Kate Bush has described having a female British Prime Minister as “great” in a new interview, calling Conservative Party leader Theresa May “wonderful”.
Bush is on course to score her first UK Number One album in almost 30 years. Her latest live LP – ‘Before The Dawn’ – is currently top of the midweek album chart. The live album features recordings from her 2014 Hammersmith Apollo London residency.
Speaking to Canada’s Maclean’s, Bush was asked about Hillary Clinton’s US election defeat to Donald Trump, saying in response that it feels “great” to have a female leader in the UK.
“We have a female prime minister here in the UK,” she said. “I actually really like [May] and think she’s wonderful”
Bush went on to say: “I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time. She’s a very intelligent woman but I don’t see much to fear. I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country. She’s very sensible and I think that’s a good thing at this point in time.”
In the wide-ranging interview, Bush spoke of her love for David Bowie‘s ‘Blackstar’ album, saying: “Not that long ago, I listened to ‘Blackstar’ by David Bowie and thought that was a masterpiece. Those are two incredibly talented people who’ve left their mark with us. It’s a real joy to be moved by something, but it doesn’t happen often to me.”
Responding to a quote from Prince that as a mature artist he was constantly having to undo the compromises of his youth, Bush said: “It’s a really great thing to have said, but I think as a mature artist, you’re probably always trying to undo the compromises of one’s self [in general]. It’s not necessarily to do with youth. It’s not easy putting creative projects together. In my case, it might take a long time and you try to do the best. As an artist, you’re never happy with anything you do. It’s part of the process. You’re never really happy. I’m certainly not. That’s a good thing. It means you’re always striving to do better. You hope the next piece will be better.”
Kate Bush recently 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 said: “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.