April 10, 2008

I believe I can fly


Why haven't you written? Where have you been? These are questions people have asking me. I was shot after that freaking tour. I thought I was Superman but I was rudely awakened from my super-hero fantasy by the hard cold bite of reality. It snapped at my heals like a rabid doberman and sent me into a panic. I was woke with a sense of ennui and wanted to do nothing at all.

So here I am in San Francisco getting ready go to work. We are filming an episode of The Hugh Thompson Show tomorrow at The Moscone Center. Then I have a few shows this weekend in the bay area. I play 2 nights in a row at The Connecticut Yankee in San Francisco. Friday and Saturday night. Then on Sunday night I play in Santa Cruz at The Crepe Place. If you can't make it to those shows then here's what I suggest:

Steve Poltz will be playing LIVE in Videoranch on Saturday April 12h, at 6PM Pacific Time. This is a virtual concert so you attend by logging on from a computer. You do not have to leave your house! Bring the performing arts into your home and be a part of a live audience of music lovers!

Show Times Around the world:
Pacific Time: 6PM to 7PM
Mountain Time: 7PM to 8PM
Central Time: 8PM to 9PM
Eastern Time: 9PM to 10PM
UK Time: 2AM to 3AM Monday
European Continent: 3AM to 4AM
New Zealand Time: Sunday, 2PM to 3PM
Sydney AU: Sunday, 12 Noon to 1PM
Tokyo: Sunday, 10AM to 11AM

What is Videoranch?
Videoranch is a membership-based, 3D virtual world on the internet, where LIVE musical performances are video-cast, seamlessly embedded, and viewed, in real-time, by a virtual audience made up of people logging on from all over the world.

To attend the show, you need high speed internet access and newer computer with Windows on it (Intel Macs work great if Windows is installed).

WATCH IT LIVE: Go to, click Enter, then click on the "Visit Videoranch 3D" link on the front page. This will take you to a page where you can download the browser and log in as a "Visitor". You can become a "Ranch Regular" by signing up for a FREE 7 Day Trial from the same page. No payment information necessary. Ranch Regulars have unlimited access and full software functionality! Note: 7 Day Trials are set up manually by Videoranch, so please sign up well in advance of the show.

INTERACT WITH THE ARTIST: Once inside Videoranch, you can move around, dance, cheer, chat and meet other Videoranch patrons. Steve and his band will be able to see your Avatar and read your comments LIVE, so be sure to let them know how much you are enjoying the show! Ranch Hands will be on duty to help you and will greet you the moment you log on.
Find out more information by emailing [email protected] or calling toll free 1-866-727-2639.

Below is a blurb coming out in the upcoming issue of Singer and Musician magazine. I thought this might help give you a sense of what the experience is like to attend a Videoranch concert:

"Imagine a place where the air is clean, the temperature is always in the pleasenties, you are surrounded by nice folks and there's a live band that knows you by name. Plus, there are free movies and hot air balloon rides. It's VideoRanch, a virtual world cooked up by Michael Nesmith (One-time member of the Monkees and, more importantly, music video pioneer). Feel free to roam the ranch at your leisure, and then check out the event calendar for upcoming live groups. I popped in on a Sunday afternoon and was immediately greeted by name (my chosen nickname) by the house band, Ranch Dressing (these guys are great!). A bit later, The Refugees took the stage for a full hour live show. Other performers have included The John Jorgenson Quintet, Eliza Gilkyson, James McMurtry, Laurence Juber, Laura Love, Mumbo Gumbo, The Greencards, Ledward Kaapana, Tony Furtado and Jason Nesmith. What makes this so unique is that the band is actually playing in real time from a studio. And, as they know who is coming and going, they can interact with you (actually, your avatar). It's very much like just hanging with some friends and listening to some great music is in an intimate, outdoor atmosphere. And, after the band has gone home, you can stroll the ranch's tree-lined cobblestone walk-ways in search of some interesting and fun surprises or even get a look at the virtual facility from in the sky onboard a hot air-balloon."
--------------- Robert Lindquist, Singer and Musician Magazine

Hope to see you somewhere this weekend.

