Thanks for all your letters to the Church. This is the first installment of what we hope will be a regular newsletter. So here's the news...
THE CHURCH have begun their first US tour!
It opened officially in Long Beach, California on October 19, 1984 at a place called Fender's Ballroom. They played songs from all their albums and from their EP's as well. A special surprise was had the following night in San Diego when the band did "Travel By Thought" as a second encore. Currently the band is travelling in California on tour, but by the time you receive this, they'll be well into the States, experiencing our winter. Although we've included tour dates, many shows are still to be added, so keep watching your local music papers.
Steve and Marty came to Los Angeles a month ahead of the tour to meet the press, promote the record and to get to know the city. Steve did lots and lots of interviews (look for one in the first national issue of BAM, out November 16) with the press and radio. He and Marty taped a video show or two. New equipment was on the agenda, too. Marty found a guitar shop with a wall full of Rickenbackers, all of which he wanted to buy. He did buy two new Rickenbackers...one is a blonde and the other is a six to twelve string convertible [WAH ! Marty put this up for sale -Brian Sep 97]. Richard is till looking for the ideal drum kit, although he's been renting some groovy kits. Peter bought himself another Fender and Steve acquired another Coronado bass. So when you see the Church, you'll be hearing all new stuff.
Right now, it looks as though the band will tour into December. A new single from the Remote Luxury album will soon be available in your local shops...it's "No Explanation". Keep watching your video shows for The Church. They've made a video for "Constant In Opal", which has already aired on Goodnight LA videos and will be on Los Angeles' Video 22. Keep your eyes on your MTV. You might be able to catch "Constant In Opal" as well as "Electric Lash" and "It's No Reason" on your local network video programs.
In closing, thanks again for your letters. The band enjoys hearing from you, and as time permits, they like to write back. Meanwhile, keep in touch. Soon, we'll have info on how you can get the tour t-shirts, pictures, posters, etc. Also, a discography is being compiled for all of you who collect records.
TOUR DATES DATE CITY VENUE OCT 19 Long Beach Fender's OCT 20 San Diego The Back Door/State University OCT 22 San Francisco Wolfgang's OCT 24 Los Angeles USC/Tommy Trojan OCT 25 San Diego The Rodeo OCT 27 Hollywood The Palace OCT 29 Boulder The Blue Note OCT 30 Denver Pearl Street NOV 1 Chicago The Metro NOV 2 Columbia, MO The Blue Note NOV 3 Carbondale, IL Southern Illinois University NOV 4 Columbus Newport NOV 6 Cincinnati Bogart's NOV 7 Pittsburgh The Decade NOV 9 Toronto El Mocambo NOV 10 Detroit Traxx NOV 11 Lansing Rick's Cafe (University) NOV 12 Cleveland Peabody's NOV 24 New York The Ritz
Here's a last minute update before the mail goes out....
More tour dates:
NOVEMBER CITY VENUE 10 Detroit Traxx 11 Lansing, MI Rick's Cafe 12 Cleveland Peabody's 14 Minneapolis, MN 1st Avenue 15 Eau Claire, WI University of WI 16 Oshkosh, WI University of WI 17 Madison, WI Bunky's 20 Providence, RI The Living Room 21 Boston, MA Paradise 23 Washington, D.C. 930 Club 24 New York The Ritz 25 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's 27 Baltimore, MD 28 Philadelphia, PA Ripley'sThere have been some dated added in the South - Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans ...keep your eyes on the music papers and your ears on the radio...
Corrections on the last newsletter: The Church will be in the November 16 issue of BAM. BAM won't go national until 1985, so you'll have to get it from California if you are out of state. We'll give you the back issue address if you write and ask.
The single isn't out yet, but as soon as it is, we'll let you know. The video for Constant in Opal is now on WTBS - so watch out! It's on MTV, but not often enough ...if you write to MTV at all, do your stuff... It's No Reason can be seen on Goodnight LA on the ABC network now ...thanks Jas!
Look for articles in Rolling Stone, Tower Pulse, The Record, Boston Rock (who already gave a rave LP review), Star Hits and Sound Output ...if you need addresses or reprints, write...
In the meantime, see the Church and keep those cards and letters coming.