posted on June 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm

the magic bag
a run down kinda old theatre
in a nice trendy part of detroit
very pretty
for dinner i have the best thing of tour so far
a seitan vegan reuben sandwich
just like the real thing but no pain or blood involved
being a veg i had never had a reuben before in my life
but wow i was really hooked
i treated my self to a soy coffee n vegan scone for dessert
i hang around out back of gig
watching it rain
watching the lights come on n off in the carpark
feeling that summer humidity like i was in a film
because surely thats what i am in
people spot me
and i talk to em
and they share some jazz knowledge
smoke that pipe of peace and catching someones cold
we shake hands
we take pictures
we sign records
i go inside n listen to adam franklin
and bolts of melody
featuring our craigie on bass
boy americas got craigie real excited
adam franklin is a real gentleman
and the band are bloody fantastic
seriously cool guitar music with great sounds
a good match for the church
we go on
the gig is pretty packed
best gig of tour so far (FOR ME)
the strings just zing under my fingers
the words fly outta my throat
tims drums sound like a roman legion moving across a field
we are all locked in
i having the great time
during you took
a nasty man in audience is raving on at top of his voice
like a mosquito buzzing around
poor sk tries to ignore bad man in audients
but bad man just goes BLAH BLAH BLAH!
and poor sk explodes
before he knows it
threatening the bad man with rude language
all suddenly hot n bothered
the band start up again
the atmosphere is tense
the band chuck themselves into it full tilt
poor old sk transmutes his wild anger into passion
and verily the band doth lock in
re lock
and re lock
and then we cruise on
all the way out the door
swamped by a nice group
who gather for photos n autos
i sign n sign n sign
in the semi darkness cant see a damn thing
the night is warm
the people are happy
i feel pleasantly drained
i feel pleasantly vindicated
i chat to the fans
they are all very very nice
they really really do appreciate us…
how can a man be sad or angry if he is appreciated?
beachland ballroom
a bit under in tickets as is pittsburgh
so come along please
by all means

38 Responses to “snapped shot”

  1. avatar
    jenten | 26 June 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    glad to hear you enjoyed detroit as much as detroit enjoyed you.

    got a thumbs up from you before the show at back of gig but was too nervous to come say hi. sounds like you had no shortage of fans to chat with though.

    the night was fantastic (and well worth the cost of a babysitter)!

    thanks again and again.

  2. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 June 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    i'd love to be there olde boy!

  3. avatar
    Jason | 26 June 2009 at 8:50 pm #


    I just want to say that was the best Church show I ve seen thus far, My wife came with me for her first show and lets just say she finally gets it now seeing you guys live. Got three new T's and your Live DVD watched it today and it was awesome. You Took is my live favourite and its too bad that idiot distracted you but the song was still perfect. I have to say Peter K really blew me away last night. I always knew he was good but he was smoking, you all were. Wish I could of stuck around to talk after the show but wife is pregnant and she was ready to go after the show. At least we got to sit in the front row and by far last night was the best night I have had in a long time, so until your next tour Thank You.

    Enjoy the rest of the tour and get home safely. It must be hard to be away from your families for so long, but it is good to hear your fans are keeping you company and supporting you at the shows.


  4. avatar
    I SATELLITE | 26 June 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    You rocked the house last night Steve. The most amazing Church concert I've seen yet. You weren't kidding about the guy up front either. He was talking so loud with his buddy that people on the other side of the stage could hear clearly make out what he was saying while you were singing. Absolutely fantastic set. Is the girl ok that had to go to the hospital?

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    Daberhasher | 26 June 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    another whale of a tale, thanks!
    groovy pic too boyo, now your having fun and even turning the odd ugly american into pure rock energy…
    somebody's got to do it…

    you know, you guys being a bit under in tickets ANYWHERE is a cultural travesty… and yes, we really do appreciate the effort and the love…
    don't stop the rock…

  6. avatar
    CouldBeAnyone | 26 June 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    I'll see you in Pittsburgh!

    Ann (a.k.a. CouldBeAnyone

  7. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 June 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    glad you had a good show, despite the rude talker in the front.

    have another good one tonight.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 9:32 pm #


    sunday in falls church coming up. hope the van, equipment, gadgets, bones, vibe, and karma can all make it safely with something left.

    wilfred's sunday picks: myrrh, tranquility.

    wilfred paradise

  9. avatar
    Mary | 26 June 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    i love the pic! keep em comming! there was a girl that went to the hospital last night? wonder what happened and if everything is ok, man it was a wierd day yesterday with MJ dying and FF dying as well, sad well i never really cared for MJ but it was still a shock, but hope all is well with everyone else, hope you guys stay safe!!

  10. avatar
    Ellen | 26 June 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Happy to see a new entry before the day (my day at least) was over.

