posted on May 21, 2006 at 9:26 pm

hi ya people
feeling weary
not much of a blogg today, i suspect
feeling sad to leave the fam n the home
on wednesday
not looking forward to it that much
bit of a cold
back aching still
not feeling like much of a rockstarr
to tell ya the truth
as ian hunter said
you gotta stay a young man
you can never get old
you look like a star
but youre really on the dole

he also said
god aint jive

he also said
pass the salt
to his wife once

i dunno
the doodles have gotten up for school
warm n confused they tumble out of bed
aurora comes n gives me a kiss
mornin dad she says in her jimmy stewart accent
the doodles have lived here 4 years now
they still speak with american accents
sometimes they get confused
they dont know whether to say
or barth
or farst
they dont know whether to say
sidewalk or footpath
sometimes they say footwalk
or sidepath….
im gonna miss my doodles
thats fer sure
but europe awaits
the roar of the greasepaint
the smell of the crowd
actually on a cold morning
sitting here
in the bosom of my fam
i dont really have any desire to sally forth
and take europe by storm
i just wanna stay home
dont wanna get in a cab
get to airport
stand in q
go thru customs
get on plane to singapore for 9 hours
wait around there for 4 hours
then plane to london for 13 hours
then negotiate heathrow
more customs
then plane to hungary
more customs cabs queues
finally to hotel
ah now i can sleep
no you cant
you got jet lag mr killbee
you cant sleep now
in hungary it might be 11 at night
but in austraylia its 9 in the morning
and im ready to swim
then of course next morning
when the lovely and attractive kevin n
drops by to get me
im gonna be ready for slumberland
such is the jetsetting musos lot
i love playing
i live for it
onstage i am anaesthetised
under a spell
i just hate waiting
i hate travelling
i hate listen to the other dudes in mah band
blabbing on about something i already heard
a million times
i hate the awkward meetings
steve, this is roger bullpitt
hes the head of programming here at KPOX
steve, im yer biggest fan…
whats yer group called again?

i hate it when i walk off stage
when i just played for 2 hours
im soaking wet and exhausted
and some dude immediately storms in
and starts up a conversation
about something …….
i hate trying to find vegetarian…let alone vegan food
i hate driving down the autobahn at 2oo miles an hour
in the rain and spray
i hate hotels next door to construction sites
i hate “fans” who love you so much
they wanna have an argument
i hate going onstage without a smoke
(pls take note of that, someone!)
i hate it when i cant get thru to australia
or they charge me an arm n a leg
per minute phone call
oh fiendss
its no bedda roses on tour
i know you dont feel sorry for me
i know yer thinkin’
get out there and rock
and stop complainin’ you olde whinger
the friction
the disapointment
the rip offs
the arguments
the blah blah blah blah blah
i know
i should be grateful
im almost 52 n im still rockin
just get on with it
i will
i will rock all over this world
i will be happy
i will be olde gifted n white
i will be onstage with bells on
i will smile thru the sad songs
i will be polite
even to grovelling wallies
and rude sods
i will treat you all with equanamity
i will be kind n courteous
even when asked to sign
one of martys records
step on my toe, i’ll laugh
knock over my bass, i’ll grin
get my towel damp, i’ll love ya for it
oh im such a changed and nice bloke now
its sickening
no more the grumpy supercilious cynical bastard
of yore
now sweetness n light
humbly glad to be on the road
and honoured to sing my song for ya
thats it you creatures
thats it for today
was that ok
was it enuff
am i still in yer goodbooks?
see ya in buda, pests

58 Responses to “thimbles and thunderbolts”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 May 2006 at 10:54 pm #

    Get some sleeping tablets & above all…..

    Dont forget to blog.
    Sleeping tablets are the go …
    How many tennis stars have had to make an exhausting trip to Australia to get to some qualifying match & then played the best game of their lives.
    They all said they knocked themselves out on the flight.

    Dutch Pierre

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 May 2006 at 10:55 pm #

    to see you
    thanks for
    rocking us

    ps note taken 😉
    re “(pls take note of that, someone!)”

