posted on April 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm



it was a huge undertaking

it could have gone horribly wrong

but it didnt

i wont bore you or myself with all that

all i know is i walked onstage at the oh and things went mostly right

we had a 67 piece orchestra

we had special guests as follows

patti hood on harp, a longstanding friend of the church n world class harpist

jonathan zwartz on double bass , one of australias very best

sophie collings on cello whos featured on a few of our discs

tiare helberg and  shelley  harland on backing vox

and of course craig wilson on guitar, bass and vox…our utility man

the band played well

the arrangements were just right

the orch played with verve and elan

we nailed it

they nailed it

it was nailed

the audience were fantastic

i believe the sound was good too

it was a task to get it all right

best gig of my life i guess

whens the next one…..?

theres a 90 minute tv special in works

theres a 2 hour dvd in works

theres talk of taking the orch idea to different cities round the world

i hope so

it was some night!


113 Responses to “opera house with orch.”

  1. avatar
    eekie | 12 April 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I’m thrilled it went so well, but I never doubted it would.

    “theres talk of taking the orch idea to different cities round the world
    i hope so”

    I hope so too! I’d absolutely love to be able to see it!

    I wish you looked happier in the photo.

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    Andy Harris | 12 April 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Nce one…So regret missing this. Awesome news about the DVD, tho.

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    grant | 12 April 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    yes it was some night…i was front row and it was superb…i have seen you guys in sydney, london new york and this was simply the best…..congratulations to all involved…the merch stand was packed !!!

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    Steve Devine | 12 April 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    The band, the orchestra and the Opera House Technical crew got it right that night. Congratulations. If you do it anywhere else count me in!

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    Tiny Tot | 12 April 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Congratulations Steven, look forward to seeing it on DVD

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    Christine | 12 April 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Wonderful…but I am so sorry I missed… :^(

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    Michael | 12 April 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanks Steve!! You were all great as you often are, made my trip down from Queensland….and was really good to see a full house in such an illustrious place and venue. And Geore N again, yes the nighthoods can’t be too far off. The lush stuff was lovely to hear with the orch, but the darker stuff even better. Dissolutionist , Anchorage, Angel Yes you nailed em.

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    c h r i s p y | 12 April 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Congrats on the awesome night, Steve! I really wish I had been able to be there to see & experience it for myself, but I’ll hopefully get a chance when the TV/DVD/tour stuff materializes! So happy and excited for you & the band’s continuing success! 🙂

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    12str | 12 April 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Bring it on SK!:)

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    Anakki Mayhem | 12 April 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    it was amazing, beautiful, fantastic… u were all on fire – band, orchestra & guests/friends… i felt privileged to be there to experience it! thank u for such a wonderful nite!

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      princey | 13 April 2011 at 9:25 am #

      See you at the next one Annaki, I’m still on a high too!

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    Ingrid | 12 April 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    It was some night alright!!! Yes it did fall into place. The song list was amazing as was the sound. It does leave you wanting for more xxx

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    Corinne | 12 April 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I’ve seen and loved so many of your gigs, but this one was phenomenal. Your songs worked so beautifully with an orchestra – it took them to another level and the dignity of the venue actually suited you guys. It was a wonderful, special evening and I am so grateful I could be there. Thank you.

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    BigSmilesKate | 12 April 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Hi SK,

    Yes it was a magnificent evening (weekend in fact). Introduced by George Negus no less. Highlight after highlight – majors for me were Grind (misty eyed on that one) and unguarded moment took on a military tone with the orchestra and Tim’s drumming which sounded fantastic and very apt. Invisible was amazing morphing into Marlene as you have been doing this way of late. Finishing on Tantalized was to end on such a high it was dazzling. Best of all – you were all yourselves, relaxed and spontaneous banter and watching you jump around, you were so animated and full of energy – wow.

    Thank you all for an unforgettable experience. I will try and get the set list up on Facebook (Kate Mitchell) ASAP for those who want to know.

    Big Smiles

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      princey | 13 April 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks again for our seats Kate, it was great sharing the experience with you guys, and they played Grind, yay!!

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        BigSmilesKate | 13 April 2011 at 2:46 pm #

        It was all the better to share it with you, Mary and Melissa and Craig. The only thing better than a great experience is sharing it with friends


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    Toni | 12 April 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    The whole evening was absolutely spectacular, I’m so looking forward to the tv special and the dvd to be able to relive the experience and the wonderful presentation of your music over and over.

