After canceling a series of European tour dates last month when its bassist fell ill, the Verve have received yet another piece of bad road news, as lead guitarist Nick McCabe has decided to stop touring with the group for the rest of the year.
According to a spokesperson for the band, the Verve will not replace McCabe, who cited stress as his reason for dropping off the tour. The remaining members will begin rehearsals as a four piece this week with recovered bassist Simon Jones.
McCabe’s sabbatical from the Verve is not the first time the guitarist has left the band. His departure following the release of the group’s 1995 record, “Northern Soul,” forced the Verve into an almost two-year hiatus. The Verve reformed during the writing process for last year’s “Urban Hymns.”
MTV Europe spoke with Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft last year about the 24- month layoff, a period he believed, in the end, actually helped improve communication between band members.
“We needed that space,” Ashcroft said, “for wounds to heal or whatever. But it was the right time [for a break], because within a week [of reforming] we were in the studio making ‘Urban Hymns.’ And everything was smoother than it had ever been anytime before.” [1MB QuickTime]
Because of the rehearsal time needed to rework the band’s songs, the Verve have canceled another appearance at a music festival in Spain slated for July 10. The group has also tweaked part of its upcoming U.S. tour. The rescheduled dates are:
- 7/28 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
- 7/29 – Detroit, MI @ Palace at Auburn Hills
- 7/31 – Toronto, ONT @ Copps Coliseum
- 8/1 – Montreal, QUE @ Molson Centre
- 8/3 – Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena
- 8/5 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
- 8/6 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
- 8/9 – Houston, TX @ Aerial
- 8/11 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
- 8/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
- 8/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
- 8/17 – Seattle, WA @ Mercer Arena