P Posted by Sandra on December 25 2013 0 Comments McFLY, News

The boyband-with-guitars show why they’ve lasted so long with an impressive hit-packed and occasionally surprising set.

A souvenir of their four sell-out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall back in September, McFly’s first official live album shows how they’ve managed to survive the fickle pop industry for ten years to become the elder statesmen of the boyband world.
Possessing the same level of energy, excitement and chemistry they had when they first burst onto the scene with ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’ back in 2004, the quartet perform a collection of hits and fan favourites as if their lives depended on it. While the omission of UK number ones ‘Please Please’ and ‘Baby’s Coming Back’ only highlights just how strong their back catalogue is.

Kicking off the celebrations with a fast and furious run-through of ‘Room On The 3rd Floor’ album tracks, ‘Saturday Night’ and ‘Surfer Dude,’ the band then largely stick to a chronological set-list for the first half of the show, taking in everything from the Beatles-esque ‘Obviously’ to Chris Moyles’ Breakfast Show staple ‘Star Girl’ to the Gummi Bears theme tune-goes-rock of ‘One For The Radio.’

But the biggest cheer of the night inevitably arrives when Matt Willis and James Bourne join the band for three songs under the guise of McBusted. And while the juvenile punk-pop of ‘Air Hostess’ hardly represents Busted at their best, the anthemic ‘Year 3000’ and McFly’s very own ‘Shine A Light’ suggest those who have bought tickets for next year’s joint tour are in for a treat.

The surprises don’t stop there. Danny takes to the stage alone for a solo rendition of ‘Motion In The Ocean’ cut ‘Walk In The Sun,’ the jaunty folk of current single ‘Love Is On The Radio’ is given one of its first airings, while Tom makes a bid for the West End with a clever ‘history of McFly’ mini musical which references everything from his failed stint in Busted to Harry’s Strictly win to the band’s fondness for getting their kit off.

Closing with the epic indie-rock balladry of ‘The Heart Never Lies’ (‘It’s not always easy/But McFly’s here forever’), this impressive live show suggests that McFly should have no trouble sticking around for the next ten years too.



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