The Verve

Love Is Noise

The Verve, Glasgow Academy (November 2). Ashcroft said little between songs, other than saying it was good to be back in Glasgow. When he took the stage, however, he strode to the mic and shouted 'this is music!', before launching into the track of the same name. Pic: Andy Willsher
Richard Ashcroft is a one-poet kind of guy. After rearranging William Blake’s ‘London’ as ‘History’, he’s only gone and re-bored another of the mystic’s opening lines: “Will those feet in modern times walk on soles that were made in China?” Richard herein queries. Dicky, whatever the question is, when you say it like that, the answer’s ‘yes’. Maybe not the ‘Bitter Sweet Second Symphony’ some were hoping for, but pitched confidently between ‘A Song For The Lovers’ and ‘Neon Wilderness’, as its swirling cauldron coda of feedback closed their Glastonbury set, 50,000 faces nonetheless glazed into awe.

Gavin Haynes

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