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    Sharka | 12 April 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Great stuff! Look forward to seeing the DVD.

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    Ingrid | 12 April 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    As I’m listening to Heyday on vinyl, I’m thinking how quick night went after waiting so long for it to come around. Isn’t the song title “Already Yesterday” so appropriate.

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    Lisa | 12 April 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Steve, I am thrilled beyond belief for you and the band! It’s a very exciting time and that idea about bringing the orchestra thing global – fantastic!!! Looking forward to viewing the footage of that exquisite performance so I can see/hear/feel what I missed out on. Love and happiness to you in spades! XO

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    Nick Peters | 12 April 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    It was a wonderful night, Steve. I spoke with a lot of people at the interval and afterwards and everyone was beaming at how amazing it was. Can’t believe you guys were on stage for nearly two and a half hours, it all seemed to go so quickly.

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    Anonymous | 12 April 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi Steve!

    Bravo, Bravo!! I came, i saw,…you conquered!!!

    You guys have definitely taken it to another level with this show…just sensational! I hope you do take it o/s…they will be blown away.

    The amount of thoughtful work and attention to detail that went into every piece of this extravaganza was evident and the Opera House (being as it was my first time there) was simply awe inspiring – what a venue!
    You did nail it, in every way…especially the way the orchestra was complimenting the songs rather than over powering them…nice song selection too – but i guess you could have picked 20 different set lists and they all would’ve been good 🙂

    Got to meet and chat with Glen Bennie, Amanda (Princey), Mary and others (Hi!) and catch up with Lisa G and many more friends from down my way…also, i saw your beautiful little chickadees bubbling with excitement at the half time break – all very precious indeed!

    Thankyou for such a fantastic and special evening, i can’t wait to see and hear the tv/dvd…

    Yours truly,

    Jon from Geelong (one very proud church fan)

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      princey | 13 April 2011 at 9:20 am #

      Was nice meeting you too Jon from Geelong, I think your partner thought you were someone famous that night, lol!!!

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    esne snoner | 12 April 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    stunning sk – just amazing that you can get 80 or so people together for one gig and deliver in such an accomplished manner – so many highlights but the special one for me was at last hearing happy hunting ground played live in all its orchestral glory at a church gig

    and then on angel street – that superb pk guitar solo ringing around the opera house – and 2 places at once – just beautiful – that’s about when i melted i think – and every single track from p=a and u#23 and, and, and…..

    congrats sk – it’s concert halls for you and your band/orchestra from here on – ’bout bloody time i say

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    Nick Peters | 12 April 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Have to agree with Michael and BigSmilesKate. Disillusionist, Anchorage, On Angel Street, Grind, Tantalized were all highlights for me too. Disillusionist, On Angel Street and Grind have always felt like they share a certain quality, imho.

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    MattyC | 12 April 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Awesome job guys – Seen 20+ shows over the years and this was up there with the best.. Maybe not better than pissed and stoned in 36 degree heat at the Zoo, and most certainly different – but I am oh so glad we didn’t miss it! I’ll be lining up for another should it come to pass


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    hellbound heart | 12 April 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    can’t wait to see the footage of the evening…so glad it all went ok….
    love always….

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    meg manestar | 12 April 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    so glad you had such a fabulous night!!!! awesome!

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    mc | 12 April 2011 at 8:10 pm #


    really really enjoyed this one… took my wife along, she’s never quite gotten the church but that night she understood, she got it, she loved it… that made it more special for me.

    the sound was great, i noticed the dampening overhead etc, someone got that absolutely right. i loved the orchestra costume change after the interval – and MR G! hilarious.

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    veleska1970 | 12 April 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    congratulations!! i am so happy it went well. and if it is going global, then i’ll definitely be there!!

    lotza love…..

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    prose | 12 April 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    So bummed I couldnt have attended this one, but really glad it went well! I think taking this on the road would be fantastic, if Arthur Lee could do it so late in his career….

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    andy | 12 April 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    birmingham symphony hall…..smack bang in the middle of blighty.
    davem and i would promote it tirelessly !
    can’t wait to see the dvd.

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    Donna | 12 April 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Wow! Wonderful stuff!! This actually cheered me up. I’ll be at that concert if you bring it to the States, and looking forward to seeing that DVD. I’m glad everything went so well, Steve. Anchorage was one of the highlights for me, too, when I saw you in Feb. Have a good one!


