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Flashback: Kate Bush and David Gilmour Play ‘Running Up That Hill’

Stunning performance at the Secret Policeman’s Third Ball was one of Bush’s few 1980s performances

Kate Bush’s incredible 22-night stand at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in the summer and fall of 2014 was billed as the singer’s first concerts since her 1979 tour, but that didn’t mean she never stepped on a stage during that 35-year gap. Major British events like the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala in 1981 and Comic Relief in 1986 did manage to lure her out for a song or two, though her most memorable one-off was at the 1987 Secret Policeman’s Third Ball where she belted out her classic “Running Up That Hill” alongside Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

It was an amazing night of music and comedy at London’s Palladium featuring Duran Duran, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne, Erasure, Mark Knopfler, Ruby Wax, Hale and Pace, Lenny Henry, Rory Bremner and the Spitting Image puppets, but Kate Bush’s name still topped the poster. This was near the peak of her commercial popularity in England and any live appearance, even for a single song, was a major event.

Bush hasn’t released a new album since 2011’s 50 Words for Snow. Fans from all over the world flew to London last year to witness her residency at the Hammersmith Apollo, and the reviews were largely rapturous. She could have easily taken the show to arenas all over Europe and made an absolute fortune, but Bush remains a very private person and after the final night she promptly disappeared yet again.

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