Kate Bush has explained why she has performed live so infrequently during her career.
The singer’s 22-date ‘Before The Dawn’ residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2014 were her first full live shows in 35 years. She previously performed 28 shows across Europe on 1979’s ‘The Tour Of Life’.
Asked about her lengthy hiatus from the stage, Bush told The Independent: “It wasn’t designed that way, because I really enjoyed the first set of shows we did [in 1979]. The plan at the time was that I was going to do another two albums’ worth of fresh material, and then do another show.”
She continued: “But of course, by the time I got to the end of what was ‘The Dreaming’ album, it had gone off on a slight tilt, because I’d become so much more involved in the recording process.
“And also, every time I finish an album, I go into visual projects, and even if they’re quite short pieces, they’re still a huge amount of work to put together. So I started to veer away from the thing of being a live performing artist, to one of being a recording artist with attached visuals.”
Bush’s eagerly-anticipated ‘Before The Dawn’ live album was released on Friday (November 25). She has recently spoken about the possibility of releasing a live DVD of her 2014 London residency too.
“One of the most powerful things that I heard recently was ‘Blackstar‘ by Bowie,” she said. “I thought it was beautiful. Very moving of course, but I think one of the best things he’s ever done.”
Speaking of their relationship and the tribute she wrote following his death, Bush continued: “Well I was asked whether I would write something, and because he meant such a lot to me, I really felt moved to do so. He was one of my great heroes when I was growing up. He was such a brave artist, so unusual, and I loved his music. I met him a few times; he was really charming and playful. But I just sort of admired what he achieved creatively.”
When asked about both artists’ history of challenging gender norms, Bush replied: “I think when I’m working creatively, I don’t really think of myself of writing as a woman. I just think of writing as me, as a person, if that makes sense.”