FANS OF pop legend Kate Bush turned on one another after footage of her critically-acclaimed comeback show emerged online, despite her plea to gig-goers not to film the show.
The 56-year-old star attracted rave reviews for the first night of her Before The Dawn “tour”, which consists of 22 shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London. The Independent’s Andy Gill, called it “stunning” and “the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage”.
But things turned ugly when her plea to fans to resist the temptation to use their phones and computers during the show were ignored by at least one.
A two-minute clip of her performing the final song of the night, Cloudbusting, prompted backlash from fellow fans when it was posted on the website YouTube.
One said that the filmmaker was “clearly someone had no respect for her or what she does”.
Another fan said: “Poor video, poor audio, why did you bother? And isn’t this typical of the selfish world we find ourselves in; no respect for others’ wishes at all.”
But other fans were happy to see the clip, with one saying: “Not like most of you, I knew about Kate only four years ago and obviously became one of her fans. I’m only 17 and I feel so lucky, lucky enough to see her on stage like this for the first time because I couldn’t afford the tickets.”
More than 80,000 tickets for the gigs, performed at the venue where she effectively retired from live performances after six weeks on the road in 1979, sold out in less than 15 minutes after they were announced in March.
The first night saw Ms Bush and her band open with Lily, followed by songs including Hounds Of Love and Running Up That Hill.
In her typical style, the spectacle began in a blaze of cannon and confetti.
Scenes of Bush wearing a lifejacket with actors dressed as fish, a helicopter rescue with searchlights on the audience, and a domestic scene involving toad in the hole followed.