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Verve regain their nerve

“You’re more likely to get all four Beatles on stage” was how Richard Ashcroft once responded to a question about a Verve reunion. Last week, though, Ashcroft rejoined Nick McCabe, Simon Jones and Pete Salisbury and announced a number of …

Fri, Jun 29, 2007, 09:55

   

“You’re more likely to get all four Beatles on stage” was how Richard Ashcroft once responded to a question about a Verve reunion.

Last week, though, Ashcroft rejoined Nick McCabe, Simon Jones and Pete Salisbury and announced a number of British shows for the reformed Verve later this year. The band’s last show together was at Slane Castle in 1998.

Might this second reunion have something to do with the lack of successful solo careers? After all, Ashcroft’s three underwhelming solo albums never quite scaled the same critical or commercial heights as Bitter Sweet Symphony.