for your wife, honored to shake your hand
    andyL&entourage, neptune dude: making the irish eyes smile when you say I’m a good photog, if ya ever want any album inserts, don’t hesitate to ask, at last count I’ve taken well over 17,000 images in the 14 years I’ve been doing it
    crazy, ain’t I?!
    last but never least
    thanks for 27 years of music art poetry(and looking forward to more of course)TB, if ya stop touring please keep creating and sharing the world needs true music
    with true vision
    I don’t know but I’m sure it can be a burden at times, as well as a blessing
    you are a gentleman and a scholar,
    a renaissance man so rare these daze
    indeed
    and in word
    have a safe journey
    and always a wonder full trip,

    peace to all ya all,
    luv,
    ~J

  13. avatar
    MEM | 1 May 2007 at 1:19 pm #


    did i mention the SPAM is talking to me…?

  14. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 May 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    Safe travels SK! Glad to hear London was great. πŸ™‚

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    Dear Steve,

    I have seen the Church play many, many times in both the UK and Australia since 1990. I was at last night’s gig in London and thought it was probably the best I have seen you play in the last 17 years. The venue was 3/4 to 100% full and the crowd were going nuts. Not just aussies like me there but also many Brits who seemed to know the full Church canon. Despite some minor tech problems this was simply an awesome gig … almost frightening in its intensity …

    Thanks for years of great music and concerts! I hope you see you your way to London again, but if not I will always by your records (picked up The Slow Crack and Beside Yourself last night).

    Angus, formerly of Melbourne, now London SW1.

  16. avatar
    gareth,notts | 1 May 2007 at 2:09 pm #

    many thanks to the band for last nights show,for me it was on par with 2004’s mean fiddler gig,which was the best gig i’d ever seen,until last night! what a show! on the one hand,i’ll be distraught if you don’t play live here again,on the other hand you couldn’t have played a better gig to leave us with,should that be the case,God forbid!!!to see you play is always an amazing experience,every time! but if you keep creating one masterpiece after another then we can always live in hope of seeing more live Church magic someday!

  17. avatar
    davem | 1 May 2007 at 2:23 pm #

    AndyL & ~J: it was an honour to meet you both last night.
    Keep getting better Andy and have a great holiday ~J!!!!
    Davem
    xx

  18. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 May 2007 at 2:27 pm #

    yeah,
    kilbeys thirteenth dream.
    what a lovely post that was,
    i know, i was one of the two commenters.
    i made a very short comment.
    here it is:

    bitter steve,
    bitter.

    my familiy did’nt want me to go to the london gig because of my ill healh.
    chrissy in particular was dead against it,
    she nearly lost me a few weeks back
    as most of you know.
    she did’nt think it was worth the risk.
    i did.
    so i checked it out with the medics, they said ‘if someone takes you there,your wifes with you
    and you don’t have to stand all night in the middle of a crowd…well..if your’e sure..ok.
    oh,and do’nt forget to take your medicines with you and carry your med cards.
    chrissy says: no way then!
    i say: i’ll e-mail steve, it’s worth a shot, we’ve met him before,he even namechecks me and the band from time to time.
    steve says:
    andy
    been worried bout ya
    a heart attack?
    jaysus man
    see ya in london
    i’ll have a chair for ya
    sk
    great!
    ‘the dudes’ hire me a minibus jimbo bless him, does a four hundred mile trip in a fucking tank, just for me really. anyway there’s nine of us, both my girls have been listening to the church since they were tiny babies(both in their twenties now!)so they’re along too.
    did steve really say he’d look after you dad?
    yeah.
    you sure?
    yeah!

    we arrive,
    ~J spots my homemade ‘dudes’ t-shirt,
    andy! are you on the guest list or will you get to see steve after the show? hope so! says i.
    she’s come all the way from oregon with a four-leaf clover to cheer him up.
    could you give it to him if i don’t get the chance?
    yes, but i’m sure you’ll get the chance yourself.
    dave m and son(not wife by the way steve,that was another gig)greet me and i’m impressed,what a nice guy!
    i have to go off and find my party coz they have my medication which i need.
    i check with staff, i check guest list, i check at desk, i check with bouncers….no-one knows who the fuck i am.
    i struggle to get back to my little group.
    chrissy and my girls are really pissed about it and start the ‘told you it was a bad idea’ routine on me.
    then chrissy n jim notice ~J being ushered backstage.
    i say ‘well she has come a hell of a way’.
    i get the inevitable ‘yeah and if you were as pretty as her you’d be backstage too.’
    anyhow…….
    the gig is awesome,my fellow dudes are stunned by the howling storm unleashed by these guys.
    i put a brave face on it, really struggling towards the end of the gig,trying to hide my distress, because, apart from the pain i just can’t take anymore scorn. ‘what you actually thought that someone like kilbey gives a shit about you?’ ect.
    i say: yeah, but he’s had a hard time of it these last few weeks things have been really,really tough for them all, i’m so happy it’s been such a great gig for them.
    dave m catches me afterwards ‘you sure you’re allright mate?’
    of course i say i’m fine, he’s a smashing bloke, what coud i say -iv’e aged ten years in here?

    sk,
    iv’e followed your exploits for twenty-seven years, trawled all over the place, championed your cause at every available oppertunity.
    i still shall.
    i tell everyone,’best band on the planet right now is the church.’
    you proved it again last night.

    but where’s my fuckin’ chair?
    luv to all,
    andy L.

    bitter steve,
    bitter.

