posted on April 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

been hard to post lately
what with bad internet
long journeys
general malaise and tiredness
am at the moment in a hotel by a brown dirty river
somewhere in new jersey
i believe i jut saw tony soup-rano
and pauly down there with shovels
its a bit depressing
the sun shines but its still kinda cold
the traffic endlessly roars n pours up n down the bridges
all our shows have been well received no doubt about it
the strange venues affect things
the one in mass not right for us…not on that night
nyc was sold out i
we played well the crowd liked it
last night in long island was great if a little underpopulated
the theatre was perfect for us in many ways
but all the attention is on ya
as opposed to nyc where people are drinking n talking n eating
all these different style gigs inculcate a different kinda show
how could it be otherwise…?
i get affected by venues
i played in some incredible venues
(yeah foxboro was great venue)
and i played in some empty icy mausoleums
and some overpacked sweaty holes-in-the-wall
and some posh brasserie and some dirty garage
seen em all i guess
tonite is a really nice place sellersville in pennsylvania
just the right size for us
i believe ticket sales have been healthy there
the drive is about 3 hours i suppose
will fill you in

49 Responses to “neglected my blogge”

  1. avatar
    bc | 24 April 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    nyc was sold out

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    Broken Toys and Heros | 24 April 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Have a great show in Penn… and good luck with the end of the tour.


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    Krissythegroupie | 24 April 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    You were SO awesome in NYC!! It was by far the best show I've seen in 2010. The Smashing Pumpkins was great too, definitely took me back to my childhood. Congrats on 30 years : )

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    Rob | 24 April 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Steve..Yeah, Jersey can be depressing. Get out as soon as possible and into Pennsylvania. Much nicer. Have a good show tonight.

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    Jemali Jalali | 24 April 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    BRO…the weather is SWEET and UN-depressing in the SE. You'll DIG! See you soon…

  6. avatar
    fantasticandy | 24 April 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    seems as though your'e starting to run a bit low on gas steve…..
    chin up mate….engage reserve tanks…your'e gonna make it!

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    m.p.k | 24 April 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Steve, your words seem to indicate… that really all is going quite well on this tour. I hope I'm not mistaken.

    The quality of the performances and their reception indicate that a level of mastery has been attained by the band. The band knows its turf, holds its ground and delivers. Night after night. It's fascinating to hear the tales of life on the road of a dedicated musician. Very down to earth. Enjoy yourself my friend.

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    William | 24 April 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Thank you again for an incredible show on Long Island last night, Steve. Ironically, Long Island is OVERpopulated – just underpopulated by people with an appreciation for INCREDIBLE music from a very special band.

    And thanks again for the autographs and fotos with the missus and myself. As I said happily – I've got my foto with Killer!

    And you guys did kill last night…you slayed us, you swayed us, you spaced us out.

    Keep rocking, keep writing, keep painting, man. And keep this Church thing going for as long as you can. Fuck the charts. As I shouted last night, you guys really are #1 in our hearts.

    William and Leyla

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    Shawn El | 24 April 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    See you soon in Sellersville, PA dude — has to be one of the oddest venues on earth. Driving up from Phila. in a few hours.

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    Abel Tasker | 24 April 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    I'm excited to see the churchmen tonight. It's a nice day for a drive through the rolling hills of PA. It's also nice that you get to drive right back out tomorrow!

    Cosmic rumplestiltskins w/ your ladles…

  11. avatar
    LF | 24 April 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Should have brought you better books for the road. If you're near a decent bookstore, your inner Classicist might like "Weight" by Jeanette Winterson (no, I'm not telling you that you are fat–it's a retelling of the Atlas myth) or "The Plato Papers" by Peter Ackroyd. Both are beautiful works. Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" is also always a good read when traveling. All are slim little volumes.

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    esne snoner | 24 April 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    thanks sk for the update from the u s of a – here in sydney town it's a cheating football team that dominates the news with all the shock and awe that should be reserved for climate change

    in other news it's the demise of the supposed biggest band in the land and the search for the replacement that raises concerns – no mention of course of the band that totally deserves that dubious title

    which just adds to the pleasure taken in hearing you are lapping up the love internationally – hope the final week sees more great venues and adoring crowds

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    p webb | 24 April 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    I didn't think the Boston venue was that bad – the strange part was the early start, with the sun and sky still shining through the windows behind the stage as the show got under way. Maybe that affected the mood a little bit. The mood was better once it got dark outside, and I thought it was actually a great atmosphere with the high ceiling and projected stars during "Under the Milky Way" while being able to see the night sky outside at the same time.

    Regardless of the venue, thanks for a great show!

