posted on May 3, 2010 at 12:37 am

atlanta comes n goes
as i knew it must
the tour is over
peter n i are at lax airport
our flight back to aust leaves in a few hours
atlanta was good
great crowd
the band ever so slightly “under”
tired or weary or just getting old
jeffrey cain gives me new music for isidore at gig
someone steals some money off tiare backstage
jw n moksha from the hu dosties
griffo n anthony collins
keith n dee
kip n jill from austin
holly kiabgoa eek
virginia n christian
whole bunch of good people
this morning i realize everyone in our hotel
was there for the church last night
families with kids
blokes n guys …more doctors n teachers
guys from alabama n mississippi
they all love the church
they all grew up on the church
very touching
i feel sad to leave the lovely south
but i gotta get home now n recover
not enough sleep too much travel
too much rocknroll
too much alcohol…boy dont it knock ya round
thanks to all who brought me jazz
including jonny hollywood
thanks for gifts n foodstuffs etc etc
i love my fans
i am devoted to my fans
i will keep on keeping on
as long as you wanna hear it
sad to leave the u.s. in spring
sad to leave all your lovely vibes n good wishes
fuck it went by quick
fuck it went by slow
thanks tim powles for driving us round safely
im gonna go n wander about the airport
see you on the otherside
i hope

60 Responses to “its over …its over”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 1:21 am #

    From the doctor in Mississippi and the Alabama criminal chaser (my bro) — Thanks again Steve. Show was great and getting to chat with you was a fanboy dream (the little things mean so much) Safe travel and many happy returns!


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    Denise | 3 May 2010 at 1:46 am #

    The Church I saw last night in Atlanta was not a bit "under" at all !! You guys are some of the best musicians I have EVER seen!!! Your cadence and energy is AMAZING! It was a truly wonderful, intimate show, and I now just HAVE to get more of your CD's for my collection!! God Bless you with a safe trip home. I know you can't wait to see your families! Thank you SO MUCH for a truly Spiritual Rock and Roll Experience!!
    Love Ya!!!


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    William | 3 May 2010 at 1:51 am #

    Thank you Steve for keeping us (me) happy! Rest up…looking forward until the next time!

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    JJ | 3 May 2010 at 1:51 am #

    Excellente show last night, SK. I was transported, I was transubstantiated, transfixed. Interesting to see you so animated, and great to see the band in good spirits.

    Thanks, once again, for making the effort, losing the sleep, enduring the seemingly endless drives across this continent to bring the music to us who love it so much. Was replaying many of the albums through time on my way to the river today to play. So many wonderful songs. "I Kept Everything"…..has a special meaning to me. I'm really digging the new one with Martin Kennedy as well.

    Safe travels back to Oz, rest up and get re-acquainted with fambly.

    Best Regards,
    JJ, out there in the dark last night at Center Stage.

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    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 1:55 am #

    'I will keep on keeping on' . . . hell, that's what i wanted to hear.

    looking forward to having your band back in the States soon.

    fall in the States is nice.

    Wilfred Paradise

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    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 1:57 am #

    From another Alabama fan… thanks so much for the last 30 years! Your show in Atlanta simply blew me away. I think it's just the fourth I've seen and I treasure every one, but this one was truly special. You guys looked and sounded great. Both of my sons love you guys too! All the best.

  7. avatar
    LF | 3 May 2010 at 2:04 am #

    Yes please, more Isidore! (When u get a chance.)

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    Z | 3 May 2010 at 2:10 am #

    Thanks Steve. It was wonderful to see you (and the band) in Sellersville. We'll miss you too. Please come back soon – we're a devoted and enthusiastic group. Cheers.

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    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 2:15 am #

    glad the tour went so well, but it absolutely sucks that an asshole had to steal from the lovely Tiare. COULDN'T have been a fan. never been to a Church show lately where the people weren't anything but cordial, friendly and humbled to be in the presence of musical genius. well, there were those two drunks at the last electric show I was at who were pains in the ass…but seriously, SK. Longtime "mature" fan here from mid-80's, but I was a dopey fanboy when I got the chance to chat with and mug for the camera with you and Marty this go-round. Sorry the meet n greets towards the end seemed to never end…rest, recharge, do some more Isidore(!!!!!!) and see you on the flip side.

