posted on August 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm



i just got home from new zealand

my impressions

physically new zealand is a gorgeous country

it is quite unlike australia in its topography and its flora n fauna

we started off in auckland which was last time my best place

this time i have ricky and the hoffmen with me

we have some guitar tuning issues but the gig is quite well attended

the crowd are very kind and generous

but my 12string tuning issue causes us to lose momentum

and everyones a little bit disappointed

wellington is an incredible little city

its weird and cool and remote and all that

not such a big crowd

we play ok they dig it ok

its ok

our accommodation is very good tho’

next night is dunedin

we fly there in a little prop plane…

gee it makes me nervous tho……

dunedin is the smallest coolest city ever

its got more rockstars coming from there

than you can shake a stick at…..

the gig is only moderately attended but the crowd and the band “go off”

wow good on ya dunedin…..

then we drive to christchurch

i thought christchurch an austere place last time

it seemed harder and sadder than the rest of nz

this was just my narrow personal impression in 2007

after the earthquake the lovely people are showing resilience

folks this place has been hit real hard and a lot of this town came down

there are fucking broken buildings everywhere and rubble and cordoned off bits

some scenes of desolation move me to tears i must say

oh i feel for this city and its terrible battering


our gig was moved to a kinda awful venue in the suburbs

it was completely unsuitable

als bar where we were gonna play was still not earthquake damage approved

the gig is not helped by the fact that our lovely promoter kurt

accidentally gets us lost on the way and we show up an hour late

an hour late on a sunday nite at 11 30

no dressing room

the lights stay on in the house all night (its horrible)

the people are very nice

but the gig never takes off

about halfway thru a bloke about my own age

and a decent looking enough geeza

tells me

ive been a fan for forty years but this is the worst thing ive ever seen…!

and walks out along with a few others

it was probably the worst gig of my life

i wanted to disappear i really did

the next day in napier was a totally different story

an incredible little sea side city

re-done after 1933 earthquake in art deco

the venue is fabulous

the manager is a fan …he used to sing electric lash…

we dont have a huge crowd

but fuck they like to rock

we let our hair down n we really play well

adrian n shaun hoffmann are just getting better n better

ricky can always turn it on

(in christchurch he kept saying

“i like this…its like we’re in a dream….”)

i’m good if conditions are in my favour

but i just cant fight the good fight no more

i dont wanna struggle in some place against all odds

i just wanna play to the converted…ok…?

i dont wanna try n win any body over now…

i had my days at the front

i really like kurt our promoter

i hate to see him losing money putting us on

and he does lose a bit….

the people in nz are very cool

they really are

they dont give a fuck about what anyone thinks or showbiz routines

they are real

you better be good if you want their applause

we had a good time

we sold some david neil records

we saw some amazing sights

we had some fucking laughs

we had a few arguments too

it was cold in some places  but not too bad

and christchurch….the damage……

the spirit of its people however will prevail i believe

some protestant scottish stoicism…i dunno

ok thats it i guess

hi matt hi tony and ladies

hi rickys retinue of pretty girls

hi simon in dunedin were very nice man

hi paul lightfinger how are you old son?

a lady in a cab in wellington didnt charge me cos i was lost

the lady in dunedin who gave me the flint

oh so many nice people

i dunno if i’ll be back on my own

maybe the church will finally come back

thats it!





45 Responses to “new zealot”

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    Abel | 2 August 2011 at 11:56 pm #


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    belfrank | 3 August 2011 at 12:47 am #

    Glad you took some positives out of what seemed like a challenging trip from the outside looking in. 🙂

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    Narelle | 3 August 2011 at 12:49 am #

    thanks for sharing the good times…and not so good at times
    but seriously!! how ‘real’ are those ‘real’ folk in NZ if they can’t cop a hiccup (not including the odd few that just could not stay out late)
    wasn’t it not so long ago that Steve and Tim gave their time to raise money for NZ earthquake appeal
    on the night, it was pissing down with rain here in Sydney but a decent crowd still turning up to the fundraiser night…and thats for ‘real’
    anyway, for the greater part I’m sure the majority were absolutely rapt…and will be looking out for another SK and/or Co tour

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    andy | 3 August 2011 at 12:54 am #

    steve, your’e such a fine bloke…….
    you really are.

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    evilren | 3 August 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Nice read.

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    Finn | 3 August 2011 at 2:28 am #

    Steve, where can a guy in the states get a lovely vinyl copy of the David Neil record?

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    Cocoamo | 3 August 2011 at 3:41 am #

    Whew…the worst gig of your life!
    We so easily forget we have to take the good with the bad.
    Just life.

    Here’s hoping the stars align so the Church may do another album for us?