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    . | 12 April 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    wish i could’ve been there
    it sounds like it was grand
    the church with an orchestra
    what a great plan!

    i hope there is a dvd of the performance. what i’d really like to see is a “rockumentary” DVD of the band spanning its’ career (complete with behind the scenes footage, etc.) only time will tell.

    have a great day.

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    Belfrank | 12 April 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    I could feel sorry for myself for having to cancel my trip to Sydney for the show due to illness. But no way – I am extremely happy for you and all my dear friends in the band that this was a bigger success than you could have imagined. Long live The Church – this experience can only help that sentiment. 🙂

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    KevinN | 12 April 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    I am so happy for you, and all involved that the event was such a success. My only regret is I could not see it live, but I suppose the DVD will have to suffice. Sure, bring the orch idea to Europe. I know a great orchestra here in Budapest – actually, Bp is quite famous for its many orchestras, and fine opera houses (quick fact, Arcade Fire used Bp orchestra on its last few albums, was recorded across the street from my office).
    all the best

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    Freddie | 12 April 2011 at 10:31 pm #


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    Narelle | 12 April 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Hello Steve
    great idea…if thats what you really want…repeat the night
    it was just perfect…
    the orchestra, light show, band, and all those behind the scenes (sound crew, program design etc)…the synchronicity…so much going on…very inspirational and so much joy…missed way too much
    thank you so much
    take care

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    Ryan | 12 April 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Congrats!! 🙂

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    Cocoamo | 12 April 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    We have been mesmerized and energized by your transcendental music for so many years. We can remember, long before we knew there were such things as blogs and fan sites, worrying, wondering if there would ever be another album, if you guys would be able to carry on and stay together.

    But after everything, now this happens, and it truly brings a tear to the eye. After the tough year you and your children have had, how wonderful for them to share in this joyful, proud achievement. Surely they have seen the long and laborous hours spent in preparation, so they know the price that must be paid for accomplishment.

    Our sincere and deepest wishes for happiness for you, your children, and everyone involved with The Church. Hope you get some much needed rest and peace.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    davem | 13 April 2011 at 5:22 am #

    Glad it was a success and a dvd of the night would be fab.
    Having you in europe in any format would be the highlight of the decade.

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    post-punk rocker | 13 April 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Terrific news, I knew all of you would! How could you doubt yourself, remember your gifts & talents. They’ve HELPED us people.
    Ok so like, when’s the first date of the first city you’re bringing it to?

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    Jane Franssen | 13 April 2011 at 6:27 am #

    Tantalized was a perfect choice of last song for the night. I’m rather sure that is how each and every one of us felt. It was a magical experience. xx

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    Conrad Hunter | 13 April 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Any chance of a US tour with the orchestra?

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    Cecilia | 13 April 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Happy pagan antler dance…glad it went well!! I made the lights flicker, but only once!

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    Melissa | 13 April 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I think Corinne said it best (so far!) Exactly what I would want to say 🙂 I felt very fortunate and proud to be a Churchy fan on Sunday night, you were all superb! Congratulations!! 😀

    love & best wishes xxx

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      princey | 13 April 2011 at 9:24 am #

      Your photo’s look great Mel, glad you snuck them in before the slap on the wrist, lol!!

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    Steven Krut | 13 April 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Congratulations, Steve, on the success of the concert! You’re amazing. Yeah, perhaps you guys should do it again. Think of the media attention you’d get if you did it in NYC! It’s something that no other band could pull off with such class. Shows everyone how special you and the band are. Such a heady time for The Church and its fans! I hope you’re enjoying it.

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    simon | 13 April 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Happy Hunting Ground!!

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    princey | 13 April 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Hi sk,
    Like everyone else here, I was totally blown away by The Church on Sunday, wow, nailed it you did! I was so emotional that night (all weekend actually!) even to walk into the foyer upstairs before the show and see it FULL of Church fans wandering around made me teary but SO happy, I’ve never seen so many people in one place to see you play (I also saw your kids up there, all gorgeous!). Then, when we walked in and our tix in row E ended up being second row, I couldn’t believe it!, it was the icing on the cake!

