posted on August 13, 2006 at 3:18 am

where are you now nevets?
ohio, in a hampton inn, room 316
its finally quiet
my room is sedate n welcoming
the bed seems very comfortable
the tinnitus sings in my ears
ah a job for some kraut rock to mask the whine
popul vuh….thatll do
well we eventually got outta nyc in one peace
we hit the road to sellersville
lovely olde theatre
nice people
good gig
i read some where that some whinging bastard
thought we were boring cos we didnae play the olde numbers
gee i guess i musta imagined those 2 standing ovations then
always some wanka who dont like it
oh well thats life n thats the occupational hazard too
ive just driven all day across p.a.
whatta beautiful state
corn a swayin in the zephyrs
lazy meandering rivers
undulating hills
lovely olde houses
a lovely part of america….at least in summer
i guess its pretty bleak in winter
the weather is cooler here too
about 75-80
very pleasant
in fact i stood outside our hotel this morning
doing my chi gong
and i was totally blissed out
reminding me of sweden actually
later on i dropped a zxanax n smoked a spliff
strapped on the headies
and was completely surprised
when i woke up hours later at a gas station somewhere
i’d been out there in deep space
where there are no problemos
just the drift drift drift
we drive n drive thru tiny broken down towns
a town called sharon
(you are now entering sharon)
where everything seemed closed down
youngstown….no accom
i actually dont know where the fuck i am rite now
probably 5 minutes away from something or someone interesting
but what good does it do me
its sat’day nite
its 11 34
im on my own
weve had dinner
(a nother effing veggie burger w/ avocado)
i left the table early so the others get a decent chance
to bitch about me
it puts em off their vitriol if im in earshot
let me say
yer humble heros ears are burning like buggery rite now
who cares
its like being in a family
only families grow up
n rock bands never do
how weird it is
sitting here where i dont know
on me lonesome
just popul vuh playing quietly in the background
maybe i’ll have a bath n play submarines
maybe i’ll get an early knight
maybe i’ll switch on the telly n see how world war threes going
im atta loose end
i ring home but nobody answers
its sunday afternoon in aust
funny to think of nk n the doodles n bumper out there somewhere
i wonder if theyre thinkin’ of me at this very moment
well ive met some of the famous commentators from these pages
krissy the grouper, a sweet young thing
baal n zeus, a wild hippy type
cst coach, lean n trim w/pretty girlfriend
melquiades whose bigger than he used to be
and a whole buncha others
thanks fiendss
you got me hovering round the 16, 17 mark
(i briefly hit 13!!!)
and that aint badde when ya think of 10 million bloggers in the us alone
i saw so much landscape today
i tried to remember it all for ya
but now my minds a blank(et)
im so weary atta cellular level
i aint had more than 4 or 5 hours sleep for weeks now
im too olde for this lark
need a holiday…
good gigs comin up
thatll be a good one to come to…
so come!
deetroit….hmmmm…not sure
indianapolis… idea..played there once in 90
cleveland (they never like us there)
milwaukee….maybe….maybe not
san fran ah we’ll have la hoodie back
oh hoodie we miss ya
we miss yer heavenly harp n yer armenian slang
hows yer silver mogadichon?
so i dunno
a strangely unsatisfying bloggie
i shoulda made uppa poem instead
it aint all dancing on clouds
a bit of a drive left to detroit 2 morrow
the magic theatre eh?
hope to find some jazz there too as we’re out
i dunno
detroit scares me a little
am i just a coward?
dont answer that….
see ya in mitch again

fare thee well

77 Responses to “out of my brilliant mind”

  1. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 13 August 2006 at 4:20 am #

    Nothing really to comment… I just wanna try to be #1…

    Poor me, Sir, your life makes me feel pathetic…sitting here at home on a Saturday night playin’ World of Warcraft.

    Stay safe for us. Make it through this tour and home to the family.

    Very little rest, if any, for the wicked.


    O… does that mean what I think it means?

    Gawd, I’m naive.


  2. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 August 2006 at 4:26 am #

    Just returned home from last night’s gig in Sellersville, PA, and I have to say that I was ready to drive another 6 hours from Ottawa, Canada to see it all over again.

    First off, Rob Dickinson played an energetic opener of rocking guitar and full-on vocals. I picked up his CD Fresh Wine for the Horses on the recommendation of some folks on here, and played it several times on the drive home. I wasn’t familiar with his Catherine Wheel stuff, but I aim to become familiar very soon.

    I must admit that, having never seen The Church live despite 20 years of obsessive listening (from the age of 15!) I was a little disappointed to hear they’d be acoustic this time and not full-on electric. I knew I’d enjoy it regardless, but I do want to catch their legendary show in full force.

    Being acoustic I expected something more sedate and introspective, something like Steve’s Acoustic and Intimate CD from KH. I couldn’t have been more wrong. They blew the fucking roof off the joint! I could hardly believe that an acoustic show could rock like that! How many guitar strings did they sacrifice to produce such energy and such force? Throughout the show they kept telling the soundman to crank it up. By the end it seemed that the building was held up by solid walls of sound. The magic was palpable – you could reach out and grab handfuls.

    The venue was a wonderful old theatre. It was big enough to contain a crowd, yet narrow enough to feel intimate. Of course, row 3 seating added to that ;-). The downside of the setting was that the theatre seating made one feel like a spectator rather than a participant, which I think accounted for the somewhat sedateness of the crowd during the first half of the show. However, the upside was that there were no talkers, at least in my section (and so I didn’t have to follow through on my promise to choke anyone out). The audience was quiet but attentive, hanging off the edges of their seats – the repeated standing ovations at the end and after the two encores said it all.

    The set list was the same as that posted for other shows on this tour. They came out strong and built the atmosphere with Block, and then a beautiful rendition of All I Know that had my girlfriend quietly wiping the tears from her eyes (she wasn’t really a Church fan despite repeated forced listenings – until last night. Now she finally understands what I’m always on about). Next, Marty shredded up such a storm in the middle bit of Grind that the deafening applause stopped the show. The band even thought the song was over until Peter reminded them to play the second half.

    That would have been the grand finale for most bands, but these guys were just getting started! I’m still amazed at how they built and built the energy long past the point of what I thought was possibility. It just kept going, shredding louder and faster, reaching deeper and deeper, to that point of absolute transcendence and beyond. The two encores went nova, really.

    It would be too much to give a play by play – Peter’s beautiful piano and vocals on A New Season, the intelligent, witty banter between songs, the instrument swapping (these guys are ridiculously talented)… and I was very pleased to hear Marty and Steve sing Two Places at Once, one of my favourite Church songs. These guys played for 2 ½ nonstop hours. I don’t know where they get the energy! When he came out for the second encore Steve looked out to the crowd and asked if it was okay to play one more. He was talking to the theatre manager. They played right up until they closed the joint.

    There were so many great songs, so many amazing moments. I was particularly impressed with how they cranked up Invisible in the encore. It’s such a quiet song, but they rocked it up and shredded it! It was amazing.

    After the show I noticed a few hardcore Churchies hanging around by the stage. I leaned on a wall until the guys came out to sign stuff. Steve was gracious and friendly, signing loads of stuff though he looked tired as hell (who wouldn’t be after a performance like that!!). I bumped into one fellow from the blog and his lady (I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your login name, but heard you were a regular) who were getting some old vinyl covers signed, so the fiends were well represented in Sellersville.

    My girlfriend and I really enjoyed chatting with Peter about Japan and music and things historical/anthropological. And the highlight of the night was of course a conversation with Steve, a man whose work I admire and respect. He was gracious enough to pose for pictures with Tomoko and I (druid, I’ll work on that expedition plan and line up a plush one – I can always create a position for “team bard” or something…) I’m not sure if I was making any sense, I hadn’t quite de-tranced, my mind was still in that other place where the music took it. The show really floored me, and it showed. There were so many clever things I wanted to say, so many songs and moments and projects I wanted to mention. I guess it’ll have to wait till next time.

    I envy those headed to the rest of the shows on this tour. Be sure to check out the merch table, and get there early! I picked up a great SK print, the new Noctorum album (great!!), PK’s From The Well, a couple t-shirts, Tin Mine… There’s loads of cool stuff!

    My only critique of the entire show regards the price. $30 per ticket is far too little! You guys should honestly double it. I wouldn’t blink at paying more, even with the gas and hotel and all that thrown in (and my bags of Church merch!). Rob’s one hour set plus 2 ½ nonstop Church is worth far, far more.

    Thanks, guys, for an incredible evening. You transcended, and brought us along with you. It was everything we could have possibly asked for, and more.


  3. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 13 August 2006 at 4:31 am #

    “how weird it is
    sitting here where i dont know
    on me lonesome”

    reminds me of the three weeks
    i was forced to live
    in North Dakota this summer
    on work assignment

    i knew i’d start getting bummed out
    the closer you got to
    (where the locals have always
    treated you well, fas as i know)
    peace man
    enjoy the midwest
    the old “northwestern” usa

  4. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 13 August 2006 at 4:44 am #

    (Pardon Steve while I talk to Ryan)

    Ryan! Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed the show SO much! Like your girlfriend, I always cry during “All I Know.” Your happiness and joy is mine too!!! What a fantastic review of the show.

    Looking SOOOOOOO forward to Chicago!!!
    SK, and guys – you do NOT disappoint me ever, and I could never really articulate how grateful I am you’ve come to the States and endured so much to give us even more.

    Thank you!!

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 5:09 am #

    Well I understood or betterstill knew that pk utterly resented mwp since the very first aka 1979 day he walked into the door.. but i thought you were loved?????????

    Not bombarded with blind vitriol

    nz boy

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 5:14 am #

    Awesome show. It wild to think of Steve Kilbey and The Church in little Sellersville Pa. Saw many old friends and fell in love with the songs over again. Great show. Thank you! Joe Collegeville Pa

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 5:29 am #

    nevets, I dont care the iotest how unsatisfying you think your news is, it is superb and readin about your travels dearest Gulliver is so rewarding, I much prefer it to a poem. don’t get me wrong, I like your poems, but your news and what’s a passin by you, is as pleasurable as rollin’ a spliff.

    Paul L, Auckland

  8. avatar
    sleep feet to East | 13 August 2006 at 5:40 am #

    SK, you are #1 on my planet!

  9. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 13 August 2006 at 5:46 am #

    Glad you caught some decent temperatures today, wish I could say the same! 🙂

    Maybe you’ll get lucky and have a few more days of the same moderate weather to enjoy.

  10. avatar
    syrinx | 13 August 2006 at 6:09 am #


    World of Warcraft rocks! What characters would we make the guys in the band? We should created Team Space Hippie. Run around acting like them, only with weapons. Meet up in Stormwind every so often for fresh orders from the Mage Quarter.

    I’m like…almost serious.

  11. avatar
    syrinx | 13 August 2006 at 6:19 am #

    Man, all I’d have to do to make it to SF and see what is certain to be a fantastic show: blow off two appointments, drop the price of just one class for the upcoming semester to finance, get the oil changed and ignore everyone who would tell me a roadtrip of 800 some-odd miles would result in my disappearance, my body only to be found in the boot of a car at the bottom of deep water at some later time. My head would be missing, of course.

    The thought of medium-sized roadtrip is kinda exciting, though. Overprotective naysayers have never stopped me before!!! AND I have yet to see California. Evah.


  12. avatar
    snoop bloggy blogg | 13 August 2006 at 6:25 am #


    I went to a psychic today who told me that in a future life, I will succesfully disprove the theory of reincarnation. Should I be concerned???

    Bloggy Bucks

  13. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 13 August 2006 at 6:30 am #

    Ahh..pennsylvania. I grew up there till college in brooklyn, and to me it don’t compare to nyc. But I can see it i guess..the one thing i miss is the locusts you hear loud and pretty on summer nights. If you could see me reading yer blog with my name in it, oh! the blushing ha!

  14. avatar
    verdelay | 13 August 2006 at 6:32 am #

    Interesting that “the blog” is now taking on a new life, beyond the screen.

    Like some fresh hatched entity, it’s becoming self aware.

    Crystals around the catalyst, growing off at strange angles, the branches extend into space and meet one another at rock concerts.

    I suppose they’ll start calling us the Crystal Set next.

  15. avatar
    DJK082067 | 13 August 2006 at 6:38 am #

    SK…Ryan gave an amazing description of the evening spent with your blessings. I have been repeatedly filling my wife Laura’s cranium w/ the possible set she will encounter for her first time on 08/18 in Chicago( such a virgin,musically). Blogged you and the cowarts of an excellent dining experience 1/2 block west from the venue. The geja cafe (fundue so the $ and time can be slightly uppity) We are rsvp at 5:30pm to allow time. If anyone is interested about this place than just future response from my creation tis day and I will reply. HOLY SHIT…only aprox. 145 hours to the gospel. I could never complain about setlists. Only would want to info my bride, who $$$ these tix as B_DAY prez. for (08/20) me 🙂 .If I had only one extra song to see performed live would be “mistress” from p=a. Which I cant stop listening to for almost 2 weeks now as I splash in the new one and a mix of oldies. My 15 yearold loves “Block”. Must get all the youngies off that hippityhop plop. At least at that age it was more classics(ELP,TULL,FLoyd and such for yours truly and strangely mix in Punk/speed/and death sounds as well) so…I am intrigued as how “Block” will arrange acousticly. There are a few moments in this existence you can truly treasure. Family moments, time shared, a rare gift, and a unforgettable performance. Went crazy in 6/90 at Navy Pier(chicago)… could not stop braggin to the nonbelievers or the simply unknown. Sk,I hope your continued travels are healthy and safe, filled with memories and delights.
    See ya soon !!!
    Chicago 08/18

  16. avatar
    syrinx | 13 August 2006 at 7:07 am #

    SK = catalytic converter.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 8:08 am #

    Yeay!, only 7 days to go til your back home in Australia sk! Reading all of the show reviews from everyone, day after day for the past month, and knowing I’ve missed every one of them has been absolute torture! Now you’re probably so sick to death of playing live, you’ll take the rest of the year off…oh no, say it aint so!! Missing you heaps Stefano.

    Love always,
    Amanda Pee

  18. avatar
    lily | 13 August 2006 at 8:18 am #


    Love your updates from the road. Though hearing about the Midwestern leg of the tour makes me sad since there’s no Minneapolis stop this time. Wish I had the money and time to drive to Chicago and take in the show there. Alas, I’ll just have to put on my headphones and enjoy some Church music in deep space. Take care and wishing you good gigs.


  19. avatar
    don joe | 13 August 2006 at 8:29 am #

    Xanax… wonder u couldn’t create a satisfying blog. That shit is evil, EVIL…Steve, I withdraw people off that medico marveldeath drug everyday, even my mother, u thought methadone was bad. Try kicking a good Xanax habit. It’ll rip ur soul to shreds. Do your self a favor, knock it off….guess that goes for all the drugs..well at least just the Xanax.

    Keep on rolling, dont stop. still lurve ur work fiend.

    don joe

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 8:59 am #

    Heroes? Humoes! You, me ‘nd all. It’s the nothin special that’s special. Get that, and there’s no disconnection.

    “Your call could not be connected”

    No, but *this* phone connects.

    When you feel the power of that…

    you mend all

    inside &


  21. avatar
    eek | 13 August 2006 at 10:18 am #

    I got a laugh out of the “whinging bastard’s” review. I surprised he didn’t say “I turned to my wife and said ‘Let’s go for a walk, Doris.'” 🙂

    “yer humble heros ears are burning like buggery rite now”

    hmmm… I’m thinking this could be one of two other things.

    1) the Sirens of Antenna are back (one’s a bit spotty about coming in yet — but there are a couple of new recruits). You know you can’t resist the call of the Sirens….


    2) your ears are giving you advance warning of ms eekie’s plan to bitch slap you. You forgot the cardinal rule Stevo — never piss off the KIABGOA.

    Nevertheless, I’m really looking forward to “my” shows. And all those are all gonna be good — because it’s The Church…and because I’m there. 😉

  22. avatar
    captainmission | 13 August 2006 at 10:53 am #

    ‘you are now entering sharon’

    ha! i laughed hard at that one 🙂

  23. avatar
    fergal | 13 August 2006 at 12:11 pm #

    according to KISS detroit is ‘rock city’
    sk & the church can add ‘space’ into that equation …

  24. avatar
    Lindsay | 13 August 2006 at 12:24 pm #

    “bleak in winter”:
    Andrew Wyeth paintings
    (chester county PA)
    (where baal n zeus’s wife grew up).

    My first concert was sellersville.
    Did you see the clouds there?

    beautiful time
    thank all

  25. avatar
    mike a | 13 August 2006 at 12:37 pm #

    I was just in Pennsylvania last month – beautiful state!!

  26. avatar
    Jesiah | 13 August 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    We love you in milwaukee!
    Can’t wait!

  27. avatar
    Renee | 13 August 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    Emily Bronte – No Coward Soul Is Mine

    No coward soul is mine,
    No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere:
    I see Heaven’s glories shine,
    And faith shines equal, arming me from fear.

    O God within my breast,
    Almighty, ever-present Deity!
    Life—that in me has rest,
    As I—undying Life—have power in Thee!

    Vain are the thousand creeds
    That move men’s hearts: unutterably vain;
    Worthless as withered weeds,
    Or idlest froth amid the boundless main,

    To waken doubt in one
    Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
    So surely anchored on
    The steadfast rock of immortality.

    With wide-embracing love
    Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
    Pervades and broods above,
    Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.

    Though earth and man were gone,
    And suns and universes ceased to be,
    And Thou were left alone,
    Every existence would exist in Thee.

    There is not room for Death,
    Nor atom that his might could render void:
    Thou—Thou art Being and Breath,
    And what Thou art may never be destroyed.

    PA is beautiful
    my family is from western pa
    just east of Pittsburg
    very ethnic lots of germans, slovaks, irish, russians, dutch
    I guess the landscape reminded them of their homelands and they settled there
    lots of coal mining and steel mills
    which now of course those industries are nearly gone
    so it’s a very depressed area, not a whole lotta work
    but it still has it’s traditions and old world charms

    Hang in there Steve, you can almost see the finish line, yea!!!!!!

  28. avatar
    Tokin ' jester | 13 August 2006 at 1:35 pm #

    Anybuddy out there know if photo equip. will be allowed at the San Fran gig??

  29. avatar
    Renee | 13 August 2006 at 1:36 pm #

    Peter Sculthorpe did many paintings of chester county pa

    I particularly like the ones at night with the cows!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 1:36 pm #

    Virgin to The Church…I thoroughly enjoyed it. Whew! Thanks to my friend that turned me on to you and Rob Dickinson. I’ll be forever indebted. You took me away for a few hours…to another place..another time..not an easy thing to do. I loved the acoustics but I wouldn’t mind hearing you live electic someday so please don’t be a stranger….come back soon…to your “lovely audience” in beautiful PA!

    (Hmmm, Ryan, I was in row 3…didn’t know you were watching me? 😉


  31. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 August 2006 at 1:42 pm #

    hey ruby,

    i was row 3 centre, with japanese girl. were you near there?


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    Yes, right next to her.

    Great review, by the way.

  33. avatar
    sue cee | 13 August 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    Steve, I’ll bet Youngstown was the place Springsteen wrote about on the Ghost of Tom Joad!

    “Here in north east Ohio
    Back in eighteen-o-three
    James and Danny Heaton
    Found the ore that was linin’ yellow creek”

  34. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 August 2006 at 2:31 pm #

    “a strangely unsatisfying bloggie
    i shoulda made uppa poem instead…”

    steve, your blogs are ALWAYS poetry!! nice one today. thanks for taking time to write.

    lotza love……

  35. avatar
    baby | 13 August 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    could be worse, olde son
    i woke up with hello kitty stickers plastered all over me
    wilde nights in sf

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 2:43 pm #


    I believe everytime you’ve come to Detroit, you’ve played You Took. Any chances tonight?

    C U There.

    If you’re looking fo r a good place to eat in Fashionable Ferndale, try The Blue Nile. You get to sit on Baskets and eat with your hands.

  37. avatar
    mrs. baal n zeus | 13 August 2006 at 3:18 pm #

    Lindsay is mrs. baal n zeus
    still cannot find
    the words to express
    baal n zeus
    and mr. nevets yeblik
    are better at that

  38. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 13 August 2006 at 3:34 pm #


    This blog entry was great – PA is a grand state and your account of your On The Road is what we want to hear. I’m not a musician but I can understand what you write about bands not growing up – the important part ,for Art sake, is that they grow in that Art. The Church has grown more than most bands before or after. All that creative energy must make things rough at times – I’m sure you know each others limits by now and how much each can take. The important thing is remeberin’ what you 4 make and what it means to us fannies as well as you Artists.

    Also, please remember that tonight’s show is at “The Magic Bag” not The Magic Theater (that’s closer to Deetroit proper – and much more scarier, please don’t make me go there). I know what ya mean by Detroit being scary – I write “Deetroit” and “Go Tigers” (and I really mean “GO TIGERS!”) but Detroit city itself scares me heaps too – jus’ drivin’ to Ferndale has got me in angst. I hope I don’t get my Ford pickup jacked – an’ I hope I don’ get my ass kicked ’cause I’m an out-of-towner. Ya see what we fannies gotta put up with to get our Church-fix ?

    In closing, I was kinda worried about the Detroit show too. Don’t get me wrong – you guys are talented sons and will do great. But Deetroit is a big “Classic Rock” town. And look at the “artists” we’ve recently put out – White Stripes, Eminem, Kid Rock, Uncle Cracker. That isn’t too encouraging, is it?

    So’s I got an idear. You fellas still got a couple hours to go before the show – I think you should rehearse and do a cover of The Supremes “Back in My Arms Again” to endear yourself to the Deetroit crowd tonight. HONEST! But I think you should get MWP to sing Diana Ross’ part – no offense, Nevets, but I just don’t think you could pull it off.



  39. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 13 August 2006 at 3:44 pm #

    SK –


    To help put your mind at rest you might want to check out Dr. Arwulf’s show on 89.1 FM goin’ on now – it’s what the Cool Cats in these parts Dig to !

    Enjoy the Sunny Day!

  40. avatar
    nickfiction | 13 August 2006 at 4:38 pm #

    hey steve , be careful with those xanax, they’ll rot your brain. very dangerous in the long run. I got your jazz here for this thursday in Cleveland. Nick

  41. avatar
    JJ | 13 August 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    Nevets –

    Your PA description reminded me of roadtrips past, returning to my dad’s homeplace on the Susquehanna River, lush and green, cornfields and undulating hills, Amish folk in black and buggies wheeling slowly along, immune to the techno-ferocity of “modern life.” My lady Laura has gifted upon me a freebie frequent-flyer thingie to San Francisco from Atlanta next weekend – I cannae wait. I haven’t done this since – well, since tours past. This is the only band these days I’ll make that kind of effort for. SF is fun too, got friends there with room for my sleeping bag. I’ll return to the redwood forests too, and mebbe Point Reyes.

    Would bring additional jazz gifts, but don’t like ta fly with that, sorry. Just picked up my Appalatia supply from kayaking mates in the highlands too, ah well.

    See you in S.F., hope Deetroit is kind to ya’s.


  42. avatar
    smoochgirl | 13 August 2006 at 4:57 pm #

    SK-I enjoy the recap of your travels thru the US and to places I have yet to visit.

    Ryan-Excellent review of the show. I think you made us all wish we were there. After the Houston show, I was ready to pack my bags and become a groupie for the remainder of the tour (it was my first Church concert too)! But alas, I have a bunch of teenagers expecting me to teach them the elements of art & principles of design come Wed. and don’t want to let them down. 🙂

    The guys did Invisible for one of the encores at the Houston show, and I was just as amazed as you for how it rocked! LOVE that song! After the concert, my hubby & I were a bit down for a few days. *pout* It was kinda like good friends coming to town for a visit and after they leave, you feel melancholy, like somethings missing. Know what I mean? I really hope to see them again, sometime, anywhere…SOON!!!

  43. avatar
    persephone2u | 13 August 2006 at 6:02 pm #

    A xanax AND a spliff? You naughty boy. Look whose blog may give you a run for your money…ladies and gentlemen, I give you the leader of Iran’s new blog! We’re living in a very interesting era.

  44. avatar
    landru | 13 August 2006 at 6:13 pm #

    I enjoy the “real world” blogs more than the poetry. But, it’s your blog, nevets, we just read it.

    So, what are the band bitching about you for? Nevermind, that’s the way people are, especially in bands.


  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 6:55 pm #

    Hey Steve.

    Nothing to be scared of in Detroit. Wonderful place, but poor. Gets a bad rap most of the time. Saw you guys there twice at the Magic Stick, not to be confused with the Magic Theatre or the Magic Bag (you’d think with all that Magic the city would at least sparkle!). Anyways, as always you were fantastik. Been looking forward to tonights show for ages. Happy, giddy me.

    Thought you might be interested in this restaurant. I’ve eaten there a couple of times and though I’m not vegan they are known to cater to vegan and veggie diets. AND they’re open til 9pm on Sundays AND there a few blocks from the Magic Bag.

    Here’s the link: link:

    Have a good meal. Have an incredible show. See you there.


  46. avatar
    John Garratt | 13 August 2006 at 7:05 pm #

    The last time the Church played Cincinnati, people went crazy. I know, I was there.


  47. avatar
    daniel | 13 August 2006 at 8:14 pm #

    sk–seen you guys play in/around detroit three times–each of these shows was nothing short of brilliant (to include heyday tour/starfish/and again a few years ago)–i’ve no doubts that you’ll be loved, and that you’ll move on… unscathed

  48. avatar
    Melquiades | 13 August 2006 at 8:27 pm #

    Hello Steve,

    You’re worst than any drug I’ve ever taken. I’m still coming down and its almost two days.

    btw, did you mean that my presence is larger than life or there more of me to love? ha.ha. It was the presence, right? Guess I should have worn vertical stripes. btw, I had some smoke with me that I totally forgot to mention to you when we spoke.

    btw, I just completed a review you all might be interested in reading on the Sellersville show (see below).

    (my user name is ChaoticAmnesia. The title is “Re: It’s All About The Pantaloons”)

    What a great time. A great little venue. In fact, I purposely got lost on the way back the next day and took some of the most gorgeous back roads, listening to my new purchase of the Refo:mation. there really is some beautiful country in PA.

    I was feeling quite melancholy the next day on the way home. It was the last of the shows for me to see.

    I met some really fine people at the show. Baal and Zeus (brief but sweet), the sisters from Scranton (good conversation at the bar and the show. Very sweet), the englishman and his girl-friend (that’s devotion), Pat, the camera maven (keep in touch) & the band. Actually, the first time I talked to PK in a while. A really nice fellow (I thought the piano sounded just fine Peter). Tim (you are an asset to the movement) And, of course you Steve. I really enjoy talking to you. Good luck up North. I know you’ll knock them dead.

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2006 at 8:27 pm #

    ah steve,
    see it’s an appalatia thing, those jazz gifts. if only you’d come to these fair parts. still hot-lanta was fucking fab.
    easy with the pills druid.
    was picking blueberries and huckleberries today at 6000 feet elevation: was thinking of you.

    richard and dena

  50. avatar
    Altres | 13 August 2006 at 8:48 pm #

    Was it Hosianna Mantra? I love that album.


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    calling down baal and zeus | 13 August 2006 at 8:59 pm #

    her e we go,…

    the sun has painted almost everything pink..
    a flock of geese swim camera left to right,..slowly ,..out back
    and up beyond the theatre.
    my co pilot ,miss lindsay and i are stooped across the street ,.. i light up some nag champa ,..half hoping no one is offended …

    im always dully ,.. painfilly aware how fast its gonna go ,…

    linder bean is here for her first show,, no, not justa her first church show ,…her first show,.. ever

    what an introduction

    this one will always be precious to me ….
    and oh yeah shes hooked , a switch clicked ..
    she even went blogg crazy this afternoon ,…she s got the blue header and everything ,..i aint even got there yet , sweet

    ….unbearable brilliance and beauty up on stage …..

    all of your effort , sir ,when you spend ,..we get it ,. and carry it home with us …

    …what a beatific chapter..

    please thank the boys,..

    thank you sir ,..

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    Brad | 13 August 2006 at 9:44 pm #

    Detroit….where the weak are killed and eaten and the city purrs along indifferently…what’s there to be afraid of?