  19. avatar
    Cee | 1 May 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    seahorses and jellies

    Hey Ricky – we were at the same gig in Palo Alto; I had just moved to SF the year before.
    Do you remember MPW shouting MARIACHI at me during the gig? Odd moment!
    Cheers,
    Cee
    xo

  20. avatar
    JJ | 1 May 2007 at 2:32 pm #

    So glad to read that the EuroTour ended on such a high note. Have a safe, relaxing flight back to Bondi, and we’ll be hopeful over here of an electric(lash) US tour.

  21. avatar
    davem | 1 May 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    Andy mate – thinking of you chap.
    Sad to read your post “dude above ALL dudes”
    Much love,

    Dave
    xxx

  22. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 May 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    don’t know how the bitter bit got stuck at the end of my comment!
    maybe hurt but never bitter.

  23. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 May 2007 at 2:38 pm #

    cheers dave!
    take care!
    all the best,
    andy L.

  24. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 May 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    oh,~J,
    i hope your four leaf clover does the trick!

  25. avatar
    sue cee | 1 May 2007 at 3:01 pm #

    damn, delete, just read fantasticandy’s comment ….

    you let him stand?!

  26. avatar
    Jens | 1 May 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    Steve, all the best for your journey back home. A million thanks for being here and playing the best shows I’ve ever seen you play (and I have seen se tschΓΆrtsch several times live: in 1988, 1990, 1998, 2002 and now 2007).

    Jens

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 1 May 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    have a safe flight, steve. glad to hear london was a jewel.

    andyL~~you didn’t get a chair?!?!?!! πŸ™ something must have happened…..

  28. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 May 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    If the Church had been based in London, they would have been huge. In America, Rolling Stone Magazine and its most erudite critic, David Fricke, have alsways admired the Church. Many articles and reviews have praised and revered the Church for “Forget Yourself”, “After Everything Now This”, “Hologram Of Baal”, “Sometime Anywhere”, “Gold Afternoon Fix”, and “Starfish”. Rolling Stone loves the shimmering, mesmerizing universe of Steve Kilbey. The guitarists are also lauded for their musical virtuousity. That being said I still think that Australia is a better place to live. Its got nature, coral reefs, majestic and exotic wildlife species, good weather, vegan food for Steve its home for The Church.

  29. avatar
    daniel 12 | 1 May 2007 at 3:23 pm #

    I’m soo happy to hear your Euro trip ended on a high.

    Whatever else one might say of the Brits, They do appreciate a good guitar band.

    I’m not one to lecture but just this once.,, Please get of your i’m too old trip.

    It’s so retro..

    It’s just getting interesting.

    How many 27 year old Oz guitar bands could could even consider touring Europe in 2007. Not many if any…

    Anyone who thinks your too old is a class A dork… And what do they do anyway.?

    Today I worked on an event staged
    for a bunch of fuck off rich guys.
    Many of whom would be around your age.

    I tell you most of them are pathetic,amoral flabby arsed bores.

    They have to pay for company!.

    Exept maybe for the psyco’s,
    I don’t think any of them could blogg anything of interest.

    Much less tour Europe in a dam fine guitar band.

    Keep Rockin Geezer.

    Safe trip home

    Daniel

  30. avatar
    ~ | 1 May 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    thanks to tiare~
    who I told how far I’d flown
    cause it might be the last show
    and ya gotta see these guys live
    I told her, and a bit of begging and telling her her shoes were hot, prolly helped πŸ˜‰
    I did get my book signed andyL,
    and hope fully sharing the luck o the irish to cheer up the TB
    who misses his missus and warm beach
    I’m sure tiare didn’t usher me cause she thought I was cute!
    how many pretty girls at the show, neptune dude? lots n lots
    having a great holiday, davem
    love that here its a holiday not a vacation
    and that ya all say cheers
    cheers!
    ~J

  31. avatar
    unexpurgated if u please! | 1 May 2007 at 4:15 pm #

    Deleted post???
    There was more Killabee on here and now there ain’t???
    Don’t deprive us, Steve: we want the full SK!!!

