Published Oct 22, 2014Kate Bush stunned and thrilled fans earlier this year when she announced her return to the stage after a 35-year absence. By all accounts, her recent string of sold-out "Before the Dawn" performances was a huge success, and now Bush is gracefully thanking everyone for making it out to see her.
An open letter penned by the beloved singer-songwriter was published on her website today (October 22), in which she describes undertaking the 22 sold-out performances at London's Hammersmith Apollo as "a surreal journey that kept its level of intensity right from the early stages to the end of the very last show."
She continued: "It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I loved the whole process. 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."
Despite a rabid fanbase rapturously awaiting the performances after all these years, with the "Before the Dawn" experience marking the first proper shows from the singer since her 1979 "Tour of Life," Bush was surprised at the response she got from the audiences at the Hammersmith Apollo.
"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. Audiences that you could only ever dream of," she wrote.
"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. 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."
Though there apparently aren't any other performances on the way anytime soon, fans who missed out on the London residency are likely hoping the famed artist won't take as long a hiatus before returning to the stage. As "Before the Dawn" demonstrated, Bush might not be able to say never forever.