All Work and No Play Makes 40% of The Verve Turn Into The Shining

Miss The Verve? Wonder what the boys-who-aren't
Richard Ashcroft are doing? I can tell you about half of the
remaining four, at least. The Simons, bassist Simon
Jones and rhythm guitarist Simon Tong have formed a
new band called The Shining. Ex-Stone Roses genius
guitarist John Squire was in the initial incarnation of the band,
but he has, unfortunately, left the building. No matter, the other
bandmates, singer Duncan Baxter and drummer Mark
Heaney stuck around, they replaced Squire (well, replace
isn't probably the best word to describe one of the most exciting
guitarists of the past 20 years) with Dan McBean and kept the
show on the road. The Shining, who are named after the
creepy-ass Jack Nicholson-starring Stanley Kubrick
film (axe in the stomach, anyone?) are set to drop their debut album,
True Skies in the fall on Epic Records and to set up that album,
they are playing a few North American gigs. If you like bands that
sound like a fusion of Led Zeppelin, The Verve, and
The Seahorses and you live in either New York, Toronto, or
Los Angeles, you're stoked.

The Shining tour dates:

07.08.02 - New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)

07.09.02 - Toronto, ON (Lee's Palace )

07.11.02 - West Hollywood, CA (Troubadour)

All Work and No Play Makes 40% of The Verve Turn Into The Shining