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Kate Bush to tour

Kate Bush performing in May 1985
Kate Bush performing in May 1985

Kate Bush has announced a 15-date British tour later this year. The famously reclusive singer/songwriter hasn't toured since 1979.

Bush announced the tour, titled, "Before the Dawn," on her website saying, "I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September. I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there."

Her latest album, "50 Words For Snow," was released in 2011. It is only her third album release in 18 years.

In addressing her slow work rate, Bush told an interviewer, "It's very frustrating the albums take as long as they do. I wish there weren't such big gaps between them."

She denies being a perfectionist in the studio. "I don't think that I am. People have said this, but I don't think I really want anything to be perfect. I think it's important that things are flawed."

The singer's first and only tour in 1979 was a lavish stage production which featured songs from her first two albums, "The Kick Inside," and "Lionheart." The show included, back projections, poetry, magicians and many costume changes.

Even though Bush was only 20 years of age at the time, she said, "By the end, I felt a terrific need to retreat as a person because I felt that my sexuality, which in a way I hadn't really had a chance to explore myself, was being given to the world in a way which I found impersonal."

Added to her natural shyness, this drain discouraged her from attempting another tour.

She told Britain's Radio 4, "I do have the odd dream where I'm on stage and I've completely forgotten what I'm meant to be performing. They are more nightmares than dreams. "[They] didn't stop me, but I do think if I were to do any live work, I'd be completely petrified to start with."

The singer is married and has a teenage son. She says that her family comes first.

In one interview, she stated, "Maybe I will do some shows some day. I'd like to think so before I get too ancient."

She will be 56 when her tour starts in August.

Bush burst onto the music scene in 1977 when she was still a teenager with her first single, "Wuthering Heights." The song, inspired by Emily Bronte's novel, alerted the world to a new talent whose high-pitched vocals and extremely literate songs brought new energy to the modern music scene.

She has released ten albums over her career and, even with the long periods between albums, has never lost the loyalty of her fans. They now find themselves wondering what kind of stage show she will bring with her.

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