posted on May 29, 2006 at 11:05 am

allo mary poppinss
good morning fiendss
wherever you may roam
here i am in my hotel foyer in london
blogging for thee instead of seeing buckingham palace
or madam twoswords
or whatever all those tourists flock here for…
im here
writing this missive to ya
in bayswater, opposite hyde park
and sydney fiendss
londons hyde park is a lot lot bigger n better than
its antipodean namesake
when i finish here
im gonna have a strolly wolly in the parky warky
ive been up early doing extra extra chi gong n yoga
to try n get my velvet sonorous voice back
and trade in this wheezey olde croak
i been listening to dasi by karnamrita “prayers by women to krishna”
its a kind of western take on some beautiful hindu sanskrit prayers
sri krsna hari murari
hey nath narayana vasudeva
syllables charged with deep magic before the dawn of time
(hey jaime r will understand)
guitars sitars flutes tablas
oh yes, very inspirational

oh yeah
they say im a nice bunch of guys
and maybe theres some truth in it
i never know who im gonna be when i wake up
i know i said some rude things about the motherland yesterday
im sorry i was a little despondant
i aint ever levelling these rants against the amazing buncha
churchites that have been loyal since the word go
i hope you n they realise that
i just wanted it to be as good as it has been lately
didnae wanna fly all the way
just to play a crummy gig
cos i wanna give ya the best

marty just told me chris squire from yes may be coming tonite
one of THE greatest bass players ever
i still listen to the stuff he did 30 years ago
and my jaw drops
man…i wanna meet that druid

dunno how my voice is gonna hold up tonite
2 shows is gonna be pushing it
fiendss youll be proud of me when i tell ya
that i refrained from smoking anything yessaday
at all
trying to save mah larynx
wanna hit the notes etc etc

i cant even remember the last time we played 2 shows on one night..
can we even do it?
fuck, i hope so
or we’re gonna look bloody silly

here i am in england
talking with my australian accent
except when i meet an australian
then i talk with my english accent

i dont know who i am
i dont know what im sposed to be
a sinner and a would be saint
i just wanna heal everybody
with my music
but im still olde ugly and grumpy
im sorry if you find it frustrating
i do too
i thought i mighta known who im sposed to be by now
im just an actor
everything is a performance
playing our parts
coming in
and dropping out
creating n destroying
today i feel so close to my god
the beautiful lord vishnu
i guess cozza all that yoga i just did
but i still could meet ya tonite
and youll walk away and say
whatta cunt that kilbee izz
remember if you catch me before i play
im too distracted to talk
if ya catch me after
im too exhausted
music is my anaesthetic
its my spell
its my coma
when i play i go somewhere else
and its hard to come back down to earth
and chat about whats been happning in yer life
i cant just switch this on or off anymore
this things coming thru us
and it fucking knackers mee out
so watch out if i dont make with the small talk
im not a good party animal fiendss
im not a good mixer
im not a social type
if ya wanna talk to me
talk to me about narnia or troy
or the mahabharata
or marc bolan
or vegan food
otherwise im not much chop
i know a lot about a few things
and almost nothing about anything else
my poor olde dad despaired about my mechanical abilities(non existent)
so idunno
apologising in advance for my inadequate conversation
if i meet ya tonite
its all me, me , me
on here, isnt it?
im a self obsessed egotistical narcissistic prick
but i can rock a little too
is it love
is it love
is it love
that makes us rock?

ok fiendss
im gonna leave ya here
think of me
sitting here in the columbia hotel
opposite hyde park
watching the green leaves move in the cold breeze
its a bank holiday
its very quiet
london aint so badde, guv’nor
i take it all back
im ready to be inglish again
my mum n dad are fucking cockneys fer god sake
im english thru n thru
im just a little confused
thats all
i need a little lie down and a rest
i need a months holiday in budapest
i need to see my lovely wife n my kiddiwinks
i need love
see ya tonite
hope the voicebox holds out
i love ya

22 Responses to “the rooftops ov lunden, cor whatta sight!”

  1. avatar
    metal_petal | 29 May 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    hope it’s great

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 May 2006 at 12:33 pm #

    Nice one old son.
    Weeze all loves ya too.
    The Mud Man

  3. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 29 May 2006 at 1:34 pm #

    Congrats on not smoking for your voice! Best of luck doing 2 shows! Ya know, ever since I started reading this blog, I have to be honest, there’ve been days where I’ve wanted to just slap you silly – and then today, here I sit at the crack of dawn, can’t sleep, and I totally get what you’re saying – by now I thought I knew who I was supposed to be…what I was supposed to do…nice to know sometimes even others (who perhaps once when I was still young and super naive thought had all the answers, haha) are still trying to figure out it.

