British singer Kate Bush has revealed the "terrifying" nerves she experienced when returning to the stage in 2014. The Wuthering Heights star performed a string of shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo after a 35-year break from live but admits it was not easy to resume performing.
Much to the delight of long-time fans, Bush, 58, performed 22 sold-out shows at the London venue as part of her Before The Dawn residency. The concert series received wondrous reviews from critics and fans alike but the experience was not always as pleasant for Bush.
In her first interview in five years, Bush told BBC 6 Music that she felt "nervous every night", adding: "I was terrified. The idea of putting the show together was something that I found really interesting and really exciting, but to actually step into it was something that I had to really work hard on because I was terrified of doing live work as a performer again."
Bush released her most recent album, 50 Words For Snow, in 2011 and while the singer is open to releasing another, it seems unlikely fans will hear new music in the near future. Addressing the possibility of another tour, Bush explained: "The thing about that show is that a lot of the material was already, most of the material, was already written.
"And to start something like that from scratch is another whole world of work isn't it. I don't know. It was an extraordinary thing to be involved in, especially to have got the response that we did. It was wonderful for everybody involved in the show to get that kind of positive feeling every night."
She added: "It was really magical. But I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do next. Definitely do something. I want to just do something new. I've been working with this project for a really long time now." Vowing to return to recording one day, Bush said her current hiatus is simply "just a rather big comma" as opposed to a definitive full stop.
Until then, fans can relive the magic of the Hammersmith Apollo shows through Bush's new live album, Before The Dawn, which is set for release on 25 November on both CD and vinyl. Boasting 30 tracks, the album follows the structure of the live shows including performances of Bush's most iconic songs such as Never Be Mine and Running Up That Hill. One of the three discs will also host a monologue from Bush titled Astronomer's Call.