- Posted on Jul 2nd 2010 6:00AM by Chris Cope
The ex-Verve frontman said that he was diagnosed with 'walking pneumonia' during the debut recording sessions of United Nations of Sound, reports The Sun.
At one point he didn't sleep for five days during the recording -- which was overseen by hip-hop producer No I.D -- and a doctor had to be called out.
Ashcroft said, "The first week in the studio was one of the best recording times I've had, even though I put myself through a lot. At one point, I'd not slept in five days. The doctor was called out who said I had 'walking pneumonia'. I asked, 'What the hell does that mean?' and he said 'It means you're not dead yet.'"
The band have recently played their first bunch of UK shows in June, bookending a European tour, whilst they will also be busy for the festival season too, with dates at Japan's Summer Sonic festival and the Splendour in the Grass festival in Australia in August, as previously reported by Spinner.