The Verve was a popular English rock band in the 1990s.Its original members were Richard Ashcroft on vocals, Nick McCabe on guitar, Simon Jones on bass and Peter Salisbury on drums, but later on, Simon Tong (guitar and keyboards) also joined the group.The band was initially called Verve. The Verve was first formed when Ashcroft, Jones and Salisbury invited McCabe to join them in 1989.The group started playing in local parties and recording their own music, and in 1991, they were signed by the Hut Recordings.In 1992, they released the hit singles “All in the Mind”, “She's a Superstar”, and “Gravity Grave” that all topped the UK Independent Charts..
In 1993, the band released their first album A Storm in Heaven, and although it was not commercially successful, it spawned hit singles like “Blue” and “Slide Away”.During that year, the band also performed as supporting acts for The Black Crowes and later on played on their first live shows in the US.In 1994, The Verve became part of the famous rock festival Lollapalooza.In addition, the band also became involved in a legal case with a record label with same name as Verve, which compelled the group to adopt “The” in their name. A Northern Soul, their second album was released in 1995 which produced the hit tracks “History”, “This is Music” and “On Your Own” which entered the top 40 of the UK Hit Chart.However, surrounded by controversies, the band disbanded later that year, but a few weeks later Ashcroft, Jones and Salisbury regrouped together with a new recruit, Simon Tong.
In 1997, McCabe rejoined the group and formally became a quintet.In that year, Urban Hymns, their third album was released and became a big success commercially.The carrier single “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was a huge break entering the UK Hit Chart at no. 2.Also, top-charting singles in this album include “The Drugs Don't Work” (No. 1) and “Lucky Man” (No.7). Despite their success, the band experienced another dilemma in 1998 when McCabe decided to leave at the midst of extensive tours, and in 1999, the band inevitably disbanded again. In June 2007, The Verve announced that the original four members will regroup and in November and December, the quartet performed in sold-out concerts in Glasgow.The following year, the band played in tours in the US, Europe and Japan.In August 2008, the fourth album Forth was released and the single “Love is Noise” peaked in the UK Hit Chart at no. 4 spot.2009 was a quiet year for the band and in 2010, after speculations arose, Ashcroft confirmed that the members disbanded anew.
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