Tickets for the 2014 McBusted (@mcbusted ) tour reportedly “sold out in seconds” when they went on sale in the UK last week. Why, you may ask? Well, if you’re not a fan of either Busted or McFly you may be forgiven for questioning their popularity, but rest assured, these boys collectively have more than enough pulling power to rival One Direction when it comes to the UK.
For those of you who have no idea who either band is, here is brief run-down…
Busted were an English pop-rock band from Southend-on-Sea consisting of James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson (the tall, gorgeous bloke with the eyebrows) who released two studio albums, Busted (2002) and A Present for Everyone (2003), one compilation and a live album. Now, whilst Busted were responsible for giving us fantastic tunes to get on down to at the local rugby club of a Saturday night, they were also responsible for giving us “Thunderbirds Are Go” but we’ll overlook this.
Proof that the rest of the music was absolutely acceptable comes in the form of two Brit Awards and the four million albums the group sold worldwide before their split in 2005. A sad time for the fans, but inevitable following Charlie-with-the-fantastic-eyebrows’ decision to quit the band to pursue a gig in alternative rock. Which, it transpires, suits him rather nicely as he’s decided not to return for this epic McBusted tour but did offer this on twitter:
‘Just wanted to say that though I am not joining @mattjwillis and @JamesBourne on their new venture, I wish them all the very best with it!’
The other Busted boys, James and Matt, said there were no hard feelings at all towards Charlie and they all still remain as friends.
Well, that’s alright then. Everyone is happy with what everyone else is doing. That being said, the band did reportedly agree to pay Charlie a 6-figure sum in order to claim the rights to the Busted name as despite not being part of the new McBusted supergroup, Charlie is said to have owned a third of the Busted name.
Moving on to McFly, a band named after Michael J. Fox’s brilliant character in the “Back To The Future” series (a fact that made me love them before they even opened their mouths to sing) and we find Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd. Yet another English pop-rock band formed back in 2003. Cue more Brit awards for tremendous achievement. Their first album “Room on the First Floor” debuted at number 1 in the UK and has since been certified double platinum which led to the ousting of The Beatles for the title of youngest band ever to have an album debut at number 1. Their follow-up album “Wonderland” also hit the number 1 spot. McFly have had eighteen consecutive top twenty singles, seven of which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and fifteen of which were consecutive top ten singles.
Oh, and who remembers when Lindsay Lohan used to make movies instead of trouble? Well I do and she made a really good one called “Just My Luck” in which the band had a starring role (appearing as themselves and verily providing a superb soundtrack!)
So, all very splendid then. We have TWO great, highly successful, not to mention insanely popular bands with legions of fans and a bit of time on their hands. A collaboration was surely the most obvious move!
McBusted made their live debut on Children In Need on Friday, playing a medley of songs including Year 3000.
The group told Sky News how excited they are to play each other’s music, with Harry Judd claiming Busted songs are ‘more fun to play’ and Willis saying McFly songs are more enjoyable as the vocals are more melodic compared to the ‘nyer nyer nyer’ choruses of Busted.
Interestingly, McFly actually rose to fame thanks to Busted launching their career by inviting them to tour with the group in 2004. So this is essentially fate, McBusted fans!
In this internet age where anyone can access music for free (if they’re unscrupulous and don’t want to help their idols make a living in return for providing entertainment) it is essential for groups to tour, it’s not the only way for an act to make money, but it’s by far the most financially rewarding.
The buzz surrounding the McBusted tour tickets going on sale was palpable. A nation poised with credit cards at the ready, desperate for their chance to see all their favourite chaps jumping up and down, with guitars in hand whilst performing the tracks that make us shout “AHH YESSS!!! I LOVE THIS ONE! THIS WAS MY FAVE BACK IN THE DAY!!” But it’s more than that, these 6 lads (well, that is now a stretch – they’re all a fair bit older now, but so are the fans so we can all be in denial together) have some series musical talent and the main point is, they put on a good show and everyone knows it!
The group was surprised at the positive reaction of fans and the media to their venture but with a tour consisting of classics from both bands’ back catalogue of hits, which includes a total of 14 number ones, what’s not to love?