Richard Ashcroft thanks Emily Eavis for booking them, hopes they're better than Keane
Topping the bill on the last night of the three day festival, the reunited band served up a mix of anthems and previewed their new album ‘Forth’ due out in August.
Kicking off with ‘This Is Music’, frontman Richard Ashcroft shouted out the refrain of the next song ‘Sonnet’ – “there’s love if you want it!”- urging the swelling crowd on and they duly obliged with a loud sing-a-long.
“Thank you, you’re sounding good tonight declared Ashcroft afterwards. “A shout out for Jay-Z for putting in a good performance but tonight is rock n roll!”
“It’s time to get your dancing pants on,” declared the singer as, joined by an amped up violinist, they played their first new song ‘Sit And Wonder’ which first featured on last year’s reunion tour.
An epic version of ‘History’ followed with Nick McCabe‘s slide guitar more than compensating for the orchestra on the recorded version.
“Oh what a night,” crooned Ashcroft between tracks causing some fans to sing The Four Seasons track, before he added. “This is about a morning I hope some of you have had, a ‘Velvet Morning’.”
Despite it being the festival’s final night, the crowd proved to be in good voice as ‘Drugs Don’t Work’ triggered an anthemic sing-a-long.
‘Lucky Man’ got the same euphoric treatment from the audience after which Ashcroft addressed the crowd.
“I want to thank Emily Eavis for inviting us to play Glastonbury,” he declared. “I hope her dad realises why she booked us now, I think he was a bit worried we wouldn’t be as good as Keane or something. But, no, God bless Keane, I don’t care, love and peace to all bands. It’s a struggle, life’s a struggle! Monday morning may be a struggle for a lot of you, doing a job that you despise, working for a bastard you despise, a slave to money then we die. God bless Ya!”
The band then underlined their headliner status launching into ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ causing the Pyramid Stage to break into a rapturous sing-a-long.
They followed that with brand new single ‘Love Is Noise’ getting the whole field dancing as the band brought the festival to its climax.
“Till next time, love and peace forever,” shout Ashcroft as the band finished their set enigmatically without an encore.
The Verve played:
‘This Is Music’
‘Space And Time’
‘Sit And Wonder’
‘Life’s An Ocean’
‘Drugs Don’t Work’
‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’
‘Love Is Noise’
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