Richard Ashcroft: ‘I want to make a musical with Oasis’

The Verve frontman calls Noel Gallagher an 'amazing songwriter'

Richard Ashcroft has said that he wants to work with Oasis on a musical production.

The Verve frontman, who releases new solo album ‘These People’ on May 14, made the claims in a new interview with Noisey as part of their British Masters’ documentary series.

In the clip, Ashcroft is asked what working with Noel and Liam Gallagher would be like, to which he replied about Noel: “The pros are that he’s an amazing songwriter. So if I get 50 per cent on the publishing [royalties] then it’s obviously cha-ching for both of us. I’m an amazing lyricist and I’ve got incredible melodies so the combo is great.”

He added: “There’s also a lot of pros working with Liam, but there’s a lot of negatives working with either of them and not working with the other one. It’s like being a brother in the middle.”


Last year, Noel Gallagher said he’d be interested in making an album with Ashcroft. Ashcroft responds in the clip: “It’s a real nice compliment for me for Noel [to say that]”.

“I would love to do a musical with them both,” Ashcroft added of working with Noel and Liam. “I’d like to do a musical of [Verve] songs combined [with Oasis songs] in a story of both our youths and the combination at the end and the fact that we have crossed paths, been mates [and] looked after each other.”

Ashcroft previously spoke of the possibility of working with Noel Gallagher to NME, saying: “In the future who knows what might happen. I wish things like this would’ve happened years ago.”

Elsewhere in the Noisey interview, Ashcroft says there is “nothing” he misses about The Verve but that “if we were different people or a different combination then [the band] could still be happening now”.

Ashcroft recently released new track ‘This Is How It Feels’, which Liam Gallagher later praised.

‘These People’ is Ashcroft’s first since 2010’s ‘United Nations Of Sound’ and was recorded largely in the musician’s basement home studio and features orchestration from Wil Malone, who worked with Richard on The Verve’s ‘Northern Soul’ and the ten million-selling ‘Urban Hymns’ as well as his 2000 debut solo album ‘Alone With Everybody’.

The album’s tracklisting will be:

‘Out Of My Body’
‘This Is How It Feels’
‘They Don’t Own Me’
‘Hold On’
‘These People’
‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Hurt’
‘Pictures Of You’
‘Black Lines’
‘Ain’t The Future So Bright’
‘Songs Of Experience’

Richard Ashcroft will play the following live dates:

Manchester, Albert Hall (May 14)
London, Roundhouse (May 16)
Glasgow, O2 Academy (May 27)
Scarborough Fair Art and Music Festival (May 28)
Isle Of Wight Festival (June 11)
Pori Jazz, Finland (July 15)
Lokerse Festival, Belgium (August 10)
Calella de Palafrugell,Jardí Botànic de Cap Roig, Spain (August 12)
Trinity, Jersey Live (September 3)