Just got back from seeing The Verve and I had a damn good time.
The only problems were that the show started 30 minutes late and that the volume was cranked to 11. I mean, I love The Verve, but I also love my hearing as well. (Perhaps this is my age speaking for me...)
The doors opened at seven, I got there at 7:30, and even though the show was supposed to start at eight, the concert hall was a ghost town at 8:30. I was surprised that only a fifth of the seats were filled, but once the band started playing, people started pouring into the concert hall until the place was absolutely packed. I had a great seat on the balcony, so I had a great view of the entire show.
I felt sorry for Nick McCabe (the lead guitarist), as his equipment was constantly suffering technical problems, and one of the roadies/tech guys was constantly out on stage futzing with the zillion foot pedals at McCabe's feet and working on his guitar between songs. This added a few delays between songs, but the crowd was really into the show. Richard Ashcroft (who has a much shorter haircut and doesn't look like he has the same heroin-junkie physique) kept apologizing about the delays, saying that they were only human. Honestly, everyone was having a good time and didn't care.
More entertainingly, another stagehand kept running on stage, but to make sure that there was a glass of beer in front Simon Jones at all times.
Anyway, the show was very good and I was glad I got to see them again. They were definitely more coherent than the last time I saw them in SF, and Ashcroft wasn't begging the crowd to throw drugs onto the stage.
They played ten songs from Urban Hymns, three from A Northern Soul, none from A Storm in Heaven or any of the EPs, and at least one new song (possibly two).
- This Time (Urban Hymns)
- Sonnet (Urban Hymns)
- This is Music (A Northern Soul)
- Space & Time (Urban Hymns)
- Life is an Ocean (A Northern Soul)
- On Your Own (A Northern Soul)
- Weeping Willow (Urban Hymns)
- Second One Down (NEW)
- The Rolling People (Urban Hymns)
- Velvet Morning (Urban Hymns)
- The Drugs Don't Work (Urban Hymns)
- Lucky Man (Urban Hymns)
- Come On (Urban Hymns)
- Bittersweet Symphony (Urban Hymns)
- ??? (NEW)
I'm expecting The Verve is touring to test the waters for a new album and presumably another tour supporting it. That would be good news for me, because I'll buy tickets again whenever they come back.