    The Church and the GE Orchestra were amazing, so many highlights, so many “wow” moments, to be honest, I was SO over excited and so overwhelmed, I can’t remember half the songs you actually played, so to have the dvd available would be great lol! What I was relieved about too, was that the atmosphere in the Concert Hall wasn’t too rigid or stuffy, the audience was relaxed and “going off” like any normal gig, I was worried it’d be all quiet with a polite “clap-clap” in between each song, but alas!, we all went off screaming, cheering, dancing in our chairs, standing ovations, even a heckler! The band were relaxed and played like any other gig too, no signs of nervousness, just pure energy pouring out of all of you, you were all amazing!

    Thank you so much for all that you do sk, the Opera House was a special night I’ll remember forever and hope you will too.

    Love always,
    P.S. Backstage I met your mum and had a brief chat with her, she’s so sweet and funny. She was so proud of you, but worried that you would fall or trip when “Steven was moving around too much” on stage (I think she meant during The Disillusionist)…awwww, she was talking about you like you were her little 5yo, she loves you so much. I also met your bro John, a very nice guy too 🙂

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    lyndall | 13 April 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! All sooooo great. Congratulations again. I loved everything about the night – the church were on fire – the song arrangement and the sound – awesome! The atmosphere and venue were superb! The George Ellis Orchestra – AMAZING! Well done to all involved…. and thank you for the souvenir program (which I so appreciated receiving)especially enjoyed reading Marty’s words and tripping down memory lane. Life deals much shit sometimes and this night transported me into another realm…………. thank you

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    mattyc | 13 April 2011 at 10:16 am #

    wonderful! all those many years of hard work, to reach this level of performance and appreciation, you surely deserve all! so which date(s) do you require at symphony hall in boston?
    Matty C

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    Once | 13 April 2011 at 10:20 am #

    “We nailed it…they nailed it…it was nailed.” (Cracked up at work.)

    I am so happy for you guys…bet it was sheer perfection, and what a great concept!

    In other news, Lady Gaga fell off a piano during HER show Sunday…no word on injuries (to her credit, she just kept singing as she climbed out from underneath it), but I heard that the video is rather humorous. Karmic payback for the “meat dress”, perhaps???

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    Danny J Frost | 13 April 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Awesome night on Sunday SK. Congratulations to you guys for the hard earned recognition and playing to a big crowd. Orchestra concept worked well and everything seemed to click on the night. Loved Lost, Never Before, Grind, Reptile, Angel St, Spark & Space Saviour. Only bummer on the night was not being able to get near the Merch Table. Can’t wait for the DVD!!!

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    Lara | 13 April 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Sooo wish I was there to witness the nailing. But yes yes to an orchestra show in the US or Europe.

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    captain mission | 13 April 2011 at 11:23 am #

    at the risk of being very unoriginal and somewhat repetitive, it was brilliant steve. really fucking brilliant. congratulations to everyone.

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    Belinda | 13 April 2011 at 11:37 am #

    You in your absolute element. The ringmaster reigning supreme. It was great too that you played such a diverse range – although I live for the day you play “Disappear” at a show.

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    Anonymous | 13 April 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    holy crap! kennedy center in DC!!
    love to get a dvd too

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    rhk | 13 April 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    NYC or LA, or both. Or Boulder, CO with the Boulder Philharmonic! Would make us for missing Colorado the last couple of tours. Steven is right…would be great publicity for the band even if you managed only a couple of coast dates.

    So glad to hear it was so nailed. What an accomplishment so soon after the grueling US tour.

    Really, really looking forward to the DVD.

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    don | 13 April 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    well done guys !..a very special occasion..
    if you ever do it again..may I suggest a more fascinating light show..
    and maybe a paisley costume change for the the orchestra did ..
    all in all..worth the virgin airlines trip to see the EVENT !!!

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    caitbrid | 13 April 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Congrats to you guys! Next time you play in Philadelphia could you close with “Tantalized”? I’m really happy for you–you are the best band in the world and I love you!

    Kathleen in Philly

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    Shaun | 13 April 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Great effort Steve. It was well worth the trip.

