Reclusive singer Kate Bush has branded her live comeback an "extraordinary experience" and insisted she "loved the whole process".
The Wuthering Heights star made her return to the stage in London in August (14) after a 35-year absence and won rave reviews for her lavish Before The Dawn show at the Hammersmith Apollo.
She performed 22 gigs before bringing the curtain down on the production on 1 October (14), and she has now written an open letter to fans about her big comeback.
Bush is adamant the residency was "great fun" and admits she was "delighted" by the audience's positive reaction.
She writes, "Now all the shows are over, it's pretty difficult to explain how I feel about it all. It was quite a surreal journey... It was also such great fun.
"It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I loved the whole process... I was really delighted that the shows were received so positively and so warmly but the really unexpected part of it all was the audiences. Audiences that you could only ever dream of. One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience.They took my breath away. Every single night they were so behind us. You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage. I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love. It was like this at every single show.
"Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the shows and became part of that shared experience. It was a truly special and wonderful feeling for all of us."
Bush's last tour took place in 1979 and she subsequently retired from live performance.