  10. avatar
    rockystar | 3 May 2010 at 2:15 am #

    recover and come back, we luv ya.

  11. avatar
    John Cole | 3 May 2010 at 2:27 am #

    The trip to Atlanta from Austin, TX was well worth it for last night's show.

    Thanks for everything and bringing your music back to the States again.

    I hope its not too long before we can all do it again.

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    Cocoamo | 3 May 2010 at 2:44 am #

    The devotion is mutual. Safe and happy flying.

    Remember to push your heels down, rest, then gently point your toes, 20 reps, at least every hour and drink tomato juice to keep pulmonary embolism away on those long flights.


    Your friend from Pennsylvania

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    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 3:05 am #

    Loved the show Steve – thanks so much for ending with Grind. My wife especially enjoyed all of your stories and the very intimate atmosphere you created within the venue last night. Looking forward to the next album, tour, etc – whenever that may be.


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    Steven Krut | 3 May 2010 at 3:21 am #

    I had a fantastic time at the Atlanta show. You seemed to be enjoying yourself as well. Everyone had great fun, especially those people who were dancing. (I didn't dance, but I did bob my head aggressively. 🙂

    I was disappointed that my town didn't deliver a sellout for you guys, but it was a pretty decent sized crowd, I thought.

    The Deadman's Hand EP is really great. REALLY great. I wish I could put my finger on what it is that makes your recent tunes a step above. I keep coming back to there's a coolness to it – a relaxed confidence and attitude that's perhaps not quite there on songs earlier in the decade.

    Did you ever consider doing an album with a female chorus? Sort of a gospel-tinged thing, but not Christian gospel, per se. Sort of like Dark Side of the Moon or some of the stuff Spiritualized has done. Yes, a cosmic, Buddhist gospel Church album. That's my request! Ha-ha!

    I was too shy to hang around and try to meet you and the guys. I hate that feeling of being a hanger on. Maybe next time I'll force myself to stay so I can shake your hand and thank you for all the wonderful music you've filled my life with.

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    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 4:49 am #

    er'go sir knight – you cometh from atlanta

  16. avatar
    ASSMIDGET | 3 May 2010 at 6:07 am #

    sad I missed yall again

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    merveilleuse | 3 May 2010 at 6:16 am #

    hi Steve. i know the guy who is co-producing the new Smashing Pumpkins material along with Billy. i sent him my vid of your performance of Disarm in Charlotte, they loved it! the Pumpkins tweeted the vid, go check out their twitter! it's 🙂

    thanks for being so kind, it was nice to meet you and the rest of the band in Charlotte! a Scarlet Lady indeed!


  18. avatar
    Ted Freeman | 3 May 2010 at 7:27 am #

    Mr Kilbey. What a treat to see you and the gents for my 3rd Church show at the Center Stage; I rank the show there with the Mighty Lemon Drops in my top 10 and remember the joint jam at the end of the show; we went bonkers. Had no idea you were at each other's throats… I was waiting for a reprise of the guitar that went sailing clear across the stage… but that was 20 yrs ago, now less flying guitars, more great dialogue and new songs.

    Thanks for a fantastic show; I left my tired wife at home on our anniversary weekend to see you guys. And it was DAMN WELL WORTH IT! I was a deejay at WEGL the college radio station in Auburn, Alabama when Heyday came out. Had heard Electric Lash on a compilation called Survival Sampler over here – pretty cool – it was a cassette sold in a ration tin can. Great packaging and great tunes, but I was more or less ambivalent at the time. So I checked out Heyday (our music director had written notes on the cover “great vocals”) from our new arrivals, listened once and thought, well I’ll give it another go. On the second listen, something magic happened.

    I played a song from that disk on almost every open format shift I had after that. It is genius. Then I got all the back catalog, the imports, the new releases, Jack Frost, Earthed, Horses in the sand, blah blah blah… and last night I am a happy kid again back in college rediscovering The Church with beautiful waterfalls of arpeggios and insanely marvelous poetry sung with just the right intonation.