  32. avatar
    koala.sprint | 1 May 2007 at 5:15 pm #

    Cheers for a great gig Steve. I had the tickets for months and had it all planned then my wife got stuck abroad and I’ve no relatives in this country to look after the kids. I tried all my friend to no avail. I threw the towel in and gave up going. I was gutted. Then I read your blog after the Brighton gig. I just had to go. I mentioned, hinted to the neighbours that I was in a jam, and they offered to help. I just got to the gig before you came on stage and raced home to Berkshire to relieve my knackered neighbour. It was worth every second. Great gig, great setlist and managed to complete my Church collection with El Momento Siguente.
    I sincerely hope this won’t be your last gig in the UK. If so, it was a high. I’ll fly to Oz or US to get my Kilbey fix in the future. Hell, I did it for the ‘Oils.’
    Thanks again Steve. It looked as if you enjoyed it as much as me,
    Safe home
    Stephen

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 6:58 pm #

    dear sk
    liked your
    interview
    with ricky
    that was
    fun
    happy may
    kick back
    and enjoy
    the doodles
    bumper nk
    life is good
    you deserve
    a vaca


    but then
    please please
    come visit us
    in the us
    we love
    and miss you
    xxxx
    oooo
    diane

    ps
    and
    by the way
    please
    include
    denver
    this time
    we love
    you
    in colorado

  34. avatar
    zallaz | 1 May 2007 at 6:58 pm #

    great gig,as always thnx all of ya’s!! πŸ™‚

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 7:53 pm #

    are you still going to quit?

  36. avatar
    James Bondi AKA Thorsten Wilhelm | 1 May 2007 at 7:55 pm #

    hurry home SK I am german and I like to peepee

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 8:30 pm #

    and speaking of the columbia hotel:

    http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,1960501,00.html

  38. avatar
    Symon | 1 May 2007 at 8:49 pm #

    Welcome home Steve…good to have you back. Remember…your music is an inspiration and joy to so many.

  39. avatar
    ed in fl | 1 May 2007 at 10:04 pm #

    From all of the above posts, doesn’t sound much like an old washed-up band performing. Don’t give up on what really works and clicks. See you on your tour when you stop back in Florida.

    ed in fl

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 10:11 pm #

    Thanks for the music and especially the nice concerts during this tour.

    Have a save journey back home

    cheers

    L

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 10:19 pm #

    How could you not have organised the chair for the dude? He brought 9 people to your gig.

    Shame, Killa, shame.

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 11:31 pm #

    Play-by-play of passing it around. nice.

    Was listening to Give It Back from Ricki’s group today. good country driving music. It got me lost……

    congrats Steve on your last stop on the european tour.

    Brian in MD

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2007 at 11:38 pm #

    We care more about dude from neptun than rikki bjm.

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 12:32 am #

    dooood, everytime I hear Ghosting I fall in love with it all over, its fucking brilliant!

    COME on!

  45. avatar
    Leelinau | 2 May 2007 at 12:34 am #

    That was me, sorry didn’t mean to be anon

    ^_^

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 1:10 am #

    Poor Andy L Nevets, you could have kept your promise in that respect. The guy was humiliated by his family as it was, for going to the gig with his ailing health.

    Best not to say anything than give false hope of your offer of a chair.

  47. avatar
    mattdavison | 2 May 2007 at 1:11 am #

    Really looking foward to that cupp a tea with ya in syd, melb or Auckland Killa.

    someone mentioned Icehouse yesterday. What da ya think of Iva killa?? Caus they could do Europe I think. Nearly … “infact” on-par with you. Don’t ya think?

  48. avatar
    paul lightfoot | 2 May 2007 at 1:26 am #

    Sounds like UK went off. Thank fuck!!!! Off to see the preview of Donnie Darko – the Directors Cut tonight. Haven’t seen the original version, so I’m looking forward to hearing UTMW in context with the film. Have a safe trip home.

    Paul L

    Auckland, NZ

  49. avatar
    sue cee | 2 May 2007 at 1:29 am #

    I’ll wait for the explanation on the chair before I kick your butt again, hope its a good one. London was a blast from all reports. The love must’ve been amazing… now its time to rest, recharge and later regroup but most importantly time for Marty to heal.

    love
    x

    ps where have all you helpers been all these years? In B.Bon’s cardboard box? heee.. The Church love Army has been understaffed but we’ll take all deserters from marillion

    Steve, its really the beginning of a beautiful new era ….

    Dreams are possibilities.. I just feel that something special is waiting for you all

    x

    glad u made it ms squiggle with the 4 leaf clover. Ricky M IS special. Andy Voyez was there Steve?!

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 1:36 am #

    sk: Now Ricki, enough about me – what do you think about me?

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    Daberhasher | 2 May 2007 at 1:42 am #

    well thank god that fucking mess is over… i think there are enough good souls with great ideas here to make the next tour less stress and more success… being a deadhead for years, i’d happily hop behind the wheel of the van for a few weeks… a navigational wizard i am… time will tell if the road beckons you all again, i reckon…
    uh-oh, sarcastic me wonders if all this grand sharing talk is just empty promises, easily given but rarely kept…
    like that chair for andy l.
    sorry dude, but that was like school at four in the morning…
    no class…

    safe travels back to Bondi,
    collect your head and your heart…

    aloha,
    ee

  52. avatar
    Music | 2 May 2007 at 2:51 am #

    …….nothing but……..music

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 4:03 am #

    A few days home and youll feel like you never left!

