Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 21:40:33 -0400|
From: Andrew Shuttleworth
Subject: NOEL IS CONFIRMED!!!
i got word from a friend of my cousin's girl friend (yeh, yeh) and she said that Noel is confirmed for the show in detroit. I don't know if that means the rest of the tour or just that gig. post this on your site if you want
|The Verve's spokesperson denies McCabe declaring himself unavailable will endanger the band's upcoming American tour, or their headlining slots at the UK's V98 concerts in Chelmsford and Leeds in August.|
Is this guy out of his mind? Nick leaving has totally endangered this tour, at least for me it has! I'm going to the Los Angeles and San Francisco gigs and I'm not even looking foward to them anymore. Nick McCabe is a VERY important key to the Verve and if he's not present then it's not the Verve.
In other Verve news, the Madison Square Garden show was moved because of poor ticket sales, well that's what NME said. Considering the fact that the tickets weren't ON SALE YET, I find that highly unlikely. It was probably moved to avoid embarrassment because the venue wouldn't sell out. Someone at Virgin really fucked up by booking this tour. There are rumors floating around that Verve will back out of the US tour because of really poor ticket sales.
THE VERVE's management is investigating a poster advertising campaign for a special-edition Peugeot 306 called The Verve. The advertisement, which appeared on bus stop hoardings around London three weeks ago, features psychedelic writing resembling that on The Verve's 1994 'No Come Down (B-sides And Outtakes)' LP. The Verve's representatives were not approached about the advert and the band are not endorsing the product. A Verve spokesman told NME the group's management were "looking into" the matter but refused to comment further.
A spokesman for Peugeot maintained that any resemblance to a Verve LP cover was a "happy coincidence". He said: "We're not looking to seek anything from the band, or them from us. It's nothing to do with the band, it was a name we came up with to reflect the lively character of the car. "I think the writing on the advert's more psychedelic than to do with The Verve. With (people in) my age group, it would appear more to do with Jimi Hendrix."
Meanwhile, The Verve could release new material before the end of this year, it has been revealed, as the band have postponed a spring North American tour until summer to go back in the studio. The band were due to play a series of high-profile gigs in America later this month, but band manager Jazz Summers said Richard Ashcroft had decided to postpone them because he wanted "to get some new music out and some rest". The Verve's current album, 'Urban Hymns', has sold more than 500,000 copies in the US, achieving gold status. With the US release of 'Lucky Man' later this month, the album is expected to go platinum, with sales topping one million.
Whereas the venues booked for their spring tour were all roughly 3,000 capacity, it is predicted that a Verve summer tour will visit venues with capacities of between 8,000 and 10,000, putting them on an equal footing with Oasis as a US live draw. The band have also revealed that all money earned from the use of 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' in Nike's recent US advert will be donated to the Big Issue in the UK. Although most of the royalties generated by the track go to Allen Klein, former Rolling Stones manager, the band are still paid performance royalties and a fee for allowing the track to be used.
THE VERVE will headline this year's V98 Festival, which takes place over two days at Chelmsford and Leeds on August 22 & 23.
The Verve will play above The Seahorses in Chelmsford and in Leeds. The Charlatans and Texas will also be co-headlining over the weekend. Robbie Williams and Green Day are among other artists currently being lined up for V98.
Ticket details for the festival and the full line-up will be announced on NME.com in the coming weeks. The Verve's Wigan Haigh Hall show on May 24 has now sold out. The 33,000 tickets available went in just over one hour.
Meanwhile, The Verve and Hut Recordings have come to an agreement over the group's refusal to allow any more singles to be released from their 'Urban Hymns' album. Hut will release 'Sonnet' as part of a set of four, 12" records. The release will be limited to 5,000 and will not be eligible for the charts.
It will be released on March 2 and will be backed by 'Stamped', 'So Sister' and 'Echo Bass'. The single will come in a cardboard mailer and the band's other three 'Urban Hymns' singles, 'Bitter Sweet Symphony', 'The Drugs Don't Work' and 'Lucky Man', will be re-released on vinyl at the same time and will fit into the mailer.
THE VERVE have announced their biggest headlining concert to
date is set for May 24 in their hometown of Wigan. The gig will take
place in the grounds of Haigh Hall, an 18th-century mansion two miles
outside Wigan, before an anticipated 33,000 people. The stage will be
built on part of the house's golf course.
A spokesman for The Verve said: "The band have been looking for a site for a summer gig for quite a while, but as with everything they do, it had to be right and it had to be special. The site they've chosen is wonderful. The backdrop as you look beyond the stage is a quite dramatic view of Wigan. This gig is going to go down in history."
Support acts have yet to be announced. The event is timed to start at 6pm and finish at 10.30pm. Wigan Borough Council must first grant permission for the gig, but is expected to give the go-ahead in March. A council spokesman said: "We've had a couple of letters from people living nearby who think it's a dreadful idea, but the majority think it's absolutely marvellous, especially as they're a Wigan group who are rising to the top, past the likes of Oasis and the Spice Girls."
Tickets cost '21 and go on sale this Saturday, January 24, at 9am from The Verve Freephone Ticketline on 0800-138-8811, or via credit-card hotlines on 0161-238 4040 or 0161-832 1111. Personal callers using cash, cheque or Switch can call at Wigan Central Park (rugby club) and Omega Records; Manchester Labatts Apollo and Virgin Records; Liverpool Royal Court; Blackburn King George's Hall; Warrington Parr Hall; Preston Guildhall; Leeds Town & Country Club and Jumbo Records. A car park will be provided on site, costing '4 per vehicle, although fans can reach the site on foot.