  3. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 May 2006 at 10:55 pm #

    you’re definitely suffering from burnout….(gee, ya didn’t know that, huh??)**rolling your eyes…**

    steve, we know how difficult it is to be tired and leave your family, your home and all of your creature comforts behind, and face the non-stop performances, people wanting to talk to you, public appearances, etc, etc,….other assorted demands on you. i think after doing what you have done for the past 20-something-almost-30-years, i would be fucking tired, too!! no rest for the weary, huh? but we love you and i hope that’s enough to keep you going.

  4. avatar
    Al Renwick | 21 May 2006 at 11:09 pm #

    Hey check this:

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 12:03 am #

    I’ve MET Roger Bullpitt, I meet him every day…good on you Steve, 52 and doing the best work of your career, chin up old (ish) cock.

  6. avatar
    fergal | 22 May 2006 at 12:11 am #

    bon voyage sk
    i hope someone gets u out of trouble
    back in budapest

  7. avatar
    Invisiwoman | 22 May 2006 at 12:15 am #

    Mas mota por yo enLALA si–

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 12:28 am #


    Sorry , We can’t help it , we just love your work !

    Rock on and go forth young man !


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 12:40 am #

    key to not getting jetlag:

    1. embrace where you are when you are there – with all your soul. if you keep thinking “it’s really 9am” when it isn’t, that will fuck with your time clock.

    2. get your head out into some sunlight asap and for as long as possible. hopefully the weather is ok – but it is spring and the days are way longer than the ones in Oz right now so that will help.

    3. check out the turkish and greek & croatian restaurants in europe if you want some vegie/vegan stuff – they’re prob the only guys who do cool mezze that you’ll be able to choose from and put together a meal that will feed your soul – soul food helps you feel at home.

    check out the telephony companies that provide el cheapo rates for calling home on the net – although sometimes hotels block being able to call these numbers from your room – but you should be able to get rates like less than 4 eurocent per minute.

    so here’s to a super dooper upgrade to business class for your flight over so you can put your feet up and share the space with way less people – see, my fingers are crossed for ya.


  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 1:37 am #

    Dear Steve,

    Thank you for a wonderful night of music last Friday. You sounded better than ever. (Is that possible?)

    I’m sure there were two angels with you that night – one sitting on each shoulder.

    God bless
    Lots a love,
    Diane (from Winebanq)

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 1:42 am #

    Dear SK,

    Hope your back is a lot better today.

    Enjoyed seeing you play and speaking to you Fri night at Winebanq. Great performance by you (as usual) and the band, as was the Basement show. Hope to see you play again in Sydney.

    I hate flying too, but the thoughts of seeing your beautiful daughters and your fans patiently waiting in Europe, will make the flights more bearable.

    Have a safe and happy trip.
    Bon Voyage,


  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 2:29 am #

    Ha! Now I understand why you were less than pleasant when I met you. 🙂

    Seriously, it’s the kind of rock n roll life travelogue some of us fans should have read years ago so we’d know where you’re coming from when we try to meet & greet at a show.

    I’m sure there’s someone here in blogosphere that can write one from the fan’s perspective so you can see our side of it, if interested.

    Understanding and putting ourselves in other’s shoes is what it’s all about and it works both ways.

    You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. We’re glad you’re still doing it. I wish you the best in the tough road ahead during tour-time.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 2:36 am #

    sk…the danger, the intrigue, the back pillows?

    Give them buddas’ something fretless to contemplate.


  14. avatar
    baby | 22 May 2006 at 3:09 am #

    my sympathies. i just returned from novosibirsk, siberia. novosibirsk to moscow to jfk to sfo, with a 2 year old and a 3 year old in tow. terminal, plane, customs, rudeness, terminal, plane, crying, coffee spills, baggage check, passport control, xray machines, crying, terminal, plane, crying, sore legs, broken escalator, baggage pick up, finally taxi and home. oh yes, and airplane food no doubt made of horse meat.

    i am in awe of people who can do this often. thank you.

  15. avatar
    bibliophile | 22 May 2006 at 3:19 am #

    upon perusal of me olde goode book
    in catalogue heart dusty musty
    under curmudgeon your name’s a bit smudgeon
    but under love it’s there trust me

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 4:12 am #

    Wow, that’s a drag.
    All that stress will make
    you physically ill, focusing
    on all the negative aspects
    of the ordeal.

    Try to think of some positive
    things like Spring in Europe
    exciting new adventures etc
    etc etc..