  54. avatar
    Altres | 2 May 2007 at 7:00 am #

    Steve, what an incredible gig London was, just fantastical. Don’t say it’s over. A British tour would be amazing. Next year’ll be fine if you’ve got no other plans. Edinburgh? πŸ˜€

    Love
    Brian

  55. avatar
    Cheezy | 2 May 2007 at 7:20 am #

    I’m glad you enjoyed the gig at the Academy, Steve. I thought you guys rocked too (but it’s nice to have it confirmed by the band!)…

    This was my first (I’m a “long-time listener, first-time caller”) Church gig, but I hope it won’t be my last. Peace to you, and rock-on The Church!

  56. avatar
    uk sux | 2 May 2007 at 9:13 am #

    “Speak to ya from Australia”
    how fucking brilliant must it be to be able to say that?
    To be in London, knowing that you’re on your way out of this shithole country.
    To be able to just leave this poxy hole any time you like and go to Oz, where every last thing you can imagine is better than it is in the pisspot of England.
    This’s summat else I envy you for, Steve!

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 10:56 am #

    As Mark Holden would say nevets, “ITS A TOUCHDOOOWN”!! hahahahaha

  58. avatar
    restaurant mark | 2 May 2007 at 12:20 pm #

    sounds like the tour ended well…only wish i could’ve seen one or two of the shows. have a safe trip home. seems you always have a good time hanging out with ricky…enjoyed today’s Q and A.
    take care.

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    Glad the tour ended on a high. Take some time out with ya family.

  60. avatar
    steve severin | 2 May 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    Who the fuck is Ricky?

  61. avatar
    rick maymi | 2 May 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    who the fuck are you, would be a better question,
    I think Steve has cleared up who the fuck I am more than enough here. If you can’t figure it out, you have severin brain damage. I KNOW you are not actually the Steve Severin who plays bass for Siouxsie & The Banshees but I AM Ricky Maymi in the fucking flesh, mate

    And as for fucking Andy L, MAN I didn’t realize Steve owed you so much…

    I am sure he would have been happy to hold your hand all night if you had brought it to his attention that that was what he owed to you….

    Think about it…That tour was very stressfull, as I am sure you already could tell, if you knew anything about being in a real band, you’d know that a chair for someone you don’t even know would probably be the last fucking thing on your mind… You could have brought your own damn chair if it really meant that much to you… Steve is not a flight attendant, he is a fucking rock star…
    Speaking of flights. MANY people (including myself) FLEW ACROSS THE FUCKING ATLANTIC OCEAN to be at the gigs…People who ACTUALLY ARE FRIENDS WITH THE BAND. ONE OF WHICH WAS TOLD THAT HE WOULD NEVER WALK AGAIN AFTER HIS SPINAL SURGERY. THIS PERSON CANNOT STAND FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME SO, HE DID WHAT ANY SENSIBLE PERSON (LET ALONE A FRIEND OR FAN) WOULD HAVE DONE.

    TAKE A SEAT ON THE FOOT OF THE BARRIER AT THE FRONT OF THE STAGE, I MEAN, WHERE WAS THIS CHAIR GONNA GO, ANYWAYS???????? NEXT TO STEVE?????

    YOU ARE MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL AND ARE LAYING AN EXPECTATION ON SOMEONE WHO HAS WAY TOO MUCH TO FUCKING DEAL WITH, ENDURE AND REMEMBER AS IT IS, TO HAVE TO BE CONCERNED WITH PRIORITIZED SEATING IN A STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT. STEVE IS PREOCUPPIED WITH HIS OWN LIFE’S ISSUES. HOWEVER, YOU DIDN’T ONCE STOP TO CONSIDER THAT DID YOU??? YOU ARE SO FOCUSED ON YOUR OWN NEEDS YOU NEGLECTED TO THINK OF HIS…TYPICAL!!! BUT HERE YOU ARE COMPLAINING AND ATTEMPTING TO MAKE STEVE FEEL BAD WHEN IT’S YOUR OWN PROBLEM

  62. avatar
    rick maymi | 2 May 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    who the fuck are you, would be a better question,
    I think Steve has cleared up who the fuck I am more than enough here. If you can’t figure it out, you have severin brain damage. I KNOW you are not actually the Steve Severin who plays bass for Siouxsie & The Banshees but I AM Ricky Maymi in the fucking flesh, mate

    And as for fucking Andy L, MAN I didn’t realize Steve owed you so much…

    I am sure he would have been happy to hold your hand all night if you had brought it to his attention that that was what he owed to you….

