Posted in music on August 26, 2014

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Over the course of nearly three hours, Kate Bush's first gig for 35 years variously features dancers in lifejackets attacking the stage with axes and chainsaws; a giant machine that hovers above the auditorium, belching out dry ice and shining spotlights on the audience; giant paper aeroplanes; a surprisingly lengthy rumination on sausages, vast billowing sheets manipulated to represent waves, Bush's 16-year-old son Bertie - clad as a 19th-century artist - telling a wooden mannequin to "piss off" and the singer herself being borne through the audience by dancers clad in costumes based on fish skeletons.

The concert-goer who desires a stripped down rock and roll experience, devoid of theatrical folderol, is thus advised that Before the Dawn is probably not the show for them, but it is perhaps worth noting that even before Bush takes the stage with her dancers and props, a curious sense of unreality hangs over the crowd. It's an atmosphere noticeably different that at any other concert, but then again, this is a gig unlike any other, and not merely because the very idea of Bush returning to live performance was pretty unimaginable 12 months ago.

There have been a lot of improbable returns to the stage by mythic artists over the last few years, from Led Zeppelin to Leonard Cohen, but at least the crowd who bought tickets to see them knew roughly what songs to expect. Tonight, almost uniquely in rock history, the vast majority of the audience has virtually no idea what's going to happen before it does. - [The Guardian]

Mercurial, reclusive UK singer Kate Bush just played her first live concert in 35 years at London's Eventim Apollo. The the highly theatrical, three-hour event was in three acts, opening with classics "Lily," "Hounds of Love" and "Running Up that Hill" and then the second act was the entirety of "The Ninth Wave" (aka Side 2 of Hounds of Love). The evening ended with "Among Angels" and "Cloudbusting."

The audience, which included David Gilmour, Bjork, Grace Axl Rose, Marc Almond and Lily Allen, were not allowed to take photos and The Guardian reports that people who tried had their cellphones confiscated. 21 more shows to go for the lucky few who got tickets. Setlist below...

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SETLIST: Kate Bush @ Eventim Apollo 8/26/2014
Lily
Hounds of Love
Joanni
Running Up That Hill
Top of the City
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
Nocturn
Aerial

Encore:
Among Angels
Cloudbusting

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Comments (38)

Any pix from the crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 8:21 PM

*grace jones

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 8:33 PM

Get bent

Posted by blayne | August 26, 2014 9:23 PM

Who's the elderly Greek woman in the picture?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 9:53 PM

fuck Beyonce

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 9:58 PM

This is tremendous. So jealous, but so joyous to see her performing again. PLEEEEASE play NYC!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 9:59 PM

Grace Axl Rose?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 9:59 PM

This woman's work

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 10:07 PM

fuck. mai waifu iz ded

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 10:49 PM

Cloud busting all over yr face!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:13 PM

I don't use the term "music royalty" very often, but it does apply here

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:17 PM

"... a surprisingly lengthy rumination on sausages ..."

Mah nigga

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:45 PM

^o hellz yea

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:16 AM

I'm cloudbursting daddy

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 4:17 AM

Kate Bush > Grimes

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 6:37 AM

Busch Garden's> Kate Bush>George H. W Bush> George Bush>Bush>Busch Beer

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 8:26 AM

Beyonce is child's play compared to this

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 8:29 AM

Kate Bush breaks down the sausage drama

I love it

Of course all the London sausages were playing dress up in leather with George Michael at some #GH, so they remain unschooled

;____;

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 8:40 AM

Did she mention the St Vitus glory hole?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 8:47 AM

A friend of mine went and said he had the most eponymous time of his life.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 8:58 AM

Most eponymous, d00d

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 9:12 AM

I agree 8:26!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 9:36 AM

Did anybody spot Tori Amos and Florence Welch sitting in the audience furiously taking notes?

Posted by Rasmussen | August 27, 2014 10:10 AM

Where's My Bush?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 10:15 AM

Wow, so life really didn't start in 1993 with Nevermind after all ... who'da thunk?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:50 AM

This doesn't seem one bit pretentious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:15 PM

It ain't pretentious if it works, sweetie

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:57 PM

Her tunes are so fucking overrated. Don't get the new found hipster fascination with her back catalog.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:01 PM

how nice she did not play her most popular song Wuthering Heights, I am guessing she is to cool for that like alot of artists who are to cool to play what I can assure everyone in the audience wants them to play and what made them popular to begin with

Posted by k | August 27, 2014 1:23 PM

11:50: 1993?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:23 PM

^ I had a bunch of problems in 1991, was unable to listen to music until 1993. So it was 1993 to me, but I see what you mean, and the joke kind of loses steam with the explanation. So, thanks for that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:36 PM

"Who's the elderly Greek woman in the picture?"

That's Marina Sirtis.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:50 PM

weird setlist with some big omissions...I would have been bummed

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:54 PM

"Her tunes are so fucking overrated. Don't get the new found hipster fascination with her back catalog."

Are they overrated because all the scarves are suddenly into her? I admit to liking a number of artists who all of the scarf demographic suddenly pretend like they've known all their music since before they even existed.

It's not very logical to say that so-and-so is overrated, just because the scarves happened to catch on to them too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:55 PM

Spock's mother in da house

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 2:17 PM

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:26 PM

Hey 1:55, tell us a story about the old days! I love the stories you "seasoned citizens" tell about the old days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 3:28 PM

Flying all the way from Seattle to London next week. Have 2 tickets to see the ethereal and magical music genius that is Kate Bush. This setlist looks great. Extremely grateful to be able to travel to London to see her perform for my 40th birthday. This is a true musical experience. Beyoncé who? Been a fan of kate since the 80's so to finally see her vision of music come to life is going to be truly worth the long wait.

Posted by Carlo | August 27, 2014 4:35 PM

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