posted on April 26, 2010 at 1:08 am

46 Responses to “meetngreet”

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    Melody Harrison Hanson | 26 April 2010 at 2:07 am #

    I feel for you. Wow, it must really get old.

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    Anonymous | 26 April 2010 at 2:22 am #

    4 more gigs to go. You'll be back in Bondi before u know it.

    Enjoy the rest of the tour, know how much joy you and the band have given to the new/old fans over there. Sending happy and energetic vibes to u.

    Peace & love

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    A friend with weed is better. | 26 April 2010 at 2:43 am #

    Wow. No wonder you escape here.
    The only camera you need to face is a tiny black hole, sucking in
    your galaxy of light and beaming it out to a distant universe.

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    eek | 26 April 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Just smile and nod, smile and nod. That will get you through damned near anything. 🙂

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    Hellbound Heart | 26 April 2010 at 4:15 am #

    hmmm…..tomato plants at 0:47….how nice…. 😉

    love always…

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    lily was here | 26 April 2010 at 4:49 am #

    Looks like a lotta fun to me. What's missing from this scene? — me! haha. I could carry your laptop for you

    Enjoy whats left and soon u will be back in the land of Bondi. So true what you're saying to Ryan about music, and having it with you in unfamiliar places.


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    persephone2u | 26 April 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Oh my. Yes, I agree with the poster above at 12.43 PM. I would have to lock myself in a darkened room for several days after talking to all of those people. Escape, I would be screaming, escape…

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    Susan | 26 April 2010 at 6:37 am #

    And yet, to blah with you, in pseudo-consensus reality, is a pleasure indeed. life is but a dream. . .

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    cazziem | 26 April 2010 at 7:24 am #

    This was certainly different SK and very enjoyable. So many happy smiley faces, speaks for itself!

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    Jasperina | 26 April 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Life speeds up. The blur of life on the road. Amidst the blur it seems good energy swirls about you. Keep as well as you can. How nice to meet Ryan on your blurred crusade.

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    fandorin | 26 April 2010 at 9:31 am #

    proves once again how stupid people chewing ghewing gum actually look like. instant ruminants! just add a field and a milking machine.

    my most remote church experience was on the banks of the river Volga, in the middle of the russian steppes, with the next urban area about 500 km away. if AENT hadn't been already linked with distance, sadness and staring at a gently flowing huge stream…The boat goes out, surrender yours, it could be any day, the fishermen shout, approaching storm, it's just like yesterday…

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    veleska1970 | 26 April 2010 at 10:56 am #

    this sums it all up nicely. 🙂

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    Anonymous | 26 April 2010 at 11:11 am #

    ah, the drag of putting on a brave face and mingling with the adoring fans towards the end of a tour.

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    Anonymous | 26 April 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    nice that stuff really loosens the knot sometimes….

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    LF | 26 April 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Some of us don't need to travel to Mongolia to find ourselves suddenly estranged from everything. In those harrowing situations, music, which seems so ethereal, is often one of the few things that can tether us to the world. Yours did that for me in past, and for that I am infinitely grateful.

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    Lesley | 26 April 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    It's great turning the tables on your fans and sticking a camera in their faces…lol
    Glad I could help you in that regard.
    Enjoyed meeting you, Marty, and Tim. See you next time, or maybe not…I'll be wearing a mask!

    PS-to Tim, there are much, much better places in New Jersey to stay. Sad that you guys stayed in the most awful. Stay in Somerset County area next time – peaceful and clean.

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    Cocoamo | 26 April 2010 at 2:18 pm #

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    Brien Comerford | 26 April 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    A Church fan is an enlightened human being. It's good to embrace them. Sk is staying in great vegan shape.

    In England guitar icon Brian May is doing all he can to defeat David Cameron. The latter openly advocates foxhunting and other forms of cruelty against animals. Typical Torie zealot !

