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Kate Bush’s First Show in 35 Years Proves to Be as Unique as Expected

Kate Bush
Chas Sime, Hulton Archive

In 1978, iconic British pop star Kate Bush nabbed the No. 1 spot on the U.K. Singles Chart with her debut single, ‘Wuthering Heights.’ She recorded the tune the summer before it was released when she was just 19-year-old, and remained on top of the charts for four straight weeks. Following the success of that single — and her two ’78 albums, ‘The Kick Inside’ and ‘Lionheart’ — Bush went on tour for a little over a month in 1979, the only tour she embarked on for 35 years.

Last night (Aug. 26), Bush ended that streak with her first gig of a 22-night residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo as part of her ‘Before the Dawn’ tour. According to the Guardian, the show ran nearly three hours and was an avant-garde spectacle full of “axes and chainsaws … giant paper aeroplanes” and even her 16-year-old son “clad as a 19th-century artist.”

The New York Times reports that Bush was backed wit ha seven-piece band and five back-up singers. In addition to playing individual somewhat-career-spanning songs (her first four albums and ‘Wuthering Heights’ were excluded), she also performed entire sides of her previous records, like Side 2 of ‘Hounds of Love’ — a collection of songs referred to as ‘The Ninth Wave.’

Bush continues her stint in London through Oct. 1. As fans can imagine, tickets have been sold-out for awhile now. For more details on the ‘Before the Dawn’ tour, visit Bush’s official website here.

Kate Bush — Setlist, Aug. 26, 2014
‘Lily’
‘Hounds of Love’
‘Joanni’
‘Top of the City’
‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)’
‘King of the Mountain’

‘The Ninth Wave’
‘And Dream of Sheep’
‘Under Ice’
‘Waking the Witch’
‘Watching You Without Me’
‘Jig of Life’
‘Hello Earth’
‘The Morning Fog’

‘A Sky of Honey’
‘Prelude’
‘Prologue’
‘An Architect’s Dream’
‘The Painter’s Link’
‘Sunset’
‘Aerial Tal’
‘Somewhere in Between’
’Tawny Moon’
‘Nocturn’
‘Aerial’

Encore
‘Among Angels’
‘Cloudbusting’

Watch Kate Bush’s Official Music Video for ‘Cloudbusting’

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