posted on March 12, 2015 at 5:20 am
distant tyrannny

distant tyranny

washington and philly

we slew em

good crowds and great reaction

people saying we never sounded better

a guy whose seen us 150 times says we are at our best now

some little idiot puts up a video of ian fluffing a bit of reptile

and all the naysayers jump in

the same old little crowd

you know its possible to like the church as we are now

and to like MWP and whatever he does next

the 2 are not mutually exclusive

but the bitches gotta bitch…

ok well it was this way or nothing

i think our rave reviews and sell out shows have justified my decision

to carry on with ian

he’s doing a fucking incredible job

if you have a fucking beef with that

come backstage and tell me why that is

if you got the guts

I’m sorry you thought the band was over without MWP

but you were wrong

he is an incredible musician but we are an incredible band even without him

i have not spoken to him since he left with not a word

i respect his decision to leave

i love this man and i wish him the success he deserves

a rockin’ guitarist and a fountain of knowledge about music

you do not have to choose between us

you could have liked us both

but when you tell me i can’t continue with my band

that peter and i founded at least 6 months before we even met MWP

music and feeling peter and i have been working together since we were teens

i aint gonna walk away from this because someone else didn’t wanna do it anymore

that was his right

that was his prerogative

but if you believed he was the engine of the church’s music

you got it wrong

he was a quarter of it and now he’s gone we got a new quarter

personally we all dig our new quarter

we like him

we like his playing

we are actually very happy he is in our band

he is now one of us

man you gotta keep moving on

more songs

more tours

and more players if players drop out

i been speaking backstage with doctors and lawyers

and space aeronautical engineers

i been speaking with teenage kids and housewives

I’ve been speaking with many of our US constituents

and they have re-affirmed my confidence in this, my life’s work

my whole life leads up to everyone of these shows

and if you see us you will be amazed by what we put into this

because its everything we have

we love what we do

we love our audiences who believe in us

its an incredible loop

their love and their belief fills my old body every night i go onstage

i feel like i’m 14

better actually

i never had so much energy at 14

i am channelling their appreciation straight into my heart

where it pumps the rocknroll enzyme all over me

and the pain n doubt n tiredness n age

are totally nullified

with my bass guitar my wand my staff my trusty trident

for 2 hours i am oblivious to everything outside the room

yes like a vampire i suck the audiences energy

and i turn it back into music

without them i am just an old stupid geezer with a guitar

(come and see our shambolic soundchecks and rehearsals)

but once the people are in the room

the magic thing happens

oh bring it on i am addicted!

maybe its narcissism i wouldn’t doubt it

it definitely started there

last night a guy tells me

i am like an opera singer in my mannerisms

yes yes

exactly

a totally fucked up opera singer

and i sing my operas about this strange life we all having

at the back of every song is love

just like john lennon used to say

love love love

my job simultaneously humbles me and elevates me

its confusing

i am confused

i make mistakes

i forget the words and notes

i do and i say silly things

but i love my audience

i love our music

it has been an honour to spend 35 fucking years with y’all

i’m serious

no irony here now

thank you all

 

ps still on my mad alex chilton thing

cannot stop thinking about him

and listening to his records

sk boston 11 march 15

81 Responses to “rocking all over the whirled”

  1. avatar
    robert.nordin | 12 March 2015 at 5:41 am #

    Steve: As always, nice. What a legacy.

  2. avatar
    robert.nordin | 12 March 2015 at 5:47 am #

    “What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter”
    ― Baruch Spinoza

  3. avatar
    Daniel | 12 March 2015 at 5:47 am #

    I am not a member of The Church and not privy to everything that happened or didn’t happen, nor have any members or former members asked my opinion on the change, or asked me for exclusive loyalty to their ‘side’ moving forward. I’m sad MWP isn’t in it, but if the band couldn’t continue without the change, then the band deciding to change & continue is their call.

    I’m certainly never going to be upset at Ian, or trash talk him for any flubs at a live show. It’s really, really hard to not screw something up, sometime, especially when you are new to it and doing so many shows. He sounds like a great guy and a great player.

