MCFLY are making a huge music comeback this summer, I can reveal.
After a two-and-half year absence during which they formed supergroup MCBUSTED, the band – Harry Judd, Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poytner – are reforming their original line-up.
Ironically, their reunion now pits them directly against BUSTED, who also recently reformed.
Harry said: “I reckon we’re back to square one. We knew Busted was going to happen and they’re back now. It’s exciting to be going up against them.”
Despite speculation of a split, McFly, who played their last full show together in September 2013, are launching a new tour which will see them play three nights in four cities.
The unique set of shows, dubbed The Anthology Tour, will see them play three nights in four cities where they will perform every song they have ever recorded.
Speaking at Bizarre HQ today, Harry explained: “It’s four cities, three nights in each city and we’re playing every song we’ve ever recorded.
“That’s 64 songs back to back. Night one is album one, plus some hits. Night two is albums two and three. Night three is albums four and five.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
During their visit, McFly also addressed everything else going on in their life, with Dougie speaking about his recent split from Ellie Goulding for the first time.
He said: “We love each other very much, we’re still best of friends. We hung out at Coachella, like all day, with her friends and my friends. It’s really, really cool.”
While they have not started writing any new material yet, the band believe the mini-tour will get their creative juices flowing.
Harry added: “We agreed we needed to go on tour together first and I think that will be the catalyst for what is to come.”
McFly kick off the unique shows in Glasgow on June 16, before heading to Birmingham, Manchester and London.
Tom added: “It’s fun for us because it’s something new that we’ve never done before.
“There are songs that are 13 years old that we’ve never played before, so it’s really exciting for us.
“It’s how the fans like to see it. Especially after two and a half years of flying stages and cars that come down from the ceilings.”
Tickets go on sale this Friday.
DOUGIE insisted he still loves Ellie Goulding in his first chat since the couple split for good.
The bassist revealed the pair, right, met up for the first time since their February break-up at the Coachella festival in California last week.
He told me: “We love each other very much. We are the best of friends.
“We hung out at Coachella, like all day, with her friends and my friends. It was really, really cool. Everything is totally fine.”
Dougie and Ellie hinted they could tie the knot and even discussed having kids before calling off their two-year relationship, but Dougie admitted even he doesn’t really know what went wrong.
He added: “It’s just both being all over the place. Like I said, we still get on really well.
“She’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. But just right now, it’s hard. I’m single now.”
Dougie is based in LA, where he is pursuing his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor after signing with top talent agency CAA. He already has a number of film parts in the pipeline.
He said: “There’s a couple of potential roles circling. They shoot all over so it could be anywhere, but no matter what I think I’ll be spending a lot more time out in LA.
“Overall I’m just happier there.”
HARRY’S biggest achievement outside of McFly was winning Strictly Come Dancing with dancer ALIONA VILANI — but that could have been very different.
The drummer has revealed that he originally asked BBC bosses whether he could form the first all-male Strictly partnership with bandmate Dougie.
He told me: “I didn’t really know much about Strictly at the time and I said, ‘I tell you what, I’ll do it if I can partner up with Dougie’. He was going to be the female.
“We started practising in our soundcheck. We said, ‘We’ll do it like this, it will be really funny’.
“We didn’t realise at the time that it was a serious show.
“I said, ‘Just pitch this to them, it will be me and Doug, we will be Strictly’s first man-on-man couple’. They said no. Then I realised it was a credible, serious dance show.”
Harry also revealed that he has turned down fronting an exercise DVD but wants to promote fitness in his own way as JAMIE OLIVER has with healthy eating.
He said: “Doing a fitness DVD doesn’t really excite me so I had to think what would actually interest me.
“In my ideal world I would love to start a fitness revolution where I can inspire people who have never exercised before to get them moving and see the benefits.”
He should start by teaching them to ballroom dance.
NIALL HORAN hasn’t just spent his break from ONE DIRECTION getting a tan on Bondi Beach — he’s now a music A&R.
The Irish star has asked Danny to write songs for a female artist he is launching.
Danny revealed: “Niall text me the other day actually, saying there was a girl he wants to help out and he wanted me to produce it.
“He just said, ‘Mate, I’ve got this girl I want to develop. Can you help?’”
Niall is the second member of 1D to get into the talent scouting business after LOUIS TOMLINSON set up his own record label and put together a new girlband.
Meanwhile, Danny is busy crafting new hits for LITTLE MIX and X Factor winner LOUISA JOHNSON.
He’s even got OLLY MURS coming into his new studio. He added: “I really enjoy outside writing so I’ve invested in a studio. I’ve been meeting some really cool writers.
“I paired up with a young guy called David Darwin. He is a really talented producer.
“We ended up doing stuff for Little Mix and Louisa. I love them. Olly Murs is coming in next week hopefully.
“It’s much easier pitching for someone you like and you love.”
If he writes the next Black Magic he’ll be laughing all the way to the bank, too.
AWAY from music Tom has transformed himself in a bona fide YouTube star, with several of his clips going viral and racking up millions of views online.
As a result of his success, the singer has been inundated with TV offers.
He revealed: “YouTube is amazing. It opens up a whole new world.
“From those videos, people saw them that had no idea about the band but would now recognise me from the wedding speech or the baby bump videos. Then they would discover the other things I worked on.
“You get all these other things coming through, like TV offers, but you just have to look at what you want to do and what makes you happy.
“I don’t know if I’d be any good at TV. I’m not very sociable but the nice thing about YouTube is that it’s just you on your own in a room with a camera.”
Tom has also crafted a career as a successful children’s author, with a new novel on the way after his first book with band mate Dougie, The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas, sold 72,000 copies.
Now he is in talks to bring his fictional characters to the screen.
He said: “There is a lot of stuff I’m in talks about. When you create a project often there are lots of things that spin off.”
Just remember to leave time for writing a new McFly album, Tom.
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