Peruse any British music magazine which has recently profiled Richard Ashcroft and chances are one of three descriptions — egomaniac, self-absorbed and superior to others — will surface.
Quite surprising, considering he opened his conversation to Metro with an amiable, “Hello. How’s the weather over there?” and maintained a gentlemanly tone throughout. This is the same Richard Ashcroft who reputedly once compared his artistry to Jesus Christ? Apparently someone has a personal axe to grind with the former Verve frontman.
Yet renewed interest in Ashcroft was truly sparked when he joined Coldplay for a rendition of Bittersweet Symphony during London’s Live 8 concert last July. It was there that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin introduced Ashcroft as “the best singer in the world.”
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