The Verve Books Spring U.S. Shows
The Verve has scheduled its first U.S. shows in nearly a decade in conjunction with its late April appearance at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. The group will play in Las Vegas on April 26 and in New York on April 28-29.
The reunited U.K. rock outfit has also slated a handful of summer European festival appearances, including June 29 at Glastonbury and July 11 at T in the Park in Ireland.
The setup for the Verve’s as-yet-untitled fourth EMI album, tentatively due in June, is less clear. The first new music from the Richard Ashcroft-led act, a 14-minute jam dubbed “The Thaw Session,” was released as a free download last October.
In January, manager Jazz Summers, CEO of Big Life, was one of several artist managers to voice concerns over the new EMI regime’s ability to handle big releases. Also up in the air is the Verve’s status in the States, where the band is unsigned.
Parlophone managing director Miles Leonard tells Billboard the Verve is “currently writing only,” and neither he nor Summers would comment on whether the situation with EMI had been resolved.
The band’s last album, 1997’s “Urban Hymns,” has global sales of 8 million, according to Big Life, more than 1.34 million of which were in the States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“This is a very special band, with four incredibly talented people,” Summers says. “They made three great albums before. And they’re going to make another great album now. There’s a bit of magic when the four of them come together.”
Here are the Verve’s U.S. tour dates:
April 25: Indio, Calif. (Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival)
April 26: Las Vegas (the Pearl Concert Theatre)
April 28-29: New York (WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden)