In the rare recent interviews granted by all-round reclusive genius Kate Bush she’s always threatened to play some more live shows – and quite sensibly nobody ever believes her, because her last and only tour was in 1979, which was a really really, really long time ago.
But unless la Bush has misunderstood the appropriate timing of an April Fool’s, it would appear she really is back, a mere 35 years after 1979’s sensationally reviewed Tour of Life, with Before the Dawn, a series of 15 gigs at the Hammersmith Apollo running between August 26 and September 19 later this year.
When Bush last played a full concert, the internet hadn’t been invented, Thatcher had only just been elected, and there were still 13 years to go until the birth of Miley Cyrus. In the interim Bush has put out a selection of the greatest albums ever made – ‘The Dreaming’, ‘Hounds of Love’, ‘Aerial’ – did a fistful of mimed ‘TOTP’ performances, and played just a single song of hers live – a rocked up performance of ‘Running Up That Hill’ at an Amnesty gig in 1987 at the London Palladium.
Speculation over what on earth she’s going to play seems a bit mad at this stage, given how little of her own music Bush has ever performed live. But the woman is a notorious perfectionist and the Tour of Life was a full-on dance-based audio-visual extravaganza. Expect something bloody spectacular. Andrzej Lukowski
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