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Richard Ashcroft / April and June 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 1st December 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Former frontman of the Verve and now veteran alt-rocker in his own right Richard Ashcroft has announced a brief arena tour of the UK for next April, to follow his upcoming shows at the Liverpool Echo Arena on the 7th of December and the London O2 on the 9th of December. Ashcroft will postscript the newly listed April tour dates with a special headline show at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl as part of mini-festival Sounds of the City.

Back in May, Ashcroft released his new album ‘These People’, which includes the recent single ‘Out of My Body’. You can watch the promo video for ‘Out of My Body’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following live shows will be available for general sale tomorrow, Friday, the 2nd of December at 9:30 AM. Final tickets for Ashcroft’s December shows in Liverpool and London are available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Richard Ashcroft is just through here.

Tuesday 18th April 2017 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Thursday 20th April 2017 – Birmingham Arena
Saturday 22nd April 2017 – Leeds Arena
Friday 30th June 2017 – Manchester Castlefield Bowl

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Japan Disaster Benefit (British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal) / April 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 at 9:00 am
 

We’ve all seen the photos and video of the devastation caused by the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. Now there’s a way you can see some of your favourite acts and help the relief effort at the same time.

Richard Ashcroft, Beady Eye (pictured above), the Coral, Graham Coxon, Primal Scream and Paul Weller will be appearing at a charity gig benefitting the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. The gig will take place Sunday, the 3rd of April, at Brixton O2 Academy.

Tickets will be on sale at 9 AM this Friday (25 March) here. For more information on how you can donate directly to the British Red Cross, visit their official Web site.

 

In the Post #56: United Nations of Sound (Richard Ashcroft) – Are You Ready?

 
By on Friday, 26th March 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Love him or leave him, Richard Ashcroft is fronting a new band, United Nations of Sound, and we’ll supposedly see a new album out later this month. I say supposedly because it’s been something akin to a wild goose chase trying to track down reliable bits and pieces regarding the ex-Verve singer’s latest effort. If you think the name for the new band is cheesy, just wait until you hear ‘Are You Ready’ – a guitar-pulsing song with Mad Richard belting out not the most original lines in a repeated manner for just over five minutes.

Now, that’s a nutshell description. But really, listen for yourself, and see if there’s anything more earth-shattering to say about it. As much as I respect Ashcroft when he was at his lyrical/musical greatness with The Verve – and yes, even sometimes as a solo artist – ‘Are You Ready’ brings a generic blandness that sputters down into a mission of disappointment. If this song alone is anything to go by, then maybe United Nations of Sound is more apt to sing praise songs at some youth fellowship retreat. The album after all has been titled ‘Redemption’.

That said, upon hearing Ashcroft’s swooning vocals, it’s hard not to feel a bit of nostalgia for the old days of when he was with his fellow musical comrades. If only he kept his trap shut, The Verve still might be kicking out real rock tunes, not superficial ones from what seems to be a contrived bunch.

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Album Review: The Verve – Forth

 
By on Tuesday, 26th August 2008 at 10:10 pm
 

Like The Police and Pink Floyd, their reunion was anticipated for many years. They gave us the soundtrack to the 90’s and their classic anthem Bittersweet Symphony still gives a nation goosebumps a decade on. They’ve had their ups and downs, their break-ups and make-ups, but they’re back. For now, at least.

So, what of The Verve‘s comeback album?

Sadly, I wouldn’t hold your breath. It seems Richard Ashcroft decided not to hold his either because Forth, the latest offering from The Verve, is one long medley of melancholy music where one track ends and another begins without you even noticing. With many songs approaching the seven-minute mark, are they a brooding work or art? Or should we assume that the lads were so completely out of it that somebody forgot to press STOP?

Bands release their albums to coincide with a season or a celebration. Christmas for a ‘Best Of’ perhaps. Or Summer for a feel-good jam. But for these Wigan lads, it was the start of the football season that saw the release of their fourth album. And why? Because the timing is all part of their campaign to target, “The 25 to 44-year-old male-based market with a strong Northern regionality.”

But somehow, I don’t see United fans singing this album from the terraces. There are only four standout tracks for me and the rest fade into the background.

‘Love Is Noise’ see’s Ashcrofts tormented vocals and Nick McCabe’s experimental guitar come together and give us something truly rockin’. “Will those feet in modern times walk on soles that were made in China through the black prosaic malls,” sings Ashcroft. His lyrics have come a long way in a decade, you’ve got to admit. This song got a marvellous reception at Glastonbury this year.

Opening track ‘Sit and Wonder’ is a Wonder of its own, building from a menacing crackle to a dark and dangerous climax. The chorus where Ashcroft demands, “Give me some life” over and over is sure to be stuck in your head.

Then the soulful ‘Rather Be’, the head-nodding tune with the orchestrated melody. Forget Ashcrofts dreary lyrics, this is perhaps the most uplifting song on the album. ‘Judas’ has a certain lightness about it too, even if this one does plod towards the six-minute mark.

Forget save the best ’til last, this quartet of songs are certainly the best on the album. After these, The Verve sidle comfortably back into their default position: psychadelic dirge rock.

‘Numbness,’ ironically, will induce exactly what it says on the tin and ‘Columbo’ is more mind numbing than murder mystery. After what seems like a lifetime, ‘Appalachian Strings,’ at a grand total of 7:32 is a calming and spiritual come-down to the album if a little dull.

The music is directionless but I hate to admit that there is still something undeniably hypnotic about this album. It is safe but not outstanding. A little bit disappointing for the comeback of the year.

This is no Urban Hymns.

If you want songs you will remember for ten years, I’d re-think your purchase. But if you want The Verve at their most intense and experimental, go Forth and buy this album.

Forth, on Parlophone records, is out now.

 

The Verve / December UK Arena Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd October 2007 at 4:45 pm
 

Richard Ashcroft - The VerveThe Verve have announced a string of four dates just before Christmas at some of our larger arenas.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday (5th October) morning at 10am at £32.50, but those on the Verve’s mailing list can get them from 9am on Thursday (4th October). Catch them at:

Thursday 13th December – London O2 Arena
Saturday 15th December – Glasgow SECC Centre
Monday 17th December – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Thursday 20th December – Manchester Central

 
 
 

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