posted on February 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

i remember driving driving in your car

there was once a little black girl of 8 living in the suburbs of chicago

she came across the church one day on her radio

28 years later we met up at this gig

her name is janet

it was so lovely to meet you janet

it was an honour to be part of your childhood

it was lovely to talk to you tonight

i’m glad you stll dig us, child

much love


43 Responses to “with mah sistah..”

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    davem | 12 February 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    It’s great to hear how well the tour is going. The best band on the planet.
    Hi Janet!

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    ASSMIDGET | 12 February 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Hi Janet!!!

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    Tracey | 12 February 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    my man. feeling real good about this down bronte way tonight. keep flowing.

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    cruikshank | 12 February 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Awesome show tonight. I had no idea it was a three-album epic performance. I just saw The Church at PW and bought the tix. I would have gotten laid later on, but the city booted my car and my wife took off in one direction and I had to go pay $400 bucks at Midway Airport. The unpaid traffic tickets were hers too, but I just can’t win. Awesome show though.

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    andy | 12 February 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    further evidence……………
    your’e back with humanity…big style.
    love ya man.

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    hellbound heart | 12 February 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    every single one of is would have a story about how we met and fell in love with your music
    love always……..

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    Melissa | 12 February 2011 at 8:46 pm #


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    Anonymous | 12 February 2011 at 10:32 pm #


    It was my pleasure to meet you last night and introduce you to my wife Michelle. Finally a chance to meet my humble hero and get a picture with you. My wife said I was like a kid in a candy store. She had never seen me like that before and really enjoyed the show last night and the opportunity to talk with you, Tim and Marty. The show was amazing, U#23 transcended thru the venue. On Angel Street was the highlight of the set and to hear Anchorage live was special. Priest was a dream come true the entire set was amazing and the energy you played on The Disillusionist was incredible. Starfish is where it all began for me and to hear it live again 23 years later brought my love for The Church full circle. You were a part of my childhood as well, 15 years old when it began and to this day your music is still with me and will be always. Enjoy the remainder of the tour and get home to your family safely.

    Thank You,


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    matthew | 12 February 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    Gosh that’s sweet! Really enjoying your blog from the US Steve.

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    a different man | 13 February 2011 at 12:11 am #

    well I sure hope she read that

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 February 2011 at 1:07 am #

    There were people from all across the country and they all united together for 3+ hours and became one, one family united by The Church. I could go on and on, some of you are glad that I wont, but I will say this. The Church are the greatest, most professional, band in the universe and put on a concert like no band can or ever will !!!

    SK- I left something with Tiare for you, I did not want to bother you or stalk after the show. I hope you do read the books and enjoy them. Thanks for relieving my pain for 4 hours. I will always be appreciative for that. And when the crew, the band, and the elegant Tiare all joined on stage for a song together. That just goes to prove that your family, your band family, your fan family, are part of the driving force behind your amazing stage presence, dance skills (LMAO !!!), and all around…PERFECTION.


    Thank You So Much !!!

    Darrin K.

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      Lisa | 13 February 2011 at 6:57 am #

      Darrin, your excitement is contagious! I am so happy for you that you were able to make it to the show and have such an excellent time. More importantly, The Church put its magical spell on you and relieved your chronic pain if only for a short time.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 February 2011 at 10:39 am #

        Thanks Lisa…would you like to see some pics of the show? Let me know, I am still gathering from myself, son, and friends.

        But I have some great ones so far.

        Darrin K.

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          thetimebeing | 13 February 2011 at 2:28 pm #

          thanks for gifts darrin!

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            BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 February 2011 at 1:08 am #

            You are so VERY WELCOME. I hope you enjoy them, especially with the long car rides and soon…exhausting plane travel.
            Drop me some feedback if you’d like to, of what you think of Mr. Gibbons poetry and stories, you have my personal email deep in the dark corners of this website. Steve- you and the band, and the crew were AMAZING. My son and I would have hung around after the show, but the Park West employees were getting a bit pushy and some of those fans traveled so far to ‘brush up against your fame’ and they all that gleam in their eyes…waiting and wanting…so I am so glad that you goes did come out after a brutal, long triple set, to spend some time with them. It just furthers what I, We, All, have been saying for decades, The Church is the greatest band in the UNIVERSE !!!

            Darrin K.