    Bet you’re glad to be home.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

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    cazziem | 3 August 2011 at 4:37 am #

    Hi SK,

    Glad you’re home safe and sound and it seems like you had another roller-coaster tour? Truth is though, no matter what our status, we’re on the same ride really; it just the size of the ups and downs that differ. I believe some times it is of value to witness the hardship and devastation others have lived through (and with) as it can and SHOULD help us to appreciate what we DO have yet take for granted.
    Have you ever noticed that those that have sh*t thrown at them purely through nature just get on with it? It’s the ones that bring it on themselves that tend to say “oh woe is me”

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    davem | 3 August 2011 at 5:45 am #

    Lots of us over here are converts!
    We miss you.

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    Freddie | 3 August 2011 at 5:59 am #

    NZ sounds like a mixed bag. I always wanted to visit NZ because of all the lovely photos I’ve seen of the landscape…fantasy or fairytale land.

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    Phil | 3 August 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Enjoyed the gig in Auckland but could hardly hear Rickys guitar, pity about the tuning but the band sounded good with you on bass…….. And then our car was broken into at the gig, lost cash, cards, gps and a window – bastards – but they left David Neil behind, shows they have no taste.

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    Rik Rehab | 3 August 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Steve…the Kings Arms gig was brilliant! I was standing right in front of Ricky all night and really dug the on-stage vibe maaan. My new partner (who had never seen you perform live) thought you were tres cool and very handsome! She has great taste in men! I know NZ is a funny little place but I for one am grateful you took time out of your busy schedule and came and shared your astistic genius with us! PLEASE come back with The Church sometime…I saw you at Mainstreet back in 83 and hung with you guys and Paul Lightbulb at the Logan Park Hotel…I KNOW you remember! Onwards & upwards.

    Rik Rehab

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    Roy Brown | 3 August 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Hi Steve,

    glad you enjoyed the cabana……… would love to see the Church in NZ …… lovely meeting the guys in the Band………. Roy x

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    Jmb066 | 3 August 2011 at 8:43 am #


    Glad to hear you made it home safe, sorry to hear the tour was a mixed bag but sounds like you had some good and bad times. Thanks for the update on David Neil after hearing the two tracks I am eagerly awaiting the release here state side. I dont have vinyl though so I hope it is released on CD or download. This could be a premier release for The Time Being subscribers section. Spend some time with those lovely girls of yours and relax.


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    Phil M | 3 August 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Went to the Kings Arms gig and thouroughly enjoyed it. Thought that Ricky was hilarious. Don’t beat yourself up about the 12-string being out of tune, didn’t lessen this punters enjoyment of the gig one bit.

    Question for Steve. Is the “Hollywood Ending” song you played as the 1st encore one of yours or a cover? Found a song with the same title by a band called Sleater-Kinney on iTunes but it didn’t sould like the same song.
    Loved it.

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    Chris | 3 August 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Thanks for the great show in Auckland how about bringing the church back over in December save me the airfare to Sydney??

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    Kristina | 3 August 2011 at 11:39 am #

    dunedin is the smallest coolest city ever
    its got more rockstars coming from there
    than you can shake a stick at…..
    the gig is only moderately attended but the crowd and the band “go off”
    wow good on ya dunedin

    Sounds like Dunedin was one of the highlights. Wonder what it is about the place above others that attracts /inspires such great music?
    Robert Scott and The Clean/Bats are still a couple of my very favourite bands. Listening to Smoking Her Wings right now…what a beautiful song.

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    Steven Krut | 3 August 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    That guy in Christchurch wasn’t a real fan. A real fan has experienced too many wonderful musical moments from you over the years to have such a petty reaction. You’re allowed to have off nights. Glad you had good experiences and made new friends. Thanks for sharing an account of the tour.

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      Damian Brown | 4 August 2011 at 3:07 pm #

      You obviously werent there Steven Krut. Some of us had sat there since 8pm and had babysitters who had school the next day. It was crap that he didnt bother turning up until 11.30 (an hour and a half after the support act had finished)

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        thetimebeing | 4 August 2011 at 3:42 pm #

        but we were lost damian…the promoter got lost in the back streets of wasnt our fault…

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    matt davison | 3 August 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Nice, Nice, Nice……. Aroha!!!:)

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    Ingrid | 3 August 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    I’m so excited about Friday night and even more so after reading this. Hopefully the blood red vinyl will be available for sale on the night.

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    Wilfred Paradise | 3 August 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    SK – nah, your worst gig had to be Myrtle Beach, SC about 3 tours ago, remember the blistering heat, nowhere to get any real food, Marty walking off stage w/ a migraine after the first song, about 20 people there to watch it all at the House of Blues? Again, was your promoter’s fault perhaps, since if you had moved up the road about 150 miles to the nearest University town, you woulda sold it out, etc etc etc, was all just wrong place, etc etc etc.