    Think about it…That tour was very stressfull, as I am sure you already could tell, if you knew anything about being in a real band, you’d know that a chair for someone you don’t even know would probably be the last fucking thing on your mind… You could have brought your own damn chair if it really meant that much to you… Steve is not a flight attendant, he is a fucking rock star…
    Speaking of flights. MANY people (including myself) FLEW ACROSS THE FUCKING ATLANTIC OCEAN to be at the gigs…People who ACTUALLY ARE FRIENDS WITH THE BAND. ONE OF WHICH WAS TOLD THAT HE WOULD NEVER WALK AGAIN AFTER HIS SPINAL SURGERY. THIS PERSON CANNOT STAND FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME SO, HE DID WHAT ANY SENSIBLE PERSON (LET ALONE A FRIEND OR FAN) WOULD HAVE DONE.

    TAKE A SEAT ON THE FOOT OF THE BARRIER AT THE FRONT OF THE STAGE, I MEAN, WHERE WAS THIS CHAIR GONNA GO, ANYWAYS???????? NEXT TO STEVE?????

    YOU ARE MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL AND ARE LAYING AN EXPECTATION ON SOMEONE WHO HAS WAY TOO MUCH TO FUCKING DEAL WITH, ENDURE AND REMEMBER AS IT IS, TO HAVE TO BE CONCERNED WITH PRIORITIZED SEATING IN A STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT. STEVE IS PREOCUPPIED WITH HIS OWN LIFE’S ISSUES. HOWEVER, YOU DIDN’T ONCE STOP TO CONSIDER THAT DID YOU??? YOU ARE SO FOCUSED ON YOUR OWN NEEDS YOU NEGLECTED TO THINK OF HIS…TYPICAL!!! BUT HERE YOU ARE COMPLAINING AND ATTEMPTING TO MAKE STEVE FEEL BAD WHEN IT’S YOUR OWN PROBLEM

  63. avatar
    al renwick | 2 May 2007 at 1:47 pm #

    oooh!

  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 1:48 pm #

    andy elle, join the let down nation by Steve Kilbey
    this is far more common than you think…that guy has been sunken in pot he cannot think anymore he won’t remember and he won’t remember he has a missus (what terrible term) when he’s with one of his pretty pets backstage….
    release from this, andy you have my sympathy i won’t reveal my name cause i have people to protect i’m sorry i can’t be bold but i’ve seen loads of disrespect from this guy, he’s not the sweet arse he pretends to be here needing to collect his fans benevolence he don’t give a damn about you, forget it he’s interested in scoring pot and young flesh that shadow of a dorian gray….
    a guy so attached to appraisal can’t be tuned with other peoples needs he forgets………..
    he forgets it all except himself

    now, forget yourself, andy l

    bitter

  65. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    A little angry Rick? Not only do you have poor Internet etiquette (screaming at all of us in all CAPS is quite rude) – you seem to be taking this chair issue more personally than anyone else on here besides Andy – who *is* the party that was involved and yet still complimented Steve and the band. Emotional issues?

  66. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 2:09 pm #

    “STEVE IS PREOCUPPIED WITH HIS OWN LIFE’S ISSUES. HOWEVER, YOU DIDN’T ONCE STOP TO CONSIDER THAT DID YOU??? YOU ARE SO FOCUSED ON YOUR OWN NEEDS YOU NEGLECTED TO THINK OF HIS…TYPICAL!!!”

    Yep. You’ve made a point, smartass. You’re so brainless you can’t realise it’s the same about Andy. Something was promised to him, the guy had a fucking heart attack, he probably couldn’t walk to the stage to look for that fucking chair. ANDY WAS FOCUSED ON HIS OWN NEEDS STEVE NEGLECTED TO THINK OF ANDY’S NEEDS…TYPICAL!!!
    What is exactly to be “actually friends with the band”??? Some kind of credential you wear, man? Aww, come on, that was awful. I still understand some kind of defense based on the stress of the fucking tour, but “friends with the band”? “We are family, I got all my sisters with me”. This is fucking ridiculous. It was fun once to be what you define as “rockstar”. But once you need to blog EVERYFUCKINGDAY about your silly vaccuous life (outside of sweet sweet songs of course) you don’t seem like a rockstar anymore. It’s not fun to let fans down, probably this says something about WHY fucking The Church has no massive public. It’s not the friends who gotta be pleased, turkey. The fans are going to fucking pay for the concert, I’m sure you didn’t. Like the 9 people Andy took with him who weren’t “friends with the band” but needed RESPECT.
    What else in the free world? You talk as if Andy was trying to draw superfluous attention to himself by complaining. No, no, the guy neeeded a chair not because he claims he’s “friends with the band” but because he had a heart attack and needed it to feel safe in a fucking show. I’m sure Steve needed people like Andy and his entourage to make him feel a little bit happier after the fiasco in Hengelo and in most of Europe’s fucking venues. But he forgets his pain as soon as he gets his fix, ha!ha!ha!
    That guy has a nasty character, no matter what another fucking ragged tried-to-be-rockstar says.
    This is no 70’s anymore or 60’s when to think of chairs for ill fans would be worth laughing, my deer. These are the 00’s when there are emails and messengers making it all seem like a community of “friends with the band”. You get responsibility when you have such charisma and infuse expectations on people, you are a coward if you neglect the good feelings you perpetrate on people. And all you can do is be fucking humble, something life has be teaching Steven to be. I’m sure he’s nasty but he learnt to at least not be so arrogant in here where he needs his daily fix of flattery. So don’t come to mess, dandy war hol’s dick.
    And remember, children, don’t take this communication in internet too seriously otherwise you might get hurt. “Friends with the band” is a far more sophisticated concept only the true dandies get.
    Ha!Ha!Ha!