    It’s a shame you guys won’t be in Dallas. I’d go to Austin but affording the tickets during sxsw is out of my reach.

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      veleska1970 | 16 March 2015 at 4:52 am #

      Agreed, Danny, I cannot afford SXSW, either. 🙁

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      akriesman | 19 March 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      Hey Danny. I believe that I met you the last time the band was in Dallas. We were out back with Steve.

      I was waiting for them to come to Dallas also. I ended up flying to NYC to see them rather than try and attend the Austin mess. It’s not just the ticket cost at SXSW. It’s a madhouse.

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    barvah | 12 March 2015 at 5:51 am #

    Hi Steve, Can I just say that I was front and center at the show last night in Philly and I was moved almost to tears (twice). I couldn’t believe that my favorite songs, by one of my favorite bands was being played live in front of me. Songs I’ve loved since I was a teenager. It was a lifelong wish to see you live and it finally happened at the rip age of 44. Your music was such a giant influence on my life as a teen, and has molded me into the person I am today. I would have loved to come backstage last night and told you how much I fucking love Ian. He is fucking adorable and a great musician as you stated, and I knew nothing of him going into the show last night. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of you both. Love watching you play! You just keep doing you, cause it’s all about the music. You rocked it last night and I personally didn’t miss Marty. The music spoke for itself…his loss! Hope you come back to Philly soon enough, cause I’ll be there all over again. THANK YOU AND MUCH LOVE! Donna

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    revest | 12 March 2015 at 5:54 am #

    Minneapolis was a killer show. So were the last 2 in MPLS, different venues, vibes and personnel. Keep following the muse and we will listen. (IH is a great addition.)

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    andy | 12 March 2015 at 6:22 am #

    chris bell was pretty darned good too!
    both now sadly gone……..
    you make great music ‘coz you love great music.
    and yes….you and the druids have never been better…..
    god bless and keep you all.
    a shining example of what the human spirit can achieve…the music of the spheres man!

  7. avatar
    ski | 12 March 2015 at 6:24 am #

    Hello Steve, it’s Dan from Minneapolis. I forgot to mention, this new record is fantastic. Truly one of your best. Last time around? It doesn’t look like it and I don’t think so! Would you please remind Peter he needs a Harparatus. Cheers.

  8. avatar
    Jesiah6 | 12 March 2015 at 6:31 am #

    I love the Church then and now. I also love MWP. Nobody has to choose. Keep on Rocking Steve!

  9. avatar
    wojokojak | 12 March 2015 at 6:38 am #

    Steve, it is truly an honor for US to have been gifted with your unique, sonic offerings. With impeccible consistency, the Church has repeatedly punctured the cosmic veil to reveal sonic honey. No easy task! Since 1984, throughout many cycles and much beauty and pain in my own life, your band has always been a beautiful, flickering presence. For this I am truly grateful 🙂
    Keep on shining man…

  10. avatar
    spea | 12 March 2015 at 6:47 am #

    I totally agree with what Donna said. I have listened to your music since I first became aware of The Church and it was amazing to see u live after all these years at the age of 45. I really can’t express how much I loved the show. It was truly a highlight of my life. Your music has meant so much to me for so many years and the lastest album is you best in years. I think you guys deserve a much bigger audience but part of me likes that you have a smaller following. After all, it made it possible to see my favorite band of all time in a small venue, where I was close enough to actually see you. And what a sight!! You look amazing and still are the man of my dreams! Of course, no offense to my husband. I wanted so badly to try and get you to come out of the bus Sunday night but I figured that was the last thing you would have wanted. Peter walked right passed me upstairs on the balcony just before the show. I so badly wanted to get a pic with him but I hate to be rude and obnoxious! I know I’m just a silly fan and you guys get that all the time. I love you guys!!! Thanks for all the music and the show!!

