Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, the title of The World’s Most Reclusive Person™ has been returned to Kate Bush, a woman who has almost never ventured into the public eye since retiring from live performance in 1979 at the age of 21 after one (1) six-week tour.
I met her just once, back in 1993, when she showed up in Toronto for a screening of The Red Shoes, a film based on her album of the same name. She did speak to the audience very briefly, which in itself was global news.
And later at the radio station, we were asked to put brown paper over all the windows so people couldn’t stare in as she was being interviewed. (I broke all the rules and asked her for an autograph; it hangs in my office.) There have been a few sightings over the decades–a couple of awards shows in the UK, mainly–but that’s about all. The faithful have long given up on ever seeing her in the flesh again, let alone a concert.
Now, though, comes this: an announcement of her first tour in 35 years. (Okay, so it’s really a residency. But still!) Holy Christ! Can the Apocalypse be far behind?