Posted by Sandra on April 30 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

Harry Judd has talked about touring with One Direction, dubbing the group an “anti-boyband”.

The McFly-turned-McBusted-drummer also revealed his “wild days” are firmly behind him since he tied the knot with classical musician Izzy Johnston and gave up both drinking and smoking.

“It was an amazing experience to be a small part of the 1D phenomenon for a few weeks,” Judd told Attitude’s aTEEN magazine.

“It was great having less pressure and going out each night with the challenge of winning over a crowd. Plus we finished at 8pm… Bonus.”

On McBusted’s similarities with the former X Factor finalists, he continued: “1D aren’t like most boy bands either, they have a bit of that anti-boyband vibe about them too which resonates.”

On prioritising fitness over partying, Judd explained: “My wild days are as good as over. I’m happily married and stopped drinking four years ago and quit smoking two years ago. I know – boring, right?

“I had plenty of fun in the early days and we spend a good time reminiscing, but I’m done with all that,” he reflected. “The craziest thing I’ve done on this tour would have to be play a round of golf and do a met con workout back to back… Crazy! Try and stop me.

“Seriously though, touring for me now is all about staying fit and healthy so that I’m in the best mood and at the highest energy level I can be for the shows. I realised that being hungover every day was making touring unenjoyable.”

Judd also admitted that he enjoys being a gay pin-up, joking about how he often feels obliged to whip his shirt off.

“Does it get boring to be lusted after? Er, not at all! I guess I do play up to it,” he said. “We meet a lot of gay guys whose favourites are Dougie or Tom. It actually pisses me off. I want a monopoly on that market! Only joking. Kind of.

“Sometimes I feel obliged to take my shirt off. At first it was uncomfortable, but I don’t really care now. Some gay guys and women like it, some straight men want to know what workouts I do, and some people think I’m a douche for it – but I know who I am and that’s what matters.

“I’m totally cool with the fact that I’m a douche.”

And on which members of the McBusted boys he would date, marry, have a one-night stand with and have an affair with?

“[I’d date] James because I’d want to see what kind of weird chat he would have on a date. [I’d marry] Danny because we are similar,” said Judd.

“We both like golf, football, sport in general, working out. [I’d have a one-night stand with] Tom because he is clean, and [I’d have an affair with] Dougie and Matt so I could invite Ellie [Goulding] and Emma [Willis] along.”

Harry Judd features on the cover of aTEEN magazine, which is available to purchase now at Pocketmags.com/aTEEN or the Attitude app on iTunes.

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Posted by Sandra on April 29 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour

With their self-consciously plastic moniker, nostalgic culture-exploiting stage act and songs that seem to lampoon the competition, there has to be more going on with McBusted than catchy power chords

As six men staring down their 30s – one pirate, one geek, one vampire, one skater, one TOWIE and one drummer – leap out of trapdoors in the world’s biggest working arcade machine, it strikes you: how could the unholy matrimony between McFly and Busted, minus the latter’s former singer Charlie Simpson, be anything other than a genius satire?

Consider the evidence. Their composite moniker sounds exactly like a cheap, mass-produced version of a punk-pop band whose every song would resemble a CBeebies Green Day, as if commenting on brand-centric age when no Sugababe is indispensible. They’re grown men, playing to arenas of twentysomething women and dutiful boyfriends, who still deliver saccharine power-pop anthems with moronically trite lyrics about year-nine teen-boy concerns: approaching “out of your league” girls (Beautiful Girls Are the Loneliest, You Said No), phoning them from their front gardens in the middle of the night (3am), and inevitably getting dumped (Get Over It). They pillory nostalgia culture by theming their McBusted’s Excellent Adventure tour around a 1986 of Atari and Matthew Broderick few here could remember. Between-song banter about “boobs!”, “poop on a stick!” and Matt Willis’s stinking genitals surely lambasts Blink-182; the anti-critic One for the Radio pastiches Green Day’s hollow rebel aesthetic; and they even lampoon their own marriage of convenience with a full-costume bridal procession down the aisles before Crashed the Wedding. This can’t just be a bunch of formulaic chancers huddling together to survive the One Direction monsoon. Can it?