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    Abid | 13 February 2011 at 1:17 am #

    I’ve seen Pink Floyd, I’ve seen the Stones, the Who, The Cure, REM, Midnight Oil, the Waterboys – this is the best concert I’ve ever seen in my life. And where are these bands now? who is standing on top of the scrap heap mountain of smashed guitars with a sold out show packed to the gills in Chicago? I saw beautiful maidens. Raven haired girls who reminded me of her. These are the great minstrels from royal courts, these are the troubadours of emperors, queens, and heros.
    An intoxicating pleasure of music and memories, of possibility, and dreams. I admire the Church for their high bar of quality and integrity. from a distance I saw them as graying haired men, yet with the faces of 20 year olds. some sort of resurrection had taken place. Some fountain of youth that great passion, intensity and soul music creates. it was all unrivaled. Ah, the variety of sound, from cosmic space jazz of the future to a punk rock band in the 70s. the heartfelt cathartic belting joy of ‘anchorage” that had tears streaming down my face. The whole entourage playing for keeps. I stood up, cheered, and saluted you. and so from the deep deep bottom of my heart, I say, thank you, thank you, good sirs.
    – Abid

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    MJ FRIM | 13 February 2011 at 3:33 am #

    Steve, I’m not much of a wordsmith I leave that to people like you. So for me to try to express how I feel is difficult. I have to say the show last night was one hell of a performance. I thought I would try to get up and take a piss during one of the songs that I usually skip over on cd and it just could not be done. The band was bringing those babies a whole new life. Arrived home at 4:30 am, Chicago was way overwelming, the traffic the parking, the despair. Yesterday’s blog was very touching we ran into couple of people that could really use some help so we did, not as much as you although. My young nephew 20 and friend we very impressed with the show. He even mentioned that you were a pretty handsome dude for an old guy ha ha. I can not get the songs out of my head for the life of me today. Thank you so much for putting forth all of your efforts and bringing this amazing band to the us. If your coming around next year please put a word in for playing in Detroit. Wishing you the best that life can offer. MJ FRIMO GR, MICH

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    Lisa | 13 February 2011 at 3:53 am #

    What a sweetheart you’ve been today! First with the homeless elderly lady (wish we knew her name) and then Janet. Very cool Steven – you’ve earned your halo! Did Janet remind you of Tracy Chapman or something? Hope all went well with the windy city show – did ya sell her out?

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      Donna | 13 February 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      As soon as I saw the picture and the caption – driving, driving in your car – I thought, “Wow! Tracey Chapman went to the concert!” But then I saw “Janet”….

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    JW | 13 February 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Verily they did rock Chicago last night. And Lo it was dug. A great experience. Come back soon!

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    Martha | 13 February 2011 at 4:39 am #

    Reading all the feedback on the Chicago show


    just couldn’t get away for it – again. one of the veryveryvery few times i kick myself that i’m not in NY anymore

    i’ll get over it, pouting old grownup that i am.

    best wishes for the rest of your tour. you all be strong, rock on, and don’t back off on your boogaloo!

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    veleska1970 | 13 February 2011 at 5:01 am #

    hi janet!! happy to hear you could meet the guys. 🙂

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    post-punk rocker | 13 February 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Hey Janet.
    Keep on rocking and making people happy, boys.

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    Jasperina | 13 February 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Steve, oh how those burning embers still glow. HH it is true for most of us here. Lovely to set eyes upon Janet, it is my story too my girlhood days swooning to the magical vibration of the church minstrels

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    Ron Bonham | 13 February 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Reaching out now across this web, it’s all going a bit Tong at the moment, am quitting IL and stopping playing music for good and have put my dream of being a musician on the shelf. I may not make the NYC trip , I really want to use to kill this confusion and pain but I can’t do it. I have to be strong, know what I mean? Confused and heartbroken


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    Brien Comerford | 13 February 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Admit it Steve Kilbey proves that vegetarians rule. He belies age and he’s a paramount sage !

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    nick | 13 February 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    the radio in highschool art class 1980

    still dig you too

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    Donna | 13 February 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Well, all I can say is I’m soooooo glad I already have my tickets. Can’t wait!

    Hey there, Janet! Lucky you!!

    Steve, I’m so worried you’re going to be spent by the time you get to Mass. Get lots of rest and eat your veggies.

    Ron, are you OK?!?

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      Ron Bonham | 14 February 2011 at 5:22 am #

      Yea, I’m Ok. I am going to NYC so that’ll help, I think. Thanks for asking.

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    Karen | 13 February 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    wow imagine that 28 yrs on

    abid ! that was a great review makes me feel like a dickhead for not seeing them in Autralia since I was 19 in……( embarrassed face) 1983:

    love steve k’s poems and wrting looks like its about time I pulled my finger out and saw the church again..
    my late new yrs resolution then:o

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    Karen | 13 February 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    australia dropped my s again..

