Richard Ashcroft, legendary front man for The Verve, will release his first solo album in four years, United Nations of Sound, on March 22 through Razor & Tie. To celebrate the release, Ashcroft will be performing two special shows in the U.S. - March 23 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York and March 24 at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston (part of the Jim Beam Live Music Series) - marking his first performances in America since 2008.
Fans across the country will be able to see Richard Ashcroft perform his new single "Are You Ready?" with support from house band The Roots when he stops by Late Night with Jimmy Fallonon release day, March 22. He will also perform a yet-to-be-announced second track that will run exclusively on www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com.
Ashcroft's track "Are You Ready?" will be featured in the closing credits to the new Matt Damon film, The Adjustment Bureau, out in March A second track, "Future's Bright," which was co-written by Richard and ten-time Academy Award nominee Thomas Newman, will be featured within the film as well.
United Nations of Sound is Richard Ashcroft's most ambitious solo work to date. The album features 12 songs produced by noted hip-hop producer No I.D. (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common). No I.D. worked with Richard to create a huge sound that makes use of live orchestration, big beats and his widest range of influences yet. Spin Magazine said the result a "fruitful collaboration" andNylon Magazine called the new album "a commanding performance."
RICHARD ASHCROFT U.S. PERFORMANCES:
March 23 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
March 24 Boston, MA Villa Victoria Center for The Arts (Jim Beam Live Music Series)