    In ferndale–blue nile–Ethiopian and no silverware
    –Woodward Ave Brewery ok beer veggie entrees….Maria’s lovely Italian used to actually be in Detroit Much like me…

    See you tonight….haven’t missed a Detroit church show since ’86


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    sensei | 13 August 2006 at 10:33 pm #

    i’ll be sending my aura from the audience in Indy, and hey fipster will be there. Indy will welcome you. maybe we can find you something other than vegan burgers. tired of japanese yet?

  54. avatar
    mattdavison | 13 August 2006 at 10:44 pm #

    Hey dude..”YOUNGSTOWN bY THE bOSS
    is a great little number, I wonder how you and Bruce would get on?? I watch The Boss live in Spain on DvD the otha nite and I canne believe the not stop action rollercoster that that guy can pull off Hes amazing the first song “The Rising” anthem like an honcore..I hope yr a fan he would have to be a fan of yr little band
    Anyway as you drift through the Heartland we wave out to ya on the road… I picture ya in a black Trans Am like the Bandit running from da law and Martys in the Rig warning ya of the impending Sherif
    Go you trail blazer.
    See ya Killer

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 12:55 am #

    Nevets, sounds like the crunch are killing them in the US and why not…………I’ve seen you guys live – I know

    Love Celticat

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    Demeter | 14 August 2006 at 1:18 am #

    Nevets, Brother,
    have you ever read a book ” The Time Traveler’s Wife” ?

    Give us this day your daily blog, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from feuds at dinner. (what I wouldn’t give to be a wee li’l fly on the wall and hear some of those inneresting crunchy vitrolic lambasting moments, unguarded.)
    Just for laughs, cause I have a sixth sense of humor.

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    steven koontz | 14 August 2006 at 2:56 am #

    steve, wonderful and magical performance in sellersville! i was amazed at the myrtle beach show, and this one floored me.. spectacular, almost heavenly….thanks for the photos you let me take during and after the show ( i was the one down front and center shooting pics all night), and my girlfriend ramona really enjoyed feeling “your buns of steel” !!
    i will post a link to lots of the pictures in a day or 2 so everyone can see them….best of luck on the rest of the tour..tell marty to enjoy the WISHBONE ASH, and has peter figured out how the gyroscope works in my camera lens?

    steve koontz
    high point, north carolina

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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 3:15 am #

    when am i gonna get to transcend from a church show next?come back to aus we miss you xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  59. avatar
    tristan | 14 August 2006 at 3:22 am #


    on you go to numero uno.

    your life on the road… you would wanna be made of something special to want to live that. I am awed by the quantity. sometimes though, to me suburban life seems like the feeling your your words create.

    chi gong huh! have to check it out sometime soon. lastly, a sharing one back for you -early mornings rock in a low-key, quiet sort of way…


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    MarkM | 14 August 2006 at 6:42 am #

    I’m sure it was John Lennon playing submarines (well boats at least) in the bath of his hotel room in the A Hard Days Night movie….a reference perhaps? Literal submarines btw….

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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 7:58 am #

    I’m sure you already know, but from 15 years of personal experience I just wanted to say,careful with the Xanax!
    I started on really small dose and it turned into a 8mg a day monster,
    it can be a pretty insidious. Should be limited to plane travel and nasty panic attacks only.
    love ya heaps SK

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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I just wrote my longest comment ever by far, and then as I went to publish, it disapeared! Now I have a sense of what you feel when you “lose” your blog.

    I summarize (again). I saw a band I really like few nights ago..little band called Radiohead. I was backstage, expecting to meet them, see them really up close. Did not happen. There was a backstage to the backstage..and radiohead never left except to play the gig. Anyhow, amazing to see them travel with three HUGE trucks (took many hours to pack/unpack), and crew of about 20. Soundcheck is done by their roadies. Despite all this luxury, the gig left me empty/disapointed, and I think many others as well. Why? Too self indulgent, no real attempt to win over the audience, and no sense that they really loved playing. Half the band play with their head down, and back to the audience. Singer says “thanks” once in a while, not more. The band never smile, nor look at each other, and barely at the audience. Sound was OK, but so many other elements missing. Not even close to as enjoyable as recent Church shows. First few times I saw you, was around Starfish/GAF era. You sounded great then, but also remember almost total lack of communication with the audience, and other band members. But in recent years, I enjoy your shows much more, because it seems the band is really having a good time, lots of hilarious banter, and the look of a band playing together, for each other, and the audience as well. For me, it really connects, and makes the shows truly special. I guess many other people here feel the same (well, except for that one guy in sellersville that only wants to hear old songs..)
    Last bit of story, I wore a Church shirt that night, and had several people come up to tell me how much they love the band and/or how wonderful the budapest concert was (these are people i did not know, and had no idea i was involved with the budapest show). Was a nice feeling for me. And very last thing, I saw another band the same night from Belgium called Deus, and they were wonderful, and were incredibly nice to speak with after the show. Unlike radiohead, Deus did rove around the backstage, happy to meet with all the press. Sorry for such long “comment”. Very rare for me.

