Bass legend Tony Franklin recalls teaming up with David Gilmour and Kate Bush to perform Running Up That Hill in 1987

Tony Franklin, Kate Bush and David Gilmour
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Since its pop-cultural resurgence following the release of Stranger Things 4 earlier this year, Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill has become an earworm of the highest order. So much so, in fact, that you may have recently found yourself subconsciously singing the synth hook to yourself without even knowing.

One version of the track that particularly stands out to electric guitar fans, though, is the one that was captured in 1987 at the London Palladium, which recruited the fretless bass guitar wizardry of The Firm's Tony Franklin and swapped the synths for a six-string courtesy of David Gilmour.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.