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    plumlady | 13 February 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    The Chicago sounds just fantastic; how I wish I could have traveled to it. Darrin K, if you are truly sending out pics; I’d love to see some…

    The last few blogs have been very touching; America is lucky to have you as a visitor here…are you sure you don’t want to move the girls over here; you’d have lots of family support just from your fans.

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    sarah | 13 February 2011 at 5:37 pm #


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    Aperus | 13 February 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    I was at the Chicago show and have seen the last seven tours through the U.S. I’m telling you, if you have any doubts – YOU MUST SEE THIS SHOW!!!

    Some observations:

    – Park West looked like it was sold out and packed. I wish they had standing room near the front. Sitting down at tables can neutralize the energy a little bit. But people gave standing ovations over and over again. There was much applause and yells after most of the songs.

    – The performances were much tighter than I’ve seen in the past. Tim Powles was likely playing to a click so the tempos seemed perfect for every song. Sometimes I find his live drumming a little loose – tonight he was controlled, tight and generating a lot of energy. He even added some punctuation here and there that was surprisingly tasteful and elevated the performance.

    – Marty was incredible. He always seems to bring the energy and people generally go wild for his solos. No exception tonight. He seemed much more focused tonight and where in the past it might take him time to transition from one song to another, he was into the next thing and ready to go and on fire.

    – Much less banter between the band. Their previous tours have seen them loosening up and having fun, telling stories, even being a bit comedic. Probably because of the amount of material, there was very little stage banter. They moved from one song to the next. I think this helped keep the mood of each album though I did wish for a little humor. Still it was a tradeoff that likely had to be made.

    – The overall execution for each song was better than I could have expected. All of it really. Summing up – the mood, tempo, playing and singing added up

    – Anchorage: Amazing performance. I love this song. Steve left the bass to Craig (did I get that right?) and they added a second bass with one of the techies. Steve poured his heart out for this one, gesturing with each line. Simply awesome.

    – Priest = Aura (the song): Loved the whole album, but this song in particular blew me away. It was like watching contained energy as the intensity level kept rising.

    – The Disillusionist: Another one of my favorites, Steve sang without playing, focusing on each line, moving about the stage and putting himself into the story. I’m not sure this could have been performed any better than it was. Simply stellar. I could tell from the audience that this was a favorite with others as well.

    – They played over three hours. How do you sing that much material and keep your voice for the next show? How do you maintain the energy? At times it did seem that Steve might have been saving his voice and dialing it back a little. On others, he was belting it out.

    I don’t know how to see this without sounding like I’m taking something away from the performance. From these blogs, it’s sounded like Steve is going through a rough time to say the least. In some ways you could see that on him in the performance. Sometimes it seemed like Steve was exorcising his demons through the songs – fully there. Other times, it was as if he had to put the cork back in the bottle. I can’t really imagine what it’s like.

    For me, seeing the Church live always taps into and releases some existential angst. It moves energy. It feels cathartic. I feel like I’ve gone to see a shaman. The same thing happened at this show. I found myself transported. And, I thought the Church transcended. This was a notch above. People I talked to at the show felt the same way. Many had seen a dozen or more shows and commented on how they had witnessed something amazing. I thought about skipping this tour due to money issues but am so glad I went. If you have the means I strongly suggest you find a way to get there and see this show!

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    andy | 13 February 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    everyone needs a dream…..

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    Ingrid | 13 February 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    I didn’t get the chance to comment on yesterday’s blog and I wanted to say that the kindness and compassion you showed that woman was extremely decent.

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    Jonathan Andrews | 14 February 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    This Chicago show blew me away. I was hoping to enjoy myself and had an idea how I would take in the show.

    I enjoyed the show immensely but it took me by surprise. Untitled #23 came alive in a way that I didn’t think possible. I smiled, I cried, and I felt such intense emotion and passion throughout my entire body. I felt my body and mind become overcome with the music.

    Friday saw a 9 hour drive and me arriving 2 hours before the show. A quite eat at Bricks Chicago with a glass of red…. Then to wait in the numbing cold so I could get down front……. But I digress.

    I had expected Priest=Aura to be the defining moment of the show for me. I had been waiting for “Chaos” for two weeks and it did not disappoint. I was still high from Untitled #23 and P=A didn’t work as well for where I had been transported. The brilliance of the individual songs has been mentioned above and I concur.

