posted on July 21, 2006 at 7:36 pm

why dont hotel room windows open in america
to stop people jumpin’ out
why the obsession with ice?
the pool is tepid
my shower only runs on hot
you cant get it cold or it turns off
so its a boiling hot day here in san diego
but the pools warm n the showers hot
and ice
and a.c.
but no cooling water or breezes
is something wrong here?
the pool water was like sliding into
tepid chemical soup
my skin began to itch
my eyes went red
and my poor thin fine hair split its ends
itsa lovely vista from my hotel
an absolute riot of trees
palms, oaks, elms
(as if i wood know what an elm tree looks like)
(but its nice to go on listing the lovely names
of the lovely trees)
birch, sycamores, honeysuckle w/ hummingbirds
hazy grey blue sky
i think of the spanish , zorro
it IS very like spain here
it IS a beautiful part of the world
but its weird too
laidback n expensive n slightly uptight
a sub-culture of (presumably) mexican maids n waiters
they appear n do things but it SEEMS like yr not supposed to talk to em
i said thanks to a guy taking away my plates
and he looked at me like
what are ya talking to me for
some things i guess im naive about
some lovely fans from mexico last night with vinyl
san diego belly up was our first good show here
but it was pretty good
good size crowd
great venue n equipment
good time guaranteed
we transcended, didnt we?
i thought so
now sitting in motel room
waiting for another intavu to come thru
im larry wankler from the bingle herald, nth dakota
i normally do the sport but the rock guys wife hadda baby
so here goes
um…tell me somethin’ about yerselves…ah,
why did yall call yerselves the church…and…ah..
tell me bout yer new record…i aint heard it yet tho…
it only arrived this morning, and i couldnt get the cd player to work
but i heard that other..
this blogge is being interrupted by my conscience
who says
tell them nevets about the 2 very eloquent n knowledgable dudes
you just talked to
who knew all about yer music…
even this blogge
tell em how ya enjoyed the interviews
and they were nothin like what ya said
ok ok
its true
america aint all badde fiendss
the best stuff is THE best
the worst stuff is THE worst
tonite anaheim
and itsa big place n we aint sold many tickets
boo hoo
why dont people wanna see washed up olde one hit wunderkinds
aussie hippy jingly jangly scruffy space rockers
i’ll never know
i love you fiendss
you are the very core of my sanity
please behave yerselves
the whole worlds watching

81 Responses to “skyriver”

  1. avatar
    davem | 21 July 2006 at 8:31 pm #

    Love you morrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeee,
    1st post!!!!

  2. avatar
    12str | 21 July 2006 at 8:40 pm #

    dear sk!
    americans lacks culture and good taste…

    thats my opinion

    but who am i to say

    im just a stupid swede


    take care


  3. avatar
    John Garratt | 21 July 2006 at 8:53 pm #

    “please behave yerselves
    the whole worlds watching”

    Nah, just our air-headed president.


  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 8:54 pm #

    Steve, Steve, steve…Man, dontcha know by now how knowledgeable and hip the church fans are…par excellance…I sincerely hope there aint alotta talkin durin the show in Aussten…didn know it was citsuoca…D

  5. avatar
    davem | 21 July 2006 at 8:56 pm #

    Why you haven’t sold out?/why you aren’t huger than a very big thing?/why not bigger than the fabs?….I don’t know.
    Everyone I know that’s heard of you likes you. All the people that hear me playing your CD’s say how good yon Church are. Yet they still go out and buy Coldplay/Radiohead/Razorlight et al instead. All the previously mentioned are good bands (well ish….)one and all, but not as good as you chaps. Sorry Joycie but “fuck knows” Steve.
    The only thing I can think of is you’re working so hard at being a nicer person that the whole world working out you’re a bloody genius wouldn’t be good for you. I’m not being sarcastic – I honestly can’t think of any other reason. Sure you’re music can be challenging at times but Radiohead’ve taken folks to some stranger places & still sold massively.
    All I know is your music has changed lives – even saved some. Mine even once.
    Love you more SK

    Dave M xxx

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 8:59 pm #

    Stevie Kay.

    My lovely wife and I were watching on VH-1 last evening a video of Floyd fom the last big tour that Gilmore and Co. did. My wife looked at me and said, “Except for the light show, the Church still sound better.”

