Kate Bush gives first on-stage performance since 1979

By Mila Whiteley,

On Tuesday, Kate Bush gave the first performance on her 22-date run in London, marking her first live performance since 1979.

The performance took place at Hammersmith Apollo, which just happens to be the last venue Bush performed at live on her 1979 tour, reports Billboard. Now, Bush will be performing at the London based venue for 22 shows, a musical event known as Before the Dawn that will run from late August into September.

Bush was signed by EMI when she was 16 and immediately had success with her first single, “Wuthering Heights.” The single was rated number 32 in Q magazine’s list of Top 100 Singles of All Time, according to Bush’s website.

Since then, Bush has had a long career according to the New York Times, going at her own pace to create albums beloved by fans while still focusing on other things such as parenthood. Now, at 56, Bush is returning for another set of live show performances.

Despite the lack of chances to see Bush live, the musician clearly has a huge fan base. In fact, TheCelebrityCafe.com reported in March that the tickets for Bush’s Before the Dawn shows sold out in 15 minutes.

Reviews for Bush’s performance on Before the Dawn's first performance emphasize how successful her comeback show was. Billboard’s Richard Smirke wrote, “Nearly ten minutes after Bush and her band had departed the stage, the audience was still on its feet in noisy appreciation.”

 
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