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    etta | 12 March 2015 at 6:48 am #

    Hello my ami. Crack of dawn here in Aus. Sorry to see you look … troubbled? Have been told off a few times for being impassioned on the internet. Well i just an imppassioned kind of person when not repressed. I met Ian and he is looveleh and he even said he loves my work. Howzat? Mistakes are forgiveable but playing without passion not according to another geiser who should now. Mwp pretty good too. Love youse all. Iam quite uberstated for an impassioned, deluded housewife with a highly warped sense of humour. Mama says come home for Tlc. Thats loving care with tempeh. I mean really. Steven brush it off. Not worth wasting your energy you lil cracker. Great combination with Peter from all the way back. Tim is cool and groovy as and Ian… if he needs a step mother…. i would like to adopt him. Sorry if thatz not interlectuelle enough. Va tu faire fuche to qui mal y pense. Xo LevitATe. Xox <3

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    kenklavon | 12 March 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Hi Steve, as you already know, haters are going to hate. They’re malcontents. Love MWP but I love The Church as an entity more. Love that you still have the band going. Love that I’m seeing you Friday and Saturday. (Wish it could be more).

    Love the music, the passion, the words, the musicianship, the stage presence. Love it all. Love rules.

    It’s been an honor to spend 35 years with you guys.

    Ken

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    Michel | 12 March 2015 at 6:51 am #

    You are so right, The Church are a great band even without MWP (and God knows I love Marty !).
    I can’t wait to say a big thank you to Ian.
    So don’t pay attention to the idiots, and :
    Hooooold on, hoooooold on, hoooooold on, hooooooold on…
    (The Ballad Of El Kilbo)

  14. avatar
    Lada | 12 March 2015 at 7:29 am #

    I guess I’m at a great advantage being that I’m so new to discovering “The Church” I hold no expectations on Ian and did not know Marty. – I have heard the controversy, but I’ve also heard a lot of people say wonderful things about Ian. Personally speaking I think Ian is a Great Guitarist, I’ve watched a few of his videos and he’s a hard core Rocker!

    It’s nice to see you getting fully charged because I think there is so much more potential to “The Church” then the world has yet to see. We got your back Kilbey, and look forward to new horizons with you and The Church…

    Bless up!

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    Album | 12 March 2015 at 7:44 am #

    A few thoughts about moving on…
    You cannot predict or worry about the decisions that others make. They may be in or they may be out and you can’t do a damn thing about it. Also, you cannot stop someone’s inner fire – their creative element.
    And yeah everybody’s got a right to their opinion and if they wanna be critical, well so be it.

    I’ve left bands, great people, musicians and assholes behind. You can’t sit there trailing in the wake. Various reasons and circumstances required or necessitated change. I carry on by myself now. Happy to be making music if for no one else but myself. You can’t look back, just gotta look forward.

    Further/Deeper is another brilliant record full of “Church” music: spiritual, mystic, inspiring, melancholy, magic, moving, imagery, danger. It is The Church. I embrace and respect each person’s right to do their own thing. No one owns The Church Band people. They are human beings capable of making their choices for their own reasons. I personally enjoy the music made by these four people who are now collectively The Church.

    Has anyone ever listened to Jazz music. Pick anyone. Those cats all change line ups all the time. Hank Mobley played with Miles, Coltrane, Byrd, Burrell, etc., etc. he also led his own groups brilliantly. Point being – It’s All Great Music!

    Accept, Embrace, Enjoy. I know I will at the ATL show.

  16. avatar
    plumlady | 12 March 2015 at 7:45 am #

    I admit I was wondering just how great the band would be without Marty; but I was so very pleasantly surprised by Ian. It’s not like Marty was “the band”; he was just one part of it. Ian brings a whole new vibe to the band and he’s an incredible player (flub or not on some idiot’s video). I wasn’t familiar with PowderFinger, but giving them a listen shows that you were right on with plucking him up as soon as you could. If anything, having someone new seems to be bringing you new energy and even more reason to keep expanding this incredible band that I’ve been following since the early 80’s. I’d never miss a show (here in Minneapolis anyways) and the only thing that makes me really sad is to think that you’ll never be back. This band will never be dead until Steve is, so maybe don’t be quick to make the decision not to come back quite yet; you’ve got a lot of good touring years left in ‘ya. It’s obvious that the crowds love the shows and the new record is a great listen.