    So cheers, just add some more lazers! LOL

    Florian Trout.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 9:03 pm #

    yeah, try livin here, in the good olde USA…in the heart of texas no less..will sumone come and get me..please..

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 9:27 pm #

    I echo Florian Trout’s suggestion: more lasers. We Americans prefer our concerts to be replete with explosives and girls dancing in cages, too.

    These are merely suggestions. Let your conscience be your guide.

    Or let your budget be your guide.

    That being said, spare no expense in Indianapolis.


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 9:28 pm #

    Delightful to see you again.
    Providence brought the house down.
    The show was wonderful.

    Always a pleasure.


  10. avatar
    finn | 21 July 2006 at 9:40 pm #

    dude, I know what you mean about the windows. Drives me batty. I hate A/C and of course, most hotels, you get no choice. And yes, it’s to prevent people from jumping out windows. Says a lot for Americans, eh?

    Anyway, yeah, it’s not all bad. It really isn’t.

    Texas Moon

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 9:44 pm #

    You know whats wierd, I imagine myself to be steve, in the music and thinking, in this hologram chain of being, The Anthropos, all these similar souls- But I’m Me, this shadow, some other version….And Man, Steve, you know what…the stories of inner being i could tell you about yer lonely self…No joke….thru this other Filter…a pesky rodent !! MyrrhMan…..fragment g…

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 9:50 pm #

    steve – if you wish to improve ticket sales i suggest you follow MCD’s explosives recommendation and also end the show with a spinal tap stonehenge, alternatively you could make your entrance in pods

    regards pip

  13. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 21 July 2006 at 10:06 pm #

    enjoy your time here sk
    (the best of times
    the worst of times)
    and jc and his pal cn
    (good guys, love ’em!!!)
    i’ve been telling the local
    indie radio stations
    play my songs
    or at least
    play the church!!!
    take care, amigo

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 10:13 pm #

    Thats crazy sk. Its almost like theyre a lost generation of new people. Listening to just whats on the radio in their own little atmospheres. Never bother to listen out of the invisible shell of modern radio and break through to the better stuff.
    That is your band, the better stuff im talking about.
    The stuff that no matter how many times you listen to it, it never gets old. The kind of music that helps you gain perspective when youve lost it. The kind of music that makes you want to make a little of your own. You know…

    Even if you dont sell that many tickets, play your heart out. The people that are there will listen, cause any body will understand that your music is beautiful, if theyre listening for it and if they really appreciate music for what it is. Id buy therest of those tickets if i could, and it would be worth every penny too.

  15. avatar
    mike a | 21 July 2006 at 10:24 pm #

    Good luck tonight – there are a million fans that would die to see you tonight – if only we could travel by thought!!

    Maybe some day you could have a private concert just for us from the comment section of your blog? Good idea? That would be cool – we could all fly some place where there is a fresh, cool breeze and the pools aren’t loaded with chemicals.

  16. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 21 July 2006 at 10:26 pm #

    Hey baybee, the only culture we have is agriculture! Well, not really but I had to get that in there.
    In San Francisco with all the bridges, who needs hotel windows?

  17. avatar
    Cortez | 21 July 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    Despair not.

    I for one am counting the days until some “washed up olde one hit wunderkinds aussie hippy jingly jangly scruffy space rockers” roll into Chicago.

    Can’t Wait……………..

  18. avatar
    baby | 21 July 2006 at 10:44 pm #

    sandiego dint have much a halo as i recall, ate at monsoon once and i wore a bindi

    almost drownt when i was 6 in a swimming pool chock full of chymicals, still not so fond o’ the elemental water

    dont jump fromme hotel windows, ye just wouldn’t feel yourself after and i think ye only have about 3 lyves left

    see you

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 10:47 pm #


    heyya kiddies
    it might be great to post posters of our Iglesia bandoleros
    in our places of interest: libraries, coffeeshops, etc.
    to get more peeps on the radar..
    happydays, sk
    no Unified field???
    anxious to trancend

    jaime r

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 10:58 pm #

    Orange County Eh! Isn’t that Metropolis??(dream in B&W)..
    You know with the amount of people that visit ” Our “Blogge–TTB) wouldn’t a live webcast from a gig push the sales of Churchy albums up??? Oh Fuucc I should mind my own business, you guys know what ya want. You don’t wanna be cast back out into that ol lime lite again…safer to be or not to be.!!
    I mean oh…
    Enjoy Orange tonight

