Richard Ashcroft kicks off UK tour

The former Verve man treats Glasgow to new album preview

Richard Ashcroft played the first date of his tour at Glasgow ABC last night (January 20).

The gig saw the singer preview six songs from his new album ‘Keys To The World’, released January 23, including the comeback single ‘Break The Night With Colour’.

The rest of the set was divided between material from Ashcroft’s first two solo albums and songs he penned in his previous band, The Verve including ‘History’ and ‘Lucky Man’. He also delivered a solo version of the song ‘Lonely Soul’, which he originally recorded in collaboration with UNKLE.

Ashcroft was in high spirits throughout the show, greeting the audience by telling them “Thank you for being the ones who believe, thank you so much”, and seeming to cryptically suggest that ‘Why Not Nothing?’ will be the album’s next single, saying : “That one will sound better to you the next time we’re up here”.

He also introduced The Verve hit ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ as “the biggest hit Keith and Mick ever wrote’”, referencing to the fact that The Verve were legally obliged to credit The Rolling Stones’ songwriters for the song. Before cheekily adding, “Apart from ‘Satisfaction’“.

Ashcroft played:

‘Keys To The World’

‘Music Is Power’

‘Sonnet’

‘A Song For The Lovers’

‘History’

‘Science Of Silence’

‘New York’

‘Sweet Brother Malcolm’

‘The Drugs Don’t Work’

‘Words Just Get In The Way’

‘Why Not Nothing?’

‘Lucky Man’

‘Check The Meaning’

‘Lonely Soul’

‘Break The Night With Colour’

‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’