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We catch up with the Brit band as they try to crack America

SITTING in a hot, sweaty Los Angeles dressing room above one of the world’s most famous rock and roll venues, a British band show off their newly inked tattoos as they prepare for their first gig in the US.
We’re in The Roxy – the Sunset Strip venue that has hosted guitar bands from The Ramones to The Clash – and wearing sleeveless vests showing off their extensive body art, McFly fit right in.
After a decade topping the UK charts, the four-piece are finally making a bid to crack the States.
The early signs are very good. Two nights at The Roxy, then two more at the famous Gramercy Theatre in New York this month all sold out in under a minute.

When we met five hours before their first show in LA, there was already a queue around the block of US fans – excited they finally have a chance to see the band in the flesh.

Guitarist Tom Fletcher, the blonde one, explained: “It’s our first ever proper, headlining gig in America – it’s taken us nine years.

“It’s been frustrating. We’ve wanted to come from day one but we’ve never had a record deal here so have concentrated on the UK.

“But this year we said enough is enough and we had to go to America. If we don’t do it now we’ll be 50 years old.”
And drummer Harry Judd, the one who won Strictly Come Dancing, added: “It’s good fun for us.

“The worst case scenario is we get to play some shows.”

And the best case scenario? Guitarist Danny Jones, northern one, replied: “A residency at Madison Square Garden every month!”
The 26-year-old added: “It would be cool to get in the charts over here. We’ve still got lots of goals we would like to achieve.”

The lads’ first show in LA came the night after One Direction conquered the MTV Video Music Awards a few miles away, scooping three gongs and cementing their place as the world’s biggest boyband.
McFly helped guide the X Factor stars on their incredible journey, writing one song for the lads’ debut album Up All Night last year, and several more for the next release.

And with American pop fans currently gobbling up British pop talent, One Direction could now help open doors for their loyal mentors in the States.

Meanwhile, unlike teen stars 1D – whose extra-curricular activities in the United States are restricted by being under the legal drinking age of 21 – McFly have been enjoying the crazy Hollywood nightlife on their trip to the city.

Bassist Dougie Poynter, the quiet one who won I’m A Celebrity last year, said: “We met Jesus! He was outside our hotel.”

The 24-year-old was referring to the mystery long-haired man known as Jesus of Hollywood, who walks the streets of the city dressed as Christ.
And Harry, 26, revealed: “We got some stupid tattoos.
“When we came to LA together five years ago we all had tattoos on our feet. They said bare foot, good f-foot, athlete’s foot and big foot.
“So when we came back this time we thought it would be a good idea to get YMCA tattooed on our feet – a letter each.
“We walked in to the same tattoo shop just up the street and said, ‘Hi mate, can we get YMCA tattooed on our feet?’ It was the same reaction as before, ‘Are you sure?’ ”

It’s more than just the number of tattoos that has changed for these lads in recent years, since they shot to No1 in the UK back in 2004 with Five Colours In Her Hair.

Tom, 27, married his childhood sweetheart Giovanna Falcone in London in May and Harry will wed former Escala violonist Izzy Johnston in November.
As for the other two and their romantic plans, Danny explained: “We’re sending the frontline in first to see how they get on.”



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