Kate Bush is finally going to play live and various publications are saying that its a tour, but she’s only appearing at one venue so a tour it is not, but this marks the first time in 35 years and literally the same day that it was announced, she has already gotten into trouble on Twitter.
The 55 year-old singer/songwriter and record producer has confirmed that she will be doing 15 performances at the Eventim Apollo in London. This event will be called Before the Dawn and tickets will go on sale March 28. Sadly for fans of Kate’s who live outside of the United Kingdom, this will be the only chance to see her live. Bush shot into the public’s consciousness when, at the age of 19, she shot to the top of the British charts for her song Wuthering Heights.
She became an American favorite with her 1985 hit Running Up that Hill. The singer may not have performed live for a record breaking 35 years, but she has continually put out award winning albums. Now, that she’s ventured out into the public eye again, Bush has gotten in trouble with Twitter for the poster advertising her upcoming musical London event.
The poster has a very youthful looking Kate floating in water wearing a life preserver and looking at the camera lens. Despite the fact that the singer looks nowhere near her 55 years, the poster got some bad press from Twitter no less. Due to the unfortunate coincidence of the missing Malaysia airliner, tweets were hitting the Twitter-verse and asking if Bush were aware of just how bad the poster looked.
The singer went onto her own website, katebush.com where she apologised for the inadvertant fauz pas and she explained the significance of the picture. It came from a conceptual piece of work titled The Ninth Wave which was released in 1985, which goes a long way to explaining why Ms Bush looks so young in the poster, and not meant to be any part of the ongoing tragedy of the missing aircraft.
Kate Bush has not been a hermit since her last live performance. She has been involved in other projects. One of which was when Bush received the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013 for her services to music. She was given the award by Queen Elizabeth II April that year at Windsor Castle.
Other projects included videos for the album 50 Words for Snow and she worked in the black comedy Les Dogs on BBC TV as well as other musical projects for Disney and New Line Cinema’s The Golden Compass amongst a long list of musical endeavors by the talented performer. Despite not touring, Bush has been very busy while not working in the limelight.
Kate Bush performing live after a 35 year hiatus is big news for her fans and Bush’s getting into trouble on Twitter over the Malaysian missing airliner is unfortunate. This English icon in the music world is making a very welcome return to her public and, sadly, many of her non-English fans will miss it. The Behind the Dawn performances will be over August and September this year at the London Eventim, Apollo Hammersmith.
By Michael Smith