Listen to Kate Bush’s First Interview in Five Years
After several years away from the media, Kate Bush appeared on BBC Radio 6 to talk about her 2014 residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and her upcoming triple album Before the Dawn, which is made up of live recordings from the residency project.
Interviewer Matt Everitt asked Bush about her decision to return to the stage after 35 years—Bush said she was “terrified”—and the conceptual and theatrical choices behind the performances. The hardest part of the live production for Bush personally, she said, was remaining in the moment: “I was so terrified that if my mind wandered off, that when I came back, I wouldn’t remember where I was in the song.” Bush added that, although the performances were filmed, she has no plans to release the video.
She also revisited her tribute to Prince:
He was adorable. He was really playful and really sweet. What a talented man, what an artist. I think it’s a terrible loss that he should go at such a young age, it’s incredibly sad. He was so prolific. He used to make me laugh because whilst I was working on an album, he would have done two world tours, a couple of albums, a film…
Correction: An earlier version of this article omitted the U.S. release date.