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    Judith Miller | 13 April 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Dear Steve and the Church, What a great achievement to be wowing audiences 30 years on.It was an amazing night , wouldn’t have missed it for anything and I think you are ”right on” for a ”charisma award”. Loved Disillusionist, and so many others. Hope the world tour comes good for you, but don’t exhaust yourself and continue to make
    The Church music we love. Yours truly Judy Miller

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    Jasperina | 13 April 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Steve ,I was there in row x!!! With the wall of the opera house behind me. But being so far away wasn’t so far at all because my heart was so warmed to see my favourite band with all the magic and light of an orchestra behind them. It was like being in a very cosy womb such is the ambience of the opera house. The last time I had been at the concert hall was almost exactly a year ago lying naked on the stage being photographed by the artist Spencer Tunic. The universe has a way of always giving back to us in abundance. All the sparks were flying for me and Marty even played Spark! You looked so happy, in your absolute element and it was a treat to witness it all. What a great connection you must have with George Ellis, I keep my fingers crossed for many more collaborations with him and his fine players. Bravo to all the extraordinary maestros that created such a tantalising, enthralling and beautiful performance

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    Steve | 13 April 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    and get them flowers for Seggy !!


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    Andreas | 13 April 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Proud for you and the guys!!!

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    Wayne | 13 April 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Thanks to all involved for a wonderful night! Our family had a leisurely week long drive down from Brissie, met up with some friends along the way and then flew home, which was a nice way to go about the great adventure. Saw quite a few Choich shirts at the airport the next day and spoke to a happy punter who was on our flight (Michael or MattyC?).

    Highlights for me were Myrrh (dramatic arrangement), Grind (lush arrangement), Happy Hunting Ground (what other time are you going to hear that live!), Ripple, Disillusionist and the instrumental outro to Angel Street. However… Reptile was the one where everything seemed to come together for me. The thing I love about Church gigs is that when you guys click on a particular number you really start cooking – nothing beats it in live R&R if you ask me. Plenty of other moments that I’ll have to revisit in the fillum (the usual gags in the lyrics and I seem to remember Marty particularly shredding the bass at the end of the lost Aussie classic).

    Time did fly, it was a long show. The venue was fantastic & our stall seats seemed perfect – about the same level as the band and close to the stage (and it was lovely to see your family contingent – tell your Mum she looked great!). Now for the three album show…

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      Narelle | 14 April 2011 at 12:25 am #

      Hello Wayne
      I do stand to be corrected but I think The Dave Miller Band did a short version of what is an original by Eire Apparent…supposedly with Hendrix assisting production. Eire Apparent version has more solo guitar and yes, Marty was on fire. Anyway, both versions are great!!!!

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    Cath | 13 April 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Steve Marty Tim and Peter,
    do it tour it round the world, all your fans will come plus old ones new ones and all the ones inbetween. Lot of work and sacrifice though i guess?
    Eagerly we await the dvd and tv
    Who could not come 🙁
    Glad you feel contented about it!
    thank you always for your music and inspiration for us all
    All the best for 2011 and beyond blessings Cath

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    Graham | 13 April 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, a nice little homecoming gig for Marty 🙂
    Make it happen lads! I’ll be in Sydney in a few weeks too, missed the boat there! x

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    Rehan | 13 April 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    It was a night at the opera to remember!!!A venue and a crowd worthy of the greatest psychedelic guitar band in the world bar none…A tremendous performance that’s still playing in my head! Thanks and hosannas to you all concerned.

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    D.A. | 13 April 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Congratualtions on the successful symphonic gig! Wish I could have been there and hope you do take it on tour with a stop in NYC. Can’t wait until the DVD comes out.

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    jas | 14 April 2011 at 12:09 am #

    A truly wonderful Church experience and I’ve had many in your 30 years. Loved The Unguarded Moment, wanted to hear it again in the encores, but an epic performance of nearly 2 1/2 hours. Loved George’s energy and arrangements. Congrats and I’m so glad I witnessed it.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 April 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Congrats on what sounds like ,from all the bloggers on here, was a perfect set on a perfect night.
    Now as a friend, take some time off to yourself and recharge those batteries. If anyone deserves a bit of RnR its you and the guys. Cannot wait for the DVD. I am so happy for all those who were able to make this show. The enthusiasm in their comments is contagious. Fantastic !!!!

    Great Job as always Killer !!!!

    Darrin K.

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    Ceiltsei | 14 April 2011 at 1:33 am #

    This would be the most anticipated DVD for me. I havn’t been able to see you guys live yet.. I live in the wrong city, in the wrong country (Canada). Doh!

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    lisa k | 14 April 2011 at 1:36 am #

    I really like today’s photo. Great lighting.
    I wish I could have been at this show! I love the idea of bringing it to the States…my vote is for Boston or Albany. Congratulations Steve.