  21. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 July 2006 at 11:04 pm #

    you probably shocked that poor waiter with your courtesy. good manners are hard to come by these days unfortunately.

    i know it’s easier said than done, but don’t get discouraged about the small crowds at the shows. the people who DO come do so to listen to the best band that ever was, and they KNOW you’re the best band that ever was (or IS)……the younger generation today, for the most part, doesn’t know good music when they hear it!! just keep doing what you do best. you may be “washed up olde one hit wunderkinds aussie hippy jingly jangly scruffy space rockers”, but i challenge the likes of kanye west or britney spears to still be around 25 years later, with the devout fandom that you have.

    we love you too…..but as far as “behaving myself”, it’s the weekend, and THAT may be an impossibility (wink..)

  22. avatar
    mattdavison | 21 July 2006 at 11:18 pm #

    I hope you are taking the stairs in the Hotels Sk…I am feeling all claustraphobic just even thinking about no open windows in 34 degrees. for all you backward Emerecans 100 farenheit. yuck! Surely ya manager could book ya something on ground level with a ranch slider or something.
    QweenH I am enjoying your comments as much as likbye’s blogalog. I bet you are buzzzinng around like dragonfly on acid watchin this marvel.. caus I tell ya there is nothing like c-ing the CHURCH live. Nothing!!
    SK) e-mail me yr postal in Syd so i can send ya painting.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 11:34 pm #

    At least at the end of this tour, you’ll know you’ve given it all you got, you’ll never go there again, and you’ll only ever play Melby & Sydney where we love and appreciate your talent more than anywhere in the world, OK?

    Hold onto that sanity sk, we’re with you all the way.

    Love you always,
    Amanda P

  24. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 21 July 2006 at 11:36 pm #

    The San Diego radio station of yessaday’s blogge posts some nice pics.
    boose ticket sales; advetise explosions, lightshow, performers in shorts

    travel by thought i’m there

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2006 at 11:39 pm #

    hi sk
    glad you
    last night …
    would love to
    have been there

    some friends are coming
    to visit us tonight
    from the big d (denver)
    i made cherry-peach pie
    for dessert
    wish you could
    pop in for a visit


    i like mike a’s idea:

    “Maybe some day you could have a private concert just for us from the comment section of your blog? Good idea? That would be cool …”
    hee hee

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 12:04 am #

    Shame on Anaheim, maybe that explains I got front row on day two of the presale. The freakin’ local paper (which is usually spot-on) couldn’t even give you an honorable mention. Shame! Shame! Shame! Those in the know will be there, so glad you are soldiering on! We appreciate ya here.

  27. avatar
    sue cee | 22 July 2006 at 12:11 am #

    Steve, … following you all the way, the ups and downs, the gems, the clowns. Why The Church are not hugely famous is one of those utter mysteries of life! All it means is that the majority of the planet are in the dark. Hell, most out there didnt even know who Syd Barrett was.

    Its beyond my comprehension esp when everyone seems to love your music. Its like there’s an invisible forcefield stopping people from following up on the desire, I dont know. Maybe when you named your band you upset some deity 🙂 But dont feel too bad, the fans going to your gigs (and I heard one of the AZ shows sold out) are worth a million dudes yelling out for Freebird or ‘yo man!’ whatever. And for goddsakes, dont change a thing ! An INXS song just came into my head. the best one actually. Sorry sidetracked, but hang in there, there are musiclovers out there who need you!

    And STOP SAYING ‘washed up’!

    love Sue
    ps thanx everyone posting stories, clips etc – keeps the rest of us sane. Denise you’re a diamond! Glynnis, how many beers did you shout??

    pss and Steve, yes a private concert in a forest for us, that was on the cards remember?… it could still happen.
    Do in it my gorgeous birthplace and shut the noisy kiwis up! C’mon Matt and co. get your act together and organise it

    psss and BLOCK is now officially my favourite Church song ever! Goddamn Im missing it. Is the Basement show going on air soon?

    pssss was PK looking for Uma the other day or was he actually Lost in LA? HA!

