It has become a well-trodden story over the years, but it would appear that The Verve have declared the band to be at and end for the third time in their long career.
The Sunday Mirror newspaper is reporting today that the band have once again decided to call it a day after reforming to release the album ‘Forth‘ in 2008. A ‘source’ told the paper: “As far as Nick and Simon are concerned The Verve no longer exists. They think Richard was just using the reunion as a vehicle to get his solo career on track. Their management called Simon and Nick in for a crisis meeting in September. They were told that Richard refused to tour or work with them again as long as Nick continued to drink. He quickly cleaned up his act. There have been too many problems to put behind them. If Richard came back with cap in hand they’d tell him to fuck off.”
After forming in Wigan in 1990, the band found initial success with second album ‘A Northern Soul’ in 1995, before splitting for a first time. They then reformed in 1997 and released their classic album ‘Urban Hymns’, but once again went their separate ways in 1999.
It would seem Richard Ashcroft is now ready to resume his solo career, and is booked to play a solo show at the Last Days Of Summer Festival, in Buckingham on August 25th.
Bitter Sweet Symphony , Glastonbury Festival 2008