Singer/songwriter Richard Ashcroft gave fans a treat on Monday (May 16th) when he showcased five brand new songs from his forthcoming album These People.
Ashcroft performed for an hour and 50 minutes at his comeback show at the Camden Roundhouse in London. The ex-Verve singer threw in his ex-band’s classic hits including: “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, “Sonnet”, “Lucky Man”, and “The Drugs Don’t Work”.
These People, which will be his fourth studio album, is released this Friday, May 20th.
Ashcroft delighted fans by also performing hits from his earlier albums including: “Science Of Silence”, “New York”, “Break The Night With Colour”, and “Music Is Power”. During “Music Is Power” the singer explained that it was “good to be home” after six years out of the spotlight.
The crowd lapped up the new material with Ashcroft saying:
“Next time you hear this, there will be a room full of people singing ‘These People’,” he said after performing the title track to his new record before he added: “But until then it is just another guy singing a new song.”
The biggest cheers of the night were saved for when the singer performed classics from The Verve catalog, which also saw Ashcroft perform a short acoustic set including his 2000 debut solo single “Song For The Lovers”.
Finishing the set, Ashcroft played his UNKLE collaboration “Lonely Soul” and the Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’ classic ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony.’
Check out ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony,’ live from the roundhouse below:
Here’s Ashcroft’s set list in full:
‘Out Of My Body’
‘This Is How It Feels’
‘Science Of Silence’
‘They Don’t Own Me’
‘Music Is Power’
‘Break The Night With Colour’
‘The Drugs Don’t Work’
‘Song For The Lovers’
‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’