    Lighten up and have some fun!

    Greetings from So. Cal.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 6:02 am #

    I don’t envy you at all sk. I’m sure your family knows you’re doing it all for them, “daddy has to bring home the bacon” so to speak. At least you’ll get to see your girls in Sweden and have a beautiful time with them, just think of that to keep you sane!
    I didn’t realise how horrible it is for you to meet fans backstage like you said, after slogging it out for 2 hours, I can imagine the last thing you need is to be oggled and hassled by starstruck girls and boys all asking stupid questions, and I’ve heard plenty (being one of them…oops). I suppose you can always think that you might not have had the beautiful family that you have now if it wasn’t for the “backstage scenario”. I’ve always loved seeing you backstage though, especially when some smart-ass has pissed you right off and you put them back in their place quick smart and they’re left speachless..ha ha ha!!!
    Just remember not play any songs that make you feel sad, only the “feel-good” ones!
    Have a fantastic tour and holiday anyway. We’ll miss your blog for the next month, but I’ll be thinking of you everyday.

    A big farewell hug and love always,

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 6:48 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Few things. Budapest airport and customs is a breeze compared to Heathrow. Its a quite small airport.
    “smoke before the show” dont worry, its arranged. Vegan restaurant.? There is a very good one one minute walk from the hotel.
    I can really understand not wanting to leave fam. I have the same problem nowadays. I know getting here (to Bp) will be very unpleasant for ya, but we will do our best to make you comfortable once you arrive.
    Did you know that “ULTC” is “album of the week” in pestiest (largest entertainment paper in Hungary). With few pictures, and very positive review…
    see ya soon.

  19. avatar
    one rigid finger typist | 22 May 2006 at 6:55 am #

    hey sk,

    you’ll have fun once u get there.
    as we get older, the couch becomes a seducing beast, one that does not question stamina or rock credentials. However, once u’re off the couch, it’s not so bad. every so often.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 6:58 am #

    Regarding – ” i hate it when i walk off stage
    when i just played for 2 hours
    im soaking wet and exhausted
    and some dude immediately storms in
    and starts up a conversation ” – That would be the likes of me . And the haunting embarrassment I’ve felt ever since accosting you in this manner , pouring forth a barely comprehensible stream of drink induced vapidity is nothing compared to knowing now , as I suspected , how frustrating this must be to endure . Pease consider this my apology for an Adelaide show a year or two back – when nerves and excitement at the chance to meet my favourite musician combined to reduce me to a level of intelligence that would have shamed a village idiot . That said , I can’t be the only one to have done this , can I ? NJL .

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 7:18 am #

    ah yes, sk loves adelaide. a mate of mine once almost threw up on mwp and we also had the priviledge of seeing sk run into a venue rather than face said mate and me. Ive never seen him move so fast… yes drunk fans are a sweet sweet proposition…I also remember once they played a venue called the synaguogue (the church at the synaguogue, good stuff) and they couldnt leave the stage before the potential encores because there was no backstage at that venue!!

    adelaide rocks!!

  22. avatar
    Melbourne Girl | 22 May 2006 at 7:35 am #

    After being dragged into the band room by a friend of yours (I don’t like to invade other peoples space), and watching some fuckwit ask you why you wrote this lyric and what you meant by that line, I don’t blame you. People forget that you are just a person. Perhaps a lot smarter than some but never-the-less just a person. You just picked a job where everyone wants to know you or own you. So after so long in the business it would fuck me off too. Having said all that I think you’d be fantastic to know as you have my sense of humour. But I think I’ll get to know you via your blogg and leave you to enjoy your life and your world. My husband and I enjoy our world and we can’t stand much of the rest of it.

    Enjoy yourself SK, enjoy life!

  23. avatar
    Chris. | 22 May 2006 at 7:40 am #

    laptop/blog /tour ,,maybe….
    why do you hate london so much,steve? btw.
    AAH the touring pains , that does explain a few things i guess, it is challenging, and not just the 2 hours of music.
    looking forward to the borderline show,love and bests, ,i met you at the borderline before the solo show you played there a few years ago.