  17. avatar
    davem | 12 March 2015 at 8:05 am #

    It really cheered me up to read this. You are the greatest band in the world. I saw Marty with Sweet Gum Tree a few months ago – it was great and he was a true gent. And like you he had dignity and didn’t say a bad word about you – it speaks volumes (no pun intended) about both of you that you haven’t resorted to a slanging match. I’m happy to support everything you and MWP do. I love FD and hope to see Ian play live with the band one day (no pun again). You’ve been a constant (in opal) blessing in my life. Long live the church xxx

  18. avatar
    garrattjohn | 12 March 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Reminds me of when a couple breaks up and all the friends feel this unspoken urge to “pick sides”. Whatever. We’re all adults now.

    At least I think we are…

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    skellngtn | 12 March 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Consider me one of the slain in Philly…I haven’t seen you guys 150 times (though I am in the double digits) but last night was an incredible show. I doubt anyone walked out of that gig thinking you guys didn’t just perform one of the bands best shows.

    SK, you were on fire and i’m not just kissing ass. Between Operetta and (especially) The Disillusionist (and You Took, and Reptile and….the list could go on and on), you gave the most energetic performance I’ve ever seen you do.

    Plus, those high kicks. I’d throw my damn back out if I tried all those…

    PS – F the haters. Ian is awesome.

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    dunn117 | 12 March 2015 at 9:35 am #

    Still only taking water and bread until your arrival in Atlanta.Looking forward to seeing the complete Further Deeper tunes, well at least volkano,globe spinning and lightning white.

  21. avatar
    DSpector1966 | 12 March 2015 at 9:51 am #

    My wife and I are greatful for The Church’s music and extremely happy that you know there are so many who love you here in the U.S.

  22. avatar
    always | 12 March 2015 at 10:30 am #

    …I said it’s alright, you know it’s alright, I guess it’s all in my heart.

    Believe me Steve, it’s true.

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    weller_monument | 12 March 2015 at 11:00 am #

    So looking forward to the show here in Atlanta next week. So glad Ian is in the band.
    Chris Chandler

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    Will | 12 March 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    I like this quote from Marianne Williamson.

    “Relationships are eternal. The ‘separation’ is another chapter in the relationship. Often, letting go of the old form of the relationship becomes a lesson in pure love much deeper than any would have learned had the couple stayed together.”

    Looking forward and jazzed for the show in Brooklyn on Saturday night. If you’re looking for a decent vegan place close to the venue, try Bliss Grand at 167 Grand St in Brooklyn. No affiliation with them and I’ve never eaten there myself, but have read many good reviews and plan to check it out Sat night before the show.

    Will Globe Spinning make it into the set on Saturday night?

    Will

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    Loren | 12 March 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Life is full of the loss of people. You move and leave your best friend behind, divorce, death… To think that one is supposed stop and not continue on is a sad statement on the person that believes it. Yes your music was great and historic with MWP, but Further Deeper is great and historic too. We would be so much less without it. You can feel the magic you have with Ian on stage. He has brought a new energy and a true thank you to him from all of us long time fans for joining and adding to the band we love most. I guess no one is ever supposed to play Hey Jude or Blue Suede Shoes either. The classics should die, placed in a small shrine with a dim candle for a sad remembrance…. Or better, maybe when we are all long gone, the genius of The Church is still recognized and musicians are playing your tunes in smokey places all over the world….

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    caitbrid | 12 March 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Thank you for playing in Philly. What a fabulous show! I too was oblivious to everything outside for 2 hours. Pure joy. I felt 25 again and that is a priceless gift for which I thank you guys. And you have always been the man of MY dreams!! It’s so good to still be able to see you. Please come back!!
    XOXO

    Kathleen in Philly

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    doc6502 | 12 March 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Been following you lot since Starfish was released in the States. Saw you on The Starfish tour in Chicago (it was so bloody hot), solo at the Border Line in London (they shut the show down early), on the Baal tour in Chicago, and the Triple Play tour, again, in Chicago (a show for which I was enormously thrilled to see. Priest=Aura live? Fuck me.)