    Memorial Day here in the old USA today…bar-b-ques and swimming pools…sad as now we’ve got 2500+ more war dead thanks to that f***head at 1600. Say a little prayer…


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    Darko Flagg | 29 May 2006 at 2:02 pm #

    Where else would I see Bolan and Squire on the same blog.. Ahh Steve what a trip your on. Thanks for sharing it.

    Just want to share with yer I listened to the last transmission of John Peel on his little boat in 1967 ..what an amazing night of music he played on the perfumed garden .. and he also played some really early Bolan.. The Wizard and some Johns Children (which sounded hard n heavy compared to took days)

    Take care .. Darko F

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    Anonymous | 29 May 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    Diss London, don’t we all, no worries…there’s beauty’n ugliness in everything around us, this englisher really couldn’t care less, too laid back. There’s way more important things to be upset over, and anyways I tease and say things lightheartedly, keep deep things way down in my soul for when a quiet period in a beautiful place comes along. I’m sure everyone on here’s the same and no-one takes it personally. Their problem if they do.

    Your music heals, you’re lucky to have a gift you can share, and your family. And yeah, who really knows who they are and does it really matter? I’m turning my life upside down in two years time to lose myself in creativity again, just acting in the meantime…

    The gigs’ll be fine, lose yourself in the moment…Mand

  6. avatar
    CSTCoach | 29 May 2006 at 3:06 pm #

    Just got in from 3 BC. No, wait, that was Boston.

    Thanks for the wonderful bit about budapest! You really captured the feel of the place. I spent a lotta time in neighbouring Slovenia, next time I’ll jaunt into Hungary and soak up the vibe. It sounds like heaven… Thought you would like eastern europe. It’s especially wonderful coming from such a young place in terms of culture, like north america or australia. so much history everywhere you walk, so many layers of time.

    Enjoy the shows tonight! Sending healing vibes for the ol’ voicebox…


  7. avatar
    PJC | 29 May 2006 at 3:47 pm #

    I thought you might be interested to know, if you don’t already, that Steve Taylor from Xfm has been playing tracks from ULTC in the wee hours.
    I moved here from Melbourne 8 years ago and understand exactly what you mean. Not to forget the unbelievably fickle, but extremely influential, self important taste dictators at the NME. But having said that, the London you seek is still there. It takes time and invitations……..

  8. avatar
    veleska1970 | 29 May 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    i’m sure the inglish forgive you.

    take care of your throat, and have a great gig.

  9. avatar
    mike a | 29 May 2006 at 4:51 pm #

    Nice blog sk – I stayed in Bayswater when I was in London last time – so go for that walk in the park – it’s nice!!

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    Thomas Irvin | 29 May 2006 at 5:22 pm #


    Here’s a little consolation for you–my cousin is a Zeppelin fan of the first order, knows all the bootlegs inside and out, et cetera. He tells me Zeppelin never played a good show in Chicago, and being the blues nuts they were, it always bothered them that they couldn’t reproduce their legendary live show in the city that spawned electric blues. Finally in about ’96 or so when he and I saw Page & Plant play Chicago, they nailed it. It took ’em 25 years, but they finally gave Chicago the show they’ve wanted to give ’em for years.

    I hope you do the same for London. Wish I could be there.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 May 2006 at 5:22 pm #

    hi sk
    hope your strolly wolly
    was enjoyable and just
    what you needed
    to prep for tonight
    hope you get to meet
    chris squire
    and that he gets
    to meet you!
    i know
    you’ll rock
    both shows

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 May 2006 at 10:08 pm #

    My brotha
    sounds like ura healin
    sounds like ur listenin to the lil sweetheart inside ya
    good for you sk,
    thanks for thinkin of me
    im sure youll have the stamina to break on thru
    have a great time and take it easy
    Chris Squire in attendence
    Oh YES..was listenin to the Revealin Science o Goddy couple days ago
    “What happened to the song we knew so well
    Must have waited all my life 4 this…momentttttt
    Check out an album by John Mclaughlin in the seminal band Shakti
    he plays this amazing double bridged acoustic/sitarish gytar
    and hes accompanied by master tablaist Zakir Hussein and other virtuosos
    you will definately swim along the current.. do their first album, it is fire…
    peace be with you.. and everyone yu touch..

    jaime r……………..

