Kate Bush has released the official video of her cover of Elton John‘s ‘Rocket Man’ for the first time ever! Her cover of Elton’s classic track bagged Number 12 in the charts in December 1991.
Now, the singer has given the video its first ever official release. Bush admitted that the Elton John tune is one of her favourite songs of all time. She also self-directed the music video.
In an interview with the NME, Bush revealed her love of the intergalactic tune, “I remember buying this when it came out as a single by Elton John,” I couldn’t stop playing it – I loved it so much. Most artists in the mid-seventies played the guitar but Elton played the piano and I dreamed of being able to play like him.”
Bush also spoke of how the cover came about, “Years later, in 1989, Elton and Bernie Taupin were putting together an album called ‘Two Rooms’, which was a collection of cover versions of their songs, each featuring a different singer. To my delight, they asked me to be involved and I chose ‘Rocket Man’.”
“They gave me complete creative control and although it was a bit daunting to be let loose on one of my favourite tracks ever, it was really exciting. That meant I also had the chance to direct the video which I loved doing – making it a performance video, shot on black and white film, featuring all the musicians and… the Moon!”
Bush Described the sad passing of guitar player, Alan Murphy before the video was shot, “Alan Murphy played the guitars on the track. He was a truly special musician and a very dear friend. Tragically, he died just before we made the video so he wasn’t able to be there with us but you’ll see his guitar was placed on an empty chair to show he was there in spirit.”
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