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Verden Allen and SOft Ground have issued a new album, Love You & Leave You (UK Angel Air SJPCD405). Tracks are: Love You And Leave You; On The Rebound; Find Yourself; Knocking On Those Old Back Doors; Wine Ridden Talks; Hold On to This; Soft Ground; Son Of The Wise Ones; Do You Want Me 2?; Long Time No See; Two Miles From Heaven; Fine Time to Love; A New Way.

Verden Allen and Soft Ground *and* The Mick Ralphs Blues Band will both appear at the Spring Edition of the Cambridge Rock Festival on the weekend of 27-29 April 2012.

Exciting times for Verden Allen and his band Soft Ground as they go into 2012, starting with a 'Whispering' Bob Harris Radio 2 session to be aired on 22 January 2012. Afterward, they will play live dates at The Half Moon, Putney on 11 Feb 2012 and then closer to home on 14 April 2012 at Worcester's Huntingdon Hall for another night of Mott classics and Verden's own solo material.

Verden allen and his band Soft Ground will play The Lads Club, Widemarsh Common, Hereford UK on 25 June 2011.

Verden Allen and his band Soft Ground appeared at the Royal National College for the Blind on 30 Oct 2010. Support bands were Frantik, Dandelion Killers and the Misers.

Verden Allen has a new band called Soft Ground, and they debut at the Night Owl Club in Cheltenham on 13 Aug 2010. On 20/21 Aug 2010, they will play the Wyeside Festival in Hereford UK.

Verden Allen's new album is My Masochistic Side, and will be released on 13 July 2009 (UK Angel Air SJPCD294).

Verden Allen is featured in Parts 1 and 2 of Talk Of The Town, two video interviews in which Verden remembers Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott. Here are links to Part One and Part Two.

Verden Allen returned to Rock The Mike on Bradford Community Broadcasting in February 2009, and updated fans on the progress of the Mott The Hoople reunion.

Verden Allen was interviewed by Rock The Mike on Bradford Community Broadcasting in September 2008. In this interview, Verden is the first band member to publicly announce the plans for Mott The Hoople to reunite in 2009.

Verden Allen recorded a new song called St. Tropez, which appears on the Angel Air 2xCD release Family Anthology (released 4 July 2005). The albums also includes unreleased Mott The Hoople demos (Can You Sing The Song That I Sing and Chosen Road), new tracks by Overend Watts and Dale Griffin, a demo of Silence backing vocalist Jon Best, a track by The Buddies featuring Mick Ralphs, a new version of Roll Away The Stone by The Ariel Bender Band, and more.

Verden played a few live dates in the UK in July and August 2002 to support the release of his 20 Year Holiday (UK Angel Air SJPCD110) album.

Verden Allen released a new studio album called 20 Year Holiday (UK Angel Air SJPCD110) in June 2002. Verden wrote and played the entire album, which includes new songs as well as re-recordings of two of his earlier solo singles.

Verden Allen got onstage with Ian Hunter for a few numbers at the Coal Exchange, Cardiff Wales on 11 May 2002.

A Verden Allen CD entitled For Each Other was released on the Angel Air (UK) label on 11 October 1999. The albums was written and played almost entirely by Verden, who was helped out on just two of the tracks. The album contains all new recordings, although several of the songs date back to Verden early days with Mott The Hoople, Cheeks, and Verden and Luther. Re-recordings include Soft Ground, A New Way, and On The Rebound. The disc also includes the first commercially available version of 8 O'Clock At The Corner, the song that James Honeyman-Scott played when he auditioned for Cheeks in 1974.

Verden Allen and his band, Flat Out, headlined the First Annual Mott The Hoople Convention at the Robin 2 in Bilston (UK) on 17 April 1999. Other performers included Steve Hyams and Ray Majors, John Fiddler, and a one-off covers band called Nott The Hoople. Although he was not officially part of the convention, Ian Hunter played two gigs at the club during the same weekend.

On 16 September 1998, Verden Allen made an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in London along with Mick Ralphs, Ian Hunter, and Blue Weaver. They signed copies of the Sony box set, and Campbel Devine's authorized biography. Virgin had advertised a live performance by Hunter, Ralphs, and Allen, but it never materialized. See the In-Store Appearance page for more details.

Verden Allen's 1994 solo album Long Time No See was re-released on the Angel Air (UK) label in 1998. The Angel Air reissue includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks and an in-depth biography in the booklet.