  14. avatar
    Steven Krut | 24 April 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    You sound increasingly road weary. Being in New Jersey next to a dirty, brown river doesn't help, I'm sure. 🙂

  15. avatar
    cazziem | 24 April 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Glad you got the opportunity to check in with your dedicated follower, cos we miss our ttb fix SK. If all the venues were the same I think you’d tire of the same old, same old even the ones that are right for the band. Variety is the spice of life, nes pas?
    And finally you’re on the home stretch! Not long til you’ll be back with those you love and who love you, and I think we’re looking forward to that special SK creativity from your special little room almost as much as NK and the girls are looking forward to you being home.
    Good to know all is going well with the tour. So what comes next?

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    steven koontz | 24 April 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    see ya there very soon! Sellersville is a great venue; I've been a member there for many years, problem is I have to drive 8 hours just see a show there!! …but the drive is worth it to see the Church !!!

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    Richie | 24 April 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    You guys absolutely killed last night on Long Island! Strangely underpopulated though the gig was, those of us faithful were mesmerized going back through the years. I hope we more than made up for everything at the Merch table! I hpe I did my share!

    Got Marty and Tim to sign stuff. Wish I got to see you and peter too, but there's always next time!

    PLEASE come back to LI again, maybe a different venue? Don't make us seek you out in NYC again 🙂

    Peace Killer!

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    Anonymous | 24 April 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    Steve, like last year…we'll bring some energy in the form of fruit and strawberries (washed 🙂 for yah outside The State Theater in Falls Church tomorrow….apologize in advance for the rain/T-storm chance…

  19. avatar
    iseult | 24 April 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    i so aint here for business
    i'm only here for fun
    and kilbey you're the one

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Sorry you felt like you weren't on in Boston. You were definitely on as far as I was concerned!! Loved the show!

  21. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 April 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    i read all of the comments from the people that have been to your gigs….you're making a lot of people very very happy, mate….

    love always….

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    qohelet | 25 April 2010 at 12:49 am #

    Well we see you guys tomorrow in Falls Church, VA. Something tells me that will be a good show.

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    William | 25 April 2010 at 3:04 am #

    SK – the Boston venue was not as nice and intimate as the Foxboro venue but I thought the show at Somerville was very good just the same. In particular the stage banter was very interesting…all four of you were very talkative…even Tim! I was happy…thank you for hitting the road to make us happy in US…I appreciate it!

    Looking forward to your next northern hemisphere trek…I've been spoiler…3 times in 10 months!

    Cheers mate…the end is near and you can recharge!

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    Woodstok13 | 25 April 2010 at 3:04 am #

    Yes, thanks for sharing and at least trying to post … Bad internet is a very horrid experience. Hope you energize, and hope that overall you are having a good time in the US, as from what I hear everyone is having a great time.

  25. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 25 April 2010 at 3:43 am #

    so wish i could be at a church gig…

    sorry i haven't commented much lately, Steve… google keeps telling me i'm not who i am, & not letting me log in… grrr! 😉

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    RPM2541 | 25 April 2010 at 4:20 am #

    Hey Steve, we spoke at the Long Island show out back before the show and you singed my book after…thanks so much!! You guys are true class acts and never disappoint. About that venue/theater…I go to shows a lot and usually drive the hour into Manhattan 'cause…well, it's pretty much where the places are. It was amazing that you guys played 10 minutes from my house but there was ZERO promotion for that show. That place doesn't come up when I do searches for live music most of the time and had I not been looking at the church website since last July's show in Manhattan, I wouldn't have even known about it. From time to time I see Westahampton Theatre which I believe Marty mentioned and sometimes Westbury makes the papers but Boulton Center…I didn't even know they had regular shows there except for the fact Colin Haye played there a few years ago..and I saw he's there again next week. Basically, i'm just saying that place would have been sold out had people known about it. You guys were amazing and the everybody in that crowd was soooo into every moment. It's a great feeling when everyone is connected in such a way …we will NEVER miss a Long Island/NYC show. Take care, Rich

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    calling down baal and zeus | 25 April 2010 at 4:29 am #

    a brief pause ..sellersvlille nice more tomorrow…gnight..

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 April 2010 at 4:50 am #

    Deadman's Hand EP and tour programme went for $41 (£28+) on eBay. Ho hum.

    Anyone interested can currently stream The National's new album 'High Violet' via:

  29. avatar
    davem | 25 April 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Keep right on to the end of the road, Killer.

  30. avatar
    linjo | 25 April 2010 at 10:13 am #

    but all he wants to do is come home to the missus and kids xxx

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    Anonymous | 25 April 2010 at 12:03 pm #


    Ease on down south, m'man.

    Wilfred P

  32. avatar
    plumlady | 25 April 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    I was commenting about how it would be nice to meet up with some of the bloggers at the shows if there was some way to identify them….well last night I was at a drag show in Mpls and there was a woman across the bar in a Seance t-shirt; so I went over to talk to her and sure enough; was at the show a couple of weeks ago (loved it) and occasionally anonymously blogs on here! Cool!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 April 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    like walking with Virgil (the progression of recent blog posts). Beatrice is right up the road.

    the fans think you're wow. that's good!

