Notable Recluses: Five Musicians Who Almost Never Tour

Categories: On the Road

2. Kate Bush
Kate Bush has only toured one time in almost 40 years of being a recording artist. That's a pretty damn impressive length of time to avoid the road. Nobody really knows why, although speculation has ranged from a fear of flying to the death of a lighting guy on her one and only tour in 1979.

Since then, Bush has only performed a couple of one off shows in the '80s and a handful of appearances with notable collaborators like Peter Gabriel and David Gilmour. Her most recent one was 11 years ago in 2002, supporting David on "Comfortably Numb." In 2011, she said she might like to play again one day, but it hasn't happened yet.


1. Jandek
Houston's own weirdest hometown hero Jandek has built a career on reclusive isolation, preserving an intense private life that has never mingled with his career as an active recording artist. No one knows much about Jandek's real life outside of music except what little detail can be gleaned from his lyrics.

Though he began releasing at least one album per year in 1978, it wasn't until 2004 that Jandek decided to make his first live appearance, and even then in Glasgow, Scotland of all places. His first performance in Houston was in 2009. To this day, he plays a few shows per year and no more.




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Duuh
Duuh

I know why Michael Jackson never tours.

wastedwaco
wastedwaco

The Geto Boys hasn't toured since 1991. I would pay $500 and let the Gangster of Love, Willie D have my girlfriend to see them live.

houstontxkat
houstontxkat

How about Tom Waits? Cohen tours more often than him.

Ryan Mach
Ryan Mach

Aimee Mann. Maybe not a recluse but I do wish she'd venture out of California more often.

Dallas Hölmes
Dallas Hölmes

its not that they dont hit the road, they just seldom cross the atlantic to play the states....

Rad McRad
Rad McRad

I saw Jandek at the Menil a year or so ago. It was more art than music. He's worth checking out though because you never know what you're going to get or if he'll ever do it again.

Corey Deiterman
Corey Deiterman

What makes it useless? It's interesting to think about who never gets out there and it makes you think about who you might have seen from the list and if you might ever get to see them. It's not vitally important to life, but what in the ongoing discussion of music and entertainment is? If you want to read about important events happening in the world, there's a news section for that. If you want to listen to some songs and think about the time you were at a show by one of these artists, there's this. Lighten up though. It's just entertainment, it's not aiming to be "useful" to your life.

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