Singer Kate Bush Sets Stage Return After 35 Year Absence

Friday, Mar 21, 2014  |  Updated 11:52 AM EDT
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Leading British female pop singer Kate Bush, in London, England, April 6, 1980.

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Singer Kate Bush is coming back to the London stage after a 35-year break in performing.

The surprise move came Friday when she announced she will play 15 concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. The "Before the Dawn" shows begin Aug. 26 and continue in September.

The 55-year-old pop singer said several years ago that she hoped to return to the concert stage before she becomes "too ancient" to carry it off. She had toured in her 20s but stopped at an early age, later saying it had become physically exhausting.

Bush has largely stayed out of the public eye for decades but has released occasional new material.

Of the 10 albums Bush has released, three topped the UK album charts. She has had 25 UK top 40 hit singles including "Babooshka," King of the Mountain" and "Don't Give Up" (with Peter Gabriel).

In 1978, Bush became the first woman to have a UK number one with her self-written song, "Wuthering Heights," which topped the charts for four weeks.

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