Posted by steve at April 10, 2008 3:21 PM


So, wait... does that mean I can sit here, 2000 miles away, and laugh at you & call you an idiot when you screw up the lines and/or the chords to the songs you've done 10,000 times? Suh-weet! ;-)

Posted by: Frag at April 10, 2008 3:55 PM

If I was close to sober I would totally understand all that mumbo-jumbo...but as most Poltz not.
I hope to be some what awake when said concert is happening....saturday at nine...tough one...Hell Yeah Ill be there!!!!

Peace out!!

Posted by: Rob B.. at April 10, 2008 6:09 PM

So you gonna wear a cowboy hat and leather chaps at the Video Ranch!!! That'd look mighty nice... and to help refuel your superhero body The Crepe Place may have Nutella and Banana crepes (oh so yummy in the tummy)... Oh man Santa Cruz is so beautiful, many good times as a kid there visiting my Grandma while growing up!!!

Posted by: Janice at April 10, 2008 6:59 PM


some benefit for Candye Kane...

May 14 San Diego Ca/ The Casbah/ Joey Harris, Years around the sun, Mojo Nixon Steve Poltz and friends

Posted by: Janice at April 10, 2008 7:11 PM

I can't believe I missed you flying in my hometown. What's wrong with me?!

Posted by: lkay at April 10, 2008 8:37 PM

I guess the virtual computer crap is O.K. for people without a life. The sun dont shine in the computer.

Posted by: slm at April 11, 2008 11:20 AM

slm confuses me.


Hi STEVE!! I miss your ass.

Wasn't I patient? I didn't nag you one little bit. That's very unlike me. I could see in the photographic evidence that you were pooped. Hope you're starting to feel like your old (young) self.

hard hugs,

Posted by: Tussy at April 11, 2008 11:57 AM

your finallly back on your blog, yay!

glad everything's working out well and I will definately be watching this virtual thing on Saturday. It is so freaking cool.

I will be watching.
good luck with everything!!!


Posted by: carli at April 11, 2008 1:15 PM

Okay so pipe nipples really do exist. I truly thought you made up the item name/job name just to be provocative!!! I guess this little gem falls under "learn something new everyday"!!!

Posted by: Janice at April 11, 2008 7:43 PM

The Video Ranch show was weird but amazing!
One question how do I get "Sewing Machine"?
Lots of Love,
PS. Love the new hair!

Posted by: Millissa at April 13, 2008 9:28 AM

I agree, that videoranch thing was weird, but really fucking awesome.
you totally rocked. Thanks for license plate eyes, that makes me so happy everytime you play it.

can't wait to see you in may!!
and your hair looks really good. =]

Posted by: Carli at April 13, 2008 11:39 AM

Hey Millissa, go to & do a search in the live music section for Steve. There should be a version of Sewing Machine there that you can download.

Posted by: Frag at April 13, 2008 12:25 PM

Hey Milissa...

Go to
it's a super awesom YouTube version of Steve storytelling "Sewing Machine" live!!!

Posted by: Janice at April 13, 2008 6:26 PM

I just joined "Porn Ranch"... tee hee hee...
Imagine the avatars...

Posted by: Janice at April 14, 2008 8:16 AM

Hey thanks for the info everyone! I have favorited the youtube video. Love it!

Posted by: Millissa at April 16, 2008 8:11 PM

She's colder than a pistol in the fist of Son of Sam...

Links just in case you want to buy some unique early Christmas gifts on your downtime (or Arbor day gifts)!!!

p.s. When in Philly again you can visit
The Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
I know I will in July when I'm there!!! YoO HoO!!!

Posted by: Janice at April 19, 2008 7:35 PM

okay it has been WAY too long since a steve poltz blog thing.

get crack-a-lackin! =)

Posted by: carli at May 18, 2008 6:47 PM

I can smell the Philly cheesesteaks and see the medical oddities already!!!

Posted by: Janice at May 22, 2008 7:53 AM

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