Whatever, McBusted revel enjoyably in their naffness. They bound about like boardless skaters, playing solos with each other’s teeth; have a game of Street Fighter on the gigantic joysticks; and time-jump to a B-stage in a wire-lowered Back to the Future DeLorean. A Kiss-Cam encourages couples to snog along to the cheesy All About You and, after a Teenage Dirtbag-aping Year 3000, they leave the stage down a Super Mario pipe. Relentlessly catchy and knowingly ludicrous, McBusted stick to your brain like toxic sparkly bubblegum. Insert coin, continue.

Veredict:3/5

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Posted by Sandra on April 29 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

Just in case there’s someone who doesn’t know it yet:P

PS. I Vote for a medley of I Want/I Would/Don’t Forget Where You belong with the McBusted lads on stage too.. YESH YESH YESH PLEASE

Niall Horan’s done a little video thing announcing that McBusted will support One Direction on the Cardiff Millennium Stadium dates of their On the Road Again tour this June.

Yessir – the McBusted boys obviously did their thing for 1D on their Australian OtRA dates earlier this year, and now they’ll be joining Harry, Liam, Louis and Niall yet again on June 5th and 6th.

Here’s hoping those communal showers happen this time round, eh? With some form of video evidence.

Announcing the rather exciting news on Twitter, Nialler said: “McBusted are gonna be our support act for the Millennium Stadium shows in Cardiff on the 5th and 6th of June. It’s very, very soon; it’s seven weeks away and we can’t wait to see you all back on our side of the world. See you soon, lots of love.”

Dying.

Anyway, yeah; if all of these things could happen at the Cardiff shows that’s be much appreciated please and a-thank you:

– An I Want/I Would/Don’t Forget Where You Belong medley with the McBusted lot.
– Very little in the way of clothing. We hear Cardiff’s very clammy in June.
– Niall coming on stage for 3am and doing Charlie Simpson’s old bits. Y’all know it’s basically his dream.
– Some kind of 20-legged Irish jig. YES WE KNOW CARDIFF’S IN WALES.
– A surprise appearance from 5SOS, just because 24-piece supergroup goals.

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Posted by Sandra on April 28 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour, Photo gallery update

[x13]MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE TOUR (M.E.A.T) > ODYSSEY ARENA, BELFAST – APRIL 23

Supergroups tend not to have much staying power, but if anything, McBusted — a fusion of 2000s popsters McFly and Busted — are doing better than the original outfits did.

The six-piece approach their tours like movies, so while last year’s debut jaunt was billed as a time-travelling romp à la Back to the Future, McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure is the bigger, better sequel.

Priming last night’s Odyssey Arena audience with a series of vintage 1980s cinema trailers, the band burst onto a stage set that was designed like a classic arcade game machine, complete with giant joysticks, flashing buttons and coin slot.

Frankly, it was the work of crazed geniuses, as was a later stunt that saw the members delivered to a second stage via a ‘flying’ DeLorean.

As for the music, opening songs Air Guitar and Hate Your Guts were pure pop-rock, with the band coming on like a troop of gibbons that had been locked away for a year with guitars and Cheap Trick’s back catalogue, then turned loose in front of several thousand people.

There were old favourites by McFly (One for the Radio, Obviously, 5 Colours in Her Hair) and Busted (Thunderbirds Are Go, Crashed the Wedding, Air Hostess), but the material from the hybrid act’s new album proved just as popular. With three guitars, two basses, five-way vocals and the brilliant Harry Judd on drums, it was punchy as hell, too.

Belfast was the final night of the tour, so the lads indulged their adolescent sense of humour more than ever.

Let’s hope McBusted have it in them to make it a trilogy.

Four stars

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Posted by Sandra on April 28 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

This interview with Matt was done just before the McBusted gigs in Birmingham.

