Ongoing History Daily: The Verve had issues

When you look at their history, it’s no wonder that the Verve isn’t around anymore.  First, there was singer Richard Ashcroft’s legendary drug consumption. 

Then there was the time during the 1994 Lollapalooza tour when he collapsed and almost died of dehydration after a show in Kansas City.  Drummer Pete Salisbury once mutilated his foot when he put it through a glass door in his kitchen.  Guitarist Nick McCabe managed to get himself beaten up several times, including the time he got pummeled by the backstage security staff that was supposed to be protecting him. 

Then in August 1994, Ashcroft and his buddy Noel Gallagher broke into a church in Sweden.  They were thirsty and wanted some communion wine.  That stunt nearly got them both deported permanently. 

And at one point in 1995, Ashcroft was so broke that he was $6,000 behind in his rent.  That’s when his landlord changed the locks and sold all his stuff.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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