    P.S.: Don’t compare spinal surgeries with heart attacks. This is not a fucking contest of pain.

  67. avatar
    big paul ferguson | 2 May 2007 at 2:09 pm #

    Who the fuck is Rick Maymi?

  68. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    Is that the Dandy Warhols bloke who can’t get it up and “just wants to hold” ?!

  69. avatar
    siouxsie | 2 May 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    someone who has 559 entries in google.com

  70. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 2:41 pm #

    Yikes!

    Stronger, the dark side grows!

    Yodda

    PS: Ricky, if were you I, impersonated I would say I had been.

    Though, honestly I don’t think Yodda would say “yikes!”

  71. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    Ok this sounds like when 16 year old girls would fight over The Alarm!
    (shudder!)

    Chela

  72. avatar
    Leesa | 2 May 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    If it was important to Andy then it IS important but they can sort it out privately without all this carry-on. Neither side needs or wants this. Antagonists are making it into a mountain because thats what they seem to do here like every other blog…sigh.

  73. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    Who is Ricky Maymi?

  74. avatar
    severin | 2 May 2007 at 3:24 pm #

    I still dunno. He went quiet when Big Paul let the secret out though…

  75. avatar
    Alien | 2 May 2007 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I’ve never left a comment on yr blog before, but just wanted to say that I hope the Church does not stop touring. Obviously, your family & sanity are the priority , but as a longtime listener, it is always a treat to see the band live and the songs take on a different significance for me after I’ve seen them performed.

    You’ve heard the Neil Young song that says “Live Music is Better! – bumper stickers should be issued!”

    anyway, take care

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO\
    Alien Rendel

  76. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 May 2007 at 5:01 pm #

    NEED A HIGH RES CHURCH CONCERT PIC ASAP

    Hey Fiendss,

    Does anyone have a clear, high quality live concert photo of The Church that they could send me asap?

    I’ve written a “rock star road trip” as part of the annual Outpost Magazine Road Trip supplement, in which I quoted SK from the blog (with his permission, of course). Quotes are related to Tempe and Austin from last year’s tour because they co-incide with the route, but pics don’t need to be.

    I’ve been asked by the mag to track down a few pics that they could choose from for the article. They would prefer a stock shot from one of the famous clubs I referenced. I see a chance to sneak a choich photo in. πŸ˜‰

    They wouldn’t pay for use of the photo, but you’d of course be credited and retain copyright, and i’ll see that you get a copy of the mag. If you’d like to see The Church in Canada’s largest travel magazine and add a small bit of promotion for the band, here’s an opportunity.

    Deadline is tight and I’d need it today (tomorrow latest).

    Thought it would be worth trying here. πŸ™‚

    ryan

  77. avatar
    Rick Maymi | 2 May 2007 at 6:21 pm #

    Oh, I didn’t know you wanted to hear EVEN more from me…

    Like many of you, I am someone who is not above defending a friend but I don’t mind using my own name to do it…And I personally, have nothing to defend to anyone here.

    And YES! in case you where wondering. The guys in The Church are real people with real friends and real preoccupations. What I’m saying is just give these guys a break!

    Just for the record. Steve was not having his attention monopolized by anyone at all after the show…He went back to his hotel by himself…
    I know because the female in question was actually given a ride back to her own hotel by yours truly…

    If there are so many people against Steve, why are they here??? And why won’t they use their real names??? Seems like the last place you’d want to be…

    This really is a hostile environment FULL of detractors…my band’s website is very much the same…I guess I’ll go sign up to the Pearl Jam forums…I sure don’t like them…must be the right place to go then, huh??? And yeah, if you really wanna know who the hell I am, GOOGLE me!!!

  78. avatar
    stealthblue | 2 May 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    HOME SWEET HOME! Glad the tour ended well for yas. Take care and Safe travels. Look forward to new chapters…
    P+L,
    Ben V.

  79. avatar
    davem | 2 May 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    There’s way too much anger here folks. Most of it is from anons with grudges against SK, who think it’s smart to come on his blog and make arsey comments.
    Rick sounds genuine enough to me but I suggest you don’t judge this blog from some of these comments matey – it’s full of love for the inimitable Mr Kilbey!!!. We’re all fans – let’s move on.
    Andy’s a great guy and Steve isn’t perfect but we all love him.
    Safe flight back Steve. Love you to bits!!