    Then there was the show last week. The one that mopped the Double Door with our souls. I was thrilled to see you and Peter and Tim. And I was worried about MWP not being there. And I was so happy that Ian slotted in, played like thunder, and killed it. In short, HE DELIVERED.

    I hope I’m not overstepping as I do not know you or any member of the band, but I think there will always be the need for an MWP spirit in The Church– you can hear it in the sound. Ian’s got to find that spirit and make it his own. From what I heard last Friday and on the record, he fucking well has it under control. This sound is a precious thing. It’s the sound that you and Peter and MWP and Tim, and Ploog, and a cast of several have worked so hard to create, grow, and share. I thank you deeply for not giving up on it.

    The one thing that I hear in the shows and in the records is consistency– y’all SOUND LIKE THE CHURCH. And you have done so for a very long time. You and your bandmates are talented fuckers, and you could have easily sat in a studio with Waddy, and gone and made Starfish II, III, IV, MCVXII, etc. But you didn’t.

    Seems to me, with a track record like that, the sound you’ve been forging in the studio and on stage for 30+ years will do just fine with Ian– you’ve got the fucker taped. And I thank you deeply for not giving up on that, either.

    You and yours have made my life so much richer. And, finally,I thank you deeply for that.

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    gpchem67 | 12 March 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    This might be my favorite post you’ve ever written. I love the determination and pride behind your words. I love that you love what you are doing now, because it fills me with hope that there will be more music from your band. I’m so glad you are feeling the love we send your way in the U.S.!

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    Chris | 12 March 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    Some very beautiful moving and heartfelt stuff being said on this page maestro….namaste

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    bendonne | 12 March 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    How about Ians’ electric 12 string treasures! steve/band come on down to south florida after tour, welcome to stay at our house by the sea, near Miami Miami

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    holden | 12 March 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    Looking forward to the Cat’s Cradle show. Your tour itinerary says Raleigh, but it is actually Chapel Hill (about a 40 minute difference). I think the last time you played there was Box of Birds, and the prior night’s show was in NYC. All your instruments didn’t make it to Chapel HIll, and I think someone had to spring you from a NYPD lineup. Glad you are coming back. Hope the instruments arrive safely. Wilfred Paradise

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    caitbrid | 13 March 2015 at 2:16 am #

    I am so moved by all these posts on here. See how validated you and Peter and Tim and Ian are? I have always thought of you and Peter as the original Church band because you two started it. And we are all grateful to you for continuing it.

    Kathleen in Philly

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    don verbrilli | 13 March 2015 at 3:48 am #

    All I can say to this SK is BRAVO, you crazy opera singer!! This is a wonderful read, a wonderful statement, a wonderful embracement of life and art and being. You inspire us all and give us hope that we too can make creativity- strong vibrant creativity- a lifelong activity. I wish you strength and health and eternal access to the deep spring of creativity you draw from! Thankyou for your good work in the world. When our alien overlords arrive I believe we send YOU to do the talking for us humans. You and that other bearded dude from Nickelback. Oh…dammit…did I ruin the celebratory mood? Sorry.

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    John | 13 March 2015 at 5:42 am #

    I’m still buzzing from the Cincinnati show, and it’s not from anything I smoked. An experience I’ll never forget. Ignore the naysayers SK, as you said to my wife and I “the band is really on right now.” That is an understatement. And not many bands can peak at this point in their life cycle. Rock on!

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    cjonthehudson | 13 March 2015 at 7:58 am #

    You did slay us in Philly. Thanks for a tremendous show. Late one night, was it 1982?, the video for “The Unguarded Moment” came on MTV here in the US. I believe it was the only time I ever saw it, but I went right out and pestered my record store to find your album. It was amazing, and then “The Blurred Crusade” was even more so . . . and it just kept going. There were a couple of minutes when I thought maybe I didn’t need to be a completist and get everything you put out there, but then you did “A Box of Birds,” which just blew me away, and “After Everything Now This,” which may still be my favorite. But it’s all interesting and the music keeps developing, changing. I was lucky enough to hear you once with MWP and now in this incarnation. I felt both times like the music was transcendent. Thanks for that.