  24. avatar
    Chris. | 22 May 2006 at 7:40 am #

    laptop/blog /tour ,,maybe….
    why do you hate london so much,steve? btw.
    AAH the touring pains , that does explain a few things i guess, it is challenging, and not just the 2 hours of music.
    looking forward to the borderline show,love and bests, ,i met you at the borderline before the solo show you played there a few years ago.

  25. avatar
    chris. | 22 May 2006 at 7:43 am #


  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 9:00 am #

    Heh,Steve many here who can relate to the fuckwit phase and we apologise because we recognise the stupid things said in the presence of our heroes. Kicks oneself 🙂 Is that why youre gone daddy gone before anyone can say 3rd encore?!

  27. avatar
    Sweed | 22 May 2006 at 9:08 am #

    Good luck on the tour and thanks for doing it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy a relaxing stay in s.w.eden with your daughters.

    Take care.

  28. avatar
    12str | 22 May 2006 at 9:11 am #

    ha i knew it!
    been around for a number of church gigs in sweden.
    allways wanted to make contact with you guys,so ive been standing in the background after the gig,hesitating…
    but in the end after watching so many people hanging around you guys, i get this feeling of no not one more,so i just go away happy with my evening,happy with new insights how to play this and that song,astounded by the liveversions of my favourite songs,and also stunned by those magical moments when a song i never really listened to blooms out and takes my breath away(magician among the spirits…what a revelation!)and i think to myself,what can i say to these guys… -great gig man!-love your music!-youre like the best!-been a fan since the eighties!-im your oldest fan!and blah..blah..blah and stuff!somethings better left alone!;)
    im glad to have the oppurtunity to write to you this way..this is a great place to be…
    so let me say..thanks sk for neverending inspiration,great music,lyrics and art!
    and to everyone else commenting on this blogg…maybe well see eachother on a gig somwhere soon!

    patrik w
    (aka 12str)

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 9:59 am #

    You forgot to mention those who leave solemn and serious comments in response to bloggs….

  30. avatar
    12str | 22 May 2006 at 10:16 am #

    a chosen few..the elite it like different classes?


  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 10:49 am #

    I’d like to know the exact point when sitting in a dark room slaving over your masterpiece, craving to be heard, becomes pissed off with the incessant adoration of cloying fans. Second album, I suppose (if the first was at least a marginal hit).

  32. avatar
    carousel | 22 May 2006 at 10:51 am #

    forgive me father for i have sinned

  33. avatar
    12str | 22 May 2006 at 11:05 am #

    dark clouds are forming here!

  34. avatar
    sue cee | 22 May 2006 at 12:07 pm #

    For Steve.. and the sinners for that matter… a little Winebanq review from a friend:

    “SK was in top form, David Lane was on keyboard and there were 2 amazing jazz musicians, one on drums the other on double-bass. Let me tell you something, UTMW and Day 5 in an acoustic-jazzy version, with improvisations, amazing work on the bass, and SK’s voice just took me into other dimensions.

    He was in excellent mood, hardly spoke, just fired one song after the other, no encore. From Neverness Hoax to Goliath, thru Providence and finishing up with Invisible. What a delight, excellent sound, people were pretty good overall. Though some were there just to drink and talk rather than see SK, people behaved and there was really no heckling going on.

    SK, you’ve done it again!”

  35. avatar
    sue cee | 22 May 2006 at 12:12 pm #

    ha, now there’s a future name for a jazz combo sk – Steve and the Sinners 🙂

  36. avatar
    Daberhasher | 22 May 2006 at 12:16 pm #

    this blog may make for your nicest tour experience yet… people are hipping you to vegan hotspots, doctors of the arcane, and here i must second the motion for an osteopath, or in your case, an Austeoparth… i cant say what it is they do, but i haven’t had to see ANYONE for over two years now since i found my wonder woman… thank you Lisa Pacheco D.O.!!!!
    AND,your peeps got the smokie smokie lined up for ya!!! now, just get some little cards printed up with your blog addy on it, and hand them out with a smile when folks are pressing your flesh a bit too harshly… it’ll be a souvenir!!! it’ll be a savior!!!
    just don’t put “get thyself fucked” on it, save that for here…
    Dutch Pierre’s tennis analogy was a good ‘un, even though you don’t care much for sport from what i’ve gathered, but hey, it is good to disagree with you about something… sports ain’t all bad, just like music ain’t all good, i mean you did share a label with Milli Vanilli for a spell… ooh…


  37. avatar
    Richard | 22 May 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    My one question:

    Why is 0408 called “0408”?