    Thanks for the stories, the music, the intelligent atmosphere of dialogue, lyric and tone. The middle-earth escapee posing as Marty was wonderful as well; I had not heard much banter from him before and he’s a trip. Ironically my best music mate (John the Bodies/Titanic exhibit designer) is on your flight, he could not come to the show b/c he was packing for a business trip – to Australia – via LAX departing ATL Sunday. We didn’t even think about the possibility. Pleasant flight all, arriving Wednesday? Wow.

    Anyway, it was an honor to be a part of the audience and upon arriving home I went straight to the 12 string. Thanks for the career-inclusive-inverted concept, the program, the EP and the experience!

    Fan for life,

    Ted in Atlanta

  19. avatar
    davem | 3 May 2010 at 7:57 am #

    We will ALWAYS want to hear it Steve!
    Have a very safe trip and a lovely reunion with the girls.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 8:18 am #

    Message for Dave M –

    I'm sorry for your loss, old chum. Nothing anyone can say will make it any easier, but my thoughts are with you.


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    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 8:50 am #

    Have yourself a few days rest, if you can, cos you've been looking fair puggled…

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    Galmor the Wizard | 3 May 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Can't wait until the second Isidore album is released. I just heard the first one about 2 months ago and it's been on continual repeat – certainly one of your all time best albums.
    Do some more shows when you get back home!

  23. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 3 May 2010 at 11:02 am #

    goddam it, we love you too…..thanks for sharing the ride with us…

    love always…..

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Wil and Aidan say hello. Thanks for all the kind words with the kids. How do you manage school after seeing the Church twice in one weekend? Somehow incongruous, yeah? Future doctors? I dunno.
    Wanted to pass along so many encouragements concerning the side-projects and recent church music (dakota). ah well……..brilliant shows. safe flight home to family. and remember…..asheville next time..


  25. avatar
    Big Smiles Kate | 3 May 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    So good to know you're on your way home. Your realisation of all those people at the hotel being there because of you and The Church must have been quite profound just as, you should know, we all at home are waiting to welcome you back.

    Big Smiles

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    It was a fantastic night in Atlanta — we were honored to share it with you! Amazing music, and so generous of you all to chat with us. Like dear friends. Which you are, at least in our minds. My husband and I will truly cherish the memory of this show over all the others we've seen.

    Congratulations and most of all, thank you.

    big love! Enjoy home.

  27. avatar
    Graham Moore | 3 May 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi Steve, great show in Atlanta. My daughter and I traveled from Tallahassee FL for the show – it was her first real rock and roll show (she was in the front row to your right and I was the guy that threw you the program). We both really enjoyed the show and look forward to your next visit anywhere around here. Take care on your travels.

  28. avatar
    RobW | 3 May 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks, Steve and The Church for a great tour! Please come back soon. We love you in America! Can't wait for the next tour! Safe journeys back to beautiful Australia!

  29. avatar
    Shawn El | 3 May 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    thanks again for coming…from the professor in PA. also thanks for your graciousness letting me and buddy get picture. hope you can come again soon. been listening to TC/SK since 1994, look forward to every record.

    crossing my fingers that you're going home with some money in your pocket!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Great our indeed. Being a struggling musician I hope you can appreciate all of your hard working fans such as builders salesmen and ladies as well as doctors. I hope we can see you again. Brick Layer Mike

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    The Atlanta show was fabulous! It was the first concert my 13 year old twin daughters have been to and I think they are ruined for any other concert they might go see! Their first concert experience will be their best! Thanks for coming to the ATL.!!! We have a house full of Church fans here starting with Mom and then 13 year olds, down to the 7 year old. She is always singing your songs! You guys are awesome!! Heather

  32. avatar
    m stricklin | 3 May 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Was heading back to Birmingham, AL when I ran into you in the lobby Sunday morning. What a treat. Shame I was so hungover. Too hungover to get a picture with my idol?! I'm fairly pissed at myself right now. Tipitina's boys from 1988. Center Stage from 2010 – What a night. Thanks! Don't stop!

    Steve, check out some of my art if you get a spare moment.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanks for a great Atlanta show. Hope to see you again soon.

  34. avatar
    Freddie | 3 May 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    It's kinda sad to see ya go. We love you too!