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    napcap1 | 13 March 2015 at 9:24 am #

    I know its a few weeks now but saw the band in LA and San Diego. Th El rey in LA is a great venue for the band as you performed there 4 years ago too.
    I have been watching you live since Sydney 1983 and gobsmacked at your ability to keep on bringing it ( and making it better). I have now seen the band live 18 times and really spent this concert enjoying and listening to peter K’s fine riffs. He is such an unheralded guitarist yet equal in my eyes to MWP as a Church staple. I thought Ian stepped into big shoes seamlessly and had his own way without taking anything away from the Church sound..goodonya Ian. \
    Lastly I remember watching you and Marty in 1995 at the Ventura theater in the ” and now there were two ” tour..you slayed it that night and again 10 days ago in LA and SD.. what a great legacy ..you have been a huge part of my life..emjoy the rest of tour

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    zalen | 13 March 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Just saw Philly, awaiting Brooklyn. I’m still riding high, blown away, there aren’t any superlatives that do the experience justice. I never stopped smiling or moving the entire time…it’s real pure joy, what you guys do, and nothing makes me lose myself in sheer bliss more than seeing The Church live.

    Ian seems to fit seamlessly with the band and if F/D didn’t prove it to the doubters already, this tour certainly freaking should. I love MWP just as much as the next fan, but I tend suspend deeper thoughts on the matter…it’s not my freaking band after all. The magic is palpable, always, and even more so with this tour. I don’t have enough superlatives for Ian…it’s amazing how well it all came together. 🙂

    Keep on doing what you do. THANK YOU from the depths of my heart.

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    Patrick | 13 March 2015 at 11:34 am #

    This is a great blog Steve, I couldn’t agree more, as usual your insight is spot on. So anyway, here is my Alex Chilton story. Went and saw him in NYC. During intermission a friend and I roamed downstairs to the Green Room to say Hi. Alex was sitting there smoking a huge bomber of a joint. He seemed unfazed by our appearance so we started making small talk. After a few minutes I dropped a hint or two about the joint, but he kept it to himself. Hmmmmmmmmm. Anyway, my friend asks him to sign the Live In London cd that had just come out, and he gets all whiny saying “Nope, that’s a bootleg, not signing it” ( it had in fact just been officially released). So I handed him my copy of 1970, and said “well, this one isn’t a bootleg” and he snatched it from my hand and replied “this one didn’t sell either” HA! He ended up signing both our discs, but never passed the doob ( According to a Big Star bio I have, I guess this was not out of character for him). Unbeknownst to Mr. Chilton tho, my friend was taping the show, and when you listen to it, you can hear the effects of his bogarting. God Bless Alex Chilton!

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    crimson | 13 March 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    I flew in from Portland and I met a guy who had just driven up from Orlando for the Philly show. So many people willing to go the distance, who know it’s worth it… My sister had never been to a show before and didn’t know your music. It was a great pleasure to watch her face as it dawned on her that this wasn’t any ordinary band, the pleasure and amazement. She said afterwards she’d never seen anything like it. And speaking of you SK, that she’d never seen anyone on stage with that much energy. She said “it was like it was exploding out of him” about you.

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    crimson | 13 March 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I’m all in for Ian. 100%. If there was any doubt, the new album should answer that for people. It’s in my top 5 of all the Church records. It might be the best, but there’s no way I could choose just one.

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    r.richiec | 13 March 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    Man, thats a raison d’etre right there! You couldn’t have said it better.
    I was there for your first or second (?)performance of f/d at the anu
    bar in canberra and it blew me away how fully formed you guys were
    I have taken much inspiration from you guys as far as stagecraft
    goes for my own band. Only wish I could get some personal tuition or
    spend some time in the studio with you guys learning your craft!

