The Church’s Steve Kilbey had to be talked into the Australian group’s current tour to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
“I just acquiesced to the other guys,” Kilbey, 55, says with a laugh. “I didn’t think a 30th anniversary was something to celebrate that much. I don’t think longevity is necessarily a great virtue in rock ’n’ roll. It seems that brevity is the way to go; do what you’re gonna do and then explode or implode or whatever.
“The Church has hung around and hung around and hung around — now it’s 30 years. The others sort of wanted to celebrate it, so here we are.”
The group is putting some effort into the commemoration however. The show’s repertoire includes a song from each of its albums, played in reverse chronological order — with 1988’s “Under the Milky Way,” The Church’s biggest hit, a “must,” according to Kilbey — and it’s also giving fans a free CD, featuring the song “Deadman’s Hand” from its 2009 album “Untitled #23” and some new songs, at the end of the night.
And even Kilbey — who’s releasing a box set of his solo material this year — admits he’s basking in the celebration.
“I feel a bit like a very old man looking in the mirror and saying, ‘I’m still handsome,’ ” he says. “I would rather be a young man, but at least I can say we’re still trying. We still have integrity. We’re not on some kind of cabaret circuit going around in matching suits or playing on cruises. We’re still a rock ’n’ roll band. We’re still trying, which I’m proud of.”
The Church performs Sunday, April 18, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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