Kate Bush to Perform Live for the First Time in 35 Years

Posted by at 3:18 pm on March 21, 2014

Kate BushKate Bush revealed on her website Friday that she’ll perform live for the first time since 1979, booking a 15-date residency at London’s Eventim, Apollo Hammersmith this August and September entitled “Behind the Dawn.”

“I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September,” wrote the singer. “I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there. We’ll keep you updated with further news on the web site. Meanwhile, all details of concert dates and tickets are in the note below. Very best wishes, Kate”

Upon posting the tour dates, Bush’s website crashed and her name instantly became a trending topic on Twitter, according to the Telegraph. Bush has released 10 albums since since she began recording in the late Seventies — most recently 2011’s 50 Words for Snow — but essentially retired from touring after a brief, six-week run in 1979 to support her debut album The Kick Inside. That tour, as Billboard notes, concluded at the Apollo.

There have been numerous reasons given to explain the singer’s absence from the road, including physical exhaustion, a fear of flying and the death of 21-year-old lighting director Bill Duffield at the beginning of the tour. Duffield fell 20 feet to his death while inspecting a darkened venue for Bush, an event that almost caused the singer to cancel the tour.

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