Earlier this month, Kate Bush played the last in a series of 22 concerts in London, her first live performances in 35 years. Heading into the final song, “Cloudbusting,” she said, as quoted by Yahoo! Music, “This is the last song tonight — and for a while.” Though reports (and past practice) suggest she’ll likely issue a concert DVD of her multimedia show, dubbed Before the Dawn, the British art-rock monarch hasn’t confirmed those plans just yet. But she has posted a note reflecting on her residency at the Eventim Apollo and thanking concertgoers.
“It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life,” Bush wrote on her website, calling the concerts a “surreal journey” and also “great fun.” She and her team became “a family,” she noted. And she reserved the strongest praise for the audiences: “You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage,” she explained. “I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love.”
Scroll down to read the full note and see another photo from the concerts below (more images are here). You can also check out cut Wondering Sound contributor Andrew Perry’s review of Bush’s first live show in 35 years (here’s the setlist). And don’t miss contributor Gillian G. Gaar’s recent feature, The Continuing Allure of Kate Bush.
After the Dawn
Now all the shows are over, it’s pretty difficult to explain how I feel about it all. It was quite a surreal journey that kept its level of intensity right from the early stages to the end of the very last show. It was also such great fun.
It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I loved the whole process. Particularly putting the band, the Chorus and the team together and watching it all evolve. It really was the ultimate combination of talent and artists, both from the music business and the theatre world. I never expected everyone in the team to be so lovely and we all grew very close. We became a family and I really miss them all terribly.
I was really delighted that the shows were received so positively and so warmly but the really unexpected part of it all was the audiences. Audiences that you could only ever dream of. One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience.They took my breath away. Every single night they were so behind us. You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage. I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love. It was like this at every single show.
Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the shows and became part of that shared experience. It was a truly special and wonderful feeling for all of us.
Very best wishes,