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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Kate Bush extends comeback gigs

Kate Bush has added extra gigs to her live comeback

Kate Bush has added another seven nights of gigs to her live comeback, telling fans she was " completely overwhelmed and genuinely shocked" by their response to her return.

The singer will return to the stage 35 years after her one and only tour with a 22-date residency at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, which was the location where she effectively retired from touring after just six weeks on the road in 1979.

She said: "I am completely overwhelmed and genuinely shocked by the incredibly positive response from everyone. Thank you!"

The announcement of the extra week of gigs comes days after t he 55-year-old stunned fans by announcing her return to the stage.

Kate was just 20 when she completed The Tour Of Life with three dates at what was then called the Hammersmith Odeon, after topping the charts with Wuthering Heights the previous year, becoming the first woman to go to number one singing one of her own songs.

Over the years, theories about her absence from the stage have included her perfectionism, a fear of flying and the death of one of the tour crew, lighting director Bill Duffield, during a show.

But in a rare interview with Mojo magazine in 2011 to mark a comeback from one of her lengthy recording silences, she explained that her years of absence from the touring circuit were simply down to the sheer exertion of the ordeal. Her shows relied heavily on dance and mime.

''It was enormously enjoyable. But physically it was absolutely exhausting,'' she said. ''I still don't give up hope completely that I'll be able to do some live work, but it's certainly not in the picture at the moment because I just don't quite know how that would work with how my life is now."

For long periods the star has largely withdrawn from public life to bring up her son, Bertie.

Her reappearances have been sporadic. Her 2005 album Aerial was her first release for 12 years, although in recent years her work rate has become a little more prolific with a collection of reworked songs from earlier albums called The Director's Cut, as well as a themed album of songs about snow.

Last year she was awarded a CBE for her services to music.

Tickets for the shows at what is officially called the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, go on sale on Friday morning.

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