posted on February 18, 2010 at 2:18 am

back to canberra
back to lyneham
where it all began
tilley devines a great venue
sold out in 2 hours
i arrive a little early
walk round my old schools
primary n high
my friend nelg has filmed me waxing rhapsodic
on the ill kept lawns
cant find any real nostalgia
its all dried up n moved on
we go into venue
a creature with a long blonde wig approaches me
the face of a man
breasts of a lady
voice not too ladylike
steve do you remember me?
uh ,…err no…oh god…no
you knew me before i was a girl says the person
i think: a girl is one thing you are not
the person twirls around in front of me
showing off the new bits
turns out i did know this geezer
oh god i say
the person was a musician who once played with peter k
nice to meet you again man i say
whoops i mean i dont mean man i mean….err… um….
how confusing!
we botch our soundcheck
technical issues etc
they let the crowd in n we slink off
nice tofu dinner on sidewalk cafe
eventually do gig
very small stage
hey we rocked
it was acoustic too
the crowd really erupts during 1st song
and stays a great audience all night long for us
we play well
i get carried away start jumping about
wow it was a good gig
afterwards i meet some old pals of mine
shouldnt have had that coffee for 3 hour drive home
get back home at 3 something n cannot sleep
tired like a donkey but cant sleep
well i got my second wind now
hope i dont sag tonite in sydney
notes in enmore
please come
this is a kinda one off show tonite
or stay home see if i care…
ok gonna try for some rest now
lotsa love etc

24 Responses to “nations capital”

  1. avatar
    simonlawlor | 18 February 2010 at 3:32 am #

    got trashed at the old lyneham hotel once

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 18 February 2010 at 3:41 am #

    I hope the (wo)man doesn't read this blog, haha.

    I wish I'd get the chance to see The Church live again. Please come to Copenhagen, Steve. It's been ALL of 3 years. I absolutely loved seeing you guys live at Vega. A night to remember.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 February 2010 at 4:01 am #

    Would have looved to be there

  4. avatar
    Steven Krut | 18 February 2010 at 5:08 am #

    Congrats on another great gig! I Googled Tilley Devines and it looks pretty cool. Used to be a lesbian bar, apparently.

  5. avatar
    princey | 18 February 2010 at 5:24 am #

    Glad you had hoot last night sk, & hope you have another one tonight too!
    love Amanda
    P.S. Hey Melissa from Melby, if you're there tonight, pleez take some hotshots and post 'em for us (like you always do:))))

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 18 February 2010 at 6:25 am #

    yeah well i don't have any nostalgia f ormy old high school at all….had a reunion a few years ago, didn't go, would rather drink battery acid……
    had to chuckle at your reunion with your lady-guy friend…..yuk, yuk, yuk…..

    love always…..

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    Jasperina | 18 February 2010 at 6:33 am #

    Notes at Enmore…lookin forward to tonight and the dreamy minstrels play on.

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    linjo | 18 February 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Sure the 'person' would love to be referred to as the "geezer", haha!!
    Oh to be free of the encumbrance of bills and child, (temporarily) I would love to be there tonight Steve. Sure it will be a memorable night. xxx

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 18 February 2010 at 7:41 am #

    i'd love to be at notes ….
    and so would many others over here!

  10. avatar
    ross b | 18 February 2010 at 7:55 am #

    "please come" – twisted my arm, big fella!

  11. avatar
    Sashua Orthvans | 18 February 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Went to your show tonite; came all the way from NYC. Spent a week in Melbourne, a week in NZ and this past week in Sydney on holiday. Have seen The Church in the states maybe…7ish times since the 80's? Needless to say a fantastic show (sounded great, looked great, cleverness abounded) and a highlight of my past three weeks. So for that…thanks much!


  12. avatar
    Freddie | 18 February 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    …life stays interesting, eh? 🙂
    Sounds like it was an awesome show; wish I’s there.
    That’s becoming such a common sentiment that I need to shorten it to an acronym, WIT (Wish I’s There):-(

  13. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 18 February 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    The Church are both a great acoustic and electric band. I love the two El Momento CDs. Steve also gets to accentuate his vocals more on acoustic tracks.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 February 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    the church rocked last night in lyneham…sk looked tanned and lean in pressed black trousers, and he had energy to burn!!!

    will post the rest later – I shouldn't have had that last beer

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 18 February 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    so you visited your old stomping grounds. can we see nelg's video?
    "cant find any real nostalgia
    its all dried up n moved on"
    you seem kinda sad saying this.

    LOL LOL LOL that's a hilarious story about the transgender. i'll bet that WAS a shock.

    man, i wish i could be there. glad you had a great gig. you'll have one tonight i know.

    lotza love…..

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    Ryan | 18 February 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    jeezus, that's an interesting situation man… i mean miss… i mean…help…? what the hell do you say at a time like that??

    glad to hear the show went well and that you guys delivered the rock 🙂

    finally received my copy of Operetta single the other day. Really digging Moon Hangs in Black – that's been on constant rotation. Those mysterious guitar sounds are rich and atmospheric, echoing through the forgotten hopes of an empty mansion. Lyrics are cool and your delivery is superb. Particles Matter is also a damned cool jam – much tighter and more intense than the Jammed CD in my opinion. Very happy to have this little gem. Nice work!

  17. avatar
    knot | 18 February 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    thinking of your yesterday's blog

    “the modern little red riding hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf.

  18. avatar
    Ellen | 18 February 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    Steve, I'd love to come but I live a tad too far away. I know, I know, you're talking to the locals.

    Sounds like you had a bittersweet walk down memory lane and what a bizarre meeting with that female … uhm …. guy … er … shemale?

    Glad to hear you had a great gig. That's ALWAYS nice to hear.

  19. avatar
    davem | 18 February 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    I'm glad it went well.
    Selling out in 2 hours is fab.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 February 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    I really hope someone has brought along the recording/filming gear.
    It'd be nice to have a live cd/dvd.

    All the best Steve.

    St. Petersburg, Fl

  21. avatar
    cazziem | 18 February 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    By the time you get this Sydney will be done and dusted, but I hope it went well for you all and was as enjoyable for you as Canberra sounded.

  22. avatar
    Richard | 18 February 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    great night in newtown last night

    met some of the (other) regulars here (Hi Ross, Di)

    and bumped into a friend I hadn't seen for twenty years

    he and I worked together when we were at uni and found out we had the Church in common

    great to see him – bought him a copy of 23

    also got a copy for the couple whose house I've been sitting in Syd

    oh and the band were okay too!

    back to the peace and quiet and humidity today

    thanks for another bit of magic to add to the library

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 February 2010 at 10:31 pm #


    Happy to here the show went well, maybe it was luck, maybe it was my request no matter what thank you!! the Magic Bag in Detroit on April 18th.. Made my day! tickets go on sale Saturday. I look forward to seeing you guys again, the show last summer was the best of the four I have seen. I know acoustic 30th show will be special and I cant wait to be a part of it.

    Enjoy the tour, thank you for 30 years of outstanding music.


  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 February 2010 at 2:26 am #

    should play 'you should have seen it coming'.

    good tune.

    Wilfred P

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