Simpson has also responded to criticism from Fightstar fans unhappy with his decision to rejoin his former band.
It’s a millennial pop fan’s dream come true! A decade after leaving Busted, Charlie Simpson has announced he’s returned to the band for a new album and tour in 2016. Simpson previously vowed never to return to the group after leaving in 2005, but it seems the singer has had a massive change of heart.
Charlie Simpson is back with Busted for a new album and tour in 2016.
Speaking about his decision to leave the band in 2005, Simpson said: “I felt a huge amount of guilt when I left Busted the first time because I knew that they didn’t want to stop and that was hard to deal with.”
“We were really good friends and you don’t want to upset anyone you care about. But staying in the band at that time could have risked our friendship. I’ve lost count of the number of times where I’ve said publicly I wouldn’t do this again. But I have changed my mind.”
After he left Busted, Simpson moved from pop to rock, forming band Fightstar and later releasing two solo albums. But some fans of Fightstar have been left annoyed at Simpson’s decision to get back with Busted.
Addressing the criticism from Fightstar fans, Simpson said: “If people have a problem with the decisions I make then I totally respect that but I can’t spend my life worrying about what other people are going to think.”
On twitter Simpson also added, “Life is a crazy thing. Sometimes we know how it's going to turn out and sometimes we don't. Sometimes the unexpected happens…” In 2013 the remaining members of Busted, Willis and Bourne, formed supergroup McBusted with members of McFly, but there’s no word yet on that band’s future.
Busted’s 2016 tour begins on May 11th at The SSE Arena in Wembley. The gig will be the first time the trio have performed together in 11 years and takes place at the exact same venue as the last time they played together.
The full dates for Busted’s 2016 tour are listed below. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday November 13th.
11 May - Wembley, The SSE Arena
14 May - Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
15 May - Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
17 May - Sheffield Arena 18 May - Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
20 May - Birmingham, Genting Arena 21 May - Manchester Arena
22 May - Liverpool, Echo Arena
24 May - Cardiff, Motopoint Arena
25 May - Bournemouth, BIC
28 May - London, The O2
30 May - Belfast, The SSE Arena
31 May - Dublin, 3 Arena