  35. avatar
    Aperus | 3 May 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    ISIDORE – I love the first disk a great deal. One of the best side projects you've done IMHO. The only thing that would make the first one better is if you had played the bass too.

    Any chance you can sing AND play bass on Isidore #2?

  36. avatar
    Ryan | 3 May 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Safe travels back Killa. Was great catching up with ya – you guys rocked and brought down the fucking house 🙂

  37. avatar
    Nick | 3 May 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    wow, new isidore! awesome!

  38. avatar
    cazziem | 3 May 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    So very glad to read you 'will keep on keeping on', couldn't ask for more after such a hectic month.

    Enjoy the R & R, not to mention NK and the girls, and I'm sure I speak for many when I say we'll be waiting for you here at ttb when you've recovered from it all!!!

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    Finetime | 3 May 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    Thanks for adding Atlanta this tour. If you guys were off, it wasn't very evident. I cannot forget how great "Disarm" and "Grind" were. And thanks for the extra anecdotes between songs. Your story about the Might Lemondrops was excellent.

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    Dave | 3 May 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    From another Alabama bloke who was with Jeffrey C at the ATL show….it was an amazing gig! Thank you for such a great show!! You also chatted w/ my Bama friend Chris at the hotel. We look forward to another show down here! Safe travels and when you get back to the beach, thank your lucky stars BP doesn't have a sunken rig close by. I came home to a Facebook page loaded w/ friends and family taking what they believe are their last family pictures on our beaches about to be devastated by the oil spill.


  41. avatar
    Robin Danar | 3 May 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    sorry the east coast swing never happened, but lucky enough to catch 2 shows on the tour and have some hang time.

    sorry about the earthquake. fly safe.

  42. avatar
    Ellen | 3 May 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    This 'lil LA fan thanks you profusely for treating us to a musical delight!

    Safe trip home, Steve. Rest up and, yes, please keep playin' for us fans. We love ya!

  43. avatar
    anderson | 3 May 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    for steve/church fans – radio special on the church tonight, monday may 3, 8-10pm (CST) at, or 90.1fm if you're in range of champaign.

    i recorded an interview w/ steve backstage in chicago, very kind and generous with his time, as were the rest of the crew.

    thanks again steve – hope to see you back in the states soon. good times for the church here.


  44. avatar
    Mike Baldwin | 3 May 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Isidore is a great album. I can't wait to hear more. 🙂

    Thanks for the great show this tour.

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    plumlady | 3 May 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    MayDay came and went so fast here. Minneapolis celebrates MayDay in a big way….many, many maypoles and mayholes about town. Crownlets and may wine, men in tights and skirts….oh so much to see! It was mentioned and reminded to me that Australia is opposite of us and celebrating more of the autumn holidays….does that mean you celebrate Halloween now..or at all?

    Anyways, best wishes to you on your travels home. Thanks so very much for coming to the states and please continue to do so even if you all have to be in wheelchairs and hearing aids to perform!

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Steve, you made it out of Atlanta just in time. Major storm hit on Monday.

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    Christopher | 3 May 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    From the Drunken Tippitina's New Orleans 1988 Crew – Great show Steve. We enjoyed spending time with you, Peter and Marty. (missed Tim somehow). It was raining cats and dogs that night 22 years ago but don't blame the mighty lemon drops – we took your chocolate! Lots of people love you all down south so try to come back soon.

    Christopher, Clay, Mark B., Marc S. and Darrell.

    Fantastic show!! p.s. – i think you mentioned something about it being recorded? Let us know when it is available 🙂

  48. avatar
    Ronald | 3 May 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Enlightened Ethereal Minstrel Steve,

    Your beautiful words and amazing realistic and grounded approach to fans is by far unique in these days of self-prophesied, musical "messiahs".

    Your physical interpretation of visions and inherent soul power gifted from the gods into beautiful lyrics is a massive, reward to your fans.

    30 years of the Church's merged energy sent forth in waves of sound and vibrations has helped many more then you may think in good and bad times.

    I thank you all again for coming back so soon. Get great rest and enjoy the coming winter in AUS…

    May your visions be grandiose and ethereal as always!

