Mcfly and Busted: two guitar pop camps unite for a UK tour. Can this work?
At first we thought it was a hoax now we're doing the Busted jump for joy at the news that early noughties boybands McFly and Busted are finally teaming up to bring us an entire UK 2014 tour under the portmanteau McBusted.
Back In The Day: Busted & McFly Were Rivals In Their 2004 Heyday.
McBusted will see the Mcfly line-up of Harry Judd, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher unite with two of the three original members of Busted: Matt Willis and James Bourne. Charlie Simpson, whose departure for heavier rock in 2005 caused Busted to split, will not feature in McBusted but he has wished his former bandmates success.
The six members of McBusted appeared together at last night's London Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere but first announced their formation at a press conference hosted by Matt's wife, Emma Willis, yesterday morning. A Twitter account and website have been set up with nearly 145,000 followers at this time of writing.
Meet McBusted: Busted + McFly - Charlie Simpson = McBusted.
Furthermore, the band are planning a UK arena tour in April 2014 with tickets to go on sale this Friday at 9am. Though some are criticising McBusted as purely a cash cow, the announcement has excited many of the original Busted and McFly fans who will surely flock to the concert tour next year to relive the bands' early noughties heyday when they were commonly thought of as rivals to the guitar pop throne.
The band have promised to play hits from both of their careers which may mean that we will get to hear such classics as Mcfly's 'Five Colours In Her Hair' and 'All About You' alongside Busted's 'Year 3000' and 'Air Hostess.' A tweet sent from the official @McBusted Twitter page simply read "The rumours are true.#McBusted," whipping fans old and new into a frenzy of speculation, disbelief, and excitement.
Charlie Simpson Is Not Onboard With McBusted.
The bands are closer than many may have previously thought. They collaborated on 2004 B-side 'Build Me Up Buttercup' and it has been revealed that McFly's Tom originally auditioned to join Busted when an ad was placed in NME over ten years ago.
McFly, who are still a successful recording unit, have assured fans that the McBusted project will be a fun break between their own official albums and have confirmed that they will perform solo again.
McBusted Tour Dates:
18th April - Glasgow, SSE Hydro
19th April: Liverpool Echo Arena
21st April: Bournemouth International Centre
25th April: London O2 Arena
28th April: Metro Arena Newcastle
29th April: Capital FM Arena Nottingham
30th April: First Direct Arena Leeds
3rd May: Birmingham LG Arena
4th May: Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
6th May: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
9th May: Phones4u Arena Manchester
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 15th November.