posted on March 7, 2015 at 7:57 am
chicago chicago

chicago chicago

yeah rawk baybee rawk

fuck yeah hell yeah and

whatever you like

minny-apolis last night my fools

great vegan huevos rancheros at a hippy joint round the corner

went back there for supper after show and had a TLT sanger

thats tempeh lettuce tomato with vegan mayo

and a barley soup!

the place was called the last days cafe

the show in minny was good

they caught on to us back in 84

4 years before most of the rest of america

we still got the connection my people

a good show

some transcendental moments

the crowds seem to digging it

i do yoga in a dressing room that gradually starts to freeze

because of a thermostat in the main room cooling down

as venue filled up with punters

so eventually i’m doing my shoulder stand

and my feet are fucking freezing

after show we climb in our bunks and we slip n slide down a snowy highway

now we are parked on street outside gig

its the no hotel tour and fuck it i aint doing this again

i need a fucking hotel room . i need a shower. i need some privacy

at sixty being a part of this travelling bunch of comedians and tragedians is a bit much

like the boy scouts on a camping trip

we never get away from each other that much

i love playing but its hard to sublimate myself in the rank n file

all i ask is a quiet room n a hot shower

all i ask is sumptuous vegan food and adoring friends

all i ask is a castle in dalmatia and maybe a small tropical isle

all i ask is obedience wealth and honours

could i be made a knight for fucks sake?

before they do away with knighthoods altogether.

couldn’t i be king for the day?

can’t i be young again?

can’t someone bring ian haug some fucking vegemite from somewhere?

this is a bizarre and random life

i am half genius half idiot

i have cold and damp feet

i got given a pair of new boots as part of a promo

i am recording with garage band down back of bus

my daughters are playing in america in a few months

my daughters are all beautiful and all have big hearts

this area of chicago used to be goth now its hipster

i miss sydney and its mild climes and its laconic people

i miss my local sea pool and my local cafe

i miss my friends and my anemones

i miss my little woofle too but we Skype a bit

and she loves to play with the emoticons

snow and sunshine here in chicago

the temperature is freezing in celsius and fahrenheit whichever way

the food in america is very eggy meaty and stodgy

except for the rare amazing cafe here n there

so typical US. the best is the best

and the worst is the worst.

i love our american fans too

they get us and they get us good

they understand

they understand this may be our last time around

any time could be

but its a miracle we get here at all ever

its a fragile thing

the audience last night was fantastic

it made me feel like showing off

the band plaid grate

we are fucking good aint we?

or not.

sometimes yes sometimes no

colorado stash running low

bring jazz and vegemite

and bring your love n faith n belief

you have believed in us

we will believe in you

cold n tired n dirty n unshaved

but willing to fucking rock

even tho its sending me deaf and broke

lifes a joke

i love you

from a bus in the windy city

your ever so ‘umble ‘ero








34 Responses to “rockin’ in the freak world”

  1. Kraig
    Kraig | 7 March 2015 at 8:08 am #

    My wife and I just got here from St. Louis, can’t wait to see you tonight! Will bring you love not Vegemite, sorry.

  2. etta
    etta | 7 March 2015 at 8:25 am #

    This one makes me laugh. Not at you. With you… that is if you are laughing too? Maybe crying a little too. How iz you? Mo mo mo! Drizzly saturday moning here. Cool.

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    Lada | 7 March 2015 at 8:30 am #

    You are a King everyday already, own it! 🙂

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    Cath | 7 March 2015 at 8:55 am #

    <3 You are the gift that keeps on giving Steve, , all of you , stars that came into orbit together from the milky way highway…..hugs mate ……and visions of warmth from a semi tropical lush island …its good ya tell em how it is……..

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    plumlady | 7 March 2015 at 9:28 am #

    The Minneapolis show was GREAT and really enjoyed seeing and meeting Ian. Loved all his pedal effects and that 12 string is incredible! Even though it was incredibly cold outside, you sure warmed up the crowd inside. It’s true, Minneapolis has always held a special place in their music hearts for The Church. Thank you for continuing to come back here. (Love the tarot deck)

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    DSpector1966 | 7 March 2015 at 10:46 am #

    This is Dave and Monica looking forward to seeing you in bring the warmth! It should be above zero anyway. Really, high of 39f and low 31. Brother, that is the warmest it’s been in weeks! There’s a stalwart institution called Tommy’s just down the street from the venue that has falafel and should have good vegan stuff. Travel safely and thank you from Brother Moon and Sister Sun. See you tomorrow

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    robert.nordin | 7 March 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    Nice Steve. Friendly amendment: Minneapolis/St. Paul were waiting for the band since ’81. John Carnahan owned Northern Lights and the (downstairs) Import/indie wholesaler, Twin City Imports. The two businesses were symbiotic and We were lucky to be able to delve into and get excited about Of Skins and Heart, the Domestic Capitol release, Sing Songs, Blurred Crusade and Seance. The latter three we pushed the heck out of and prevailed on John to offer them at a fraction of the standard price of an import. Further, John outfitted the store with a VCR (remember those?) and TVs and a subscription to the Rockamerica video service resulting in the hell getting played of the Unguarded Moment promo video!

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    Chris | 7 March 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    ‘ya don’t know wot ya got till its gone’….OZ is the land and place eh mahatma! It’s good to know we only loaning yas to the US of A! The bus sounds a little too blue…

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    crimson | 7 March 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    Sounds like it’s going good overall. A road trip across the US is always a mini adventure, although this is a cold time to be out there! Hope the shows and the audiences keep you warm!

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    Melby Simon | 7 March 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    60 is still so young SK….maybe not to tour the US in The Church…but you are the new 50! Little sleep backwater Upwey in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria misses you and sends its energy just for you…

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    Michel | 7 March 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    We all knew this tour is the last one, I mean in these conditions of lack of privacy and exhaustion.
    I have never been to the US but these distances between gigs seem crazy and there is nearly no day off.
    You are brave knights because you knew it and have accepted the challenge to conquer America again.
    The only annoying thing is the mention of Vegemite. An australian tried to convince me years ago that it was delicious but I remember it as one of the worse thing I have ever tasted. But anyway, I will try to bring some in Barcelona (wait a moment, Ian !), though they only sell Marmite in my local supermarket, I suppose it makes a difference for you.
    Have rest and courage.
    And thanks for the bunch of new songs on KEXP, fuck the f…..g nostalgics, keep on playing F/D, the whole album is so great !

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    davem | 7 March 2015 at 9:31 pm #

    I’d find that bus thing really claustrophobic too. You deserve 5* hotels SK. We love you too!! Loads of vegemite in blighty………….
    Hoping for news of a couple of Euro dates soon so I can book leave etc, but I appreciate it’s a huge sacrifice for you to tour at this stage of the game. Happy to just to be getting new releases, even if the tours are over. I pre-ordered the Hu Dost CD and hope that’s on it’s way soon!

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    bendonne | 8 March 2015 at 2:05 am #

    hey steve, chicago show was awesome, flew in from miami, really dig further deeper, another church studio masterpiece, god bless you and band, safe travels

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    DSpector1966 | 8 March 2015 at 2:44 am #

    I wish there was a “Where in the world is Steve” gps tracking website so I could see The Church safely progressing to our show tonite at The Grog Shop

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    garrattjohn | 8 March 2015 at 3:19 am #

    I just had an interview with James McMurtry. Back in the early ’90s, he and his band would share hotel rooms to save money. But he found out that if everyone had their own hotel rooms, they got better rest. Better rest means they played better shows. Then more people came to the shows, making up for the extra money spent on separate hotel rooms.

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    Jason | 8 March 2015 at 4:40 am #

    It does not surprise me that you enjoyed the Hard Times Cafe! I nearly brought Tim Tams for the band but wasn’t sure if they’re vegan…hopefully you’ll not be inundated with vegemite now. Times have changed, but the band is still a joy to see live and the new album is Rapidly taking hold of my brane. Peace.

