We told you when the Verve self-destructed, and now we
have word that Richard Ashcroft, the man whom Noel Gallagher wrote "Cast No
Shadow" for has reformed the band, but without guitarist Nick McCabe. The new
line-up features another Wigan native, Simon Tong on guitar. The Verve are
currently in a studio recording new material, which insiders claim is in the
vein of the band's last album, the very excellent, A Northern Soul.
According to Melody Maker the reason Mad Richard and McCabe split ways
was that McCabe was more interested in taking the band into more experimental
waters, while Ashcroft wanted to stay within the Britpop genre--but that's just
a fancy way of saying that the two of them no longer got along. Our sources at
Virgin Records say it wouldn't be too premature to expect an album by the
summer, with a tour to follow.