  28. avatar
    flowerpower | 22 July 2006 at 12:29 am #

    Anaheim – strawberry fields forever (once upon a time). Make sure you keep thanking the waiters of America.

  29. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 July 2006 at 1:02 am #

    once again, cameras4eyes, thanks for the link. everybody looks great!!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 1:15 am #

    Hey SK,

    Stop being so hard on yeself for being the perfectionist that ye are.

    Even if some shows aren’t sold out it’s better than it being sold out with people coming who aren’t fans and who want to spoil it for the genuine people who luv the band (i.e. talking loudly through it.).

    Would love to be at a concert over there, you’re lucky escaping this cold rainy miserable winter over here. Good idea by your blog fiend to put on a concert for us, can you imagine that.

    Good luck for tonite and the rest of the tour, please release a video of a concert soon, especially the Basement one, which is a place I hope you will play at again when you recover from this tour.

    Love Therese

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 1:28 am #

    Just get me to the church on time…

  32. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 22 July 2006 at 1:42 am #

    i love you fiendss
    you are the very core of my sanity

    Very touching words SK.

    cameras4eyes thanks for the link!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 1:43 am #

    Dear Larry Wankler

    Wendell got band from rugby for doin too much coke. Stirling got slapped for pushing a short Springbok aside. A West Coast AFL player got band for drinking and driving.. Oh, and the bestest band in the universe released Univited Like The Clouds.

    SK, don’t hold your breath for the painting..

  34. avatar
    sue cee | 22 July 2006 at 1:57 am #

    short and sweet unguarded moment, amateur digital video from a fan but golden … lookin’ good sk!

  35. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 July 2006 at 2:13 am #

    thanks, sue cee!! i almost felt like i was there…. 😀 😀

  36. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 July 2006 at 2:24 am #

    i found another short vid that was submitted by the same person (God bless him!!):

  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 July 2006 at 2:29 am #

    hmmm…there seems to be a sudden explosion of yeblik on “you tube”:
    A Shriek Movie Trailer to showcase the Shriek movie directed by J.T. Lindroos. With a soundtrack by The Church and voice-over including Kathleen Martin, Steve Kilbey from The Church, and Tim Powles from The Church~~

  38. avatar
    captainmission | 22 July 2006 at 2:37 am #

    Sue- Basement Block Soundcheck Flashback, that was truely a moment when i said to myself, ‘I can die now.’

    Oh i wish i could get to some of those shows, i’d love to catch the band again, those moments are so …special.
    love to you all

  39. avatar
    Gareth,Notts. | 22 July 2006 at 2:44 am #

    hi SK,my comment has nothing to do with your last entry,but i would just like to say of all my favourite bands,for the last 18yrs the church have always been&will always be in a league of their own&above the rest.i spread the word!Can i also just say,how ironic the world is run by someone called bush,a slang word for c*nt,how true!the church rule kilbeee,baybeee.alcohol=truth!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 2:46 am #

    Hey SK!

    Why no stop in Kansas City? You & the fellaz need to wrap your tummies around the best barbecue in the WORLD. I missed you guys at the Shadow in Westport here back in ’89 (D’OH!).
    Never mind the seats unsold. It’s just one more poor soul who has not been to Church and doesn’t know what they’re missing.

    Stay jingy-jangly…


  41. avatar
    Gareth,Notts-again! | 22 July 2006 at 3:02 am #

    fook this,SK this needs to be said take all church fans to whitehouse, kick shit out of bush& cronies&broadcast a live gig from there so people can hear for themselves!!!MWP fat?u joking, could’nt give a rats ass if he was a 25st trannie plays guitar better than bush starts f*ckn wars&thats sayin somethin!more alcohol=more truth!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 3:18 am #

    You wouldn’t want to look below and wonder… is that my body on the street. I suspect the windows are nailed shut for the reason you mentioned, or to keep sum inebriated idiot from falling. At least there are sum trees left. The guy taking your plate probably isn’t accustomed to people treating him politely.