    But to this fan, it was amazing to watch you endure through the rest of the show, you pulled it off just fine, love the improv w/ the old acoustic numbers.

    We love you over here.

    Wilfred Paradise

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 3 August 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    So glad your home and safe, when you shared with us the ‘prop plane ‘ adventure , my heart sunk in my chest. I have been on one only once. It was the scariest thing I ever endured and swore I would never do it again. Just a slight wind gust and we were being thrown about….it was a nightmare.

    Glad your on your home soil…

    Now get some bloody rest for couple days…

    Darrin K.

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    mattyc | 4 August 2011 at 9:41 am #

    It’s always been a dream of mine to visit NZ
    I imagine it to be place of great beauty and contrasts…
    tropical and austere, remote and intimate, ancient and new
    and a ‘fuck the rest of the world’ attitude that’s easy to admire.
    Thanks for the small window into your journey.
    It sounds like, all in all, it was time well spent.

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    Once | 4 August 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Steve!!!

    Note – “i’m good if conditions are in my favour
    but i just cant fight the good fight no more
    i dont wanna struggle in some place against all odds
    i just wanna play to the converted…ok…?

    INDEED!! This is why I am changing my focus in life…from what people want from me, to what I want for myself.

    A recent (unwanted?) discovery…

    You are brilliant, mate, thank you ONCE AGAIN for sharing…

    Donna (still not sha-moking, but kind of a cunt now…LOL)

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    richard mckinney | 4 August 2011 at 11:44 am #

    i was at the at mrytle beach show. beautiful pain. fabulous comeback in
    atlanta the next night.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 4 August 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Iv had a pretty awful day with pain. And its 9pm in Chicago and I decided the cure would be to play “Ritz” off of “Magician….” as loud as I can and on repeat to ease this awful feeling. Yeah, that’s track 3 folks and fuck all that shit you read on wiki and in NCA. There are masterpieces on this album and I put the pure power and emotion of SK’s vocals against anything ever made. With Tim keeping incredible time, Marty and Peter explore dimensions and hypnotics never heard, only comparable to P=A. Yeah, I feel better now – thanks Steve.

    Darrin K.

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    Aperus | 4 August 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Loved reading the ups and downs of NZ. Would be cool if you gave us your list of worst and best gigs!

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    Damian Brown | 4 August 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    HI Steve, very disappointed in the Christchurch gig. Waited from 10pm when the second band went off until 11.15 for you to arrive. My partner and I then had to leave as we had a babysitter. Cost me $108 for evening including tickets and babysitter and we didnt even get to see you. Very average mate, and I am gutted as the last time I saw you was in London on the Starfish tour with the Church, and it was outstanding. I left feeling quite cheated and with the doorman refuses to refund our ticket money.

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      thetimebeing | 4 August 2011 at 3:43 pm #

      again damian….it was not my fault ….the guy driving got lost …..

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      Anonymous | 5 August 2011 at 4:07 am #

      Hi Damian…

      to listen to your disappointment in not being able to hear what you had paid for especially with the high cost of the evening — even after all that Christchurch has endured (quite admirably too – thank you all for a lesson in independence and grace — and in a different manner, those that helped after the quake in the rain… and an audience in the rain… what a pretty thought), for you to show such dedication/memory (…and it was outstanding in London/Starfish) and be let down and then not (even) refunded for your reason to purchase/specific intent of the ticket: the act that was too late to stay for — I think it quite a gift (to them) that you expressed you felt cheated. Had not, how would anyone know how much the evening was looked forward to?

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        Damian Brown | 5 August 2011 at 1:52 pm #

        Thanks for your replies. Steve, I know it wasnt your fault, just gutted I didnt get to see you mate as I love your music and missed you last time you were in Christchurch.

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          thetimebeing | 5 August 2011 at 6:36 pm #

          i will personally refund yer money man
          send me yer details at
          i cannot have this

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            Damian Brown | 8 August 2011 at 1:33 pm #

            Thanks very much Steve, hopefully what happened doesnt put you off coming to Christchurch again. There are better venues that are around still, or temporary ones they have put up.

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    12 str | 4 August 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    hey SK, i changed to thicker strings on my 12 str…from 0,11 to 0,12 and the tuning holds much better…a little bit harder to play though…

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    lily was here | 7 August 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    my friends and relatives (Auckland gig) LOVED you – new converts Xxx

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    surreal eskimo boy | 8 August 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Belated response but loved the gig in Auckland.

    Sure, some tuning issues but in a strange kind of way it made it feel more relaxed like you were playing for us in our living room which is kind of special.

    Thanks for the tunes and poetry. Glad to see you’re not resting on your laurels!

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