The former Verve frontman insists being a dad will "enrich" his writing...

Richard Ashcroft has denied that fatherhood will dent his renowned rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, and instead claims that new-born son SONNY will “enrich” his writing.

The former Verve frontman, set to release his debut solo album ‘Alone With Everybody’ through Hut Recordings on June 26, explained: “I strongly disagree that you can’t have a happy family life and a child as well as rock ‘n’ roll. Surely it’s conducive to making great music? I believe a child will enrich me to make more great music than what’s considered to be conducive to rock, like sex and drugs. I don’t believe that you need a lifestyle like that to make great rock records.”

Sonny was born on March 23, and saw Ashcroft join a growing group of A-list British pop stars who have become fathers, some for the first time, in recent months. Noel and Liam Gallagher, Ian Brown, Damon Albarn and Paul Weller have all heard the patter of tiny feet this year.

During the interview with [url=] Ashcroft also revealed that following The Verve split he considered giving up music completely but returned because of a belief that it was his “destiny”.

And in a dig at his former bandmates, Ashcroft answered an inquiry from as to whether or not he finds it lonely working as a solo artist by saying: “There’s a mid-Eastern saying that ‘It’s better to be on your own than with a fool’.”

‘Alone With Everybody’ is preceded by a single, ‘Money To Burn’, on June 12. The single follows his first solo track ‘A Song For The Lovers’, which charted at number three in the UK.

As previously revealed on, Ashcroft will be joined onstage during his V2000 festival appearances at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire on August 19-20 by his wife and former Spiritualized keyboard player Kate Radley.

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Or call the NME 24-Hour Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663. Calls are charged at national standard rate.Ashcroft will warm up for the dates with a series of low-key shows in the south of France. There will be a full tour in December of this year.

It is not known whether Mr and Mrs Ashcroft will take Sonny onstage to make it a family affair.