posted on August 14, 2006 at 4:34 pm

a lovely hotel room
a courtyard with playing fountains
a deep blue pool
trees everywhere
ah nevets you love those cool arbours
you are a celt
used to roaming the sacred groves
you love the trees
and believe
the trees love you
oh its so quiet here
an atrium
a grey overcast sky
the world is quiet
youve set the scene
whatta bout ye olde gig
did you rock?
yes i did
did you roll?
yes i did
did you sing every one of your words like ya meant it?
yes i did
did ya lovingly pluck yer fender jazz bass 1962 reissue?
did powlesys drummin send ya out into space?
why yes it did
and the audience?
and the talking?
didnt notice
and did you find that jazz,mann?
i went out n walked down the line outside
and i called a spade a spade
when a kind man stepped forth
and my needs were sufficiently met
well thats it really
deetroit yer on my a-list!
that gig was a great load of fun
i really really enjoyed my old self
rocknroll fiendsss
oooh mah soul

58 Responses to “motor city madness”

  1. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 14 August 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    Yesterday tiny heart breaks in to a million pieces — no bloggie.

    Today work kills bits of my soul, but bloggy rises up a makes things bearable — like healing salve on my psychological wounds.

    Yay for a good gig, sir.


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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 5:00 pm #

    very poor. dont trynna write everyday, pal!

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    baby | 14 August 2006 at 5:01 pm #

    called a spade a spade?
    was it a small shovel, or the pip on the playing card?

    Nevets, like Moses, can call down mana from Heaven? These are good tricks.

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    John Garratt | 14 August 2006 at 5:02 pm #

    Glad you like Detroit. Too bad my trips up there have been less than accomodating. Or however you spell it.


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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 5:08 pm #

    Had fun. Tnx for coming. Oh, and tnx for the JD interlude…neat. Tell the others.


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    Melquiades | 14 August 2006 at 5:10 pm #

    glad to hear you rocked and rolled.

    keep spreading the gospel.


  7. avatar
    Melquiades | 14 August 2006 at 5:10 pm #

    btw, I feel a change. I hope it lasts.

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    veleska1970 | 14 August 2006 at 5:27 pm #

    mmmm…nice surroundings, peace and quiet, great gig…what more can you ask for?

    glad you had a good one.

    lotza love…..

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    Padders | 14 August 2006 at 5:28 pm #

    sounds like you guys are on fire now !

    what a difference a few days makes.

    Lovin it !

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    stealthblue | 14 August 2006 at 5:33 pm #

    It was the trees, wasn’t it? Thank heavens for the trees. I love ’em too, SK. In fact, I used to be a tree “surgeon” until my poor old bod could not take it anymore. It decided that I didn’t want to risk snipping off me precious fingers either! I love my stringed instruments too much. So glad Detroit treated you right. Stay connected, SK. You ROCK!! Love you guys lots, mate.

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 14 August 2006 at 5:47 pm #

    thanks to the sweet man in line with the green leaf…

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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 5:58 pm #

    Sweet Motown
    taking care of the fellas
    Good deal
    Hey Sk & fellow sentients
    whilst in Chicago
    definately go to Millenium park
    and explore one of the greatest
    Ampitheaters on the planet
    Frank Gehry is a star y’all
    beautiful park
    I got some good Jazz btw
    some sticky Milt Jackson vibe stuff..
    look me up 773-450-4565..
    yu should brotha..hi hopes eh..

    sorry about the veg rant,
    I came from the little guys w/out voices
    Happy trails
    Love the ones ur with..
    see ya soon..

    jaime r.

  13. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 14 August 2006 at 6:07 pm #

    SK –

    I’m not sure how to start except to say last night was spectacular. At times you guys actually were a symphony. Amazing – to be honest with ya I was a bit worried when I heard the Rickenbackers were left at home – ya don’t need them (it hurts a little to say that but it is the truth). I hope the thought has crossed your minds to release a live version of this tour (preferably at the Magic Bag) because your sound and focus now are incredible. Man, you guys let it all out. Most telling thing was to see Tim Powles (the man is a Rock) weeping at the end of jazzy-Reptile – you guys were unleashed and beyond last night.

