Kate Bush Returns To The Stage After 35 Years
Kate Bush was welcomed to the stage for her first live gig in 35 years by a massive roar from the sell-out crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo.
The singer, dressed in black, walked on stage with a procession of backing dancers to open the first of 22 shows at the west London venue with a performance of Lily.
The Before The Dawn shows see the 56-year-old return to the venue where she effectively quit touring after just six weeks on the road in 1979 and have been described as the "musical event of the decade".
During the interval, one fan told Sky News: "It's absolutely electric, it's incredible.
"I have waited my whole life for this and she hasn't disappointed at all. It's just amazing."
Another said: "It's actually not like anything I've seen before, it is really incredible. I don't want to give anything away because she'll probably hate me, but it's phenomenal."
In the weeks before the show, Bush asked fans not to take pictures or videos on their phones during the performance.
The more than 80,000 tickets for the run were sold out in less than 15 minutes back in March and the excitement leading up to the first show has seemed set to propel all nine of her studio albums and two compilations into the top 100.
Sales figures from the Official Charts Company showed her greatest hits collection The Whole Story, which hit number one on its release in 1986, is currently number eight, followed by 1985's Hounds Of Love at number 14.
Her 2011 collection 50 Words For Snow and her 1978 debut The Kick Inside are at 32 and 33 respectively and 1989's The Sensual World is at Number 41.
Although there have been numerous theories about her absence from the stage in the 35 years since her only tour, she explained in a rare interview with Mojo magazine in 2011 why she had not returned.
"It was enormously enjoyable. But physically it was absolutely exhausting," she said.
Bush burst onto the scene in 1978 at the age of 19, when her debut single "Wuthering Heights" went to the top of Britain's singles chart and stayed there for four weeks.
Artists as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, Bjork and Coldplay have all cited Bush as an influence.