Being fortunate enough to get tickets for both the opening and closing nights of Kate Bush's first concerts in 35 years makes me a very lucky man indeed.
Having seats just seven rows (in front of Grace
Jones and David Gilmour) from the stage on the closing night was rather
Meeting up with three of the musicians (David Rhodes, John Giblin and Omar Hakim) who make up part of Kate's awesome
band made it so much more personal.
The concert had a few visual
tweaks since the opening night, with more thought given to the lighting
during the first six songs. I'd been told by Rachel Z, jazz pianist and
keyboardist for Peter Gabriel some years back that the band had got
"exponentially better" since night one. I think that was probably only
something that a musician would notice because to me both nights were
One thing I did notice during my second was
the use of surround sound during the concert. I've never even
acknowledged stereo at a live gig before (normally you are just hit by a
wall of sound) so this was quite remarkable.
Kate was again on
top form, and clearly enjoying herself. At the end of the concert she
gave the smallest of hints that there might well be more live
performances on the way.
Not having expectations of certain
favourite songs being performed made the second half of the concert much
more enjoyable to me. Things may have got a tad emotional during the
final few songs, with the breathtaking Aerial and the spinning around
with guitarist David Rhodes, followed by the sublime piano solo, Among
Angels. With the crowd on it's feet and Cloudbusting being performed
it was all over.
Driving back home took me past the Hammersmith
Apollo at around 1am and the "Before the Dawn" signs had already been
Easily the best concert I've ever seen and probably the best concert I ever will see.
Now to sit back and wait for the DVD which was filmed over a couple of nights in September.
Thank you Kate.
I wonder what comes after the dawn?
Below is Rachel Z, Omar Hakim and myself meeting for "coffee". Definitely not a "meh" moment!