Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Nominees – including Kate!

Kate, Radiohead, Judas Priest

*** VOTE FOR KATE HERE: https://www.rockhall.com/fan-vote/2018-fan-vote ***

From Variety: “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 19 nominees for its 2018 class this morning, nine of which are receiving first-time nods. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording and are selected for the shortlist by a nominating committee. Usually only about 5 inductees are announced each December. The Hall of Fame site says:

“Kate Bush gave popular music a new palette of techniques, crafting unorthodox performances that are part sonic experiment, part theatre. Bush draws us into the world of her imagination through complex arrangements, striking visual presentations and inventive use of technology.”

The complete LONG list (with first-timers noted with an asterisk) is:

Bon Jovi
Kate Bush*
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits*
Eurythmics*
J. Geils Band
Judas Priest*
LL Cool J
The MC5
The Meters
Moody Blues*
Radiohead*
Rage Against the Machine*
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone*
Sister Rosetta Tharpe*
Link Wray
The Zombies

You can read the page dedicated to Kate here.

According to a press release, the Hall will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for the artists they believe to be most deserving of induction. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

The Hall’s 2017 inductees were Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes, with an Award for Musical Excellence for Nile Rodgers (whose band, Chic, has been passed over for induction multiple times).

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017, and the ceremony will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on April 14, 2018. HBO will once again broadcast the ceremony. Broadcast details and ticket information will be announced at a later date.”

*** VOTE FOR KATE HERE: https://www.rockhall.com/fan-vote/2018-fan-vote ***

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Rare photo of Kate performing with KT Bush Band in 1977 surfaces online!

KT Bush BandFirst a quick bit of background: “The KT Bush Band was formed in 1977 by Brian Bath, Vic King, Del Palmer and Kate. After practicing in Greenwich and Wickham Farm, they made their live debut in April 1977 at the Rose Of Lee in Lewisham. The set list consisted of standards like ‘Come Together’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Tracks Of My Tears’, but also early versions of Kate Bush songs like James And The Cold Gun, Saxophone Song and Them Heavy People. During the summer of 1977 the band played various venues in and around London, a grand total of 20 gigs.” (taken from the Kate Bush Encyclopedia site)

Photos of Kate performing with the KT Bush Band in 1977 are as rare as hen’s teeth. I think I’ve seen one other of Kate on stage and one publicity photo of Kate posing with the boys in the band (see below). So, it was great to see this recently unearthed photo which accompanied a Late 1977 EMI press pack and demo album which featured their roster of upcoming artists. Kate is listed in the accompanying glossy black and white brochure, and the photo accompanies it. The band logo on Vic King’s drum kit can clearly be seen. (with thanks to Olaf Reh for sharing his scans of the EMI booklet!)

KT Bush Band 1977

Here are the other known 1977 photos of Kate with the band:

KT Bush Band

KT Bush BandThe KT Bush Band

The KT Bush Band has recently had a new life due to founding members Brian Bath and Vic King forming a new band to perform Kate’s early work. Read more about them at their site here. Also worth sharing here, a few years back I was thrilled to find quite a piece of KB history on Ebay; an article introducing Kate Bush in “Music Talk” issue 85 (February 11th 1977) the EMI Records in-house staff magazine – Kate’s first ever magazine cover appearance!

A full year before the release of The Kick Inside, this magazine also seems to pre-date the bulk of live appearances from the KT Bush band in 1977. “Kate has always been a very long term project” – 40 years later – yup, we agree!

Music Talk Magazine

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – New Episode! A very KT party!

In this episode, Seán is joined by Thomas Dunning as they travel from Dublin to London to attend the HomeGround party in the RVT. We talk Kate at the airport, meet up with the Homeground gang, talk to DJ Paul Thomas and photographer Guido Harari and hear some terrific Kate Bush music played live. And we remembered to record much of it!

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – New minisode – The Sensual World (song)

In another shorter minisode, Seán looks at the story of how Kate slowly (and at times painfully) pieced together what would become one of her most celebrated works – her stunning 1989 masterpiece, The Sensual World!

