British rockers The Verve
returned to America for the first time since their split a decade ago to perform at the Coachella Festival in California on Friday night - and frontman Richard Ashcroft
told the faithful the band is back for good.
During a hits set, featuring the anthems "The Drugs Don't Work" and "Bittersweet Symphony," Ashcroft introduced "a new song" titled "Sit & Wonder" and then told the "hardcore" fans that had showed up for the pre-headliner slot on the opening day of Cochella there would be more new material to come.
He explained, "Most bands, when they reform, they don't bother making any new music. That's what this band's all about."
Ashcroft went on to grumble about the stench of the backstage toilets from the stage, but seemed genuinely glad to be back with his band, concluding the set by saying, "It's been a f---ing great night... I'm off to Vegas after this."
The Verve will perform at the Pearl Concert Theater in Sin City on Saturday before heading off to New York for two nights at Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theater.
The band ended their Coachella set by dedicating "Bittersweet Symphony" to late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
The Brits failed to come close to the highlight of the festival's first day - sandwiched between The Raconteurs
and Jack Johnson
on the mainstage, they mostly provided a filler with a polished but uninspired set.
Johnson's mellow charm won him the night as the Raconteurs had to challenge fellow Coachella virgins Vampire Weekend
and The National
for performance of the day.
The weekend's Coachella days are headlined by Prince
on Saturday and Pink Floyd
's Roger Waters
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)