Kate Bush fans were treated to extraordinary documentary on BBC4 on Friday night (August 22, 2014). The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill was broadcast just days before the enigmatic singer returns to the stage for the first time in 35 years, and it didn't disappoint in whetting the appetite for one of the most anticipated musical comebacks of all time.
Kate Bush starts her London shows next week
It tracked Bush's early beginnings in the music industry -getting a £3,000 record deal at EMI after playing songs to Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour. She used some of the cash to pay for dance classes with the legendary choreographer Lindsay Kemp.
Bush dedicated the song Moving, from her first album The Kick Inside, to Kemp. "I didn't know she had any aspirations to be a singer," the choreographer said, "She never talked about herself."
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It was an illuminating and hugely enjoyable documentary, featuring a litany of talent including John Lydon, David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Tori Amos, Steve Coogan, Del Parker and Neil Gaiman.
The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill aired on BBC4
Bush herself featured only in interview footage, though thousands of fans will get the chance to see the singer-songwriter performing live in a string of shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo starting on Tuesday.
The singer has requested that fans refrain from using smartphones and tablets to film sections of the show. Writing on her website, Bush said; "I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows. We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows.
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"I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."