After a 35-year interlude, Kate Bush wows fans with comeback gig

Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:18pm EDT
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By Paul Sandle

LONDON (Reuters) - Kate Bush mixed note-perfect renditions of her biggest hits with two visually stunning interpretations of her longer conceptual works on Tuesday to delight fans who had waited 35 years for the British singer and songwriter to return to the stage.

Receiving a standing ovation before she had sung a note, Bush opened with "Lily" from her 1993 release "The Red Shoes", followed by "Hounds of Love" from the double-platinum selling album of the same name.

She singled out her teenage son Bertie, who sang and acted in the show, for giving her the confidence to perform. "The adventure's only just begun," she told him onstage.

For the 22 shows dubbed "Before the Dawn," Bush has returned to London's Hammersmith Apollo, a venue in her only previous tour in 1979, a year after she went to No.1 with the self-penned "Wuthering Heights."

That song, based on the Emily Bronte novel, stood out in a pop scene filled with disco and punk, and the 19-year-old Bush's high-pitched voice and expressive dancing only added to her uniqueness.

Bush has released nine studio albums, two of which topped the charts. Her singles collection "The Whole Story" also went to No.1.

But she has largely stayed out of the public eye, giving few interviews and leaving long gaps between releases.

In the process she has become one of the most celebrated of Britain's anti-celebrities, generating a devoted following from fans who were ecstatic when she announced the shows in March.   Continued...