posted on January 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm

too thousand plus nine
temp : 117 degrees
altitude : cruising, thank you
destination : yet to be confirmed
mission : to lose myself within 4 songs
while simultaneously getting l’audience off

this only will be accomplished by giving it my all
tonight hamer hall
i must be marvellous yes
but i must subsume myself
to the greater purpose:
the transcendence of l’audience
its not about me
i am a cog in a big mechanism
wow they gotta lotta players
biggest band i ever played with
2 drummers
2 keyboardists
up to 6 or 7 guitarists
2 violinsts
i cellist
i bass player (but what a player)
sometimes electric vibes
and a whole bunch of singers
a three hour plus extravaganza
a crash course in the genius of dave mccomb
if you aint crying at the end of this…….
rehearsed yesterday
if its as good as it was yesterday tonight
i’ll be well pleased
when i sing these songs
i release some inner beasts
and they come roaring up to the surface
kicking out that smirking detached kilbey
and replacing him with some charged up
souped up
geed up
wow but they are great songs to sing
you can never love yer own songs
the way you love anybody elses
its not possible
my own songs ….ah i know how they were done
other people songs i can lose myself in
i play a part
but the part swallows me up
i am amazed everytime i open my eyes
i’m just singing a song
i hope the triffids extravaganza
comes to a town near you
cos this is like the last waltz or rolling thunder revue or sumthing
i got butterflies n goosebumps
just sitting here
dressed in a towel
in some hotel just behind the gig
its already hotter than than the billy-o
(a line from a song i sing tonight
summer vacation n its 40 degrees)
time for yoga
lunch meeting
wait around
wait around
wait around
knock knock knock…mr kilbey……..

53 Responses to “season in hell”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 28 January 2009 at 10:50 pm #


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 January 2009 at 11:09 pm #


    Good luck tonight – looking forward to watching saturdays winery show !


  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 January 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    I love it how you think some bloke named barry from your past is the only one who could have been wronged by you Kilbey. Surely the list must be in the hundreds. For every post of mine you delete Kilbey I pledge to post 20 times.

  4. avatar
    veleska1970 | 28 January 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    “i must be marvellous yes”
    have no fear, you will be, as always!!

    lotza love….

  5. avatar
    EDD | 28 January 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    So anyway how’s the weather?

  6. avatar
    Celticat | 28 January 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    Go Killer Go!


  7. avatar
    jax | 28 January 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    glad you are fired up-literally, figuratively-we heard about the heat wave-give em hell..

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 January 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    i got goosebumps just reading this post. the beauty of music and its makers. i wish i could be there to see the extravaganza.
    all the best

  9. avatar
    Freddie | 29 January 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Ah, you’ll have em in the palm of yer hand!

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 12:29 am #

    Any idea how many songs Mr Kilbey is singing tonight?

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 12:36 am #

    go killer

  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 January 2009 at 12:47 am #

    Sk’s metaphysical reverence for the late David McComb will compel him to flourish and captivate the audience. The spirit world will rejoice.

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    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 1:30 am #


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    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 1:31 am #

    16 more to go






  15. avatar
    princey | 29 January 2009 at 1:40 am #

    It’s 50 degrees in my house at the moment, can’t wait to feel Hamer Hall aircon tonight and can’t wait to hear all my fav Triffids songs, Stolen Property, Bury Me Deep In Love(wish u were singing that one sk), Wide Open Road, Lonely Stretch etc
    Been listening to Field of Glass alot….gooseybumps alright!!!
    See you tonight and hope other TTB fiends will be there to shed a tear or 2:)
    love Amanda

  16. avatar
    the dean | 29 January 2009 at 1:47 am #

    you’ll be great tonight, a credit to D McC’s songs. enjoy yourself.

  17. avatar
    jaime r.... | 29 January 2009 at 2:01 am #

    Have fun Killah….
    Wish I could hear it!
    Vibes and all….

    Excited by all the new projects coming up as well…

    As far as Barry here… Wow…
    its like a bad high school episode… I mean.. We get your point child… Now let it go… get your own sandbox…

    Rock on Sk..

    How about the latest CHURCH RECORDS ON VINYL!?? with quality downloads attached….. jaime r

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 2:41 am #

    jaime r……love all the periods…..never learned to form a complete sentence…..?

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 3:07 am #

    Would love to be there tonite.
    Enjoy yourself.

    Lady Di

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 3:33 am #

    all the best SK. make them melt…shouldn’t be too hard given the current climate but still!!


  21. avatar
    melissa | 29 January 2009 at 4:02 am #

    πŸ˜€ Can’t wait!!!

    AND it’s air-conditioned too – woo!


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 5:00 am #

    Lets hear the truth about Richard Ploog? Why did you kick him out of the band, and I will go away

  23. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 29 January 2009 at 5:24 am #

    I too wish I could be there tonight! I was thinking it’s been 2 1/2 years since I saw you guys…but it seems like 200 years ago – due to my own personal season in Hell, haha.

    Promise me you’ll be coming back to the States soon! I am a changed person but I still really, really need my Kilbey fix!!! Looking forward to hearing about the show…

    p.s. do they really say “You’re on!”?????

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 5:28 am #

    You are in your element Steve. Not only are you a world class songsmith but you have reverence for other songs you love as well. You my man are what heroes are made of! All the best Steve.

    John in Seattle

  25. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 29 January 2009 at 5:53 am #

    couldn’t get onto your blog last night to say g’day, thought that you’d (justifiably) closed down comments for a while…

    ….as for the concert, knock ’em dead, killah!!!!

    as for the shriek book, cd, still waiting for some kind of postal address that i could send a money order to to get it….please, does somebody have the address? thanks!

    love always….

