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Kate Bush Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1981)

| Music | Video 1981
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Stewart Avon-Arnold ...
Himself - Dancer
Kate Bush ...
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Paddy Bush ...
Himself - Mandolin / Vocal harmonies
Glenys Groves ...
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Gary Hurst ...
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Kevin McAlea ...
Himself - Piano / keyboards / saxaphone / 12 string guitar
Del Palmer ...
Himself - Electric Bass
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Superb gig
26 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was at this gig with my teenage sister, and it remains one of our great musical memories. Looking back, it seems that Kate was trying something possibly new in rock concertry at that time - not just a gig with a band playing all her hits etc, but a full-on visual extravaganza. In this she was years ahead of the kind of show we see at stadia nowadays, led by Madonna, Beyonce etc. However, where Bush was different was that you felt it was more like an artwork than an all-singing, all-dancing musical show - rather akin to the offbeat videos she made of her songs, early technology but intelligent and creative. I believe Bowie also flirted with this idea in his gigs - I remember one where he showed the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou instead of having a support band - but apart from his costumes his concerts were more conventional. Of course, the times rather limited the special effects available to Kate at Hammersmith Odeon, but even now you can feel the ambition of the designers of the gig. Thank god someone thought to capture this moment on video, but alas at time of writing it's not available on DVD.


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