Over the weekend, Ashcroft was accused of dropping a package of drugs from his pocket during an appearance on Soccer AM. A number of viewers shared footage of the moment on social media, forcing the ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ artist to set the record straight via Instagram.
Addressing “trolls on Twitter”, Ashcroft said in the video: “Number one: Cocaine and I have had no relationship for decades. Number two: Don’t you ever surmise what has fallen out of my pocket. And, don’t bring my children into it.”
He added: “You’re on thin ice. Don’t libel my name. My dad didn’t like litter and I don’t really like litter. But it gets a bit preposterous in my pocket. In The Verve I was known as Colombo, so get your facts right. You’re on thin ice. Peace.”
The Coral then posted a piss-take video, in which band member Nick Power addressed his own online ‘trolls’.
“Number one: Don’t you ever surmise that I can’t ice skate,” he said during the clip. “I was doing triple axels before some of you were born. And Number B: Me and peas have had no relationship for decades – I prefer carrots.”
“If you don’t get down to our tour next week, you’re gonna be on thin ice,” he continued. “In The Coral they call me Miss Marble, ’cause I might’ve lost my marbles.”
He signed off by holding up a bag of frozen peas, saying: “You’re on thin ice. Peas.”
Now, Ashcroft’s responded to the Liverpool band – and he’s seeing the funny side of the joke.
“Good luck with the tour mate hope I brought a bit of traffic you’re [sic] way,” the Verve singer commented on the Instagram video.
“I might even pop down see you”.
The Coral’s UK tour kicks off in Newcastle next week, before concluding in London with a show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. Find tickets and the full schedule here.
The Hoylake band released their latest album, ‘Move Through The Dawn‘, on August 17. It was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios and was produced by The Coral and Rich Turvey.