  26. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 6:10 am #

    The Factory – Sydney, March 15 here I come! Better book that Qantas flight. Can’t F-ing wait.

  27. avatar
    Jasperina | 29 January 2009 at 6:11 am #

    Love hearing the excitement in your ‘voice’ when you are doing your thing. Have a wonderful time immersed in what you love doing…all aglow and blazing with creative light…play on.

  28. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Maybe I could be the support act. Yeaah right! :))) Naaah I could be sued.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 6:15 am #

    Yes lightfoot, sued for having no talent!

  30. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 6:24 am #

    I’d love to catch up with any SydneyFIEENDS at The Factory (over and above Dutch Pierre who I always go with) that I haven’t yet met. EG: SueCee / Captain / Brien Comerford ?? Not sure if he’s in Syders? / Matt Davyddson / and anyone else I’ve forgotten.

    Be seeing you. By hook or by crook you will. πŸ™‚

  31. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 6:25 am #

    I love it.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 6:30 am #

    I’m curious lightfoot, are you a closet fag?

  33. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 6:31 am #

    Does anyone know which commenter it is on here that’s currently shacked up with Madeleine McCann?

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 6:37 am #

    yes lightfoot, i believe that is your daddy, aka dutch pierre

  35. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 6:37 am #

    Sorry that was bad taste.. But you know..

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 6:38 am #

    yes lightfoot, that was quite bad taste. i had a dog go missing recently so that really hit home.

  37. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 6:58 am #

    Absolute Last ever mention or response to ..

    Just curious Anon.. Did it hit home as much (the missing Dog) as when your mother strapped on a dildo and made you suck it, when you were 28 and still living at home?

  38. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 29 January 2009 at 7:24 am #

    Have a great gig tonight Killer. It’ll be beter than the reharsal, and you’ll have an adoring crowd in front of you. Yu’ll be in Tranquility.

  39. avatar
    davem | 29 January 2009 at 7:31 am #

    Have a good ‘un Killer.
    Melby was on the tv in blighty yesterday morning cos of the heatwave!
    Sad news over here. My cousin, Wayne Pickering (Mr England 2005) has commited suicide.
    We were close as kids.
    Take care ALL, be happy!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 8:32 am #

    I would love to be in the hall tonight. I did so enjoy the Sydney gig last year.

    Say hi to Dave Mc for me.


  41. avatar
    EDD | 29 January 2009 at 9:54 am #

    anon unabound! ‘es on tha loose agayn!!! Don’t turn off your comments Steve. It’s just words. Don’t take offense all. They’re just words!

  42. avatar
    loolaabillions | 29 January 2009 at 9:58 am #

    Ahhh Bimbadgen….look’n good ;~

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 January 2009 at 10:12 am #

    Kick some butt killer…

    Do it for Dave n the Triffs; like you n Church co., so, so unacknowledged and if so, too fucking late.

    don joe

  44. avatar
    eek | 29 January 2009 at 11:02 am #

    Hope the show is going well. Looking very forward to reviews!

    To those sweltering in the heatwave — take care of yourselves.

    To those of us slithering through the ice and snow and freezing our asses off — take care too!

  45. avatar
    catchow | 29 January 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    that must be great!
    i wish i was there! hoping there will be a video…

  46. avatar
    fantasticandy | 29 January 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    killer…hope it was a great night!
    dave…bloody hell mate….
    you ok?
    iv’e told yer ‘afore…i ‘m only down the road .

  47. avatar
    eek | 29 January 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    Looks as if you were a hit, Steve! Someone I know from a message board just got home from the Triffids gig and posted first impressions:

    What an awesome gig. Hey, indra, if you’re around, your Steve Kilbey fucking slayed.
    Really tastefully done, really fantastic performances.

    INXS, Queen, this is how you keep playing after your irreplaceable frontman dies, rather than selling out like money-hungry whores.

    He did Stolen Property, Lonely Stretch, Wide Open Road, and … one other, shit, I forget what it was but it was in the encore. God, talk about throwing himself into the performance; he was absolutely intense, and he totally did David McComb’s memory justice. All of the people who participated with the Triffids were excellent, but I’d go as far as saying he was the highlight.

    (I got a kick out of “your Steve Kilbey” πŸ™‚ )

  48. avatar
    ScaughtFive | 29 January 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Triffids writ large on stage. Grrrr!!! We don’t get anything like that in my fishing village except crass versions of crass versions of the same old next big thing. Grrrrr!!!!

  49. avatar
    CSTCoach | 29 January 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    sounds like to tapped in, druid. hope someone grabbed a bit of video! πŸ™‚

  50. avatar
    eek | 29 January 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    And a bit more from the same guy I quoted above:

    Yes, Field Of Glass, that was it. Holy shit, it was astounding, really. The guy certainly threw everything he had into it. I don’t know how he could’ve given any more. Actually, it surprises me to say that Wide Open Road was the least intense of his four, but I suppose that’s since the other three are so much darker. I’ve never liked Lonely Stretch quite as much as I did tonight. And I’d say that of all the vocalists, he got the biggest cheers of the night.

    And he’s not wrong about the huge band – it was hilarious at the end with everybody crowding onstage.

    Great night. Sensational.

    Steve — apparently you were the shit!

  51. avatar
    davem | 29 January 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Cheers Andy. That's really kind & I appreciate the support my mate. He was Mr England 2005, honest, and a really talented drummer too – you can google him. Such a fucking sad, tragic and empty thing. Desperate for my Uncle Roy.
    love to all.

  52. avatar
    Freddie | 29 January 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this gentleman’s thoughts with us.
    Sounds like the esteemed Mr. Kilbey did quite alright last night.

  53. avatar
    CSTCoach | 30 January 2009 at 3:37 am #

    Thanks for posting that review, eek πŸ™‚

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