posted on December 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

new year steve


tour over

last night in melbourne

well i gave it what i had to give

a last minute tune-up by dr gary saves my neck

he certainly knows how to sort out a performer

he got me into shape on all levels

if anyone is serious about seeing him

you can contact me at

i will forward on his deets

anyway melby was proof in the christmas pudding

we just keep getting better

no complacency now we are running on all cylinders

robin danar our american sound guy is a big part

he really delivers

hes a specialist and he’s been doing us on n off 25 years


i really enjoyed doing that show

its new years eve now

scarlet is a bit tired n hyper

eve n aurora are outside in the warm night

a thousand parties erupt

and i keep thinking about that jj cale song after midnight

yeah we’re gonna bang yer tambourine!

44 Responses to “quo vadis time being ?”

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    warpedjohn | 31 December 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Great to hear you mention jj cale . a personal fave of mine but never expected a mention on this site. ( John Cale yes , but not JJ . )
    thanks for the reminder. I’ll put him on the record player right now.
    Alas until recently I had a NYE dj-ing job at a pub in Balmain /Rozelle ( “the Bald Rock” ) and I played this one NYE ( 2007? ) right after the fireworks ( OK it was the Eric Clapton version from his 1st solo LP – I was playing to the crowd. )

    Nobody appeared to get it.

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    . | 31 December 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    happy new year!

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    Jmb066 | 1 January 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Happy New Year Steve

    Take Care,


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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 January 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Happy New Year and grand blessings of health and happiness to you and ur angels for 2012. Thank you for making 2011 a memorable one. And thank u for the brief but special visit to Chicago last February. Now, take some time to hug those wolfies and the human bunny and bless you all.
    Here is to hope- Hope to see you soon.

    With miles of admiration and respect,

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    Michael | 1 January 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Awesome show Steve. The Church magic continues to shimmer and mesmorise.

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    Steven Krut | 1 January 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Happy New Year, Steve! Thanks for another year of great music and general awesomeness. May 2012 be a banner year for all of us…

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    bc | 1 January 2012 at 2:08 am #

    kudos on tour, &
    a happy new year!
    time to re-up my script
    for premium t.b. 2012

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    Ryan | 1 January 2012 at 2:22 am #

    All the best in the Gnu Year to you and yours SK! Now bring that 3 album tour to Europe so we can see it all over again. Rehearsals at my place if you can stand the luxury.

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    Lara | 1 January 2012 at 2:40 am #

    May the new year be everything you want, sk (and all dwellers in the Time Being).

  10. avatar
    Anthony | 1 January 2012 at 3:27 am #

    I hope we get to see you again in the States or Toronto in 2012. I’ve been a big fan since 1985 when I took a flyer on a band produced by Peter Walsh. I’m proud to tell people I’m a Church fan. Happy New Year

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    Jonny Hollywood | 1 January 2012 at 5:03 am #

    hope to see a new movie this year starring you and me ๐Ÿ™‚

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    bruce1812 | 1 January 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Happy New Year Steve!

    Thanks for providing some great memories for us in 2011 and the chance to see the band and meet you in person. You really inspire so many of us and I look forward to enjoying your art in 2012 and beyond.

    Your friend in D.C.


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    Brien Comerford | 1 January 2012 at 7:38 am #

    The great REM is done and the even greater The Church get better and better and better.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 January 2012 at 10:00 am #

      Indeed, But the great American trio Dispatch are going over seas in March for the first time (please Andy and Davem go see them in London on 03/21/2012). With their heavy involvement in Amplifying Education here in the states- they are spreading their involvements further than just aiding Africa, they are helping EVERY innercity student that they can and teachers are the road to that. My son Alex is in their great ’cause’ and is becoming a teacher as I type this.
      The greatest band outside of ‘the church’ that no one knows have regrouped and stronger than ever (no major record label, no radio play- simply word of mouth…sound familiar). The incredible summer tour, selling out Red Rocks, first band ever in the new Red Bull stadium in front of nearly 40k and 2 shows in Chicago and than their blitz on their home of Boston at the TD Garden for 3 sold out shows in front of 100k people. They are the ‘New’ (yet old…been around and paid their dues since 2000 at the ages of early 20’s) Kings of the kids. Positive message songs, artistry and musicianship , incredible live, Positive role-models. Join up at and if anyone listens to these 5 songs : The General, Passerby, MayDay, Flying Horses and Elias and doesnt agree…well than I am sorry…listen to ‘Open Up’ and tell me you dont understand.

      Happy New Year Everyone !!!

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    Stewart | 1 January 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Onwards quod sursum!

  15. avatar
    Once | 1 January 2012 at 10:43 am #

    New Year’s Steve???? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Haven’t even read the blog yet, dying over that caption…gimme a minute to compose myself…

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    Once | 1 January 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Ah. Sweet. Love ya, SK, and Happy New Year!!!

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    Patricia | 1 January 2012 at 10:52 am #

    The Melb show was electric Steve. Another world! Thank u and to all the guys for a beautiful end to 2011.

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    Dave | 1 January 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Dare you to work with a producer again and try to deliver another classic like Starfish. Sometimes the best stuff comes from creative tension and not getting everything your own way. PS Loved the Melbourne show.

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    blasfemur | 1 January 2012 at 11:59 am #

    stonking Melby show SK…

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    fixing a hole | 1 January 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Yes I admit its getting better, its getting better all the time, thanks for the good times steve, hny

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    hellbound heart | 1 January 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    happiness and love to you and your loved ones for the new year, steve…..
    love always……

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    Michel | 1 January 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Happy New Year Steve,
    Happy New Year SKpers,
    Let’s hope it’s a good one,
    without any fear,
    with a new Church album.
    A live one at last.
    January 1st, time to subscribe again
    Quo vadis Michel ? Ego Time Being iterum subscribigi !