Meanwhile, 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' is being used for a Nike ad despite stories in the American press that Nike has an alleged dubious record in relation to the working conditions of its overseas workers. A statement issued by The Verve last week pointed out that, although the recorded synchronisation rights of the song belong to the band, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones' manager Allen Klein own the music publishing synchronisation rights because 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' features a string sample from Andrew Loog Oldham's Decca album of orchestral arrangements of Rolling Stones songs.
Therefore, without The Verve's consent, Klein's publishing company Abkco could re-record the music for commercial purposes and people still might think it was The Verve. The Verve agreed to allow Nike the use of 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' in America only for a period of three months after checking the company's track record in the hope that it "would deter all other possible usage of the song".
The statement ended: "It is not The Verve's policy to have their music used in commercial advertising. This would not have happened had The Verve not lost the publishing of 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Allen Klein/Abkco Music."
The Verve's management has issued a statement about the use of the band's hit
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" from their widely acclaimed Urban Hymns album in
a Nike commercial, currently airing on major television networks.
"Though it is not the Verve's policy to have their music used in commercial advertising, a portion of 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' has been approved for use in a Nike television ad that is currently appearing in the U.S. for a limited run," says the Verve's London- based management firm, Big Life.
"This would not have happened had the Verve not lost the publishing copyright (and therefore artistic control) of 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Allen Klein/Abko Music." ("Bitter Sweet Symphony" contains part of an orchestral version of the Stones' "The Last Time.")
"Based on an overwhelming number of requests received by the band's management from many of the top advertising firms to use the song, as well as the knowledge that the band ultimately did not control the copyright," the statement continues, "the Verve's management and record company opted to forestall the use of the song in an unapproved manner by licensing it on a limited basis to Nike. The Verve's management licensed the use of 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' to Nike because of the company's consistent history of tasteful and creative advertising campaigns. The
Verve consented to this arrangement with the hope that Nike's usage of the song would prevent 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' from being utilized elsewhere without the band's knowledge or input."
|Nike Ad 'Bitter Sweet': Nike has been known to delve into the pop vaults for soundtracks for its commercials (remember the controversy over using the Beatles' "Revolution"?), and now it's using songs that are on the charts. In a commercial that is currently airing, the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony"--which was named single of the year by Rolling Stone--is featured in a new commercial for the athletic apparel company. The song sparked debate regarding sampling rights since it uses music originally recorded for an orchestral version of the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," recorded in the '60s. The Stones successfully challenged the use of the sample and songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are sharing in the song's royalties. According to Amco Music Inc. spokesman Allen Klien, who handles the Stones' publishing rights, Nike made separate deals with his company and the Verve's Virgin Records.|
|Anyway, now to thew more important news. I dont know if anyones posted about this as i havent got time to read all the posts, but the boys made it to the front page of the "Wigan Evening Post" last Tuesday. The headline was "Verve to play at Haigh Hall - 30,000 to swoop on town as verve play hometown gig". The article stated that councillors will give the gig the go-ahead on 12th of January while the tickets will go on sale on 16th January. The gig will take place on 26th May. It also states that this gig will coincide with their other gigs taking place around the same time. So i would guess that they are ready to anounce a massive tour very soon.|
"THE VERVE HAD AN INCREDIBLE 1997 AND WILL SEAL THEIR STATUS AS NEW ROCK GODS OF BRITAIN WITH TWO SELL-OUT SUMMER SHOWS IN THEIR HOME TOWN BEFORE 90,000 FANS.
THEY WILL PLAY IN THE GROUNDS OF STATELY HOME HAIGH HALL IN WIGAN, IN JUNE OR JULY. NOT BAD FOR A BAND WHO A YEAR AGO WERE DEAD IN THE WATER.
FULL DETAILS ARE YET TO EMERGE, BUT AN INSIDER TELLS ME "The Verve Love Wigan and still live there. They will play a full set before 45,000 fans each night, and arrange top-class support acts."
THEIR ACCLAIMED COMEBACK ALBUM URBAN HYMNS WAS THE BIGGEST SELLER OF THE CHRISTMAS WEEK, SHIFTING OVER 145,000 COPIES - MORE THAN THE NEW RELEASES BY THE SPICE GIRLS OR OASIS.
ON JANUARY 12, NOMINATIONS FOR THE BRIT AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AND THE VERVE ARE FRONT-RUNNERS IN AT LEAST FOUR CATAGORIES - BEST ALBUM, BEST SINGLE, BEST VIDEO (BOTH FOR BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY) AND BEST BRITISH GROUP.
MUSIC BIZ PUNDITS PREDICT A CLOSE TUSSLE IN THE LATTER CATEGORY, WITH RADIOHEAD ALSO TIPPED TO WIN IT.
BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY, WHICH REACHED NO.2 LAST JUNE, IS NOW BEING USED ON TRAILERS BY BBC TV AND RADIO, TALK RADIO AND GMTV.
THE FOLLOW-UP, THE DRUGS DON'T WORK, WENT TO THE TOP OF THE CHART. SINGER RICHARD ASHCROFT WROT IT AS A PERSONAL REMINDER OF HIS BATTLES WHICH LED TO THE BAND SPLITTING IN 1995.
AT THAT STAGE HE WAS KNOWN AS MAD RICHARD DUE TO HIS DRUG HAZES.
BUT SINCE HE CLEANED UP AND THEIR COMEBACK, EVEN LIAM GALLAGHER OF OASIS HAS HAILED THE VERVE AS "THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD - APART FROM US"........"