According to musician friends of Kate she is still busily recording her eighth studio album and is said to be "happy and full of energy". In a recent Mojo magazine feature her business manager was asked when the new album might be released, the reply was "How long is a piece of string?". Known contributors to the new album include Mick Karn, Stuart Elliott and jazz percussionist Peter Erskine. Del Palmer is said to be engineering. Kate has had her new recording studio serviced and upgraded and was said to have started recording in late 1999. On May 23rd 2002 Kate received the Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music By A Songwriter. Kate appeared live for the first time in almost 15 years singing Comfortably Numb as David Gilmour's special guest at his Royal Festival Hall concert on January 18th 2002.
Kate won the Best Classic Songwriter award at the 12th Annual Q Magazine awards on 29th October 2001. In an interview in December 2001 a happy Kate talked about progress on the new album and her happiness with her son Bertie. After receiving a standing ovation at the Q Awards she said: "This is just great, I am making an album but it is just taking a little longer than I thought and I have been having a great time with my son." We warmly congratulate Kate on all the recent awards and recognition from her industry peers! EMI still plan to release remastered and repackaged CDs of the remainder of Kate's album catalogue as with 1997's Hounds Of Love reissue. The CDs will have new packaging and photos and extra tracks. The initial release schedule has "slipped", but EMI are hoping that the reissues will pave the way for the release of Kate's eighth studio album. This site will have all and any updates on the new album and the re-issues as they come in so hang in there.
Kate is the cover star of Mojo Magazine, January 18th 2003: The new February edition of Mojo Magazine features Kate on the cover and includes/ a nine-page retrospective feature by Phil Sutcliffe entitled "Season Of The Witch". The Mojo website outline the article as follows: "Eccentric, elusive, English. It's almost 25 years since Wuthering Heights made Kate Bush a star, and a decade since she quietly slipped from view. Phil Sutcliffe traces the path of a stubbornly individual and charmingly enigmatic songwriting genius." The article includes/ contributions from some of Kate's closest colleagues; Haydn Bendall ("I'm amazed she isn't a megastar, that more people aren't just thrilled that she's around"), Stuart Elliott ("She comes into the studio and smiles and it's all airy and sunshine. She really does care about people"), Jon Kelly ("We made Never For Ever a real home record, the studio was filled with flowers, plants, people"), David Gilmour (On the early demos she was "lively and quick, aching to know how everything worked"), David Paton ("You knew she was driven, it was the path she had to take"). Also quotes from David Munns, currently looking after her in EMI: ("Basically you don't fuck with her. She ebbs and flows. You stay with her for life. She's precious. I want her to be the way she is"). Kate didn't give an interview to Mojo. Her business manager told them that she "wouldn't be talking untill the album was out." When Mojo asked when that might be, the reply was "how long is a piece of string?" The article also claims that Kate recently turned down a "life-time" Brit award "because the organisers insisted she had to perform or she couldn't have it".
2002 - Kate makes a guest appearance at a David Gilmour concert on January
the 18th. She sang the song 'Comfortably Numb' from the Pink Floyd album