    Without going to far into the set and songs jazzy-Reptile was Perfect (I hope everyone, someday, gets to hear it). What you did with Invisible, Constant in Opal, and Grind were … I am beginning to run out of adjectives! Hearing Easy, alone, was worth the $25 (one of those symphony moments – the entire way through). And thanks for 0408 – that song is an anthem.

    Also, thanks for UTMW – I know you guys are sick of it, I know you guys are upset that UTMW is what you are known for when you got so many other better songs, but thanks for playin’ UTMW – even after throwing in the Bob Seger fun, thanks! To you UTMW is a bugger but to us it is more than a good song – it takes us back to where we can never go back to.

    Thanks, Thanks, and Thanks some more – that goes to the boys as much as you, SK. You guys are at the top of your game – please don’ let the doodles or the personalities ruin what you guys are blessed to have.

    To the cities the band is soon to see –
    You guys are in for a treat. Hoop and Holler the boys on – they’re gettin’ tired and need to feel the Love! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G – I tell thee Truth!

  14. avatar
    Matthias | 14 August 2006 at 6:21 pm #


    Talk about false advertizing! Those concert promoters have no shame! Acoustic tour? HA! You guys rocked the letters off the marquee out front. hehe.

    Very nice to have met you. Thanks for the conversation before the gig about Grant. It helped to talk about him with someone who knew him. Also, Providence was divine and inspiring. Thanks for Reptile!

    I hope you release a live record with both those tunes on it. Would have bought the 1992 DVD but it was sold out.

    When you come back to tour Detroit make sure it’s Ferndale! We’ll be here ready to rock.

    btw, please tell Marty that I wasn’t talking about the Knitting Factory Live CD he released. I fear I offended him by teasing him that the “Live” CD’s (that accompanied my copy of Hanging Out In Heaven) sound quality was sub-par. It wasn’t the Knitting Factory CD but Live at the Fine Line Cafe CD. The source was a tape he found in a box according to the liner notes.

  15. avatar
    supper's ready | 14 August 2006 at 6:24 pm #

    hey steve,

    seems like the better your shows, the less entertaining your blogs. not that i’m encouraging anyone to talk during the rest of the shows or anything…

    no really. i hope you knock m dead every night.

    have you played unifield field at all during this tour? great song, especially with the “and your bird can fly” guitar runs.


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 6:26 pm #

    you trotted out Reptile for this one?

    now I may just HAVE to go to the Ohio shows and see if you do it again.

    “Reptile Lady” from Sellersville will be angry with you dear nevets.


  17. avatar
    daniel | 14 August 2006 at 6:40 pm #

    never doubted you guys would rock–never doubted you would be loved, and that you would love it, too–cheers

  18. avatar
    restaurant mark | 14 August 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    hey steve…happy to hear last night’s show went wonderfully…all u need is an appreciative audience. you guys can more than handle the rest. did you rock? and did you roll? of course you did!!! even when you think you’re a washed up old rocker 😉 take care man.

  19. avatar
    JJ | 14 August 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    Fellow Arbourist, Druide, Jazz Leaf Painter-

    “Go to the forest and move”…ah yes, San Francisco in anticipation of transubstantiation.


  20. avatar
    Lynnster | 14 August 2006 at 6:50 pm #

    Steve, you write just as beautifully and interestingly whether it’s a short or long blog. Today’s was just as fabulous as any other day’s. Keep on blogging whatever’s in your head and in your heart that you wish to share – you don’t owe anybody anything and I’m just happy to read whatever’s on the day’s menu.

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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 6:53 pm #


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    Brad | 14 August 2006 at 7:05 pm #

    I told you not to worry about Detroit
    0408….that made el momento.. worth every penny and sounded great! Awesome version of Reptile for the thirdthird? yeah third encore!