Kate as Molly Bloom

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The 2017 HomeGround party is happening on September 22nd

HomeGround and KateBushNews.com are thrilled to confirm the details of the 2017 party:

 

 This year’s event takes place on Friday 22nd September and once again, will be at the award-winning Royal Vauxhall Tavern in Vauxhall, London, SE1.

This will be the 5th year at this much loved club and cabaret venue which last year was awarded listed status. This annual party is a mix of live music and DJ sets and is guaranteed to be all Kate, all night.

The night will feature a special live set by

Mandy Watson, Michael Mayell and Dave Roberts

from the UK’s finest KB tribute band Cloudbusting.

CLOUDBUSTING @ WHITLEY BAY PLAYHOUSE 18.2.16-68

There will also be performances from top cabaret star Rose Garden and exciting new tribute act A Sky of Honey.

Returning to the RVT will be DJs Phil Marriott, Paul Thomas and HomeGround’s Dave Cross.

Each year Kate fans from all over the UK and beyond travel to London for this much anticipated night, which is a unique mix of social event, live music and club night, all set to a soundtrack of Kate Bush music from Wuthering Heights to Before the Dawn.

Cloudbusting perform

Advance tickets are no longer available.

There will be a limited number of tickets on sale on the night.

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Paddy Bush to give music talk in Switzerland on September 21st!

Kate’s brother (and lifetime musical collaborator!) Paddy Bush, has let me know that he will be giving a talk in Aarau, Switzerland on the 21st September. The talk is entitled: “The Beauty and Complexity of Malagasy Music“. The venue, Forumschlossplatz, is about 20 minutes from Zürich and the talk kicks off at 7.15pm that evening. Paddy says he may touch on how the music of Madagascar influenced Kate’s Red Shoes album. The talk will be given in English and Paddy will be playing some of his favourite recordings and playing a couple of tunes himself! The exhibition is called Listening to Madagascar – let your Swiss friends know! The Facebook Event page for Paddy’s talk is here.

From the event site: “The musician Paddy Bush, expert in Madagascan music, discusses his fascination for the complex rhythms and uniqueness of traditional music. He talks about the peculiarities of Madagascan pop and how Madagascar’s music has entered the sounds of Kate Bush. His presentation, in English, is accompanied with numerous musical tastings.”

Paddy Bush talk in Switzerland

About the exhibition (August 19th – Oct 1st):

“Madagascar! The sonorous name offers itself as a place of longing for free-flying fantasies. But how does “Madagascar” sound far away from fantastic performances and images? “Listen to Madagascar” invites you to an auditive journey to this huge island in the Indian Ocean. Teny, Tany, Tantara, are three important aspects for Madagascans. The exhibition leads to the differentiated Malagasy language culture (Teny), we hear what the people (Tany) means, and how they relate to their ancestors (Tantara).” –  download the exhibition catalogue (PDF) here

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast Minisode 1: Coffee Homeground

In the first of our shorter “minisode” podcasts we (randomly) throw the spotlight on one particular song – this time it’s Coffee Homeground! Seán discusses the tracks origins, it’s distinctive Brechtian feel, the possible influence of a very creepy short story by Roald Dahl and he also looks at how the song was realised on the live stage by Kate back in 1979.

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

Coffee Homeground

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Happy Birthday Kate!

Wishing Kate a very happy birthday celebration today! Thank you for the music and for always being you.

Big hugs from Seán, Peter, Dave and Krys xxx

Kate on stage 2014

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast Episode 4: Des gemmes cachées du Kate Bush!

In this episode Seán is joined on the phone by Tristan in France and they discuss a selection of Kate’s less well-known but nevertheless interesting b-sides and rarer tracks. We also indulge in some very geeky collectors chat. Kate’s French and Irish language recordings are chewed over, her earliest recorded work to be officially released gets due praise and we get to grips with everyone’s favourite 1994 10-minute dance remix – Shoedance! Enjoy.

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast Episode 3: The Most Wuthering Heights Podcast Ever!

This episode is a celebration of Kate’s debut single, the classic song Wuthering Heights! Seán chats to participants at the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Dublin (see the video below featuring hundreds of “Cathys”!) and he explores the story of the song and the Emily Brönte novel; how it immediately thrust Kate into international stardom. It’s our tribute to the lasting legacy of this truly remarkable recording.