    (If it’s something really obvious please humour me by at least burying a clue in the tirade of ridicule!)

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 1:26 pm #

    I think the person who mentioned ‘putting ourselves in each other’s shoes/it works both ways’ has hit the proverbial nail on the head.

    Wouldn’t that be nice indeed…if 1) fans were respectful, NOT drunk, waited patiently, didn’t ask inane questions, brought the proper items to be signed, said thank you and remembered the Church are people too. Those people probably don’t read this blog.

    And wouldn’t it be nice, if 2)the Church members remembered that some fans are very nervous, starstruck/whatever, and sometimes don’t speak as articulately as they’d like, usually mean no harm, and that while it’s probably NOT your favourite part of the job…it comes with being famous. Or semi-famous.

    If I were you SK I’d be especially nice to the fans who brought me the ‘smoke before the show.’ ; ) That should ease things up, no?

    Hope this wasn’t too solemn. 🙂

  39. avatar
    Andromeda7 | 22 May 2006 at 2:31 pm #

    imagining spell for heartsore leaver… heat on sore back… white light there too… maybe pain is refracted from Sweden, sympathetic compassion for twillies… sorry it’s like this for you now. thanks for being real anyway.

    may mucho royalties flow to you from the back catalogue, huge hit single easy, etc, massive fm airplay/sales in the us of a and euro world and of course hardly last and certainly not least the sale of the blog book ‘the time being, the rants and raves of steve kilbey’ so minimal touring is required for maximum family support and further recording dollars

    love for what it’s worth
    and what do you call a musician in a suit?
    the defendant

  40. avatar
    verdelay | 22 May 2006 at 2:47 pm #

    I’d like to recommend you to my psychopath.

    The finest Mountebank in all the south, he’ll remove your spine entirely. You’ll spend your flight to the land of the Magyars in a dark saline tank, learning the Way of the Octopus.

    No pain, no gain; no reign in Spain.

  41. avatar
    Melquiades | 22 May 2006 at 3:53 pm #

    I know how you are feeling
    I sometimes dont have the strengthe to go on
    THen that though of walking the beach
    knowing you just broke up with your girl
    and you’re humblysadandhappy adn confused by all the liberation by the promise of it all.

    I love you Steve.
    There are only a few on this plane that share my woes and lifts

    and you are on eof them

    Its refreshing in a sad way that I find some bloke a world away that I can find solace in his words.

    did I mention I am listening to Isodore. such a tapestry of aural escape.

    did i mention I saw depeche mode last night. fuckin great but I wish they’d dug into their older catalog.dont get me wrong. they dug but i wanted more.

    called out of work today (wish i had another way)

    oh you all judge
    readying me for the pyre
    look down your noses
    It’s easy to judge
    so sick of it
    sick of the pilgrims

    Is it really that hard to get citizenship in Australia?

    I am sop positive
    now with that implant
    now I feel no pain

    never satisfied the onlooker.
    the spectator
    the audience
    they’ll devour you
    and then ask why this
    why not that
    we’re a really horrible species really
    we really only take and don’t give
    all that is except our hard earned revenu
    from our droll jobs
    that we could only wish -grass being greener on that other side –
    being your shoes
    lovely rock star
    who have their days to dream and weave
    and express

    i feel a change coming on.
    not sure from what side
    maybe i should be bloggin elswhere

    maybe this is sometibng more than i ever knew
    sometimes – when things go horribly awry
    you start to evalutate
    and look at the genius at what has us here.
    I have faith in all that is planned or not
    but it is all a lesson
    a lesson
    a trial
    an exercise
    a passage (thank you Steve)
    that is I seem to know

    We creatures that scurry
    we live to die
    we live in lines
    even as I speak
    There they stand
    there they lie
    basking in joy
    taking their last breath
    waiting to die
    not wanting though
    some ready some not
    antoher day in Baghdad
    another day for the politicos
    antother day for spell check
    at your monitor
    at your desk receiving, sending
    allt eh while the area gets smaller
    and theworld gets corrupt

    long on rambling
    hope there’s something in here worth reading

  42. avatar
    matthew | 22 May 2006 at 5:28 pm #

    Go forth and conquer Europe… and have a great time.