    I’m glad to hear this show was better. I’m looking forward to Atlanta when I can shove my fat bald self into the Variety. I hope they have a wide doorway.

    So you didn’t sell out in Anaheim. I think it’s a good thing that you aren’t pop stars. Look at some of these ‘older’ pop stars touring, dusting off the 30 and 40-year-old hits, unable to create anything new that is worthwhile. Meanwhile, you guys keep cranking out masterpieces every year or two. You may be unnoticed in the mainstream, but I think there is a large group of people who do notice and appreciate your music.

    See you in Atlanta brother. We love you.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 3:19 am #

    May I suggest the tune Eternity Road by The Moody Blues as your personnel ULTC Tour mantra.
    Traveling eternity road
    What will you find there?
    Carrying your heavy load
    Searching to find a peace of mind.
    I heard that today and my thoughts went to your last posts. Be seeing you! Billy M

  44. avatar
    J Street | 22 July 2006 at 3:21 am #

    West coast!!!

    What the hell is wrong with you???

    These lads don’t travel to the States every frickin’ year!!!

    What does it take to get you off your dead asses to go see some geniuses play? I mean, you have your old Kilbey, your Koppes, your Willson-Piper–if that’s not enough, why, that fellow Powles is an excellent drummer–that ought to be enough to separate you from a little discretionary spending money and get you into a venue to hear some brilliant music played live, right?

    I mean, if it were just the old Kilbey and a detuned spanish guitar slung high with warbling sound, that would be worth it. He’s a stone genius, he’s there to play those songs, where’s your sense of decency, West Coast?

    Well, East Coast will take up the challenge and ye shall be appreciated here.

  45. avatar
    in ultra high frequency | 22 July 2006 at 3:37 am #

    repeat not the past
    all paths lead to gormenghast
    the future’s foretolde
    what’s new now is olde
    where do i go? i don’t know
    why? When you’re here, I’m where?
    no the fuchsia does grow
    but between us there’s oh sew oh so
    much space oh sing song to go
    my little boy blue
    but my love’s in vain for
    What more, what more
    What more, what more
    can a poor poem do?

  46. avatar
    Trickster | 22 July 2006 at 3:42 am #


    yeah, I know it well.

    it’s comin’, man.

    be sure to read thru the ink when it comes.

  47. avatar
    sue cee | 22 July 2006 at 4:09 am #

    another ps Steve

    You always got to get out and mingle with the locals to really know any town/place, damn hard to do with your schedule but I am enjoying the view! Ice obsession, I dont get that either 🙂

  48. avatar
    Renee | 22 July 2006 at 4:21 am #

    Amen to that, j street!

    Enjoy the beautiful scenery while it lasts Steve
    once you hit the mid atlantic it gets hot, humid, and really unattractive.
    No splendid vistas, or panoramic views,
    but we’ve got lots of love!
    We’re kinda moody, really stressed out, and a little pissed off
    so you’ll fit right in 🙂
    Can’t wait to see you guys, hang in there!

  49. avatar
    MEM | 22 July 2006 at 4:45 am #


    sk, mwp, pk, tp, et all, yes, we do all want to jump. it is our very nature, it is our birthright, in fact. we are always jumping from one place to another, yet, at times, i scarcely believe we hardly know we are jumping at all.

    culturally, you see, we must always jump and we will jump further, longer and harder than you (insert whomever you are here). why some would ask? because we, as americans, know nothing better to do – hardly anything, at least. nothing, i would admit to doing – legally – that is and still have my hopes of…. wait… just a moment…. just a moment…. dave, i’ve picked up a fault in the AE69 unit… …sorry, gentlemen, i did loose track of that train of thought.

    meantime jump, go ahead and get back to me.


  50. avatar
    razor edalb | 22 July 2006 at 5:21 am #

    I have it on good authority (our black cat, Morph) that my wife will be winning the Powerball lottery tonight. We’ll rent whatever’s left of Babylon after the Yankee capitalist pigs (oops.. I’m American) have left and we’ll front a few hundred plane tickets for a show there.

    It’ll be like the anti-Dark Side of the Moon video.

    Well. Maybe not Babylon. There may be too many hanging gardeners around to make it a pleasant venue. Besides, the depleted uranium dust might damage your vocal chords or cause the tape on MWP’s guitar to disintegrate.