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    Mr. Argent | 26 April 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    That seems like more work than moving a bass amp up four flights of stairs.
    What a 'large' collection of Americans. We really aren't all like that 😉

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    Ryan | 26 April 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    was a great show killa. you guys were in fine form. i thought tiles would start falling outta the roof during Grind.

    oh, and you were right about the deadman's hand ep. brilliant stuff.

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    Joe Ryan | 26 April 2010 at 4:06 pm #


    This was my first Church show- and man, you guys were awesome! I'm hooked. Can't wait 'til you come around again. btw, my wife's voice is on the video- too cool!


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    Melquiades | 26 April 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Excellent show Steve in Sellersville and even better in Falls Church! now on to Anna polis. I think its a must to see you guys multiple times. I take more from each progressive show I attend. Anna polis should be my zenith.

    Cheers to you and the mates,

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    John Garratt | 26 April 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    That was my friend Ben asking for "Maybe These Boys." He says the fact you sang a verse is the highpoint of his life. I told him that you might have died a little on the inside.

    This weekend the local radio station was playing all covers during the weekend. "I Am A Rock" from "Sing Songs" was on the playlist. Imagine my surprise.

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    wingler1a | 26 April 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Agreed. After the first couple of shows I be running for the exit and seeking a dark room to hide in 🙂

    thanks for coming!

    Mark Wingler

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    davem | 26 April 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    So that's the coach!! Nice one.
    Safe travels killer.

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    Anonymous | 26 April 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Steve, had a great time tailgaiting with yah…thanks for drawing the Tornado on my Starfish poster too :)…

    … my Springsteen fan co-worker I brought loved shootin' the breeze about "The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle" with yah….and the inside info on "Night Sequence".

    on to Annapolis (I'll bring a pineapple)…

    (I sat there like a dazed fool in the front watching your performance of "Grind" last night — simply stunning — I thought Marty's wrist might break off and there would be a hand smacking me in the face there for a bit).


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    Ellen | 26 April 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    This brought a big smile to my face. Okay, NEXT time I'm staying to say "hello" to you in PERSON! Do you like to receive hugs from your fans, or does that weird you out?

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    qohelet | 27 April 2010 at 12:03 am #

    The Falls Church show was amazing. My wife's not really a fan (she's more into the Juan Luis Guerra thing) but she tagged along and was just blown away. Afterwards she asked me why the Church isn't more well known. I just told her that's one of the great cosmic mysteries.

    Thanks for a wonderful time!

    P.S. Why can't I stand here?!?!?!

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    princey | 27 April 2010 at 12:32 am #

    That made me smile too, to see faces of so many happy people trying to tell you how much they enjoyed the show and how much they love the band without gushing too much (but it's SO hard not to!!)
    It pisses me off though, that cruel comments are made about the fans and how it must be TORTURE for sk and the band to talk to fans after the show. Oh gee, sorry for asking for an autograph, but its not like the fans bashed the door down to get to the band, if the band's out there to meet'n'greet, the fans will be there to meet'n'greet!! I bet if this video showed a group young bimbos with big knockers gushing at sk, there'd be dickheads commenting on "how lucky of ya mate" nudge nudge, wink wink (and I know what you're thinking sk!!)
    so piss-off, the lot of ya
    (that's not to u sk) Enjoy the rest of the tour,
    love Amanda

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    Simone | 27 April 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Just been checking YouTube for recent clips from the tour:

    enter 'church city winery' to find quite a few songs from 22nd

    enter 'church boulton' to find quite a few from 23rd

    enter 'church sellersville' to find clips from 24th

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    fantasticandy | 27 April 2010 at 9:18 am #

    ain't it great to be so loved!

    nice to see ryan there…..
    one hell of a church stalwart.

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    Hellbound Heart | 27 April 2010 at 10:30 am #

    brien! there you are!

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    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 11:37 am #


    As for the meetngreets w/ the fans, you'll realize how real it all really was when the tour is over, that's when you'll appreciate it all.

    So, i'd suggest you take a couple weeks off, then pick up your electrics, and do the same tour backwards.