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 May 2006 at 10:12 pm #

    get out en amunkst et gizza..

    Have an awsome gig Mr SK and the Cruhch.

    Matt Davison

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    Anonymous | 29 May 2006 at 11:14 pm #

    You gotta try a little harder with the small talk thing with punters as it goes with the territory of what you love to do.
    Your sincerity on this blog is obvious but ya have to show it in person.
    Try just a little harder & I’m sure you’ll enjoy it – regardless of the subject matter.
    It’s karma baybee.
    Have a good gig , wish I was there.

    Dutch Pierre

  15. avatar
    davem | 29 May 2006 at 11:22 pm #

    I’m just back in from the first show. The venue was hmmmmm intimate – it was rammed.
    The boys seemed quite happy & chilled, plenty of banter. Nice version of Prov for Grant. They totally nailed Grind, Block, She’ll come back and UTLM. Steve’s voice held up until towards the end. I’ve been thinking about him & the second show all the way home.
    I’ll be interested to read how you felt about the night Steve. It’s seemed to me that us poms were becoming a worry. I felt the reception for the boys was warm & loving. I’ve heard slicker performances from the band but not more relaxed.
    We love you Steve.

    And i didn’t stay to meet you……didn’t want to be a bore or a hassle. gone quietly home, ecstatic to have stood that close to you for a couple of hours!! God bless ya matey. xxx

  16. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 30 May 2006 at 1:33 am #

    Hope the throat held up
    hope both gigs rocked
    hope Chris spoke of Narnia
    hope you got the love you

    Porque si

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    Anonymous | 30 May 2006 at 1:48 am #

    Hello Steve,

    Greetings from cold ol rainy Sydney town.
    Thanks for keeping your blog fiendss updated with the tour adventures. Sorry to hear about the prob with your voice, but you’ve been singing your heart out.
    Sure it will be back to its magical best today.

    Budapest sounds beautiful and a place a lot of people will add to their must visit list. Hope some of the gigs are being recorded for dvd or for a tele special.

    Good luck to you and the band for the London and Spain shows (know you won’t need it) and wish we were there. Take care and have a happy hol with your beautiful girls.

    diane n therese

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    the dean | 30 May 2006 at 2:22 am #

    my dear kilbey you are too hard on yourself. maybe you are an old grump but your fans forgive these lapses because you have given them so much. For price of a ticket or a cd a listener is transported to a magical place again and again.

    It interesting to think of Chris Squire kicking back with a number listening to ULTC, thinking I got to see these guys next time their in town.

    A pray for your voice, have a great show

  19. avatar
    Farmboy | 30 May 2006 at 3:15 am #

    You’re a silver-studded sabre-tooth dream, but who needs to shock when you know how to rock. Straight honey and squeezed lemon shots for your gravelly, prayers for healing. Extinguish self, and burn bright as a fruitful branch still at the mercy of the shears. Glad to see a sliver of your journey and cross paths along our ways.


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 May 2006 at 7:51 am #

    I agree with “the dean said”, don’t be too hard on yourself sk. Your not “self obsessed” and “egotistical” talking about yourself on your own blog, that’s what we’re all here for, glued to the screen, I want to hear about you, you, you!!!

    Take care and lotsa love,
    Amanda P

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 May 2006 at 10:53 am #

    Psst Kilbey, move in close, I’ll whisper to save any embarrassment. I think the last time you played 2 shows in one night was 1983 at the hordern supporting DIRE STRAITS. Did Knopfler queue up for a ticket tonight?

  22. avatar
    John Garratt | 30 May 2006 at 7:47 pm #

    “its all me, me , me
    on here, isnt it?
    im a self obsessed egotistical narcissistic prick”

    Last time I checked, this was YOUR blog.

    And I’m sure Chris Squire is up for vegetarian conversation.

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