  43. avatar
    davem | 22 May 2006 at 6:30 pm #

    SK. If you think London’s bad you should see Birmingham. Oh, I forgot you did…back in the early 90’s.
    I can with clear conscience state that I’ve never stepped on your toes or asked you to sign anything of Marty’s…not even one of his records!!
    Too shy to approach you. Feel honoured (& sometimes intimidated)just to be able to read your blog each day.
    So, I’ll be there at the Borderline….singing every word….in awe to be in the same room as you….quietly making an overnight journey home afterwards.
    If ever you doubt what you do then I hope you know that there are many folks out there like me who spend a good chunk of our spare time listening to your words n music…buying your output….dreaming of the next tour… but holding you in such esteem that we’d never hassle you.
    You’ve made such a difference to my life. All my memories good n bad are set to your backdrop.
    You’ve given me so much pleasure (& cost me a loada cash. My life is richer for all that you’ve given. Doubt that I’ll ever speak with you or meet you Steve but adore you just the same.
    Europe? Consider me conquered.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  44. avatar
    eek | 22 May 2006 at 8:42 pm #

    You’re always in my goodbooks, dear.

    When you find yourself dreading this tour just do these two things:

    1) keep thinking of the lovely time you will be having soon with the Twillies.


    2) think of all the us adoring fiends out there lying in wait…um…I mean…cheering you on. Yeah, yeah, that’s what I mean. Really. 😉


    But I do want you to know I do appreciate the hassles you go through to tour for us. Thank you.

    …now I have to go round up the SKSC and get us working on getting you to Budapest as safely and comfortably as possible. 🙂

  45. avatar
    pharaoh | 22 May 2006 at 9:33 pm #

    Hope you get well soon Steve

    And just remember, you’ll be treating those Euro fiends to the best gig they’ll see all year.

  46. avatar
    Malika | 22 May 2006 at 9:42 pm #

    Just like U, don’t like flying.
    Please take care Steve…


  47. avatar
    mattdavison | 22 May 2006 at 10:35 pm #

    have an amazing time on tour Sk… the world needs its missionary from the Church. Time to spread the word again..sorry to hear that it becomes a labour after all this time.. but than again you are a family man now, no gurlies in the Hotel rip rawin parties.. just toned down ones, with a curfue..etc etc.
    Go get em Stv you might not do this again for a while, and just as you don’t like hearing the same old” from the bandies,they may not wanna hear the same old groans from you. Try something different.. Its summer ova there.. you are a very lucky man We friends of yours will never have that type of experience… so stop moaning..and go forth.
    Ps I must say I was a drongo at the corner 2004 and I appologize for being a bit wanky…It all comes out wrong when ya meet your fav..put it this way, It was easier to talk to Billy Clinton then it was to talk to you.
    Lv M

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 May 2006 at 11:20 pm #

    Ha ha ha,,,, I`m still laughing. Hanging up there in a plane with one engine gone and the Irish guy going… if the other one goes we`ll be up here all day.,,,,, He he he. Funny. Funny how things are most funny when things are going straight to hell… Or is that my warped sense of humour……? Like when this American yoga guy Ram Dass describes his badtrip on LSD. He`s been on it for days. He`s emerging from the meditationroom in the cellar and sits on a couch in the livingroom when he suddenly DIES….! God! He freaks out and calls for Tim (Timothy Leary). Man, I`m dying! I can`t see my body! It`s gone! But just before crying for help and assistance to re-establish his body, he realizes: WHO is calling for help, WHO is freaking out? WHO is this I that no longer have a body….? Yeah, just this old boring self clamouring for attention!
    Good luck on your trip to Europe Kilbey! You`ll get there in one piece, don`t worry (be happy).
    There`s a bigger chance you dying in your car on the way to the airport, than in a planecrash (fucking statistics!).