    Won't take much for you to pick your fan base back up (or pick up the new one) in the States, all you have to do is play another round or two of these shows.

    You're young, man, just ask Bob or Neil.

    Bring yer family with ya.

    Carry on – Wilfred Paradise

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    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    thank you Amanda.
    The fans there that night were civilized and nothing but pleasant from all I could see/hear. Peter's obviously not into the mingling thing….but the 3 that did come out were there for a good 45 minutes. They talked poetry, musical gear, academia and the like. Marty said it was a special tour and I'm sure the next go round they might not hang out as much. So I enjoyed it as much as possible, though Steve did look like he was very much done at about midnight!

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    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Fans have just one brief moment, in that opportunity window, for a memory to encompass 30 years of love, its not too much to ask fellow fans. Im sure SK and Marty really appreciate the attention, they didnt exactly look upset, just road weary. And PK is just shy. Im sure if fans chased him up he would be flattered and more than happy to oblige.

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    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I so agree with Princey. Who says Steve in annoyed or wants to run away?? if they feel spry they usually come out after the show and hang out and talk. If they didn't want to they would simply leave the venue like 90% of touring bands do. Peter will come out sometimes as well. Gracious group of guys they are. Most of the people that hang around don't want to talk about how they lost their virginity to Under the Milky way. They are rabid fans who have been into the music this band has been making 20+ years in many cases, if they get a chance to say hi to a cheery faced guy that made the music of course they are going to get excited! Whooahh!



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    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    Thanks for playing "Tear it All Away" at the Falls Church show! A fantastic evening! I picked up a copy of the Church biography after the show and am now happily immersed in it (was author Rob Lurie at the show that night?).

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    alimum | 27 April 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    All the love and memory for your music can be distilled to one experience: Nighttime in the Zanzibar, 18 years old, with a Walkman and a cassette tape of hindsight, more stars in the sky than it was possible to see in my home world polluted as it was with light and smog, walking the streets my mother walked as a child and filled with experiences impossible to describe with my teenage vocabulary, Trance Ending somehow capturing it all. So thank you.

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    steve kilbey | 27 April 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    trance ending? zanzibar?
    wow wish i was there meself!
    i love my fans
    LOVE EM!

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    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    I think I speak for all of us fans of yours– WE LOVE YOU TOO STEVE!! VERY MUCH!! Thanks for all the joy you give us.


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    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Steve, I was messing around on Youtube, checking out old Church videos when I came across some of the bands old demos. They are listed as before "Of Skins And Heart". WOW!!! Some of the some titles were, Estranged, Electrical Distrurb and Insect World, plus there were several more. Songs I had never heard. Songs you may have forgotten about? Just an FYI.

    Take care, home soon and I am looking forward to Untitled #24, that would be the working title, until you have one. 🙂

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    davem | 27 April 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Hi SK and all the fiends.
    I know this is your blog sk but I also have many friends on here.
    Tonight we found my dear old Dad passed away at his home aged 75.
    He was such a fit old bugger and I can't believe he has gone, a total shock.
    He was just a magnificent bloke to me. If you could ask for a Dad, it would have been him. I'm very grateful to have been his son and to have loved been loved by him.
    I probably will be awol from my spiritual home that is all things Kilbey for a few days. I tell you what Killer – he knew who you were! "Not that effing Steve Kilbey again!!"
    For now I am inconsolable.
    Love to all.

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    eek | 28 April 2010 at 12:43 am #

    Oh davem I'm so sorry. A big virtual hug to you.

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    lily was here | 28 April 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    oh no Dave! So sorry to hear that.
    Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    S x

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    Freddie | 28 April 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Wow…he was a couple of years younger than my own dad. Soory, Dave…I can only imagine. Much love to you.

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    slowuncle | 30 April 2010 at 1:51 am #

    Hey, I recognize that strip mall parking lot (my local Guitar Center just outside Portland Oregon)!
    No, really
    I know, I know, BFD…

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