They want to make their concert “the most amazing” their fans have ever seen and, with the world’s biggest working arcade machine on stage, McBusted certainly look set to achieve their aim.

“This year we’ve really gone for it,” admits Matt Willis, as he takes time out from the supergroup’s tour to chat to Seven Days.

“We always set ourselves quite an ambitious task, we try and get as much as we possibly can in our show. Our stage is a working arcade machine. There are two controls with three buttons each that you can jump on, and we control it with a joystick.

“It’s incredible. It took a bit of jiggery pokery to make it work. We want our fans going away knowing we put everything into it. I think we’ve managed that.”

McBusted, composed of McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd and Busted’s James Bourne and Matt, are, quite literally, the biggest band around at the moment.

They joined forces to become a six-piece supergroup after Busted appeared as special guests during McFly’s tenth anniversary concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013.

McFly had previously supported Busted on tour, and James wrote a number of songs with Tom for McFly, so it was an obvious choice for the two groups to merge.

“We went on stage together at the Royal Albert Hall to test the water and see how it felt,” explains Matt.

“It felt awesome, but weird. Then I got a phone call from my old manager after James had played a show supporting McFly, saying he thought there was something in this.

“My wife is really good friends with Tom’s wife, Dougie is one of my best mates in the world, it was just a really obvious thing to do.”

Despite it feeling natural, Matt admits it took time to get to grips with the new formation. “It’s a very different feel on stage, it’s a very different vibe.

“It wasn’t until the first gig of the tour that we really got to grips with what this band was. That took a few days to get how we were as a band.

“We are at the point where we all know our place in this band.”

Matt is clearly loving being back on stage, but his success makes home life a juggling act as he tries to make time for his TV presenter wife Emma, and their two young children, Isabelle and Ace.

In fact, he’s enjoying some father-son time on the day of our interview, with the little boy bringing him “cups of tea” while we chat.

“My daughter is in school, so I can’t pull her out,” he says when I ask him about family life on the road.

“My wife is busier than we are, she’s everywhere. But her job is still kind of a workable job for a parent. My job is different because we have to go away so much.

“But Emma and the kids are coming to our Birmingham concerts. We just make it work.”

Once the UK leg of the tour comes to an end, the band is off overseas.

“We’ve done Japan and Australia and parts of Europe – we’re going to places where neither band has been before.

“We’ve got a massive international plan in place – McBusted is bigger than the sum of its parts. It’s epic, it’s amazing.”

Matt admits the band’s success is greater than they ever imagined. But he’s under no illusions about how long it could last.

“There’s no five-year plan, there’s not even a two-year plan,” he says.

“As long as it makes sense and everyone is happy and wants to keep going, we’ll keep doing it.

“It’s just a really cool thing that happened to us. We were all getting on with our lives and suddenly there was this amazing idea that someone had.

“If it ended tomorrow we would just be stoked and pleased that it ever happened.”

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Posted by Sandra on April 28 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

THE 17-year-old from Edinburgh says the band convinced him to keep going, after enduring more than 40 operations for his condition.

A TEENAGER fighting spina bifida has revealed how a pep talk from boy band McBusted has inspired him to battle the condition.

Mathew Moir met the band after their recent gig at Glasgow’s Hydro .

And the 17-year-old from Edinburgh says the band members told him to keep on fighting.

He said: “The guys kept telling me to keep my head up, stay strong and never give up. It has given me the strength and courage to carry on.

“I told them my favourite song is The Heart Never Lies, which has got me through a lot of hard times recently.”

He went along to last month’s gig with mum Lynne, 52, and the band’s manager called them as they were leaving their hotel to set up the surprise meeting.

Superfan Mathew, who has endured more than 40 operations, was reduced to tears when band members James Bourne, Matt Willis, Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd and Danny Jones praised his courage during the emotional meeting.

He said: “I spent the first five years of my life in Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, then moved to Yorkhill and now I’m back in Edinburgh for appointments every other week.