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Episode 2: My Life as a Fan

Our second episode is an excuse to take a look at the chronology of Kate’s career through the eyes of a fan who was there from the start – Paul Thomas. Paul chats on the phone to Seán about the early days of KB fandom, meeting Kate, the thrill of each new release and what the music means to him. PLUS an inside look at the making of the cult classic parody film, The Pink Mules (part of which you can see below)!

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Episode 1: A Kate Miscellany – out now!

For our first full podcast episode, Seán and Dave Cross of HomeGround Magazine present each other with a selection of random artefacts and moments from Kate’s almost 40 year career and chat briefly about each one. Just a small dip into the vast ocean of Kate’s work, before we get more specific in future episodes!

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein.

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The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever returns July 15th – global events list here!

Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

It’s back! The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever – after thousands around the world took part last year, 2017 sees even more events planned for this breezy moment of Kate-inspired outdoor fun.

The inspiration for the event began when in 2013 UK performance artists Shambush!’ took their wuthering flash mob act to greater heights in The Ultimate Kate Bush Experience, gathering 300 Kate Bush impersonators and turned a pleasant Sussex park into wily, windy moors filled with Cathy’s performing the iconic Wuthering Heights choreography.

The viral success of their YouTube video has started a movement and in 2016 many sister events called The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, coined by Berlin organiser and musician Sam Wareing, started being created all over Facebook.

Here is the full list with event links (with thanks to The Morning Fog Facebook page for compiling them!)

Berlin, Germany: http://bit.ly/2rjRj5c
Dublin, Ireland: http://bit.ly/2r7ZTVn
Oslo, Norway:http://bit.ly/2sqXCbH
Rotterdam, Netherlands:http://bit.ly/2t9jRzP
Uppsala, Sweden: http://bit.ly/2sRfQkm
Atlanta, United States: http://bit.ly/2sbp9h7
Madison, United States: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409657799127261/
Portland, United States: https://www.facebook.com/events/779047658943122??ti=ia New England, United States: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657184614532764/

Australian Events:

Adelaide: https://www.facebook.com/events/206547643180579/?hc_location=ufi
Bendigo: http://bit.ly/2rZppO8
Blue Mountains: http://bit.ly/2sr49Dw
Brisbane: http://bit.ly/2shdzSj
Canberra: https://www.facebook.com/events/119786128585581
Gold Coast: http://bit.ly/2rfbAOj
Hobart: http://bit.ly/2rfp1xB
Melbourne: http://bit.ly/2sgYWyl
Newcastle: http://bit.ly/2rjTA0b
New South Wales: https://www.facebook.com/events/496907867326910/?ti=icl
North Lismore: http://bit.ly/2rZMAaN
Sydney: http://bit.ly/2sr3Qb

If you have an event to add to this list, please email sean@katebushnews.com

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast – coming soon! Listen to our teaser episode!

We’re delighted to let you know that this site will soon begin regular publication of a podcast for all fans of Kate Bush to listen to – The Kate Bush Fan Podcast from KateBushNews.com and HomeGround Magazine. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and all usual places – for now you can hear our shorter teaser episode below!

In this short intro episode, Seán Twomey announces the podcast and we include an interview Seán did with Mandy Watson, backstage in the Sugar Club in Dublin, where she was performing with Michael Mayell as the “Kate Bush Songbook” aka the acclaimed Kate Bush tribute band, Cloudbusting. Hope you enjoy it and feel free to let us know what you’d like to hear on the podcast by emailing us: podcast@katebushnews.com UPDATE: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes – never miss an episode!

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Kate is guest editor of “The Mays” anthology from Cambridge and Oxford students!

The Mays number XXV

Kate has guest edited the 25th edition of “The Mays”. Since 1992, The Mays has published an annual selection of the best and most exciting new writing and artwork from students at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. Previous guest editors include Seamus Heaney, Stephen Fry, Ted Hughes, Nick Cave and Philip Pullman. More at their Facebook page here or it can be purchased directly here.

Kate says: “I really enjoyed reading all of these poems. Full of life, fun and expression. I wanted to keep them all but it wasn’t allowed. I sneaked an extra one in.”

 

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