A rare audience with musical royalty.
Kate Bush has revealed her “terror” of returning to the stage for her acclaimed 2014 concert series in her first interview in five years. Broadcast today on BBC 6 Music, the special hour-long programme appears ahead of Before the Dawn, the forthcoming triple-album of live recordings from the Hammersmith Apollo concerts, which marked her first full live performances since 1979.
“The thing that I think was the most difficult thing for me was to be continually in the now,” she tolds presenter Matt Everitt. “Because I naturally tend to race ahead in my mind. I’m always thinking about situations and running them through.”
As well as revealing that she was “nervous every night” of the 22-show run, she talked in depth about her inspiration for the show, how she drew from her own discography for the show’s music, and the challenges of putting the ambitious production together. Listen to the full interview on BBC iPlayer.
Bush has also unveiled the live version of ‘And Dream of Sheep’ on iTunes. Before The Dawn is set for release under the name The K Fellowship on November 26. ‘Act One’ contains a seven-song set taken from Bush’s era-spanning repertoire, including hits like ‘Hounds Of Love’ and ‘Running Up That Hill’, while ‘Act Two’ mirrors side two of Bush’s 1985 album Hounds Of Love, and ‘Act Three’ is based on side two of her 2005 album Aerial.
The album will also include ‘Tawny Moon’, a new track featuring Bush’s son Bertie McIntosh, along with ‘Never Be Mine’, reportedly recorded in rehearsals.