    Sending high energy and vibrations to you from Baltimore, hope the waves find you well…

    Shaman Ron
    (Annaplois, MD)

  49. avatar
    bc | 3 May 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    atlanta was f'n fantastic!
    thank you sk & the church

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    you rule dont get old and dont die

  51. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 3 May 2010 at 11:41 pm #


    sad to see u leave-
    spingtime 2010 in America will always be a memory of the 30 annv. tour. u guys were spot on in chicago. no doubt u were tearing it up across this great land. we will miss u-all of u !!!!

    thanks for sharing ur insight of the U.S in ur blog during April. the vids, poetry, and humor …left a lasting impression on all.
    hope ur travel back home is safe. ur loving family is waiting ur return.

    Ur extended family…is waiting ur return .. here in the states. hopefully the rumors of a P=A experience is on the agenda (2011 ???).
    be safe and well, get some much needed rest. i hope you liked the pictures (on a cd-r) that i left with tiare of the church show from june 2009 at the House of Blues here in chicago. some of those pix show the true passion and intensity that the 4 of u create.

    enjoy ur time off and love that family of yours,



  52. avatar
    princey | 4 May 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Hi Steve, if you're back home "Welcome Back"!!!. Hope to hear from you soon after your well deserved r&r. (I know you just finished a loooong tour, but is there any hope of a 30th Anniversary gig in Oz…..soon???????)
    love Amanda

  53. avatar
    Angela | 4 May 2010 at 12:09 am #

    Steve — traveled up from Savannah to see you in Atlanta! Had a lovely time! Last time was in ATL in Summer of 2006 which was also very memorable for me! It was an honor to hold the restaurant door for the band across the street at the little sushi place and hope the food was good! I couldn't resist being such a ham for some of my childhood heroes and wanted to make you feel recognized and welcome back down South! I just left a message for Martin on your FB fanpage saying that its great to have the exposure of this tour for opening eyes to the solo and outside projects. I'm totally hooked on Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy stuff & have just ordered a CD! On a final note, I think one of the things I most admire about you is that you're one of the great processor beings for art. Literally. It comes to you and you make it using different outlets. This is a very poetical and beautiful thing and inspires me in my own path. Thanks for being you and many more years of making it all happen!

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 May 2010 at 12:52 am #

    The Atlanta show was fantastic. You guys sounded better than ever, and your singing was a tour de force. You've never sounded better. Best band ever…

  55. avatar
    HoldenK | 4 May 2010 at 1:59 am #

    I was in atlanta and saw your show. It was THE BEST concert ive ever been to. You guys rocked. I grew up on your music and i cant wait to see you guys again. The free cd is awesome. Good songs. I liked hearing the stories about how you met Peter and Marty. I just got a tingly sensation when i saw you in person. Its so very different than videos. You guys were not "under". At least you didnt show it. Marty was jamming out over there. But i could easily understand how you were tired from traveling. We were tired and we just came from alabama. You guys toured the whole US.

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    restaurant mark | 4 May 2010 at 12:07 pm #



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    eek | 5 May 2010 at 12:12 am #

    Ok…I'm making sure to go to any Atlanta shows from now on — the crowd was fantastic. And you might feel the band was slightly off, but I think I can safely speak for the audience when I say it was certainly good for us!

    Great to meet so many other fans — some I've met several times before and others for the first time. Special thrill to meet Kip and Jill, and extra, extra special thrill to meet Jeffery Cain. (I even witnessed the handing over of the music for Isidore — woohoo!)

    "this morning i realize everyone in our hotel
    was there for the church last night"

    I got a kick out of that…it was like church fan central, even at 3 am! Sweet hotel — I really liked it.

    kiabgoa eek — I think I'll change my name to this when I run away. 🙂

  58. avatar
    m.p.k | 5 May 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Another vote for more Isidore… But only if it pleases you SK. Thanks for coming and playing your music. It helps us remember to live and continue to break on thru.

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 May 2010 at 7:08 am #

    It would be awesome to get another dose of isidore.
    But first, kick back Mr K and smoke some jazz!

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    lily was here | 6 May 2010 at 8:28 am #

    Just like Berger xxx

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