    Take Care

  63. avatar
    daniel 26, 20 | 14 August 2006 at 11:12 am #

    Oh Steven,

    A poem… Guess I would even pay for it.

  64. avatar
    JJ | 14 August 2006 at 2:18 pm #

    Richard & Dena –

    Sounds like you mighta been at Crabtree Meadows for berries?


  65. avatar
    JJ | 14 August 2006 at 2:19 pm #

    R & D –

    Or Craggy Gardens perhaps? Special places there.


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    Jen Jewel Brown | 14 August 2006 at 3:15 pm #

    mmmmm motor city produces iggy pop white stripes mc5 kick out the jams the pressure builds a fat big juicy machine head of pressure to expend with a soulful mule’s kick it’s so dirty you gotta love it it produces cars or did the whalloping great tack of crushed bodies at the dump cadillac seats piston heads churning crushing smog and underemployment black rights white trailer trash motown records soul man gotta love it ah amerika ya slay me detroit, yer hot

    give ’em what you got
    you got a lot
    transport ’em


  67. avatar
    John Garratt | 14 August 2006 at 3:23 pm #

    Just a comment to try and boost the ranking of ‘The Time Being.’

    Howdy folks.


  68. avatar
    stealthblue | 14 August 2006 at 3:24 pm #

    Great review, Ryan! SK, cannot wait to see you in Chicago. Looks like decent weather here too. It’s pretty cute actually, my fiancee’ is even excited about the show. She officially digs The Church and Rob I know, because I quiz her on songs and band history…awesome. Her favorite song is Mistress (interesting) and Oceans (Rob’s). Well, Stevo, becareful on the road and hope you get to eat well, as well as sleep once in a while.
    All the best…

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    Brian Turner | 14 August 2006 at 3:48 pm #

    I have to agree with the above comments that the Church are charging way to little for the tickets… I paid $50 for two tickets to the Atlanta show, but I would have gladly paid $50 for each ticket.

    The show was out of this world….
    Rob D. was phenominal..
    The Church rocked the roof off of the Variety Playhouse…
    The band has never sounded better…

  70. avatar
    Gareth,Notts | 14 August 2006 at 4:42 pm #

    (you are now entering sharon)- aaah takes me back a few years-well,she was a babe!!!

  71. avatar
    John | 14 August 2006 at 5:08 pm #

    Hey it’s the uninvited guest, the winging bastard. Sorry to interrupt your worshipful prose, but I must clarify: It wasn’t the song selection I had a problem with – although after covering “Reptile” for years, yeah I was crushed that I didn’t get to see the master play it – it was how stripped down and different it all was. I suppose all of you diehards would have clapped if the band played nothing but triangle and didgeridoo, but I was there to see a band that built a well deserved reputation of stellar (electric) guitar interplay, and that’s not what was presented. A loud acoustic guitar is still an acoustic guitar, and I just didn’t get all of the mandolin and stoner harmonica. Is it me? Apparently. I’ll go quietly now. You can’t please all the people all of the time; in my world, “Heliopolis” would have been an encore. Be well.

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    drzej | 14 August 2006 at 6:03 pm #

    Me and five of my best pals will be going to Church on Sunday (tell me, nevetS, did you plan it this way for our holy San Francisco??). Cannot wait. Shall be fabulous. I’m even bringing a new fan along. Who says all the Church fans have to be historical? I go for a-history gollydangit!

    Stay lovely….


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    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 6:07 pm #

    You’re getting tired of it I know, but it took six years for me to get off of Xanax. It liked me and my chemistry, spidered right in – amazing problems. It did take away my agoraphobia. Made me a slave, though. It just LOVES some people, but in a roulette way. Can’t be foretold.

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    Kim | 15 August 2006 at 3:04 am #

    Hi Steve,
    I’m so new to the world of blogging. I’m just a mild-mannered mother of 3 who fell in love with her husband while listening to the church. I’m embarrassed to say that when I started listening to the church I thought Starfish was your first album. I was straightened out by a friend and came to love many cds. I saw you in ’90 at the Chestnut Caberet in Philadelphia. Fast forward to Saturday night at the Sellersville Theatre. I was in the front sitting next to the guy taking pictures (not with him though). I’ve never watched a show where all I saw was the band (no other heads in front of me). It was enchanting to say the least. But most of all I was impressed and delighted by all that you and the band put into the show… and that you cared enough to come out and talk to those of us who stuck around after the show. My husband snapped a picture of us using my cell phone.
    You were kind enough to plant one on my cheek for the photo op. Your bio says you spend time in Delaware. We’ll be in Bethany the last two weeks of August. God Bless and God Speed!

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