    Davem
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  80. avatar
    isolde | 2 May 2007 at 7:09 pm #

    g’day ryan your address for photos ??? perhaps the editor contact at
    http://www.outpostmagazine.com/contact.php

  81. avatar
    gareth,notts | 2 May 2007 at 7:10 pm #

    anon 12.09am,speaking of spines,where’s yours? hiding behind the anonymous tag,with the worlds biggest chip on your shoulder,do us real fans a favour and disappear,you fuckin drip!

  82. avatar
    Cee | 2 May 2007 at 7:11 pm #

    clear blue ocean
    clear blue ocean
    clear blue ocean

    ommmmmmmmm
    ommmmmmmmm
    ommmmmmmmm

    Cee
    (hiding in her happy place!)

  83. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 May 2007 at 7:14 pm #

    g’day ryan your address for photos ???

    hey isolde,

    not, not that one! LOL

    you can reach me at editor@rmaxinternational.com

    If the attachment size is too big and gets bounced ryan.murdock@gmail.com might be better.

    i have no involvement in which photos get chosen for the magazine, that’s up to publisher and layout people. but I can narrow down the field to church-related stuff by only sending that in… πŸ˜‰

  84. avatar
    ~ | 2 May 2007 at 7:15 pm #

    speaking words of wisdom
    let it be
    let it be
    let it be
    perhaps the situation could have been taken up with sk first before the judgement delivered, he may have requested a chair and the message was lost or
    who knows, really another solution could have been reached
    there is always another way
    the presumptions, though
    have got to go
    and if ya wondering
    just for the record
    if anything went on with rick now
    that ya know we were in the car together
    there were two other folks in the car as well
    oh no wait-maybe now folks gonna start saying it was a group thing, shit!

    ~J

  85. avatar
    RICK MAYMI | 2 May 2007 at 7:27 pm #

    I certainly didn’t think for one second that my initial comment would go down without negative reaction…

    I just wanted to shed some light on the situation.

    Not attacking, just defending a mate… And I was not attempting to pit one man’s ailments against another’s I was merely stating that there are others who too have physical setbacks
    I know people who have had quadruple bi-pass surgery on their heart and still smoke weed all day every day…I personally, would rather be a heart attack survivor at a smokey gig in London than paralyzed in a wheelchair fo the rest of my life but, that’s another story…

    And Andy, I hope you can forgive me if I offended you? I sincerely mean it. I am not merely saying “sorry” or “I apologize” I just don’t think it is fair to make such a fuss over this… I am sure the venue was/is prepared to make consessions for handicapped people if needed…If I knew you and knew about your situation I personally would have been happy to help you and gotten a chair or whatever for you…

    And Steve, I ask you! Will you please forgive me?

    REAL LOVE
    Ricky
    xx

  86. avatar
    Cee | 2 May 2007 at 7:42 pm #

    …and also, everyone, please remember that Andy never said anything BAD about SK (at least I didn’t read anything bad that came directly from him); he was simply disappointed and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
    As for Steve forgetting – well I’m sure it wasn’t personal and if reminded he would have gladly made arrangements with mgmt or asked our lovely Tiare to keep an eye out for Andy.
    I can’t remember HOW many times I’ve supposed to have had a press or photo pass only to hear from the box office keeper “no, sorry nothing here for you.” It happens, it’s a complete drag, but it’s not personal, just a sorry mistake.
    Andy: I hope you’re doing ok.
    Steve: I hope you’re doing ok.
    All my hermanas and hermanos:
    Please keep the positive vibrations going!
    Cee

  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 7:52 pm #

    Dudes aint offended we had a good night and enjoyed the band. no one owes us nothing. we know how to smile. jim dude.

  88. avatar
    davem | 2 May 2007 at 7:55 pm #

    Nice one Jim.
    You still flying SK? I’ll be happier when I know you’ve landed safely!!!
    Love to all.
    Dave
    xxx

  89. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 8:23 pm #

    Dudes: class!

    Chela

  90. avatar
    zebob | 2 May 2007 at 8:50 pm #

    Ricky, please shut up. Thanks.
    -z

  91. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    Getting old sucks Steve.
    It should never be done gracefully.

    Too old to Rock and Roll? Geezer?
    I don’t think so.

    There is too much manufactured and programmed s**t dominating our world today. We don’t need the best band in the world today calling it quits. You guys are still way ahead of the game and still have quite a lot to say.

    By the way…I would rather play “your little hit” night after night for 50 loyal believable fans, than to have to play garbage like Livin’ On A Prayer for a packed arena. God bless you guys for never selling out.

    Dave Mason said “rock and roll is not about age…it’s about attitude.”

    Go home and enjoy your family. I have no doubt we’ll see you again. Come back to America before long. Please.

