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London — Kate Bush will make a rare return to the stage later this year for a series of live shows here.
The enigmatic British singer late in the week announced she’ll play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo under the banner Before the Dawn. The residency will begin Aug. 26 and run through mid-September.
Announcing the dates on her website, the artist wrote: “I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.”
Bush last toured in 1979, the year after she launched her career with “Wuthering Heights.”
That initial six-week lap of the U.K. and Continental Europe concluded at the Hammersmith Odeon, now renamed the Hammersmith Apollo, the venue she has picked for her return. That 1979 tour also turned out to be her last.
Tickets go on sale at 9:30 a.m. local time on March 28.
Bush is a genuine hit-maker and one of her generation’s most influential artists, though she has shunned the public eye throughout her career.
She was discovered as a teenager by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. When EMI released “Wuthering Heights” in 1978, Bush was an instant star. With the track, she became the first British female to top the singles’ chart with a self-composed work and the first to have a U.K. No. 1 album, according to the Guinness World Records Book of British Hit Singles.
Bush enjoyed top 10 singles in her homeland with “Man With the Child in His Eyes (No. 6 in 1978), “On Stage” (No. 10 in 1979) “Babooshka” (No. 5 in 1980), “Running Up That Hill” (No. 3 in 1985) and her collaboration with Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up” (No. 9 in 1986).
Although her career was relatively dormant in the 1990s, she resurfaced in 2005 to release Aerial. In 2011, she released her most recent album, 50 Words for Snow.
Bush is credited with influencing some of the biggest independent artists of the past 20 years, including Bjork, Tori Amos, Joanna Newsom, PJ Harvey and Radiohead. Her seminal style can be heard in newer artists as well, including Florence and the Machine, Antony and the Johnsons and Feist.
In 2013, the Queen honored her with a Commander of the British Empire title (or CBE) for services to music.
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