    Steve channelling Ian Curtis, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Benatar (?)(sorry Pat if you’re still alive) and the chill I got almost a feeling Grant was watching Providence.

    I was the idiot that yelled “Freebird” I think I always am…sorry for the Narcissus comment, but it seems to fit..don’t worry, you’re allowed to selflove.

    Great great show…..I feel bad for every other stop on your tour. I think we got the best gig in Detroit!

  23. avatar
    ben | 14 August 2006 at 7:52 pm #

    Great how music can be fun sometimes. Hard to mix with traveling constantly, eating and sleeping poorly. looking forward to catching yas in cincinatti. Today the breeze is blowing harmoniously with the trees and im also able to take some moments to enjoy. Not difficult with fall waiting patiently in the distance. Keep warming ze audience with that deep space blues catcha in a few days. peace be with

  24. avatar
    leelinau | 14 August 2006 at 8:11 pm #



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    Queen Hatshepsut | 14 August 2006 at 8:18 pm #

    Ah, sounds like things are on a definite upswing. And just to show you my undying love for you and all things Churchy, I just discovered I’m going to be leaving Wed. for Chicago at 5am via LAX thanks to all new, fun security rules. 5AM! (My lip balm! How am I going to fly without it?) Oh and did I mention I *hate* getting up early, and *despise* flying? But for another chance to see you guys tear up Chicago, I will suffer! 😉 With the help of Xanax, which I concur, should NOT be taken recreationally, but only in the event of DIRE PANIC and plane rides, which for me go hand in hand. Don’t want security escorting me off if I feel I’m going to run down the aisles screaming, “WHAT THE F*** AM I DOING ON THIS THING!”
    Keep blowing ’em away you elegant, silky-voiced, highly talented, super creative hippy.

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    MICHAEL J FRIMODIG | 14 August 2006 at 8:57 pm #


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    darkglobe13 | 14 August 2006 at 10:20 pm #

    hello steve,

    just wanted to say that even the russian/polish girl singing along off-key all night (she knew the songs)behind me couldn’t detract from a WONDERFUL church show at irving plaza. THANK YOU.

    and i hope you got the ‘jazzy’ gift i left for you at the merch table in NYC. hoping it didn’t go up in smoke before it reached you!


  28. avatar
    Brad | 14 August 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    I forgot to mention….the only time I met the one and only nevets… was back on the Baal tour at 7th House in Pontiac. I whipped out the cd sleeves for earthed and jack frost and you graciously signed them for me. We chatted a bit about the cover art and I told you that “Providence” was the best track and what I thought of when looking at the old woman on the cover of Jack Frost.

    Thanks for playing “Providence”

    thanks for putting our dirty town on your A-list

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 10:46 pm #

    Ever meditate sk?
    I do when i get a chance… it helps me to center my mood. When im having just an alright day, or a depressing day, it puts everything in perspective if i just look inward and see out with it. To everything.
    Your at number 13 again! Thats just awesome!
    It is cooler up north… i miss the summers in Iowa… the winters too… the snow and trees.
    Now im on a deserted island… it isnt so bad… it grows on ya.
    Love all that you do. Travel safe!
    Galveston TX

  30. avatar
    Ron | 14 August 2006 at 10:58 pm #

    Hey Steve. Made it to Detroit last night from Guelph Ontario to see you guys – definitely an easier (3+hr) drive in summer than in March 2004, when we went through sleet/snow/etc. but still definitely worth it then too. I agree with you, the Magic Bag is a much better venue than the Magic Stick was back then. Looked like you guys were having fun last night, hope the rest of the tour is equally magic…


    ps – managed to meet Tim briefly out in front of the show last night, wished him a good show, “eh” (did he catch the Canadian reference?!?!)

    pps – Who’s feeding the piranha’s?

