Kate Bush fans will be ecstatic to find out the 55-year-old singer will once again be hitting the stage in 2014 for a series of concerts which she is calling “Before the Dawn.” It has been 35 years since Bush has gone on tour, her priorities have clearly been writing and recording her work close to home and spending time with her family.
The 15 concert dates will take place in August and September at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. The first show beginning August 26th 2014. This has come as a sweet surprise since Bush stated in 2011 that she had no plans of ever touring again, which she told to the BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.
Bush has always been a creative soul who continuously sought to express herself with no other words than her own. Any one of her fans may describe her music as original, eccentric and always deeply personal. The brilliance that is Kate Bush is defined in the details of her work, the little magic bits discovered only by listening again and again which help to paint a most cathartic expression of life and soul.
Bush was never big on touring. She was committed to the recording studio, always working on the next album. The few live shows that she has performed have always been entertaining, though she has not toured since 1979 and it is likely that the singer’s performances will no longer include expressive modern dance, although she does have a repeating habit of surprising her loyal fans. One can only hope the stage will be set up with an orchestra.
Unfortunately the purpose of this small 2014 tour is not to promote a new album. Bush’s latest two albums both came out in 2011, “50 words for Snow,” and “Director’s cut,” a re-working of some of her biggest hits. Releasing two albums in one year was unusual for Bush. She is known for taking years between releasing records. No one knows for sure when Bush will return to the studio again.
Part of the reason why she gave up on touring was the fact that the recording process took up too much of her time. She admits to finding it stressful and to being a perfectionist in the studio. She wishes she could produce records faster, however, she does enjoy the little mistakes that can sometimes spark a new direction in her thinking. Three of Bush’s 10 studio albums hit number one, and in 2013, she was awarded with a CBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Another reason why Bush gave up on public appearances was that she felt her sexuality was being exploited and she hadn’t had a chance explore that part of herself without the world watching. Ever since retreating from the public, fans have been eagerly awaiting another chance to experience her music in a live setting. They will again have their chance this fall. Tickets for the 2014 London tour go on sale Friday March, 28th. They are limited to four seats per purchase. “I hope you will be able to join us,” says Bush.
By Katie Sevigny