    Seitan is a tricky substance. If it's properly prepared, it's excellent. If not, well… But happy to hear you had a delicious vegan meal. Nothing like it.

    Every time you write about your latest gig, it just makes me want to hear you guys again NOW, but alas, I guess I'll have to wait awhile, huh? Next time, I'll stay afterwards and say "hi."

    In the meantime, be careful out there, what with all the driving, crazies, drunks, etc.

    P.S. I've been reading some of your older blog posts – I've been sucked into the Kilbey vortex!

  11. avatar
    wtbaucom | 26 June 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    Chicago was good, Grand Rapids was very good (come back, well get more people out next time), and Last night was the best show I’ve ever seen! And I’ve seen some damn good shows. “Girl from Ipanema” to stall for MW, Ha. Very nice! Will miss you guys till next tour. We need to find out who that little f*cker up front was though…..He was obviously inspiring! And yes… How is DaVita? Be safe, come back soon!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    So glad you finally had a show experience that satisfied YOU. We can all say more or less the same thing – what you guys would call a "bad" show by The Church is still superior to most bands on their best night live, but personal standards never take a day off. No rest for the wickedly talented, we get it. Just know that the sum total of a bunch of individual moments during the night can equal a truly memorable time, and that's a different take for every one of us watching and listening.

    (crosses fingers for the least # of tech and log snafus possible for the remainder of your tour)

    If I had that Reuben recipe it would help smooth over a lot of the lifestyle conflicts in my tribe lately. Not breaking the same bread at the same time with everyone else is akin to high insult. Ever heard of Paula Dean?

    – syrinx

  13. avatar
    Richard | 26 June 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    for those of us who aren't there

  14. avatar
    Craig MIller | 26 June 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    Day 8 of veggie eating. Hasn't been a problem at all so far. trying to figure out how to work some Yoga lessons in before departing on about a 3 month trip around the world for work. I figure if I can learn some before I leave, I can practice at the hotel gyms while I'm gone.
    Looking better that I might make it to the NYC show, but still only about 50/50.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Just saw Doves at Glastonbury via TV, which reminded me of BBC session they did prior to latest album release. They played new songs then, but it kinda twins in my mind with the KCRW session you did a few weeks back. Would be good if you could be releasing this kind of stuff, as I felt that Day 5, Block and NSEW really came to life in a way that can sometimes be obfuscated by sound problems live(You Took takes on a life of its own!).

    You did the Momento albums which had a principally acoustic sheen, but decent quality recordings of live/radio versions aren't readily available. Being dealt with?

    I know there's so many songs to choose from, but I feel you could easily conjure up a double album of sorts, eh no?

    The new the old and the unforseen.

    Me? Stephen John, born 23rd

  16. avatar
    Valentine | 26 June 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    Thanks for coming back, yet again! Brought my daughters to the show last night. They were enthralled…as was I … as always.

    Much love for bringing such wonderful music to so many lives… especially mine (yeah.. ego what can I say).

  17. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 June 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    …could never understand why people go to concerts and then bloody gas bag to their friend/s and piss other people off….
    rock'n'roll baybee!!!!!

    love always….

  18. avatar
    Mary | 27 June 2009 at 12:22 am #

    Ellen lol same here i was so bored last night and after i read a few pages of no certainty attached i got into the old blogs since i havent been on very long, i started way at 2005 and still reading them lol, now i cant stop hehe.

  19. avatar
    seoigh | 27 June 2009 at 2:51 am #


    When in Annapolis next week, do NOT eat at Tsunami or Lemongrass. It is highly likely that they will be recommended to you by people who don't know better. They bill themselves as veg-friendly, but they use fish sauce or bonito in EVERYTHING. I know the owners. Good people, but not veg-savvy at all.

    There are high quality veg-friendly Chinese places in town — I recommend The Court of Shanghai, Canton Restaurant, or the House of Hunan (a chain, but well-executed).

    I'm looking forward to taking some time off to see you — then off to rehearsals for me.

    Younger brother, you have inspired me to get back in the game.


  20. avatar
    Veronica Russo | 27 June 2009 at 3:10 am #

    Hey Steve! My name is Ashley. I just recently noticed the band is having a show coming up in Falls Church and Annapolis. My mom and I live near both venues and we're going to try to make it to one of your shows! It's really exciting that you guys are playing around the east coast. I was wondering, is there a chance we could possibly meet you and the band after the show? We are big fans. I don't really use my blog on here, but if you have time and could e-mail me back, my email is: Hope to hear from you!

  21. avatar
    Freddie | 27 June 2009 at 5:43 am #

    It was a truly awesome show tonight in Cleveland!
    Verily thou dost ROCK!!
    ….and thanks for signin’ me stuff and posing for the photo
    I saw Marty out back and gave him the snacks.
    So if necessary, remind him that I had Lord Steven in mind
    when I got em and that he has to share 😀

  22. avatar
    davem | 27 June 2009 at 6:19 am #

    Glad it's going well SK.
    It seems a bit calmer here today..

