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Stephen Bishop

There are several prominent men named Stephen Bishop:

Stephen Bishop (cave explorer) 
an African American cave explorer in the 19th century.
Stephen Bishop (musician) 
a late-20th century American popular musician.
Stephen Bishop 
a concert pianist, now known as Stephen Kovacevich
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There are several prominent men named Stephen Bishop:. As of March 12, however, no release had yet been announced. In December 2004, she wrote a Christmas letter to her fans announcing an album release in 2005; additionally, unsubstantiated reports have stated that the album might be released as early as March. She was reportedly recording tracks as recently as November 2003 at Abbey Road Studios, but as of fall 2004 no release date for a new album had been announced, more than a decade after her last recordings were released. She has confirmed that she is at work on a new album, with the title of one track "How to be Invisible" having been discussed on at least one of her fan Web sites.

In 1999, she gave birth to a baby boy, Bertie, fathered by guitarist Danny MacIntosh. There were also unconfirmed reports that she had suffered a nervous breakdown. Bush dropped out of the public eye in the late 1990s, though her name occasionally cropped up in the media in connection with rumours of a new album release. In 1993, Bush directed and starred in the short film, The Line, The Cross and The Curve, a musical co-starring Miranda Richardson and featuring music from Bush's album The Red Shoes which was inspired by the classic movie The Red Shoes.

It was this benefit that was recorded and is the only record of Bush's live performance. Bush held a benefit concert on 12 May, with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London’s Hammersmith Odeon for his family. A number of reasons have been suggested as to why she abandoned touring, among them her reputed need to be in total control of the final product, which is incompatible with live stage performance, a rumour of a crippling fear of flying, and the suggestion that the death of 21 year old Bill Duffield, severely affected her. Duffield, her lighting director, was killed in an accident during her April 20 concert at The London Palladium when he fell twenty feet through an open trap door on the stage. Bush's only tour took place in early 1979 (April 3 - May 10 see details below), after which she gave only the occasional live performance.

A wide diversity of respected artists have worked with her on some of her more recent albums ranging from the rock guitarist Jeff Beck, the legendary guitarist Ian Bairnson, jazz/rock drummer Stuart Elliot, the classical guitarist John Williams, the folk artists The Trio Bulgarka, and Prince. She has appeared in duets with Midge Ure, Big Country and others on their albums. Harper is another frequent collaborator, appearing on her song Breathing and her on his albums HQ and Once (both also featuring Gilmour). Their duet of Roy Harper's Another Day was discussed for release as a single, but this never came to pass.

She has worked with Peter Gabriel on two of his albums, most notably on the hits Games Without Frontiers and Don't Give Up, (the latter a duet); and his appearance on her 1979 television special. Gurdjieff in Them Heavy People. I. Her lyrics are highly literate and reference a wide array of subject matter, often relatively obscure, such as Wilhelm Reich in Cloudbusting, or G.

Kate Bush has tackled sensitive and taboo subjects long before it has become fashionable to do so; Kashka From Baghdad is a song about a gay male couple; Breathing explores the results of nuclear fallout. The unapologetic use of her voice as an instrument to convey a broad range of emotional intensity and subtlety is one thing that characterizes nearly all that she does. It has been observed that even the more joyous of the pieces is often tinged with traces of melancholy, and even the most sorrowful have elements of a unique vitality struggling against all that would oppress it. More than one reviewer has used the term surreal to describe much of her music, for many of the songs have a melodramatic emotional and musical surrealism that defies easy categorization.

Even in her earliest works where the piano was a primary instrument, she wove together many diverse influences, melding classical music, rock, and a wide range of ethnic and folk sources, to produce a uniquely impressive amalgalm, and this has continued throughout her career. Suede front-man Brett Anderson has stated that Wuthering Heights was the first single he ever bought. Even the iconoclastic punk rocker John Lydon (Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) has declared her work to be "fucking brilliant" and has labelled her "a true original". Though many outside of Europe remain unfamiliar with her work and its profound intensity, others in her profession are willing to declare her works as those of great genius.

The trip hop artist Tricky has stated her work has been a significant influence on him and that she should be treasured more than the Beatles. While her range of styles does not appeal to everyone, Bush is nevertheless widely respected by many musicians, and has been noted as an influence and inspiration by artists as diverse as Jewel, Tori Amos, Björk, Suede, Paula Cole, Sinéad O'Connor, Pat Benatar, Happy Rhodes, The Utah Saints, Big Boi of OutKast and others. They have since worked together on occasional projects and in concert. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd was largely responsible for bringing her to prominence, funding her first demo sessions and attracting the interest of the Floyd's record company, EMI.

Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush on July 30, 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England) is a British singer-songwriter who has acquired a large number of extremely devoted fans since her debut in 1978 with the surprise hit "Wuthering Heights," which was number 1 in the British music charts for 4 weeks. Recorded as Live at the Hammersmith Odeon. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK (May 12) Benefit concert. Jarhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (10 May).

Rosengarten, Mannheim, Germany (8 May). Theatre de Champs Elysees, Paris, France (6 May). Guerzenich, Cologne, Germany (4 May). Circuskrone, Munich, Germany (3 May).

Leiderhalle, Stuttgart, Germany (2 May). Carré Theatre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (29 April). Congress Centrum, Hamburg, Germany (28 April). Falkoneer Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark (26 April).

Concert House, Stockholm, Sweden (24 April). The Palladium, London, UK (16 April - 20 April). Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (13 April). Empire Theatre, Sunderland, UK (12 April).

Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK (11 April). Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK (10 April). Hippodrome, Bristol, UK (9 April). Gaumont Southampton, UK (7 April).

New Theatre Oxford, UK (6 April). Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK (5 April). Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK (4 April). Empire, Liverpool, UK (3 April).

On Stage - 4 Live Tracks ( EP ) (1979). Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (1989). The Line, the Cross and the Curve (1994). The Sensual World (1989).

The Whole Story (1986). Hair of the Hound (1986). The Single File (1983). Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (1981).

This Woman's Work 1978-1990 (1990, rereleased in 1998) (a boxed set of her six albums to date, also including two discs of rare b-sides). The Whole Story (1986) (includes a new rendition of "Wuthering Heights"). Title TBA (tentative release 2005) - in December 2004 Bush annnounced a new album was planned for 2005 release. The Red Shoes (1993).

The Sensual World (1989). Hounds of Love (1985). The Dreaming (1982). Never For Ever (1980).

Lionheart (1978). The Kick Inside (1977).

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