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Kate Bush’s comeback concert on Tuesday night in London attracted such celebrities as Bjork, Lily Allen, actress Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Quantum of Solace) and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, who spotted her talent as a teenager, and rave reviews in the British press.

Bush was kicking off her Before The Dawn “tour” – 22 shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London, the venue where she effectively retired from live performances after six weeks on the road in 1979.

More than 80,000 tickets for her comeback gigs sold out in less than 15 minutes after they were announced in March, with some advertised for up to £1,000.

Bush had asked fans not to take photos or film during the shows, telling them she wanted to “have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras”.

Unusually, for a modern concert, they respected her wishes.

Bush, a doctor’s daughter from Kent, was just 20 when she completed The Tour Of Life with three dates at what was then called the Hammersmith Odeon.

She had topped the charts with Wuthering Heights the previous year, becoming the first woman to go to number one singing one of her own songs.

It has been revealed that her records are again climbing the charts.

Sales figures from the Official Charts Company showed that all nine studio albums and two compilations have been given a sales boost by the gigs.

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Thanks to our friend Annie for the additional photos.

Gemma Arterton has named ‘Wuthering Heights‘ singer Kate Bush as the musical artist she’d most like to play in a movie.

The Tamara Drewe star told ITN that she would prefer not to play a living musician, fearing that they might not endorse her portrayal.

She said: “Kate Bush, maybe, in the future. There are a few people [I'd like to play], but they’re still living. I just think it’s weird playing someone who’s still alive. If they’re rock stars they can be quite scary, people like Courtney Love.

“I love Kate Bush and I reckon I could do a good Kate Bush impression but she’s still alive – good!”

On the prospect of starring in a musical biopic, the British actress commented: “I feel like I’m a rock star trapped in an actress’s body, I’m just rubbish, but luckily I might play a rock star one time. I don’t have to worry about writing music.”

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Singer Kate Bush was greeted with huge cheers at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, as she took to the stage for the first time in 35 years.

Backed by seven musicians, Bush opened with Lily from the 1993 album Red Shoes. She was joined later by her teenage son Bertie and told the audience he had given her the “courage” to return to the stage.

The west London venue was the scene of her last live appearance in 1979.

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- Photo Gallery > Candids > August 26, 2014

Tonight Gemma fulfilled a dream and saw Kate Bush in concert. Anna Calvi and Arterton reviewed her first live performance in 35 years on Newsnight.

Gemma attended the ‘Gemma Bovery’ Photocall at Hotel Mercure during the 7th Angouleme French-Speaking Film Festival yesterday (August 24). She looked stunning in a suitably elegant grey, off-the-shoulder dress that accentuated her curvy frame.

The British star, a former Bond girl, teamed the striking outfit with a pair of bold red heels with a distinctive strappy detail as she chatted to members of the press and posed for photos on the hotel balcony. (source)

Several photos from the event have been added to the gallery, with big thanks to Holly and Far Far Away site for some of them!


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