  92. avatar
    fantasticandy | 2 May 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    dear ricky,
    of course i was offended.
    quite frankly your original entry
    at 11:29 pm was obnoxious.
    i gave steve a mild ‘ticking off’
    and you have a ‘hissy fit’.
    get real.
    grow up.
    get a reality check.
    steve owes me nothing.
    i did’nt expect anything from the man.
    i did’nt want any of his time.
    i didn’t want to hassle him in any way,
    or the rest of the band, or any of their families, friends or guests
    such as yourself.
    i did’nt want to be a burden on anyone or spoil the party.
    i did’nt want any attention of any kind.
    STEVE said he’d have a chair for me.
    ricky, you obviously think your’e a damn sight more important than me, and i’m sure that to steve you are.
    and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be. you and sk go back a way. he thinks your’e a great guy. maybe you are, maybe you just got all wrapped up in the ‘bash kilbey’ frenzy that my post seems to have unleashed.
    but it was poor judgement ricky, read it again, have a look at my bands comments on all four members myspace sites.
    i shouldn’t have told steve off in public. it was wrong of me.
    soon afterwards i thought to myself perhaps i should have kept it private, and indeed i should have done.
    there was no malice in my post, but it was written whilst in pain.
    as my bandmate jim has posted above
    it was a tremendous gig,
    it is my sincerest wish that steve gets no more aggro over this.
    please people, i’m sure he just forgot. i’m of no great importance in the scheme of things, i know that. this has been a very difficult time for the whole band.
    when i met and chatted with steve last year he came across as the most genuine, affable man you could imagine, a real gent.
    i still think that.
    i have nothing but respect and admiration for his art, music, words and principles.
    where’s all this hate and negativity come from?
    it was a great night for the band, something they really needed,
    and i did survive after all.
    so, let’s call off the dogs eh?
    love to all, even ricky!
    andy L.

  93. avatar
    veleska1970 | 2 May 2007 at 9:49 pm #

    move along, folks…there’s nothing more to see here….move along……

  94. avatar
    mattdavison | 2 May 2007 at 10:04 pm #

    MY TURN… Steven is too good a person to have these stressful situations appear on HIS blog.

    iT’S VERY UNFAIR.

    He gives a lot to us. I really feel that as a human born of great talent..and sensitivity. SHOULD BE LEFT WITHOUT RIDICULE.

    go on put your life in-front of the world and lets see how good a person YOU are.

    put your hand up to your face Mr. and look at it…. Then with all the might you can muster…..Smack yourself. Caus in a way, thats what ya need.

    m

  95. avatar
    Altres | 2 May 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    Heh, bricklayers. LOL Is this the first or the second plumber of love?

    Superstar tradesman
    Stand at the bar
    Get a trade son
    You will go far
    You have a house in the ferry
    And a new guitar that’s never been played before
    And it never will
    Never been played before
    And it never will

    The View, The View, The View are on Fire.

    That’s what the Church need, a good chant. Or, as someone suggested, they need to embrace the future and rename themselves The Mosque. The outfits would camoflage much and make the video’s easier to do. Keep the sitars and Easterny bits to the fore. Here’s Steve and Marty (known henceforth as Niqad and Burka) with their new stage outfits.

    http://i11.tinypic.com/6bkpqua.gif

    Maybe Hologram of Allah will finally hit the streets after all.

    Did I say earlier that was the most amazing concert the other night there. Absolutely blinding. The Hounds of Love was breathtaking, as was all. Great to see the band in such a high energy mode. Invisible ripped the room apart. I’d have loved to have heard it mutate into Undo from the Numbers single, but there you go. I’ll “just have to form my own band” and try it. πŸ˜€

    Heh, good to hear from the Geordies in the crowd too, they were skunk drunk but added immensely. The banter between the stage and the audience was great, it really added to the event. It was amazing to catch up with Merrick, Richard, Trevor etc Church fans are the nicest folk. Oh, except that twat at the back that was shouting during Steve’s stories. He was a cunt.

    Brian

  96. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 10:43 pm #

    Hey Ricky Fuckfeatures Maymi. What an arrogant shit head you are.

  97. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2007 at 11:01 pm #

    Ricky sucks Steve’s schlonger, thats his interview. A spliff and a blowjob from “friend” Ricky Ticky Wicky. The tosser.

  98. avatar
    ed in fl | 3 May 2007 at 1:52 am #

    rick – love your band. thanks for sticking up for a mate…

    ed in fl

  99. avatar
    eek | 3 May 2007 at 2:31 am #

    I didn’t get to comment on this one early one. Then all hell broke loose and I figured I’d better just keep my comments to myself. But now…now I see there are 99 other comments, and I am compelled to do a little showboating and be comment #100 for this post. πŸ™‚

  100. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2007 at 3:31 am #

    Well said for a change Matt… u fukn plonker!!!

    Dutch Pierre


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