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 11:14 pm #

    The cat’s out of the bag. You guys really rocked last night!!! It was truly magical!!! The drums moved my soul…the bass slippery and sleek like a glistening python…the 12-string mezmerizing and jangling…and Peter Koppes playing the piano with his elbows…well…let’s just say I never thought he would ever come out of his shell like that! That was me whooping and hollering front row center with my son, whom I indoctrinated into the Church cult by osmosis from when he was a baby. What a show! And no less than FOUR encores…yes FOUR!!!! After the third had ended, Rob came out and asked if there was time for one more song…and Reptile it was, my son’s alltime favorite Church song. To hear the delayed guitar parts played by Koppes on piano was truly amazing. You guys made our night/week/month/year/decade…a concert we will never forget! Can’t thank you enough!!! We’ll be there the next time you come through to Motor City!!!

  32. avatar
    CSTCoach | 14 August 2006 at 11:50 pm #


    Just a note to say safe travels and hope the rest of the tour is as amazing as the start… I’m off to the far north to do some expeditioning for a few weeks. I look forward to catching up on the ole bloggy when I get back.

    Also, about that easy expedition we were discussing in Sellersville. I got an idea. Will drop you a line when I get back.

    See ya!


    -btw, Tomoko was very pleased that you said she was pretty in the sellersville wrapup blog. I can now blast The Church anytime I want to, in the car, at home… Thanks! 😉

  33. avatar
    fergal | 14 August 2006 at 11:51 pm #

    nice one!
    detroit – space rock city

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    MATTDAVISON | 15 August 2006 at 12:01 am #

    Is Xanax…or whatever valium?? caus mabee its people who are sensitive to the Chhurc who need that stuff…seem to be a lot of people that know about it…I need it to fly also..Dunno funny how we nevets are all so similar.
    PS I have and would again pay thousands to see a Gig. (raise yr ticket prices and pay for another session in the studio or a VIDEO FOR BLOCK!!!!!
    mATT IN NZ

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 12:32 am #

    Damn Nevets, after reading the concert reviews herein while sittin at work feels great.

    May you continue to kick botty!


  36. avatar
    Melquiades | 15 August 2006 at 12:34 am #

    Maybe we should just start a Chruch-A-thon. And see how much money we can raise for these staaaaaarvin artists?

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 1:51 am #

    zanax (Alprazolam) is alot stronger than valium, although it is shorter acting. It is usually prescribed for panic attacks and anxiety. It is also extremely addictive, and if you have enough of em, washed down with preferably scotch and coke, well you can really find yourself on another plane of existence. Worst side effect apart from fucking up your liver functioning is that you tend to forget things, especially how many tablets you have had hence the addiction process.

    cheers all,


  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 1:55 am #

    Well done Killer – Good Karma coming your way.

    Pierre of Melbourne

  39. avatar
    mike a | 15 August 2006 at 2:29 am #

    Glad Detroit was a great gig!! Please save the best for Chicago!!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 2:32 am #

    I am beginning to feel very sad. I know I can’t make it to Chicago or S.F. and the end is here! Please say you will tour the U.S. again.

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    smoochgirl | 15 August 2006 at 2:45 am #

    DAMN!!! 4 ENCORES??!!! And a jazzy Reptile???!!! I’m SOOO envious!!! However, I’m happy to read the reviews every day; makes me feel connected…

    I love, love, LOVE trees!!! We Virgos are tree huggers!!! In fact, I’m planning an art project involving trees. I once wrote a “really cool” poem whilst enjoying some jazz about trees. A friend of my boyfriend at the time (this was back in the college days) played guitar and said he’d write music to go with it. Of course, nothing ever became of it and I’ve since misplaced that damn poem. It’s in one of my journals, probably in storage somewhere. I also attempted to draw a very large “tree of life” on the living room wall in our previous home. I had enjoyed a little too much wine that night and insisted I draw this tree that I saw somewhere (I cannot recall where this “ingenious” idea came from) with a highlighter so it would only be visible with a blacklight (I have no idea if this works, as I never tested it, but sounded good at the time). I didn’t get very far before my uptight & sober husband stopped me…good times…:) Uh, so, back to the blog…*grin…glad you had a great show.

    leelinau-hee! hee!

