Why Kate Bush made me cry
On 9th September, I saw ‘Kate Bush: Before the Dawn’ live on stage at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. And she made me cry. I couldn’t hold back my tears of joy for finally seeing and hearing her sing live after all these years.
She started with ‘Lily’, with such power and passion. She was in her element, full of confidence and completely holding us all rapt. I had 3 of my younger sisters there with me, which made it even better.
‘The Hounds of Love’, ‘Joanni’, ‘Top of the City’, ‘Running up that Hill’ and ‘King of the Mountain’ followed, all sounding awesome. Kate Bush rocks!
Then into ‘The Ninth Wave’, which was fantastic and fantastical. A set of songs that had kept me company night after night on headphones, when I was desperately homesick in my first year at university. Watching the whole thing play out on stage in front of me, surrounded by other people sharing the same experience, it was incredibly vivid.
And I loved the fact that she added “I’ll tell my sisters…how much I love them” to ‘The Morning Fog’!
After the interval, an extended version of ‘A Sky of Honey’, given full flight, birdsong, feathers and all. Kate Bush is completely bonkers!
Then an encore, and a complete change of pace. Just Kate and piano with a beautiful performance of ‘Among Angels’. So much more alive than the rather subdued recording.
And finally, one of my favourite songs ever – an ecstatic rendition of ‘Cloudbusting’, leaving us feeling intoxicated with happiness. I won’t forget.
Thank you Kate for a wonderful evening!