Kate Bush has spoken out about why she has done so little touring throughout her career, following the 22-date residency she held at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.

Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Speaking to The Independent, she explained: "It wasn't designed that way, because I really enjoyed the first set of shows we did [in 1979]. The plan at the time was that I was going to do another two albums' worth of fresh material, and then do another show.

"But of course, by the time I got to the end of what was 'The Dreaming' album, it had gone off on a slight tilt, because I'd become so much more involved in the recording process.

"And also, every time I finish an album, I go into visual projects, and even if they're quite short pieces, they're still a huge amount of work to put together. So I started to veer away from the thing of being a live performing artist, to one of being a recording artist with attached visuals."

During the London residency, the shows were recorded and this week saw the release of the eagerly-anticipated 'Before The Dawn' live album, whilst talks are also being held about the possibility of a live DVD.

The new interview also saw Bush talk about late music icon David Bowie. She said: "One of the most powerful things that I heard recently was 'Blackstar' by Bowie. I thought it was beautiful. Very moving of course, but I think one of the best things he's ever done.

"I was asked whether I would write something [for Bowie], and because he meant such a lot to me, I really felt moved to do so. He was one of my great heroes when I was growing up. He was such a brave artist, so unusual, and I loved his music. I met him a few times; he was really charming and playful. But I just sort of admired what he achieved creatively.

"I think when I'm working creatively, I don't really think of myself of writing as a woman. I just think of writing as me, as a person, if that makes sense."

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