    I have it! Barrow Alaska for the winter solstice! An all night show, of course.

    Nope. Wouldna work. The polar bears, seals, and whales might be disturbed by the band’s sonicly etheral grooves.

    This is the ticket… The White House Lawn. They wouldn’t mind renting it out. After all, they’ve sold the people out to virtually every other special interest group, why not to one that’s out to have a spiritual experience? That’s exactly what seeing you guys play is.

    Looking forward to seeing you fellows in N. Myrtle Beach. (no winning lottery ticket required)

  51. avatar
    eek | 22 July 2006 at 5:31 am #

    Had to laugh at the hot shower bit. A few years ago I stayed in a crappy hotel room where the cold water didn’t work in the shower. Hottest damned showers I’ve ever taken. And of course it was extra hot and humid that weekend and I was working long days outside in dirt, so I was looking, feeling, and smelling my very best by the time I got back to the hotel (which was 25 miles away, in an iffy neighborhood, and, like all the other hotels in the area that weekend, completely sold out so I couldn’t even move to another room), so I really needed to shower!

    Luckily they did have ice. Yeah, I must admit it — I LOVE ice. I want ice cold water, iced tea, hell I even like iced coffee. Pretty much everything I drink I want to be super, super cold — doesn’t absolutely have to have ice in it, but I want it really cold. Must come from growing up with a well (complete with tin cup and everything). Well water, no matter how hot is was outside, was always super cold. And it tasted great too. nuttin’ quite like great well water.

    And I’m looking very forward to seeing you “aussie hippy jingly jangly scruffy space rockers!” 🙂



  52. avatar
    calling down baal and zeusi | 22 July 2006 at 5:57 am #

    ladies and gentle mice , is the time to reach out ,..reach backtake a friend ,.. take an enemy ,.. someone you love ,….someone you think you might love,..take your children
    these tickets are quite reasonable and should be put to good use tell someone else , share ,..give .. go on lets fill the venues folks its the best way to keep em comin.

  53. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 22 July 2006 at 7:13 am #

    my wife is obsessed with ice
    if she doesn’t get enough ice
    with her drink at dinner
    all i hear is
    “i’m in an ice crisis here”
    if we’re out to eat
    she’ll start spooning the ice
    out of my glass and into hers

    i don’t get it either

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 8:08 am #

    are you still detoxing the boozy night – sounding very flat, not really the you i know, anyway
    still loving your stories and poetry

    just wondered what the people are saying about Bush, Lebanon,Israel Guantanamo…?


  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 8:11 am #

    and another thing –
    forget the sales, do what you do, which you are the BEST at
    and let your magic speak for itself to the people who want to get it, feel it and transcend with it
    you’re hot!

  56. avatar
    jeff | 22 July 2006 at 8:37 am #

    just home from the show at the grove in anaheim and while the crowd was thin, the music was most definately not. sk, you and the boys put on a splendid show. who says that accoustic can’t provide a sonic wave? i loved that you started the night off with block…it set a great mood for the evening.

    sat at a table with several other long time church fans, all of who hadn’t heard the new album. after each new song that you guys played, they’d all ask me, “was that from the new album!?!” and then comment, “wow, that was amazing”. you definately floored ’em.

    you floored me. good on you fellas for a fantastic show.

  57. avatar
    Jesuskrishna | 22 July 2006 at 9:59 am #

    Phoenix/Tempe tonight
    Hometown Tucson tomorrow….
    Heather and I and so many others are looking forward to the shows.
    See you tonight Steve…..

  58. avatar
    Debby | 22 July 2006 at 11:01 am #

    Ya kicked ass & took names!– Ya completely floored me –deer in the headlights kinda stunned–Thanks to all fer the greatest evening we’ve had inna long time.We laughed all the way home-Safe journey–loveyaguys-Here’s a t- shirt idea for ya–THE CHURCH – 4 Vastly underrated guys with saints names & free parking almost everywhere–Oh’ Yeah — THEY’RE A BAND!!!

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 11:34 am #

    …my sycophancy alarm is going off again…..let the guy express a few self doubts without falling over yourselves to tell him how great he is….please.

