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The Verve were an English rock band formed in Wigan in 1990 by lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bass guitarist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. The guitarist and keyboard player Simon Tong became a member at a later date. Beginning with a psychedelic sound, by the mid-1990s the band had released several EPs and three albums. It also endured name and line-up changes, break-ups, health problems, drug abuse and various lawsuits. The band's commercial breakthrough was the 1997 album Urban Hymns, one of the best-selling albums in UK Chart history, and the single "Bitter Sweet Symphony", which became a worldwide hit. In 1998, the band won two Brit Awards--winning Best British Group, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in March, and in February 1999, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

Soon after their commercial peak, The Verve broke up in April 1999, citing internal conflicts. According to Billboard magazine, "the group's rise was the culmination of a long, arduous journey that began at the dawn of the decade and went on to encompass a major breakup, multiple lawsuits, and an extensive diet of narcotics". During an eight-year split, Ashcroft dismissed talk of a reunion, saying: "You're more likely to get all four Beatles on stage." 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, which spawned the hit single "Love Is Noise". Amid revived tensions, the band broke up for the third time in 2009.

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Former Verve guitarist Nick McCabe selling equipment to fans via Facebook

Former Verve guitarist Nick McCabe selling equipment to fans via Facebook

Items include guitars, amps and effects pedals

  • May 23, 2014

Ex members of The Verve announce Black Submarine debut album plans, live dates

Black Submarine will release their LP 'New Shores' in February of next year

  • Oct 23, 2013

Richard Ashcroft: 'Nostalgia is suffocating festivals'

Singer takes aim at "big monster dinosaur acts, mopping up all the money"

  • Jul 22, 2013

Ex-Verve duo to make live debut as The Black Ships in June - ticket details

Nick McCabe and Simon Jones launch The Black Ships this summer

  • Apr 13, 2011

Members of The Verve, Goldfrapp team up for new band

Listen to tracks by The Black Ships online now

  • Jul 31, 2009

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Rather Be

  • Nov 7, 2008

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Forth

  • Aug 14, 2008

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Love Is Noise

  • Jul 25, 2008

The Verve; Carling Academy, Glasgow, Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3

The only reunion tour that could put Zeppelin in the shade kicks off and leaves us in no doubt: this is History

  • Nov 14, 2007

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