The Verve give update on live return

Plus you can download their first new music in ten years now

The Verve have spoken after a series of rehearsals for their live return next month.

The band recently spent two weeks in a studio in Stockport running through songs for their live dates which take place next month.

“It’s great, it was good because it’s the original band members, so we’ve sort of been revisiting 17 years of tunes,” guitarist Nick McCabe told NME.COM of the sessions. “It was quite difficult, but we’ve got 26 tunes cherry-picked from our back catalogue and it’s sounding great.”

The band have also expanded their comeback dates, adding a show in Nottingham on December 11.

The full tour is now:

Glasgow Academy (November 2,3)

Blackpool Empress Ballroom (5,6)

London Roundhouse (8,9)

Nottingham Arena (11)

London O2 Arena (December 13)

Glasgow SECC (15)

Belfast Odyssey Arena (17)

Manchester Central (20)

To check ticket availability and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now.

Meanwhile, you can download the first 14 minutes of music The Verve made after deciding to reunite for free on NME.COM/verve now.

Rather than kicking off their reformation with a band meeting, the Wigan legends met in a studio in Richmond and jammed out some musical ideas together.

The first fruits from that session can now be heard in the form of the ‘The Thaw Session’ – the title a reference to ‘Deep Freeze’, an experimental bonus track on the band’s last album ‘Urban Hymns’ – a 14-minute track you can get for free.

To download a free version of the band’s first new music in over ten years, simply head to NME.COM/verve, until October 28.

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