  49. avatar
    sue cee | 22 May 2006 at 11:38 pm #

    ” I’d be especially nice to the fans who brought me the ‘smoke before the show.’ ; ) “

    And following on from that Comment, I think its nice to give something in return….just make sure it isnt a Celine/Oasis (fill in the gap here…) bootleg 🙂

  50. avatar
    sue cee | 22 May 2006 at 11:39 pm #

    I meant for fans to give something nice in return, in exchange for an autograph etc

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    claude | 22 May 2006 at 11:52 pm #

    Sorry your back is out. You sacrifice so much to be that good im sure…Ill be willing ya to have a safe flight. Since your accepting questions now….I have a question for ya. Ever see any ghosts? What do you think about them?
    Claude Burton
    Galveston TX

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    Handyman | 23 May 2006 at 1:55 am #

    Sorry to hear you are hurting buddy. It will get better.

    I can’t even begin to understand the turmoil and sadness that experience when hitting the road to play the gigs and being separated from those you love. Sorry man. Can just tell you that you will be appreciated and welcomed whereever you play, and it will be over before you know it.

    Don’t throw me outta dinner or gigs in CA or CO! I’ll keep it on a respectable and non argumentative level. 🙂

    Take sleeping or anti-anxiety pills before you fly! That helps my old man. Now, that I could score for ya! Me, I’ll take a single malt.

    See ya soon,


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    nour-allah | 23 May 2006 at 1:59 am #

    good luck on tour sk. i feel EXACTLY the same way you do when i have to leave my family for more middle-age rock shenanigans. it’s hard not to loathe it all. at least you’ve found a beautiful life to miss…i’ll pray for you to return home soon, safely back to your family. you are blessed to actually feel this way…the sad ones are olde mick, rod and the lot running around in elf booties wishing they were still 22.

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    Anonymous | 23 May 2006 at 3:09 am #

    Hey Sk when (if) you guys come to So Cali(H.O.B?) and need a vapo hit, I’ll be there for ya man…….KB

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    Farmboy | 23 May 2006 at 3:50 am #

    Can’t describe how ecstatic I was to see the church each time (twice in New Orleans for starfish and GAF, then once in memphis BoB); at the memphis show, Newby’s, a dump, I walked past the closet y’all were crammed into to get a beer; almost tripped over the hardware spilling out.
    Saw you outside, after the show, couldn’t figure out why you looked so undone, inconsolable? I couldn’t bring myself to say anything.
    Later I assumed all was b/c of NYC. But now…
    maybe it was just the weight, sometimes it is all too much.
    Old for you, new and unburdened me.

    Hug the girls, again,
    embrace the hours sent.

    Drink lots of water, avoid the booze, do your big toe alphabet (can’t be filling your lungs with clots), wear a mask and plugs.

    Sniff different air, buy a trinket from a street vendor. Feel the stones. Have a good sweat. Know you are making someone’s day.

    Look forward to the whole-forming homecoming. Hug the girls longer, listen for hours to all you missed and how you’ve been missed.

    Safe travel, SK.


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    Anonymous | 23 May 2006 at 7:01 am #

    Hey Steve
    I’ve just had the worst run of health in my 36 years…the past 8 months has been really hard for me to get through. Like you I’ve been everywhere for help…hospitals, herbalists, acupunture, physio, bowen, i’ve had operations that were unsucessful…my problems continue, and yeah, despondancy sets in. Making the call to cancel our Hitchcock’s Regret shows with The Church last year was one of the hardest decisions that I’ve ever had to make, as it was a dream come true for me, but my hospital bed didn’t allow it!…so I take my hat off to you….you’re still getting on that plane knowing that it ain’t going to be easy, lots of hardship for a couple of hours of joy each night. Reading your blog today actually encouraged me to keep working at doing what I love regardless of what I have to deal with each day. Enjoy your trip, hang in there and I look forward to catching up with you sometime.
    All the best
    Mark Moldre

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    Pharaoh | 23 May 2006 at 11:17 am #

    I have a recording from JJJ of an interview with you SK after said ‘catastrophic engine failure’… and I was always amused at how non-plussed you seemed describing the incident.

    Nice to know you’re human like the rest of us… the flight from Oz to London is an ordeal, i agree… best of luck.

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    Anonymous | 23 May 2006 at 2:31 pm #

    Touring sucks. There’s always some dude who wants to talk to you about Laney amps or how you should turn up the backing vocals in the mix or something, when all you want to do is sleep. Sometimes you do wonder whether that hour on stage is worth all the waiting and travel and talking to weirdos. But then you get up there and it is somehow.


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