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    Pete | 14 April 2011 at 4:28 am #

    I can’t wait for the DVD, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come to Scotland!
    I haven’t seen you live since ’88 in London, the albums are great but we all know live is briliant and best. The UK needs a Church tour.

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    Mike-sf | 14 April 2011 at 4:40 am #


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    cazziem | 14 April 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Glad to hear all went well SK, no less than you guys deserve xx

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    Martha | 14 April 2011 at 8:42 am #

    well, the whole orchestra thing could be taken ’round the world, or…you lot can stay right there in the homeland, do the show all over again there, and get us all booked at a nice little group rate flight (like, cheap) and we’d all catch the performance in Sydney.


    – now, let’s see. i’d need to renew my passport, probably need a visitor’s visa – uhm, do they still spray that parasite stopping spray on the planes before landing? what the hell is in that stuff anyway?

    DVD. yay!

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    bc | 14 April 2011 at 9:16 am #

    what an honor
    well done

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    BigSmilesKate | 14 April 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Hi All, Couldn’t attach scan of the list but here goes:





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      D.A. | 15 April 2011 at 1:37 am #

      Thanks for posting!

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      caitbrid | 15 April 2011 at 8:40 am #

      Thank you Kate, I think! “Myrrh”–how delightful! Maybe if I make it to heaven I’ll be able to hear the show there!!

      Kathleen in Philly

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    bionicanna | 14 April 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    how exciting! looking forward to the dvd.

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    plumlady | 14 April 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful show; I’ll watch for the DVD info so I can grab one up. I bought Grant Lee Phillips cd tonight that has his cover version of Under The Milky Way….it has Karin Jansson listed before you in the song credits….was wondering who that was and if she wrote the song.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 15 April 2011 at 12:05 pm #

      Karin is Steve’ s first wife. The mother of his first twin angels: Electra and Miranda , and also collaborated with SK on UTMW. She is an incredible woman, great mother, and a natural beauty. Karin has been and I imagine, always will, remain a pillar of support and strength in Steve’s life. I mean no disrespect if I am sailing off course on this subject SK. I have always been proud of you and your life, family, and career. And as always, I wish you the very best health and happiness. Congrats on your epic concert.

      Darrin K.

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      Big Al | 16 April 2011 at 10:24 am #

      Actually, Broken Toys and heros Mary was Steve’s first wife. he was never married to Karin.

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        thetimebeing | 16 April 2011 at 4:27 pm #

        who the fuck is mary???????

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 April 2011 at 4:13 pm #

          My apology, Karin was your ‘girlfriend’, that is such a strange word to type knowing she is the mother of the first twin angels and has been such a huge part of all your daughters lives. I am human and make errors , but who the hell is Mary? And if such a creature did/ does exist…please do tell. If this is nonsense, than hell…run with it and create a blog dedicated to “Mary” and the striking beauty she was, so radiant to as have stolen your heart away in a secret ceremony and all the influences she had on your life. Like when you were writing “Starfish” , how you argued daily with the band and Arista to name the record : ‘Mary, my first fuckin wife’ and the epic closing song “Hotel Womb” was changed from ‘ Mary and this huge ass hotel bill’.

          A Confused soul,
          Darrin K.

          I really thought I knew you, you’ve had us all twisting in the wind about your life this entire time.

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            thetimebeing | 17 April 2011 at 8:08 pm #

            read my bio dazza
            its all in there

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          Big Al | 20 April 2011 at 10:26 am #

          Sorry Steve, got the early wive’s confused.

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    weezer | 14 April 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Wow! How cool is this, not sure about taking it around the world, might get pricey, ELP tried it, didnt work out too good, be happy with the moment, still like the album performance, the recent US tour blew me away, will go to youtube to check out this historic event

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    Lady Di | 14 April 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    the church and the george ellis orchestra – a symphony from heaven. It worked perfectly. An amazing experience. Anchorage, Reptile, 2 Places, Grind were highlights for me. I couldn’t sit still and had a sore jaw from smiling so much. Also loved your version of Mr. Guy Fawkes.

    sk, loved the new shoes and pants – very rock star! The yoga poses showed off your youth and agility. The vibe was palpable and exciting. As usual, I didn’t want it to end.
    In this cooler weather, as I said before, I’ve got the church to keep me waaaarmm.
    Think I’ll go eat some chocolate and play some church.

