Sunday 31 August 2008

Verve Cap Reunion With Number One Album

The Verve have gone straight to the top of the UK album charts today (August 31) with their first release in more than 10 years.

'Forth' sees off Irish band The Script whose self-titled debut peaked at one last week. Slipknot slide in at two on the album chart with 'All Hope Is Gone'.

'Forth' sold 72,768 copies in its first week, compared to the band's 1997 number one 'Urban Hymns', which sold 250,054 copies in its first seven days on sale.

Monday 25 August 2008

Forth Reviewed

The reviews are in for The Verve's latest offering:

Friday 22 August 2008

Forth Released Today!

Tuesday 19 August 2008

Richard Ashcroft To Play Solo Show

The Verve's Richard Ashcroft will play a solo show at the Last Days Of Summer festival in Northampton on Monday (August 25) – the day The Verve's new album, 'Forth', is set to be released.

The gig will come just over a week after The Verve closed V Festival 2008 with a headline show.

Richard Ashcroft recently declared that he would continue his solo work despite his band reforming.

Sunday 17 August 2008

Verve Defy Cancellation Rumours

The Verve have closed the first night (August 16) of the 2008 V Festival, defying rumours they were on the verge of cancelling their appearance.

Taking to the V Stage at the Staffordshire leg of the event, the band braved torrential rain as they mixed crowd favourites with songs from new album 'Forth'.

Joined for most of the set by a violinist, the four-piece introduced new song 'Sit And Wonder' – which has featured in their set all summer – by referencing the atrocious conditions.

"Shake off the rain with me," frontman Richard Ashcroft commanded the crowd before the song, "shake off the pain with me."

Playing a series of songs from 1995 album 'A Northern Soul', including an epic version of 'Life's An Ocean', the band then enjoyed a series of loud sing-a-longs from the fans who stuck with them through the heavy rain.

'The Drugs Don't Work' and 'Lucky Man' were bellowed back, before the band reached their climax mixing 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' with recent top five comeback single 'Love Is Noise'.

"Thank you from the heart," freestyled Ashcroft as the songs merged, "it's always been the same."

Friday 15 August 2008

Verve To Miss V Festival?

The Verve are on the brink of splitting up- according to The Sun- just a few days before they play V Festival.

A report claims guitarist Nick McCabe is not happy about the Wigan group’s hectic tour diary and has been “getting stuck into the wild lifestyle.”

It’s alleged the group may miss V and that if they do make the Essex and Staffordshire dates they’re likely to be The Verve’s last ever shows.

The Verve are just back from Japan and had a big new entry with their single Love Is Noise this week which entered at number 5.

However a label statement said: "The Verve's Nick McCabe injured his finger after the band's recent weekend show in Osaka, Japan.He was treated by medics at the scene. The Verve will headline this weekend's V Festival as planned."

The group’s comeback album Forth has received mixed reviews and some critics have claimed that they reformed for the cash.