  34. avatar
    matthew | 25 April 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Hey Steve, me ol' China – keep thy chin up, as previously advised! Enjoying your tour updates very much… & looking forward to more gigs worldwide (& especially in Oz!) But, just send me some good vibes ok? I'm playing a solo acoustic gig tomorrow (Monday) night… post-flu wobbly voice, etc…

  35. avatar
    Dave A | 25 April 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    Steve, caught the shows at City Winery and Sellersville. The band put on terrific perfomances both nights. Great sound at both venues – you could hear every note. I've seen so many concerts over the years and it's rare that I'm blown away by a live performance, but that's exactly what the Church did both nights. And from what I could see, a large part of the audience felt the same way and I hope you could sense that from the stage. Thanks for the two incredible, truly memorable evenings.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 April 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    I really think you should hang it up….. enough is enough

  37. avatar
    EDD | 25 April 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Anonymous 6:52…What is it you do that we can tell you to stop? I'm sure it's benificial to all the world. Why should anybody stop anything at your command? Who the fuck are you?

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 April 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    at this point the church are doing this only for the cash , charging near 50 dollars to sit in uncomfortable seats. It's true the diehards love em' but i think they are paying too much….also a fan……

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 April 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    I always thought Gavin MacKillop was terribly underated as a producer and his impact upon P=A has never been lost on me.

  40. avatar
    lily was here | 26 April 2010 at 12:37 am #

    Steve your presence online is a gift to us at any time!


    ps i think you're doing extremely well to be more than 2 places at once on the road

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    Anonymous | 26 April 2010 at 2:28 am #

    anonymous 6.52 & 8.52 what on earth are you on about? Considering the price paid to see 'big' bands (minimum 70 up to hundreds)for an hour or so , $50 (including a bloody cd and a booklett) is a bargain by anybody's definition.
    As for your ludicrous comment saying they are only doing it for the cash, have you not heard any of their releases of the last 20 years?
    Sounds more like a bitterness and/or jealousy. What a buffoon!

  42. avatar
    RPM2541 | 26 April 2010 at 3:09 am #

    Ignore that guy/girl. They clearly are just being combative. I saw McCartney at Citifield and thought i'd get online for the morning ticketmaster release instead of waiting and paying a scalper their inflated price. I got my ticket through ticketmaster which was great but at $200.00. I got a program at the show for $30. McCartney was great but $200.00 face value for a "best of" show. I think Paul himself would admit it had alot to do with money. Half of the pages in that $30 program were advertisements for the release of the Beatles "Rock Band" video game. Similar experience when seeing "Rush". I saw "The Church" friday and last year as well. Their releases are amazing…their art individually has no boundaries(visually/musically/literally) and they leave it all on the stage. They were around before the show and stayed after the show 'til there was nobody left to talk to or sign for. At $50 it was a bargain. We all know this is their M.O. and that is why we buy each release and go to each show and even after spending $50 on a ticket and another $30-$100 on merchandise…leave the venue knowing we got our moneys worth and more.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2010 at 4:01 am #

    I was at the long island show and it was great. Definitely got my MONEYS WORTH (unlike some other bands).

  44. avatar
    eek | 26 April 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I've seen the church at a variety of venues over the past several years — including some of the more "interesting" ones — and you've always played well and given the crowd a good solid (sometimes utterly fantastic) show. It's quite an accomplishment. I'm always proud to tell people you are my favourite band.

    I hope the last several shows are as rewarding for you as I'm sure they will be for the audience.

  45. avatar
    Terri | 26 April 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    I got a chance to meet Marty after the Long Island show and thank him in person, but not you, so let me thank you a million times now, for coming so close to my home, and playing for me and the small crowd, who all love your music very much. Please read my review on my own blog, if you have a minute. Much love, from Terri

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    Great show in NYC, despite the dinner theatre atmosphere (and the rude audience members). Wishing you the best as you finish up the tour. Thanks for 30 years of bliss!

  47. avatar
    Ardor | 26 April 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    fantastic 10,000 Miles rendition in NYC ~ was so good to see you again <3 <3 <3 <3

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    BTW – did you really see Tony Viscounti in NYC?

  49. avatar
    the wanderer | 1 May 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    You guys were great in Somerville. It's funny, me and my girlfriend being the only ones in attendance under 30 (we're both 22), but you guys are awesome and a real treat to see you all perform live. Keep up the good work!

    Also, Steve, your comments regarding Miami Vice, the "giant rabbit with the future coming out of his chest," and Grey's Anatomy were quite appropriate–I did discover your music via Donnie Darko, but Priest=Aura is, as you've indicated, the Church's masterpiece.

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