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    Mavellous | 1 January 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    SK, what an astounding night at the forum.
    What a gift, such a privilege to have experienced what we did.
    Thank you. And to all the boys.
    For being so amazing.
    And for never failing to move the earth every time you do what you do.

    Peace for 2012, for you and your girls…

    M xx

  24. avatar
    davem | 1 January 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Happy New Year.
    Hope it’s a good one for you SK.
    Best wishes to all the good people on this blog too.

  25. avatar
    salemjones | 2 January 2012 at 5:07 am #

    Happy New Year Steve
    and many thanks for Isidore 2, what a trip!!! Love it!!

    Take Care


  26. avatar
    Once | 2 January 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Went thru a Beatles appreciation run on Facebook today (cuz hating them is oh so out of fashion)…found 12 songs that I loved…and also discovered that I LOVE John Lennon, and really do not like Paul. Check it out, some good posts!

    Meanwhile – 2012 is about learning, growing, and being more than you ever thought you could be.

    Go for it, Steve!

    Love you loads,

  27. avatar
    Once | 2 January 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Highlight of Beatles liking: (and did you know that iPhone automatically capitalizes the word, “Beatles”?)

    1. Acoss the Universe
    2. Polythene Pam
    3. Me and My Monkey
    4. Here Comes the Sun
    5. For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
    6. I’m Only Sleeping
    7. Rain
    8. Let it Be
    9. Hard Day’s Night
    10. I am The Walrus

    Not sure what the other 2 were…oh, the bathroom window song, and the “she’s leaving” one…

    So, I stand corrected. Yea, verily, I shall love my Beatles, in accordance with musicianianic laws…


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    Once | 2 January 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Excuse the typos…yes I am aware of them…bandaid on index finger from cleaning…oh, yes – it’s been a very uncharacteristic weekend, and I love that!!

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    Once | 2 January 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Oh – Helter Skelter!! THAT is a wicked cool song!!

    Ok, done now…carry on!!


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    Anonymous | 2 January 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    happy belated whatever you celebrated in the last few days
    hopefully the new year will be good to you
    and the girls
    and the boys…
    less drama draining your batteries
    more endorphins in your bloodstream
    the well deserved affection from us all amplified
    to the point that you can float on it —
    it’s warm as the gulf stream
    and psychotropic in the nicest way —
    — so a gulp or two would power you up
    but too much might make your synapses snap —
    of course you already know that —
    (hopefully the chenjesu comment didn’t offend ya)
    come back to so cal please please PLEASE!!!! …please…
    love you no matter what —

  31. avatar
    Lady Di | 2 January 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Happy New Year SK
    Wishing you the best of everything

  32. avatar
    eekie | 2 January 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Peace, prosperity, and love for you and all you care about, Steven.
    A better year all around — the bad to good, the good to great, the great to spectacular, and the spectacular…well, we don’t want to get too greedy here, so the spectacular can remain spectacular.
    That is my wish for you.

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    Anonymous | 2 January 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Happy New Year. Maybe 2012 will be the year you change your facial expression. i am obsessed by you and my obsession has gone bad. thats why i need to post here all the time Good luck with that from misery guts

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    Anonymous | 2 January 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Happy New Year. Maybe 2012 will be the year you change your facial expression. Good luck.

  35. avatar
    andy | 2 January 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    sky lanterns and fireworks a go-go!
    a stonking new year to all!

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    Wilfred Paradise | 2 January 2012 at 10:46 pm #


    You need to bring all that to the States’ next year. Make sure you bring David Neil w/ you for the opening (or closing?) sets.

    Enjoy. Wilfred P

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    Wilfred Paradise | 3 January 2012 at 12:31 am #

    damn, he died a triple death?! alright, please bring ricky and the hoffs w/ you, for the opening (closing?) sets.

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    plumlady | 3 January 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Best in the new year to you Steve…and your young ladies. Hope you make it back to the midwest soon; we love you here in the icebox. Blessings to all the devoted Time Being fans also; it’s nice to have something in common across the world in this virtual space. Mary T.

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    That Girl | 3 January 2012 at 10:27 am #

    You gotta love a new year. Full of fresh new beginnings and unknowing anticipations to follow. Rievting stuff. Happy New Year everyone.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 3 January 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Id lobby for Mr. Cain and his wizardry. I think a Izzy tour would be so welcome here in the states. But, honestly, im kinda pulling for the church to blitz thru Europe. There is so much love and dedication there. And so many miles to cover. I got my fingers crossed for them. And, if the timing was right- slam across our fair land ending up at camp California so Dan could bid them a proper reprieve and farewell.
    Just a thought- I never stop attempting to dream as I attempt to sleep.

    Darrin K.

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    Anonymous | 3 January 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Happy new year to u and the family.
    While MWP is out here how bout a SK vs MWP gig? Been awhile.

    P & L

  42. avatar
    Dav | 4 January 2012 at 12:46 am #


    thanks for the brilliant Melbourne ‘Forum’ gig.

    I’ve seen you live quite a few times over the years,
    but rarely have you clicked as a band like you did that night.

    ‘Inspired’ sums it all up.

    Marty was smiling – and he sure had reason to – he was nailing it
    from everywhere. ‘Aura’ shone and ‘Reptile’ all but took off for space !!

    And YOU went ‘off’ in ‘Anchorage’ !!

    Like Paul Kelly in the last decade, it’s like the confidence of a true
    legacy has sunk in. Your place in Australian musical history is assured
    and forever recognised.

    Must be a fine place to be – and you all richly deserve that satisfaction.

    Long may you continue, and have a sensational 2012 S.K.



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