BUSTED star CHARLIE SIMPSON is planning to tour with his other band
FIGHTSTAR next month (APR04) - after a series of secret rehearsals.
The teen heart-throb, 18, insists the grunge group - whose motto is
"smokes like an amethyst" - won't affect his commitments with the YEAR 3000
hitmakers, it is merely a means for him to vent his frustration.
Simpson says, "I love Busted. Really. When people say I'm not happy in the
band, that's bulls**t.
"I had a lot of frustration building up inside me when I couldn't let it
out. But now I can."
An insider confirms, "It is not like Charlie is leaving Busted.
"It is a release from playing pop music, and the music Fightstar make is
more in keeping with his CD collection.
"They are getting their act together and are starting to line up live
Fightstar even come with critical approval. PETER ROBINSON from British
music magazine NME praises, "Fightstar are a lot harder-sounding than
"But one thing they do have in common is a knack for a killer chorus. The
band are really tight musically."