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    plumlady | 8 March 2015 at 4:43 am #

    It’s unbelievable that you’re doing all these dates so close together and without hotel wombs. I’m glad to have caught your show mid-tour before you’re exhausted, but the yoga is definitely keeping you youthful and your voice is still as amazing as it was many years ago. I’ll feel bad it this is truly your last states gigs and I feel lucky to have spoke to you after the show and had you sign my book, if even just for a moment (trying to anyways in spite of the groupers…..). If I’m lucky, I’ll make it to Australia before I’m dead or too old. After seeing Ian play, I looked up some Powderfinger shows at the Opera House and it looks like a venue that I really must see. But I’d watch The Church play in a garage if I made it to Australia! I saw you play solo @ First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry many years ago; perhaps you’d consider that again with some poetry, art and song, and get a hotel all by yourself.

    Mary in Minneapolis

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    Jesiah6 | 8 March 2015 at 4:54 am #

    Great show last night Steve!
    I picked up a Tarot of the Timebeing and I love it. Love the printed lyrics!

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    always | 8 March 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Steve, I almost had to bail on you due to work issues. As I left, I heard them say, Where is she? She fucking just vanished. Yes, I did. It’s that easy, really.

    I have missed hearing you speak, hearing you sing live. Just not at all the same disc or vinyl. Peter and Ian had me weak, high on guitar vapor trails. I kept wondering if there was a way I could get you back in mid July or August in an outdoor venue, late on a lazy afternoon, fireflies and a warm breeze and me lying on the grass staring at the sky. Wonder if I’d survive? Couldn’t sleep after the show – can’t meditate with The Church too late in the day. You know how that is, still shimmering today.

    All the tour hassles. You boys need a female wrangler. These small – turned large touring issues should not be. Someone knowing, and independent, confident.

    Cleveland ought to be a good crowd. Cleveland rocks, after all 🙂

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    MarlaRobbinson | 8 March 2015 at 9:12 am #

    “they understand this may be our last time around…”

    Count me as one who doesn’t understand. Your statement almost made me cry.

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    bramlageb | 8 March 2015 at 9:18 am #

    Chicago’s perpetual winter was forgotten in a beautiful evening of music last night. I closed my eyes and drifted off the reservation for a while; the bass sounded like a massive beating heart and those guitar players could charm snakes.
    Thank you for coming to Chicago. Thank you for abandoning the creature comforts to entertain your fans.

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    Wayno | 8 March 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Hope you get the jazz & vegemite situation sorted – hang in there on that crazy ride!

    Bring Anaesthesia to shows back in Oz, also heard the band were working on Telepath which would be even better…

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    sclark | 8 March 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    Chicago rawked! Probably the best, most energetic Church concert I’ve attended. So good. Who knew “Miami” could possess such POWER. Incredible. You guys blew me away. Drove 150 miles to see y’all, since y’all tend to avoid our chilly climes. WAS. NOT. DISAPPOINTED.

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    DSpector1966 | 8 March 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    The Cleveland show was incredible! My wife and I were around 5 feet directly in front of Steve and he dedicated Laurel Canyon to her. Truly a spectacular evening! Thank you again Steve.

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    Mr. Argent | 9 March 2015 at 3:10 am #

    Thanks SK and all that made the tour happen! I had a wonderful, transcendental experience in Mpls. The radio interview and music set on the Current was also very much appreciated. Your strength and resilience is freakin’ admirable. If the possibility of a tour arises again, I would be happy to put y’all up in my urban manse–complete with a nine-piece, baroque jazz ensemble and veggie delights to soothe your road-worn souls.

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    eekie | 9 March 2015 at 5:23 am #

    Whoever broke the bus is a genius! Hotel rooms with showers for you in Cleveland!! That and a wonderful sold out show (and having me there, of course 😉 ) has to make for a positive experience. Cleveland wasn’t a mistake on the lake last night!

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    bendonne | 9 March 2015 at 6:54 am #

    headin back to miami, nice tune, hoping you can work old coast road into the set before carrboro and atlanta, fan mail from some flounder

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    davidl | 11 March 2015 at 1:51 am #

    The DC show was excellent, great job Steve and all! Following up on this post, I brought some Vegemite for Ian but the ultra-strict 9:30 Club staff wouldn’t take it back to you guys. Most Harris Teeter grocery stores in the DC area carry Vegemite, look for it in the baking supplies aisle near the dry bread yeast. Their stores are usually open 24 hours too. Hope that helps.

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