  60. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 22 July 2006 at 11:39 am #

    Ha – ice.
    Now there’s a ‘cultural’? difference I can’t get over. First time I went to Europe – I’d been warned they didn’t put ice in the drinks. Got there and a few of the upscale hotels we stayed at actually gave me a cube or two in a drink. Apparently though, my mum and I are like Tony P’s wife. We need glaciers in our drinks. TONS of ice. Went to a Tesco in London and BOUGHT bags of ice. In Rome the hotel did have ice machines. I think we broke them we used so much of their ice. Then we called room service and asked for ice and a guy came up with about 4 cubes in a square bowl looking like we’d asked for a small child to sacrifice to be delivered to our room.
    In Florence – nada! I’m standing in the market fuming. “It’s water! Freeze it and sell it!”

    Oh great sadness and joy yesterday. Sadness…missed the show in Anaheim…joy – because one of my best friends had a baby and I’d been commissioned to be there. A new little life. Ah well, I can’t be greedy – I saw two shows and spent time with lovely people. 🙂

    Steve – I truly hope I don’t offend while saying this, but as much as we all love to tell you not to worry about ticket sales as the beauty of your music has still touched so many people…let’s face it, you guys can’t live on love alone, haha. People tell me teaching is a noble profession but noble doesn’t pay a lot. Sadly it takes $$$$ to tour and to live and that IS an issue where ticket and merch sales come in.
    Ha. Money. Seems a little less important when you’re young…’oh I’m not selling out’ ‘i don’t need much’ but then ya get family, bills, etc. Soon it takes money to make money. Grrrrr. Wish the music was all that mattered, huh.
    Wish people halfway across the globe would stop killing each other too.

    For what’s it worth, I bought tickets to all the shows…so there’s my money honey, and you can’t buy a glass of warm, tepid Coke with this…but you have changed lives and contributed greatly to the love and positive energy of this planet by your very existence. My life has been infinitely better with you on this planet. You can’t put a price on that.: ; )

  61. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 11:57 am #

    Maybe just shut up for one blog then and give us a break, self appointed queen. The old hippy can also speak for himself….

  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 12:04 pm #

    The old hippy does speak for himself AND so does everyone else speak for themselves Anon. Dont you get that? Is the world not depressing enough for you?

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 12:22 pm #

    Ummmm….I didn’t say anything about the world being depressing. Where the hell did that come from? She gets to have an opinion and ‘relieve’ commenters of their right to comment?

    Get over your fucking selves…

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    Tokin' Jester | 22 July 2006 at 12:43 pm #

    Ass smackin’ but not kissin’ ya hadda’ve actually been present ta understand–you can all make an appointment ta kiss my ass!!!

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    invisiwoman | 22 July 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    Canvasboard or stretched? I thought that since the only culture I usually get is from yoghurt-I shall purchase a painting–

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    don joe | 22 July 2006 at 2:00 pm #

    so eloquently falls apart at the end as u loosen ur hold on it..beautiful to read and well…i guess…seeing that we are the breath u use from time to time to keep it real. just dont do what columbus did….I think I just need, someones words to reassure me…i dont blame u steve nor do i blame myself.

    don joe

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    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 2:16 pm #

    take your bickering somewhere else please. you ruin the spirit of this thing.

  68. avatar
    buckmoose | 22 July 2006 at 2:45 pm #

    Sparse West Coast ticket sales…how discouraging. I’ve seen much less press for ULTC than I did for FY and AENT, maybe that has something to do with it. Certainly not a question of quality!

    Then there’s us landlocked folk who’d love to attend but are nowhere near a scheduled show. Today is my 38th birthday and I would have preferred to spend it at a Church gig…but alas, I’ll have to settle for the Starlight Mints at the Jackpot, with a shot of Jager…its OK, its herbal!

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    JJ | 22 July 2006 at 3:38 pm #

    There’s a big new local station here (so-called “Dave FM”), been playing Church quite often, though Milky Way seems to be the sole track. DJ Lady has said kind words about the band, so perhaps Atlanta will be well-attended. Me; waiting patiently and with great anticipation with ladyfriend and 3 others to file into Variety for a night of transcendance, as only The Church can generate. Yabbos in the mouse-land of Anaheim.