    Starfish has sure stood the test of time and having the work of art played in order was beyond important for me. The textures, colors, and detail still resound in my mind. I played the CD with my baby twins this morning and re-lived the live performance memories. Blood Money and North, South, East, and West were so great to hear live!

    I appreciate the talent, stamina, and longevity of these guys so much. Thank you for an inspired show and making the trip from Kansas City worth every minute of the drive.


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    souldeserter | 15 February 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Thank you for the Chicago show. I’ve never felt so happy to be in a room with a thousand strangers in my life. Everyone was so excited and happy and joyful, and the band was in fine form and far too gracious. I’ve not been able to shake the Untitled #23 songs from my head since that night – it’s a wonderful thing. To have Priest = Aura and Starfish follow that section up was like some sort of wonderful, surreal, vivid dream. Truly, it was like something you only dream about and I’m still not fully convinced it actually happened. I spent 16 hours on the road getting to the show and back home again, and it was easily worth every second of the effort. I only wish I was able to get to the New York shows but I feel blessed to have made it to the Chicago gig. The funny thing is the next day the cold snap broke and we had a little taste of spring, like a ball of warmth had radiated out of Park West and thawed this mean winter we’ve been enduring for a little bit. Steve – your energy was fantastic and inspiring. I love that you’re getting to be more of a showman as you wear it quite well. Space Saviour, The Disillusionist and Anchorage were fantastic. Thank you for such an amazing experience! I’ve been walking on clouds ever since.

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    Glen Thomas | 17 February 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I was equally blown away at the Chicago show. I drove from Memphis and it was so worth the trip! The preceding weather had caused me to doubt I’d make it up until the day before when the roads cleared here. Prior to that, I had begun to think I had some sort of Church curse cast upon me (much like the barbarians picking through the ashes of the dome), because storms and flooding prevented my Atlanta trip to see the show in May, and the Kansas City show got canceled in 2009.

    Traveling with my best friend from college, John, we listened to each of the three albums being performed at the show during our 9-hour jaunt, reliving our memories that the various songs brought back and just catching up on life in general. Music is so adept at bringing you back to a particular time or place or person, and John and I shared many flashbacks while listening to “Starfish” and “Priest=Aura.” We also dissected several of the offerings on “Untitled No. 23,” so it wasn’t a total nostalgia fest. We got to the hotel two hours before the show and I thought that my Church curse was again activated when the hotel informed me that my sporty, girl magnet mini van (sarcasm alert) could not fit into their parking garage (due to my enormous luggage rack…a family staple in my non-road trip life) and I would have to find a parking spot on the street. In downtown Chicago. On a Friday night. Frustration was eliminated in the form of divine intervention, or at least good fortune in having a parking spot open up right in front of me.

    A cab ride later we were in line with dozens of other Church fans, all discussing past shows, obscure tracks, etc. Keep in mind that I grew up in rural Arkansas, where people listened to Hank Williams Jr., Poison, or some combination of the two, so I had never been surrounded by so many fellow church fans. We got great seats up front and without a doubt, this ranks as my favorite concert ever. One, all the people and fans were great, each comparing their haul from the merchandise booth and trying to figure out which evening’s song was their favorite. Songs that really stood out for me were “Deadman’s Hand,” “Anchorage,” “Pangaea,” “Mistress,” “Chaos” (this was tremendous), “Dome” (my kids’ favorite), “Spark,” “Reptile,” “North, South, East and West.” Steve’s singing was strong throughout, and Peter and Marty wove quite the web on guitars. I was also impressed with Tim’s energy and all the behind the scenes contributions that Craig provided.

    This is my long-winded, probably somewhat boring “thank you” to Steve, Marty, Peter and Tim. It was a great experience: great music, memories, good people and a road trip with an old friend. Oh yeah, and an ill advised Chicago chili dog at midnight after the show.

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    thejanet | 6 March 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Here in the cypher with you all connecting with you all through music in this e-lectronic pangea. . .beauty beyond beauty . . .wow. Agree with Glen Thomas, but I grew up with Hank Williams, Jr. and Poison too, imagine that. . .little brown gal upstairs in my room curled up on my little radio with The Church among others. . . hearing a guitar and voices nobody I knew was listening to, didn’t know a guitar could sound like *that*. . .downstairs Mahalia Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White . . .It didn’t go so well in the 80’s when I was 8 years old running around saying things like “music isn’t black or white, it’s music”. . .it’s all OK these days. . .free at last, free at last, although I’ve got about 30 years of catching up to do with music!

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