Touring to support his latest solo release These People, Richard Ashcroft, former frontman of The Verve, performed at New York’s Terminal 5 on Monday evening and treated a packed house of dedicated fans to a night of music that spanned the prolific artist’s catalog—both old and new.
To say the New York stop on Ashcroft’s current tour was an excellent, flawless performance would be a dramatic understatement. Nearly every song in Ashcroft’s set on Monday had some degree of improvisation lending his live show a genuinely unique tone and experience as he led his backing band in a myriad of directions.
Ashcroft himself stated at the beginning of his set that watching some bands perform you’d do just as well watching a hologram, and given Monday’s performance, by comparison I’d have to agree. Ashcroft truly gave his New York fans a gift that will linger in memories for some time. I only hope he returns to play again.
Out of My Body
Sonnet (The Verve)
This Is How It Feels
Space and Time (The Verve)
A Song For Lovers
They Don’t Own Me
Science of Stars
Break The Night With Color
Music Is Power
Lucky Man (The Verve)
The Drugs Don’t Work (The Verve)
Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve)