Transcontinental Ashcroft

Richard Ashcroft has his spring mapped out, with extensive tour dates on both sides of the Atlantic planned from March through May.

The former frontman for The Verve will support Coldplay in North America from March 20 through April 6, squeezing in a few headlining shows of his own in Canada beforehand.

After an April 6 show at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center, Ashcroft will head home and get ready for his U.K. run. He’ll start in Glasgow May 8 and hit eight more cities through May 19. He’ll wrap at London’s famed Brixton Academy.

The singer plans to keep track of his travels with a tour blog on his official Web site.

His third solo album, Keys To The World, is set for release in late January.