Kate Bush recently wrapped up a string of 22 sold-out concerts at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, her first proper live shows in 35 years. The concerts were so “spectacular” that eight of Bush’s albums jumped back into the Top 50 of the British album charts as a new audience discovered her music. Following the final performance on October 1st, Bush has penned a long letter on her official site to thank fans and share what the Before the Dawn concert series meant to her (via Pitchfork).
“It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I loved the whole process,” Bush wrote. “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.”
The Before the Dawn concerts were Bush’s first full live performances since her Tour of Life in 1979. “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,” wrote the singer. “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,” Bush continued. “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.”
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Despite the critically and commercially successful shows, Bush has yet to announce any plans to bring her show outside of London.