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    Steven Krut | 14 March 2015 at 5:07 am #

    I’m really glad you’re having a great time. I was worried this tour was turning into a bad experience for you. Kind of a drag that you have to defend the Marty/Ian thing again, but there was bound to be some negativity from some U.S. fans on this first tour with him. Americans aren’t exactly shy. On balance I think the transition has gone remarkably smoothly – something I wouldn’t have expected if the scenario had been put to me as a possibility before it happened. Creatively, I think it was time for an injection of fresh blood and perspective. U#23 is great, but looking back it does have a final statement feel to it – sort of an Avalon quality to it. It was a good time to recalibrate, IMO. Maybe I’m the only one who sees it like that. In any case, I can’t wait to hear how the band sounds with Ian. Onward and upward!

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    George-Arcuda35 | 14 March 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    SK,I’d like to use the title of my fave PK solo song,to simply say “Thankyou!” xo,GK!

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    markh511 | 15 March 2015 at 1:07 am #

    I am not a music connoisseur so I do not want to comment is the band is better with or without Martin Wilson Piper . Although, having read your book Steve I think that there must be a lot of unresolved issues that you need to settle with this guy considering that you supported him strongly in the band against a bully of drummer early on in the piece. I am now 50 years old and I don’t know how a band of 4 males could exist – considering that I don’t have 4 male friend s- far too egotistical.
    Mark H

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    gsk33166 | 15 March 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Steve, I was right up in front of you all night long (right next to the dude in black that kept trying to get you to high five him) for the Philly show and was totally blown away by the energy that you guys as a band (and specifically YOU) brought. It was truly epic when you guys jammed out during specific tracks like You Took, Block and Miami… The word epic doesn’t even explain the level of intensity and bad assed-ness you guys played with. I am a metal head and truthfully the Philly show was far heavier than most metal shows I have ever been to !!!

    Been a fan since Starfish, and love virtually everything you guys have ever written and released, and of course was bummed when the news about MWP was revealed, but Ian was absolutley fabtastic and frankly as a guitarist (and a pretty good one I might add) I was truly blown away by Peter’s playing and monsterous tone, such an amazing player and looking about as cool as a rock star would !!!!

    Hoping so much that you guys will be back as I plan to hit many more shows than just one as I had to schedule-wise this time around. Great to hear the words of support and love for MWP and as for justifying your decision to carry on with The Church w/o MWP it really is no one else’s business save you and the other 3 core members of the band. I think Further/Deeper might be the best Church release in many a year and I am all on board for more, please come back to the States for more touring ASAP we love ya here dude !!!!

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    veleska1970 | 16 March 2015 at 4:45 am #

    Eff the naysayers. Those who have the most criticism are the ones who have more faults than anyone else. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”. It’s all a feeble smoke and mirrors attempt at deflection away from the REAL problem: THEMSELVES. Ian’s had to learn 30+ years of very elaborate and intricate music in very short order and it sounds like he’s tackled that enormous task quite successfully. I challenge the naysayers to pull that off as well as Ian has.

    As for Marty, we love him and wish him well.

    Excellent blog today, Sir.

    Lotza love………

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    holden | 16 March 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    Cat’s Cradle. Is this where you live? Wow. You and your band sounded great. Thanks for coming to the South.

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    davem | 17 March 2015 at 6:16 am #

    Such great news about the euro dates. Thank-you. Booking time off work tomorrow and seeing how far the ££££’s can stretch. Will be at Brighton and London and hoping/planning/praying to do Belgium and Amsterdam too xx

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    letta | 17 March 2015 at 8:08 am #

    Finding a message saved to drafts one believed was sent… is that how Tess felt about the note under the door mat? Anyway, what i meant to say is… i sense you exuding a wonderful sense of freedom at the moment 🙂 And i compliment you on your grands battements!