  42. avatar
    rock buoy | 15 August 2006 at 2:48 am #

    love the church, love ’em I tell ya!!! love SK, love him, I tell ya. like a friend I tell ya. like a friend…

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 2:52 am #

    G’day sk,

    Thanks for all the blogger news.
    Knew you’ld rock the socks of all the fans over there, keep it up.

    Would love to have been at one of the shows would have kept quiet and enjoyed the ambience.

    Glad you’ve managed to get some good food and herbal liquors.

    When you’ve recovered from the jet lag and hectic tour schedule don’t forget we want to see you play again in Sydney.

    Love Therese
    (and all the best from d too, sending regards on her behalf)

    ps. Good on ya keep moving up the blog charts, got a feeling our boy
    will make it to the top.

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 3:08 am #

    “you love the trees
    and believe
    the trees love you
    oh its so quiet here”

    we exhale, they inhale
    breathing is an act of love
    air, the blood of life
    this earthly organism lives my friend!
    in a quiet moment
    catch the beat of a seldom heard heart
    & smile

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    steven koontz | 15 August 2006 at 3:20 am #

    check out my sellersville pictures!!
    spread the word!!

    copy and paste this link: (or click my user name) church 8-11-06

    lots of photos and candids from the show…and BOY WHAT A GREAT SHOW!

    steven koontz
    high point, north carolina

  46. avatar
    syrinx | 15 August 2006 at 4:01 am #

    I’ve got a

    Change the oil.
    Fix the back rear light.
    Charge up the phone.
    Stick the gas card in my pocket.

    Gonna see a new ocean and what I imagine is gonna be the best rockoustic show evah…decided a road trip was most definitely in order, no matter how *out* of order it might seem. I do love things in threes.
    It’s why G-d invented MapQuest….

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 5:03 am #

    Thanks for the blog, as always, and please keep well.


  48. avatar
    rock buoy | 15 August 2006 at 5:07 am #

    tuesday’s child is full of grace. love that too.

  49. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 15 August 2006 at 5:32 am #

    SK hopping in a red pick-up
    with a blonde 20-something
    driving off in search of vodka at 2am in Detroit
    is an image that will haunt me
    You hopping HOTTIE
    hope you got the booze and the girl
    preferable to xanex

  50. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 15 August 2006 at 7:58 am #

    point of exaustion……. must blogg…………….

  51. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 15 August 2006 at 12:53 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the pictures Steven Koontz!

  52. avatar
    Andromeda7 | 15 August 2006 at 2:54 pm #

    reminds me of the time in NYC i scored some grass just near time square and that big black pusher melted into the tarmac and disappeared and it really was grass, clippings that is… glad detrrrrrroit took her top down for you.

    the tooth fairy is full of grace. your girls are strong, like you, like their mums. can understand your protective distress though.


  53. avatar
    isolde | 15 August 2006 at 6:36 pm #

    hark the herald sk angel sings
    what celty county do you come from?

    thank you to steven koontz for the beautiful pictures

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 August 2006 at 7:46 pm #

    Great, great, great photos.
    Thanks for sharing!

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 August 2006 at 4:14 pm #

    Thanks for the GREAT show in Detroit Steve!!

    I’m still gleaming.
    You guys were stellar – Easily the best Church show that I ever seen.

    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you!!!!


  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 August 2006 at 3:12 am #

    “the political stuff….
    and what say do we poor ordinary people have in that?
    cool euro trash?
    none of us got much say in the way this poor olde world
    is being right royally rogered….”

    that you can love a country
    whose government builds and supplies
    death and destruction
    has opened my eyes a little
    has given me a little hope

    maybe I can start loving
    instead of being blinded
    by my judgement and blame

    will it change anything?

    maybe just me?

    that’s a start, I guess!

  57. avatar
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    admiral speedometer
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    admiral increased
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    Thank you!

  58. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2007 at 12:35 am #

    That’s a great story. Waiting for more. »

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