    “We welcome you.” August 6, August 6.


  70. avatar
    JJ | 22 July 2006 at 3:38 pm #

    There’s a big new local station here (so-called “Dave FM”), been playing Church quite often, though Milky Way seems to be the sole track. DJ Lady has said kind words about the band, so perhaps Atlanta will be well-attended. Me; waiting patiently and with great anticipation with ladyfriend and 3 others to file into Variety for a night of transcendance, as only The Church can generate. Yabbos in the mouse-land of Anaheim.

    “We welcome you.” August 6, August 6.


  71. avatar
    demeter | 22 July 2006 at 3:42 pm #

    We are just voyeurs here, peeking in thru sk’s grey-blue windows and pointing out objects of interest.

  72. avatar
    Demeter Again | 22 July 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    and he is a generous host, overfilling our glasses & filling our plates with tempting morsels here at his never ending electronic house party.

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    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 5:10 pm #


    You probably won’t read this, and you definatly won’t remember, but I knew you years ago. Not that anyone really ‘knows’ anyone…wanted to say very sorry to hear about Grant. Jack F. is always an amazing journey.
    I got tickets to see you in NYC on 8/10 was there in ’99 too.
    I’m there whenever I can be. I work underwater so it’s tough sometimes. One of your songs is almost always going through my mind when I’m down there. I haven’t spoken to you in years and years, but I still listen. Thanks for the wonderful colors. Look fwd to NYC.


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    Anonymous | 22 July 2006 at 5:11 pm #


    You probably won’t read this, and you definatly won’t remember, but I knew you years ago. Not that anyone really ‘knows’ anyone…wanted to say very sorry to hear about Grant. Jack F. is always an amazing journey.
    I got tickets to see you in NYC on 8/10 was there in ’99 too.
    I’m there whenever I can be. I work underwater so it’s tough sometimes. One of your songs is almost always going through my mind when I’m down there. I haven’t spoken to you in years and years, but I still listen. Thanks for the wonderful colors. Look fwd to NYC.


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    between planets | 22 July 2006 at 5:48 pm #

    ’tis not fore YOUR safety but rather THIER insurance rates

    he understands a little english with a socal accent but pray nay a bit o ye olde oz drawl

    calling down baal and zeusi said… bring, bring, bring,
    if you aske me that’s who all the blabber mouthes are, the friends of the pilgrims along fer the social eyesing
    if yer gonna bring people who don’t expect to be rapt
    bring strangers
    bring homeless
    bring the hopelessly shy
    the silent minority
    not the sonority sorority

    you could always send a ticket fer bus plane or train to most western bohemia fer yurs truly

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    eek | 22 July 2006 at 6:23 pm #

    “Canvasboard or stretched? I thought that since the only culture I usually get is from yoghurt-I shall purchase a painting–“

    invisiwoman, I can answer that question for you.

    Neither. They are on fine acid-free watercolour paper. (they are pastel/gouache). The prints are also on top notch acid-free watercolour paper and are printed with archival inks, so should last long enough that your heirs will fight over them. 😉

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    eek | 22 July 2006 at 6:53 pm #

    Anyone else notice when SK asks us to behave we get extra snippy at each other?

    The “Minister for Secret Police” (that’s me) is gonna have to kick some ass if people don’t chill out.

    …of course if you buy some of SK’s prints or a painting the ass-kicking could be waived…. 😉

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    Tony DuShane | 23 July 2006 at 1:33 am #

    i was offered a free ticket to see your san francisco gig if i did a review of the show.

    i hate doing reviews and want to completely enjoy your show, so that meant buying tickets for my wife and i….now it’s an official date night…

    i’m glad i interviewed you before you left australia…it sounds like i got to you before the mayhem.

    that will be published in the san francisco chronicle on august 17th and the audio portion of the interview will be broadcast on my radio show on august 19th. i’ll send your publicist all the necessary skinny.

    i wish you continued success on your tour and see you on the last night of it.

    and i’m now addicted to your blog.

  79. avatar
    sockfacepuppetmunch | 24 July 2006 at 12:27 am #

    tht Anon is the anti-steve…
    I want em gone! and I have the firepower to do it.
    You got one last chance Mr!

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