I found this interesting story on http://www.stivbators.com/ and thought it would be nice sharing it…
I copy the following from “biography” section:
“…Lords line-up varied during the last years. Treganna left the band in 1987 and Grant Flemming took his place and in 1988 Turner was replaced by Danny Fury.
The Lords Of The New Church broke up in 1988. Stiv had hurt his back very badly in Spain by jumping off the stage and was resting at his home in France. The other members of The Lords were in London and they were offered a gig where they could get a lot of money and they asked Stiv if he could do the gig, but he didn’t say yes or no because of his back. So, the rest of the Lords guys put an ad in the newspaper as an anonymous band looking for a lead singer – of course they hadn’t told Stiv. Somehow they thought that they could be The Lords Of The New Church without The Lord!
But Stiv had a way of knowing everything and he found out about that devious little plan by his so called friends. He called the band and told them he would do the gig in England but played dumb about the ad. The band couldn’t refuse so they did the whole gig. Meanwhile, Stiv had reproduced the ad from Melody Maker and had it blown up in big letters on T-shirts. They played the set and before the encore Stiv showed the shirts to the other guys and asked them to put them on. They were totally shocked by Stiv’s discovery of their plan. Anyway, they went back to stage to do the encore and Stiv said to microphone “Hey Brian, who’s the new lead singer for The Lords Of The New Church?” ” You are Stiv, right?” answered James and all the other Lords in front of the audience. ” No. Sorry. I’m not. You’re fired. And so are you. And you. You’re all fired! Bye!” So Stiv left the stage and the band was left there standing like idiots with their T-shirts on. Stiv had prepared everything ahead of time and had a cab waiting just outside the club. That was the end of The Lords Of The New Church…”
Although it looks like 7th of August 2000 was the last time that someone updated the site, this doesn’t mean the site stopped being interesting…
The following comes from the section “Open your eyes”
“IT IS A WELL KNOWN FACT THAT STIV BATORS WAS DEEPLY INTO CONSPIRACY THEORIES. FROM THE PAPAL ASSASINATION IN “HOLY WAR“, TO THE MANY POLITICAL REFERENCES ON THE WANDERERS ALBUM “ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE“, STIV WAS TRYING TO TEACH US TO LOOK BEYOND THE LIES IN THE MEDIA AND TO STOP BEING MINDLESS SHEEP BELIEVING IN OUR GOVERNMENTS PROPAGANDA MACHINES. THIS SECTION WILL DEAL WITH THE MANY CONSPIRACY THEORIES, POLITICAL MOVEMENTS, AND RELIGIONS THAT STIV WAS INTERESTED IN.
Miles Copeland – irs records
miles copeland III was the founder of irs records, who the lords of the new church were signed to. copeland’s father worked for the cia (central intelligence agency).
The story goes that stiv was called into the irs offices to speak with the younger copeland, but when he was buzzed into the office, instead two “men in black” were waiting to speak to him. were stiv’s subversive lyrics upsetting someone?”
For those who find it interesting, follow the link on the top of the post…