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    davem | 18 March 2015 at 5:15 am #

    Fcuking great way to celebrate my 50th! the church!!….. time off work and rooms sorted for London and Brighton. I trust you’re kipping in hotels in Blighty? x

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    bendonne | 18 March 2015 at 8:44 am #

    happy st pattys day, digging yur B E D jam at the end of Miami

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    nightsky248 | 18 March 2015 at 9:29 am #

    I was at the Washington show, loved it, as long as you keep playing I’ll be there to listen.

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    bamsgboards | 18 March 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for a great post, Steve. It’s a delight to hear your heartfelt words. It’s sad to see people resorting to taking sides. I, for one, am profoundly grateful that you have picked up Ian and continued The Church, but, at the same time, am profoundly saddened that MWP is no longer a part of the picture. Such a long, fruitful creative relationship has apparently been lost.

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    Elvis | 18 March 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    It was very cool got to meet you in Chicago! BTW, what’s up with the weird avatars for everyone? Why can I not change mine to what I want but some are normal avatars? Strange. Hey man, again it was ultra cool got to see you in Chicago, got pics, signatures, alls good! Hope you guys had a great trip back or to the other venues and wished we had brought the veginite for Ian, sorry. Other than that, it was fun driving up, meeting you, finally getting pics after so many concerts (since 1994 I’ve been tryin!?) …especially remember getting kicked out of The Double Door club March 6th, 2015, haha!

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    Wayno | 18 March 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    I loved the band with Marty (usually positioned myself stage right because he was such a great showman) and I love the band with Ian. I’m just so glad (and amazed) that I can still go and see my favourite band since the mid-eighties in red-hot form with fantastic new tunes. And the best part of Ian being in the band is that I got to see The Church 4 times in Brisbane last year!

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    andy | 18 March 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    bringing the band to the London gig…..
    dashing back home afterwards to bring the family to the brighton show!
    can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    A. Cristina | 21 March 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    Steve
    I am rewarded to read this list of comments talking on peculiar’n’similar experiences around the joy Church feeds its lovers with. I also want to thank you for The Church rock’n’rolling unique way, what triggers… synaesthesia… I was always magically wrapped in it since I was 16 (when I used to “borrow” my elder brother’s vinyls. He was a DJ, so his precious vinyls needed to be untouched, impeccable. I became a specialist in cleaning the lines of vinyls from any dust of my silent use 😉 
    Today on my early 40s…aging-loving your work even not granted with concerts to my door (but where The Church took me!)  what I managed chasing your CDs in Paris or London where I also lived, and now in Oz. We know it is not every single band (or any relationship) that leads to this type of renewed love throughout the years: an ‘ever-fixed mark’ of Shakespeare.
    So, I want to immensely thank you for moving as far as you can around the map, for keeping the flame on, for gifts as Starfish, Gold Afternoon Fix (with your intriguing looks pictured that led me to pick up the album to check it out), for Blurrade Crusade, After Everything, Untitled 23, Isidore, to name a few. And now Further Deeper happens. As always I am invaded by some addiction with certain songs.
    So wow… thank you soooo much for Laurel Canyon!… it envelops me completely: I close my eyes and feel like walking in a “forest” of breezes, with light layers of colors. Your live version is of such a poignant beauty… I just can’t say… (hard to put into words the mix of sensations The Church plays with). 
    Thanks for bringing Ian on board and keep being… the most loved band in-the-world forever and ever.
    Much love, Cris (your fan from Rio and now Brisbane)

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    thetimebeing | 13 March 2015 at 6:12 am #

    i didn’t say i didn’t miss him, did i?

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    barvah | 14 March 2015 at 8:41 am #

    No Steve, you didn’t! You’ve been incredibly supportive of his decision. Which speaks volumes of the man that you are. Of course you miss him! We all know and understand that, and we all support it.

    I said I didn’t miss him, but that was said out of frustration to the situation. In a perfect world we’d be able to have both Marty and Ian, but we all know this world is imperfect. I’m just over the moon about Ian. I admit I knew Marty wasn’t with you, but I had no idea who Ian was walking into that venue on Tuesday night. I think he did an outstanding job for you. I hope you continue to make wonderful music as that is what is truly important here! You are loved, Donna


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