  23. avatar
    eek | 27 June 2009 at 6:33 am #

    Second really great show I've missed in the Detroit area! Grrr!

    See you in Pittsburgh later today!

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 June 2009 at 7:33 am #

    The photos look like you are the guy in the photo both at the mall, desperately trying to get a good pic for your passport.
    However you're never really sure the damn thing has taken the photo.
    You look perpetually confused.

  25. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 June 2009 at 8:52 am #

    lordy, lordy…………
    how long have i been bangin' on about a live CD and/or DVD?

    forever 'n a day!

    when, when, when?

  26. avatar
    Louisa | 27 June 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Hey Mr Suspicious,
    LOVE the pics, keep 'em coming. Stay safe in the big USofA, can't wait to see y'all again in Brisbane. Louisa x

  27. avatar
    heatherdaydream | 27 June 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    UTMW on rockwiz just now; played by Sean Kelly (slide gtr & vox)and a woman named Anne (gtr & vox)who looked a little like "Anastacia",

    That vege sandwich sounds nice!

    What a great sounding gig – I hate it when people yabber at a gig; oh and take photos all night instead of listening.
    You oughtta play Ronnie Scotts in London, where people get kicked out for coughing!

    Keep on rockin!


  28. avatar
    heatherdaydream | 27 June 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    ps…thanks for the gig link Richard…who hooo!!!!!!!!!

  29. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 27 June 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Yes, Steve, bring it on – a compilation of live performances, radio performances and rare tracks such as Leverage, etc.

  30. avatar
    matthew | 27 June 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Seitan rocks! (careful on the pronunciation of that one) – it's a periodical staple round here… easy to make & versatile. (try curry!!) Thanks for the updates too SK, great reading.

  31. avatar
    andmoreagain | 27 June 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Sounds magical. Nothing like getting really mad then rocking it through. I can't believe that the gig could be better than Seattle. Glad you are peaking.

  32. avatar
    frank | 27 June 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    Steve check those venues I sent you on My Space in Northampton. You would cover most of Western Ma and Southern Vermont including Brattleboro (a quirky little city)

    I got the Bastard Universe LP more great stuff.

    Bueatiful day up here near Foxboro…in fact so nice it's time to take out the Harley and go for a ride.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 June 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    I see you have 2 days in between Falls Church, VA and Annapolis, MD shows.

    Are you going to take in the sites of Washington D.C. (or rest 🙂 ?

  34. avatar
    the dean | 27 June 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    that's a fine video that Richard posted a link to.

  35. avatar
    A.M. | 27 June 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    Glad to hear my old stompin' grounds fed and treated you right (well, except for that moron screaming at the top of his lungs).

    rock steady!

  36. avatar
    CSTCoach | 27 June 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    something else i've been meaning to post…

    i've watched your west coast radio show several times, and i have to say one of the things that impresses me most about you guys is your absolute professionalism.

    you play what seemed to me an absolutely blistering set, enough to leave anyone's jaw on the floor, and you're obviously totally in flow. But when the song ends you just start packing up your stuff like nothing happened.

    in both of my fields – moreso the coaching / MA field than the writing – i constantly run across arrogant showboaters who are so proud of their one talent, or their trained monkey act, and they shove that on people and expect endless backpatting and recognition.

    you guys, on the other hand, go in there every time and give it your absolute best (because you expect it of yourselves, not because you're out to impress), sweat blood, and then modestly pack up and move on to do it all over again.

    and i've never seen displays of arrogance from you guys (yes, plenty of tongue in cheek stuff on the blog that some people seem to miss). Just absolute confidence in your mastery of your craft.

    i have tremendous respect for that sort of professionalism.

  37. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 27 June 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    If Detroit was great it means the sound was great. You guys were perfect in Chicago after having some sound problems early. There was sound problems on simple songs while the elaborate # 23 songs were impeccably perfect. I'm afraid I'm not one of those healthy and thin vegans but I have donated countless thousands to animal rights causes. I'm vegan for animal welfare reasons. Plus Genesis 1:29.

  38. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 28 June 2009 at 4:47 am #

    I don't know why people have to act weird at shows… especially ya'll. We had an unpleasant run in right at the end of the Denver show… He must have been drunk. We all thought he was shouting "uncool uncool uncool" but I guess he was drunk and it was really "encore." But at some point he started 'slam dancing' and hit my step sis and she hit him back and there was all manner of fracas between the three of us and him.

    I don't understand behavior like that… we only wanted to be happy and rock out, but I guess not everyone feels that way.

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