“It’s frustrating not being able to do what other people my age are doing.

“People don’t always understand what I’m going through, but talking with McBusted has really raised my spirits.”

Spina bifida is caused when the spine doesn’t develop properly and Mathew requires strong pain killers daily to cope with his chronic back pain.

Lynne, who is her son’s full-time carer, said: “I’m really grateful to the band for boosting his confidence and giving him a little bit of hope.”

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Posted by Sandra on April 28 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

When I was ten I was faced with a constant weekly dilemma – Smash Hits magazine or Top of The Pops?

It usually all depended on whichever one had a floppy-haired boy band on the cover (or which one had free glittery lip-gloss) but it wasn’t always easy.

Blazin Squad or Westlife? 5ive or Blue? The struggle was real and the group that won my heart that week often ended up plastered all over my bedroom walls… and sometimes the ceiling above my bed.

A choice I could always count on to cause the most distress was between McFly and Busted.

Fast forward more than a decade though and the boys are gracing covers together after joining forces to create the ultimate Noughties supergroup, McBusted.

“You mean you had to wake up every morning looking at our mugs?” said 31-year-old Matt Willis.

“Shall we re-enact that?” quipped Danny Jones, 29, the only Northerner in the group who hails from Bolton.

“Lie on the floor,” shouted Dougie Poynter, 27, while giggling and dressed in a mustard jacket and fedora hat.

“Yeah come on, lie down and pretend to be asleep,” said 29-year-old Tom Fletcher. “Now just stay there a minute and take it in!”

Matt, James, Danny, Tom, Harry and Dougie have just embarked on their sixteen-date Most Excellent Adventure Tour which will see them play two nights at Manchester Arena on March 21 and 22.

After announcing the birth of the pop union in 2014, the boys sold out debut shows in under an hour and were forced to add extra dates due to the incredibly high demand.

The extended tour meant the lads played to a staggering 350,000 people across 35 sold out arenas, culminating in a show stopping headline performance at Hyde Park to 60,000 people in the summer.

“We absolutely love being on stage. Touring is by far our favourite thing to do” said Harry Judd, 29.

Danny added: “We’re so excited to be on the road and we’re feeling more pumped than before.”

The Bolton-born musician is particularly excited to play Manchester as it’s the closest he can get to play a ‘homecoming gig.’

“Manchester’s always a very special show for me. We spend a lot of time here and when we go on tour, this is where we like to base ourselves,” he said.

“Manchester is actually my favourite city I think. I like the people here,” said Tom.

“Do you know what happens here… People open doors for you,” added Danny.

“What like, metaphorically?” asked Harry, laughing.

Tom responded: “And they say thank you, they’ve got manners. They should rename it Manner-chester.”

The band’s journey as a six piece began in Manchester in 2013 when 31-year-old James Bourne made a last-minute dash to watch his McFly friends play a show in the city.

The 5 Colours In Her Hair singers decided it would be a fun idea for the Busted guitarist to go out on stage before the support band and sing a few old-school tracks to ‘warm up the crowd’.

“They just went absolutely mental for it. It was really strange, I came off stage and the atmosphere was incredible,” recalled James.

“Then we all sat down with our manager, who used to look after the two bands, and came up with the crazy idea to join the two together and now here we are.”

Noticeably missing from the lineup is Busted frontman Charlie Simpson.

The bushy browed 29-year-old was paid a six-figure sum by Matt and James after he sold his third of the bands copyrighted name and subsequently refused to be part of the supergroup.

Busted sold 2.1million records in the UK alone and helped launch McFly’s career when they welcomed the boys to join them on tour in 2004.

Now armed with a debut album including new singles Air Guitar and Get over It, the boys have put together a show-stopping set list for their second tour as a six piece.

But don’t fret old-school fans, because the boys have promised to play all the hits from their back catalogue including Year 3000, All about You and What I Go to School For.

Despite their string of huge guitar-pop rock hits throughout the Noughties, the boys didn’t receive much air play and it was thanks to the likes of SM: TV Live and CDUK that their fan bases grew to be so huge.

COVER BOYS: Whether McFly or Busted were on the front page of a magazine was once a deal breaker for thousands of teen girls

Having grown up religiously watching Saturday morning television it was a strange feeling sitting down with the boys whose faces are all so familiar.

They’re charming, silly and fun and although it was a task to keep them on topic, they’re courteous and lit up when reminiscing on their time on the road together – none more so than when it came to laughing at each other’s expense.

“Who was it who fell into my drum kit that time and got that massive lump on their head?” said Harry, laughing.

“No that was Matt when he hit himself in the face with his bass, remember?” said Danny.

Tom added: “That’s the thing with touring, you never know what’s going to happen.”

And it’s not just the stage show that can be unpredictable but the fans in the crowd too.

“We’ve seen loads of weird things in the crowed over the years,” said Matt. “I looked out one night and seen the Scream mask! I was like what the…”

“And boobs!” shouted Danny, in his thick Bolton accent, sending the boys into a fit of giggles like a group of giddy schoolboys.

He added: “We’ve seen boobs in the crowd which is always a pleasure whether they’re big ones, small ones or something in between, you know…

“I think it’s quite nice when you’re singing Sleeping With The Light On and you look out and see a pair of boobs.”

Despite the lads all now being in their late twenties and early thirties it was easy to forget they’re no longer teenagers as they sat giggling on the sofa.

“I was quite gross when I was a teenager,” said Matt, covering his mouth with his hands.

“I had so many horny pictures of girls, loads of really hot FHM girls and I remember I had this one of Liz Hurly and it was so hot.”

“I had Kelly Brooke and Rebecca Romijn on mine… and Rachael Stevens!” said Danny.

“My mum and dad made me take my down,” added Dougie, sending the lads into another five-minute laughing fit.

“I had all the cast of Friends,” said Tom, as the boys were now laughing hysterically.

“You had the cast of Friends on your bedroom wall?” asked Harry, in complete dismay.

“Of course he did. Tom was a Dawson’s Creek pencil case kind of kid,” quipped Dougie.

Although they were happy to reel off their teenage crushes, the majority of the boys are now happily married and can count a Big Brother presenter, a former Miss England and an international pop singer among their ‘WAG’s’ – or, as I suggest they be called, the ‘McBitchez’.

“I like that!” shouted Danny.

“That’s way cooler than WAG’s… I’m not sure how well it will go down though,” added Tom.

Tom married his childhood sweetheart, Giovanna Falcone, in a star-studded ceremony back in 2012 with his McFly band mates serving as groomsmen.

The platinum blonde musician uploaded a video of his speech to YouTube, which included several of his bands most successful songs, which has since gained 15 million views.

“There’s only two left now,” said Harry, pointing at Dougie and James. “And Tom set the bar very high.”

“That’s why we’re waiting a few years for that to die down,” added Dougie, who remains coy about his romance with Love Me like You Do singer, Ellie Goulding.

But will the famous wives and girlfriends be welcomed to join the boys the tour?

“We prioritise lads, always,” said Danny.

“Yeah, definitely lads. We might let them come to a few shows,” said Harry.

“I think we’re all just so happy to be doing what we’re doing and to be on the road together”, added Matt.

“The tour is going to be epic and we might be bringing a world record to Manchester so make sure you’re there.”

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Posted by Sandra on April 28 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour, Photo gallery update

Tour is over so spoilers everywhereee :D
All the credit for the pics goes to David Munn

[x10]MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE TOUR (M.E.A.T) > ECHO ARENA, LIVERPOOL – MARCH 31

Having been practically swept into the ECHO arena thanks to the 70mph winds that have been battering Merseyside this week, there was no respite for the wind-weary crowd, as it was now McBusted’s turn to blow them away.

Following on from the unprecedented success of their first tour in 2014 (the boys were so in-demand that an 11-date tour quickly turned into 36), the Busted/McFly hybrid are back on the road, and with a new album to boot.

After an impressive opening set from support act New City Kings, there was in the form of trailers for various 89s teen movies; Teen Wolf, Bill and Ted, and of course, Back to the Future.

Then, the world’s biggest supergroup crashed onto the stage – which took the form of a giant arcade game, joysticks and all.

They opened with Air Guitar and Hate Your Guts, songs from their new album, but it wasn’t until the classics started, with One for the Radio and Thunderbirds are Go, that the show really took off.

And for all of the guitar jumps and bike rides, songs like 3am and Beautiful Girls are the Loneliest proved they’ve got serious vocal talent.

The six lads are obviously quite a bit older than they started, but they haven’t lost every of their adolescent energy and sense of humour. Crashed the Wedding brought a fake ceremony and McBusted in wedding dresses, while James zoomed around the stage on a BMX for Riding on My Bike.

Their Ringo Starr impressions are actually spot on, too.

As a band, they know what they are, and they know what has been said of them in the past, as demonstrated with the self-aware What Happened to Your Band.

It was all fun and games on the giant arcade game. Then the credit ran out. What to do? Hop into a Delorean to the other side of the arena.

When they emerged, they took us back to the early days of Busted with Air Hostess and What I Go To School For.

After an impromptu rendition of Wild Wild West (which Matt fluffed) they brought us McFly classic Obviously, which is so catchy that even the stage hands suspended in the ceiling were waving their hands.

The second half of the show was all about having fun with the audience, from the giant game of Street Fighter on the arcade machine stage (Tom, James and Danny won, taking them into the lead for the tour) and the Kiss Cam that was employed for All About You, with predictably sweet and awkward results.

The encore brought the show to an end with some of the band’s most popular hits, Five Colours in Her Hair, Shine a Light and Year 3000, a song so ludicrous it’s brilliant.

Exactly how much mileage you can get out of a supergroup remains to be seen. But in McBusted, you’ve got six lads who are having fun and enjoying their moment back in the spotlight.

Veredict: 4/5

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Posted by Sandra on April 28 2015 0 Comments McBusted, Photo gallery update

Read below the interview Coup De Main did to the McBusted boys while they were in Australia.

Back in 2000, ‘What I Go To School For’ was released as the debut single of pop-band, Busted – which members James Bourne and Matt Willis made up two-thirds of.

Four years later, Busted’s brother-band McFly – Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd and Tom Fletcher – released their debut single, ‘5 Colours in Her Hair’.

Fast-forward to November 2013, and the supergroup MCBUSTED was born. McFly and Busted had joined forces!

After a successful 2014 of sold-out UK shows galore, McBusted released their debut self-titled album in December of last year, and then found themselves supporting One Direction on the Australian leg of their ‘On The Road Again Tour’.

“I’m ready to come to New Zealand; I like it. I am in, I am coming…” – JAMES BOURNE

Coup De Main hung out with McBusted in Sydney and this is what happened…

HOW I FEEL ABOUT OPENING FOR ONE DIRECTION…

IF I HAD A DAY OFF IN NEW ZEALAND…

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Posted by Sandra on April 2 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

We bet Doc Brown and Marty never imagined that the future held this, not even in their wildest dreams….

It’s 30 years since Marty McFly and Doc Brown took us Back to The Future in the Delorean and to celebrate ITV’s got something, err, special planned.
Celebrity Juice’s own Keith Lemon (who is apparently a massive BTTF fan) is set to host a 90-minute tribute to the film, with celebrity guests stepping in to fill the original actors’ shoes as he recreates the iconic scenes.

Paddy McGuinness will be taking a leaf out of Biff’s book while Gino D’Acampo swaps the kitchen for the lab as Doc Brown. And who else but McBusted – who have basically spent their entire career paying tribute to the movie – could perform that classic song, Johnny B. Goode?

Keith Lemon’s Back to the Future Tribute will air on ITV2 in the autumn

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