    Lady Di

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    Therese | 14 April 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Still thinking about Sun nite. Oh what a nite! To finally c the orch on the oh stage, what a dream come true. In the future when I c a show there I will picture my fave band on that stage and how lucky I was to be there.
    Wish my brother had been there, but he wouldn’t have seen a thing after an eye op. At least he can c it on tv, can’t wait for that and the dvd.
    The band & orchestra sure did nail it, was worth all the planning, rehearsing etc.
    Glad the band agreed on the set list, perfect. Most of my fave songs were included, was so pleased!!! Also, some I wasn’t too familiar with are moving into the fave list now, two in particular hope they’re on a cd I have or if not, will have to add another one to the collection.
    U were on fire, don’t think I’ve heard u sing better, not a bad note.
    The band were amazing and the orchestra added a special touch and blended in so well with the songs.
    Hope u do tour the world, the world needs to c this AWESOME event, u have to c it to beleive it!!!
    Well done to all involved, long may the magic of the ORCH continue to shine.

    Peace & love

    ps. Saw BB King last nite he’s still got it and when you’re in your 80’s sitting on stage playing the guitar u will still have it too.

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    Karen | 14 April 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Dont feel I can add anything especially since on the night I was home baking an apricot pudding… sounded fantasmagorical though
    congrats Infinity (Y)
    I’ll pur chase the dvd when its released.. nothing like the real thing though

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    david | 15 April 2011 at 12:31 am #

    this may seem alittle off base.. gut regarding the merch table ….i really need a church hat ..please…please consider having the church elves stir some up…

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      david | 15 April 2011 at 5:41 am #

      like an sk designed hat ….

      • avatar
        aisatsu | 15 April 2011 at 5:59 pm #

        Okay, now I’m thinking I really NEED that hat.


  84. avatar
    eekie | 15 April 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Paul Kelly reviews the show:

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    ASSMIDGET | 15 April 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I’ve seen other bands add orchs and didn’t like it. Less is more sometimes. Makes my sword glow blue

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    aisatsu | 15 April 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Congratulations, Mr. K. I can’t imagine what that show was like, so I’ll just think about getting my hands on the DVD for now. Traveling orchestra..

    A hat would be too much to handle.

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    Thomas Thomsen | 15 April 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Damn! Wish I could’ve been there.

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    eekie | 15 April 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    And a super duper review by Damian Sheiles:!/notes/the-church-band/a-great-opera-house-review-by-damian-sheiles/10150153731136156

    (it’s on facebook, so you may need an account to read it.

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    Worldpeace and a Speedboat | 15 April 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    well nailed
    I was in the front row
    when you did your mighty rock god poses
    it was like they were just for me

    well nailed!

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    david duchow | 15 April 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    take it on the road!!!!! and come to Montreal!!!!

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    Big Al | 16 April 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Greetings Steve,Yep you nailed it. And yep i have seen the church around 300 times and this was the biggy.I have cried with emotion when strings have been included in previous gigs but i fairly poured it out this time.To see Steve stutting the stage bass free, was to see a man who once was so shy he stood as loveblind in the car headlights of an acerbic and ugly crowd.From the kitchen table at Mansfield street to the opera house in a few short lifetimes ago. Higlights were Sealine, Happy hunting ground, Grind, Anchorage, Spark, the disillutionist (this was the one, Mr Guy fawlkes and an absolute killer Tantalised. But it was all good. I am blessed to have been there. Thanks Steve. Biggsey x

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    Grant | 17 April 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    It was an absolute honour to have been there to witness The Church performing this awe-inspiring concert. So, congratulations to you all as you deserve all the great accolades you are receiving.

    Grant & Terri

    PS Pleeeeeeease dont make it to long before you play in Melbourne again!!!

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    Big Al | 20 April 2011 at 10:30 am #

    10 days after the fact and whoa! the comedown ……. man. Working in my garden yesterday. weeding the weeds and getting the spinach settled for late autumn thinking Grind as the rain clouds waited politely until I had finished before unloading their wonderful juices. The clouds were invited.
    Bigs x

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    Mariko | 25 April 2011 at 2:41 am #


    Wish I could have gone back to that night at the Opera House on the day of 2 weeks ago!
    It’s such a great show, fantastic night!
    Thank you, Steve for everything you did for the concert.
    I’m so glad to have been there and proud of being a longtime Church fan!

    Mariko xxx

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