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The Verve were an English rock band formed in 1990 at Winstanley Sixth Form College in Wigan by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones, and drummer Peter Salisbury. Simon Tong later became a member. Beginning with a psychedelic sound indebted to shoegazing and space rock, by the mid-1990s the band had released several EPs and two albums. They also endured name and line-up changes, breakups, health problems, drug abuse and various lawsuits. Filter referred to them as "one of the tightest knit, yet ultimately volatile bands in history". Their commercial breakthrough was the 1997 album "Urban Hymns" and their single "Bitter Sweet Symphony", which became a worldwide hit. Soon after this commercial peak, the band broke up in April 1999, citing internal conflicts. The band's original line-up reunited in June 2007, embarking on a tour later that year and releasing the album "Forth" in August 2008. In 2009, the band broke up for the third time.
September 24, 2010
The Verve's Pete Salisbury will stand in for Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes while he undergoes treatment for a brain tumour. Brookes is due to have an operation this week after collapsing during a gig on the band's US tour. He was flown home last week. Read more
August 12, 2009
Reports are circulating that Britpop survivors The Verve have split up for a third time. The Sunday Mirror reports that a “source” said that rest of the band had become increasingly distanced from singer Richard Ashcroft. Read more
October 24, 2008
Kings of Leon, The Verve, Muse, Rage Against The Machine and Metallica have been shortlisted for Best Headline act at the UK Festival Awards. The Verve and Kings of Leon have both been nominated for their Glastonbury sets, Rage Against The Machine and Metallica for their Reading performances and Muse for their set at the V Festival. Read more
September 8, 2008
The Verve have topped the UK album charts for a second week in a row with their reunion record, 'Forth'. In a static week in the album chart, the only other new entry inside the top-ten was 'Breakout' by Miley Cyrus. Read more
September 1, 2008
Despite extremely mixed reviews, The Verve have claimed the number one slot in the album chart this week with 'Forth'. Their fourth album and first release in a decade knocked Irish trio The Script from their perch at the top of the charts. Read more
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