Posted by Sandra on January 31 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

LET’S go back to the year 2000. My formative high-school years.

Think velcro satchels, one-too-many badges, frayed bootcut baggy jeans, family sized tubs of hairgel, Walkmans, Tony Blair, Live & Kicking, a cumbersome Nokia 3310 and a crumpled Smash Hits magazine.

Brit pop punk bands Busted and, later on, McFly were ruling the world.

When Busted split in 2005 it was as poignant as Ginger walking out of the Spice Girls in 1998. A turbulent time.

Of course, it was McFly that continued flying the flag for buoyant pop-punk for the past ten years. 2014’s news that McFly (Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry) and Busted (Matt and James without Charlie) were to unite and form ‘McBusted’ has got some of us feeling all nostalgic.

It is the era of noughties band reforms, after all (911, Five, Atomic Kitten, etc. Now if only N*SYNC could merge with the Backstreet Boys…)

Not all have been this successful, mind. McBusted sold out 35 arena dates back in 2014, and now will be touring with their Most Excellent Adventure Tour this year.

I meet McBusted in the Manchester Arena before they perform in the city on 21 March. They all crash in with their answers like six unsteady toddlers on a mission to headbutt each other. It’s chaotic and a little silly. As the last person to interview them they’re restless and also hungry. So I winged it.

If we could sack this interview off and go eat right now – where would you go in Manchester?

Tom: That Italian place, Rosso, is really good.

James: [Shouts] Let’s just go to Reds True BBQ, right now.

Matt: So the best place for a burger is either Solitas – or Reds True BBQ?

Danny: Solita is really dirty though. Are they the ones that put crisps on everything?

James: I have to say, Manchester is one my favourite places out of London.

Reds True BBQ, it is…

Guys, since you’re now a supergroup, if you could fuse with another band to become a super-duper-group, which would you choose?

Dougie: The Beatles.

Harry: We’d be too starstruck with The Beatles – and they’d be so pissed if they had to play one of our songs.

James: [Sings a Busted, Beatles mash-up] Air Hostess (yeah, yeah, yeah) I like the way you dress (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Danny: I think it would be good to have some female energy in the band.

Maybe go for something different? Run DMC are fans of rock fusion…

James: You know what we need? A bit of toughness, a bit of street klout. We need  a bit of Linkin Park. Or Limp Biskit. McBusKit

Tom: McBustedFighters – you know, the Foo Fighters?

If you could fuse with an animal – become a superhuman – which would you choose?

Matt: So not like Spiderman, but half human half animal – with animal parts?

Yes.

Danny: Like Nicki Minaj? She has the bum of a spider.

Matt: No it’s more like when you draw a cock. Like her backside looks like comedy balls.

H: She has a nice tush. I was surprised when I first saw her pictures.

H: You know what I would fuse Dougie with? I would keep his bottom half and the rest would just be a horse. Then we’d put a hat on top. A Centaur.

T: James head poking out of a tortoise. Or Giraffe’s neck.

Dougie: (To Tom) Your limbs would be Daddy Long Legs, legs

OK, let’s get serious…

Has joining this group got you feeling all nostalgic about the early noughties?

M: At the beginning yes. I remember the first day rehearsing with you guys. Dougie was ill.

Dougie: I threw up and Matt gave me a t-shirt that I wear to bed. He gives me all these t-shirts I wear to bed – and all really offensive t-shirts. (Whispers to Matt)

M: Yeah, it said something about Satan.

M: But yeah, I felt nostalgic playing the songs I hadn’t played for 10 years. I probably should have been practicing. It was good. We have had a bit of nostalgia but I think we’ve moved on from that.

Six people is a lot in one band. Have you suffered with any ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ moments?

M: We tried to write as a six piece and it didn’t work. We broke up into little groups and fucked around.

D: Too many cocks spoil the song.

D: It becomes a cock broth.

J: The name of our next album would be ‘Cock Broth’.

Were you surprised with how well you’ve been received as ‘McBusted’?

Danny: We didn’t expect to do another tour, or another album and here we are.

J: It exceeded all our expectations. We did expect a few people would want to see it, as it’s the two bands together and there’s a lot of hits between us but it got to a level that we didn’t think possible.

M: If we had sold out those eleven dates and that was it we would have been super happy. But it carried on.

J: A good idea that we were nervous about became a very good idea.

Do you feel your fan base has split into two camps: Busted and McFly – or have they all come together?

J: There are some McFly fans that would wish I’d go away.

M: “I wish those Busted motherfuckers were dead.”

J: So yeah, it’s mainly a McFly fanbase.

To: But you’re popular in Japan aren’t you James?

J: I was voted the second most popular solo artist and I wasn’t even a solo person. Avril Lavigne was number one.

Dougie: I think they think you look like Monkey…

M: He was a TV character in the 70s who was a fucking huge deal and he looks like fucking James.

So are you McBusted for the forseeable future?

J: Is McBusted FORVER do you mean?

H: Forever sounds like purgatory and that’s not a fun thing.

J: Why is it that people have to know if this is forever or not? Nobody knows what will happen, and you shouldn’t know the future.

Let’s stay in the present then, what can we hope for this Most Excellent Adventure Tour?

Matt: If they came to the last one they’re going to like this one. It’s got an arcade theme.

Harry: [laughs] Is that all you have to say?

 

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Posted by Sandra on January 31 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

Supergroup McBusted are going back on the road through March and April, following on from their massively successful 2014 tour.

Last year, the band took to arenas around the country for the first time as McBusted, and they even headlined British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

The band, who put on a great show last year have spoken briefly about what fans can expect this year and if we know anything, we know they’re not afraid to try different things.

Last year featured a mixture of both group’s biggest hits, funny video packages and hanging above the stage, three inflatable breasts, yes three, we’re not sure why – but why not!

The tour will kick off on the 12th of March in Glasgow for two dates before the band head off to the likes of Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham.

This will lead them into April where the ‘Air Guitar’ superstars will perform in London, Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast to name but a few – the full list shown below.

McBusted’s Matt Willis spoke with the Nottingham Post and confessed that the band believe they have topped the shows they put on last year.

He revealed: “It’s different from the last tour. Last tour was amazing and we tried really hard to make it the best possible show for people who came.

“When you have something that’s really big and amazing, it’s quite hard to top that. But we think we’ve done it. Everything looks awesome, we sound better and the set list is a killer.”

Earlier this month it was revealed that McBusted would be supporting worldwide phenomenon’s One Direction on their tour next month.

The group confirmed the news in a YouTube video and explained that they will be supporting One Direction on their ‘On The Road Again 2015′ tour which kicks off in Australia.

If you haven’t heard their debut single ‘Air Guitar’ which was the first to be lifted from their self-titled debut album then check out this live performance below.

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Posted by Sandra on January 31 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

POP rock supergroup McBusted return to Merseyside as part of their new tour later this year.

Harry Judd, Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Danny Jones, James Bourne and Matt Willis first played the Echo Arena in Liverpool last year and are back at the riverside venue on March 31.

The band, which features members from rock bands McFly and Busted, played to a staggering 350,000 people on their first tour last year.

The Globe caught up with them backstage at the Echo Arena this afternoon during a promotional tour for the show.

Looking forward to their Liverpool return, Dougie said: “We can’t wait, it’s going to be really cool.

“We last played here last March and have appeared two or three times as Busted or McFly. It was amazing. It’s a good arena.”

Asked how audiences differ in each city, Harry told the Globe: “Every city we go to we’re asked the same question and it’s quite hard to answer.

“It’s more the atmosphere in the arenas that varies, and we’re fortunate to have very receptive audiences.

“We’ve always been blessed with that; which makes our job easier.”

Once the current tour is over, the band are off supporting One Direction on their Australian tour.

Tom Fletcher said: “It’s funny, because we’ve never supported other bands before.

“What’s cool about is that it keeps you on your feet. You have to win people over. So no responsibility or pressure then!

“I’m looking forward to the fact that we’re supporting; it’s only a half hour set. Which means we can smash it and enjoy the rest of the show.”

Asked what fans can expect during the new tour, Harry said: “We’ll be doing stuff from the new album and our hits.

“We’ve been lucky to do these two tours and I think the history of both bands has been a big pull for people to come.

“We’ve got some exciting ideas for the stage. The fun thing with this band is that we put on a real show; it’s not just about the music, it’s about entertaining people and putting on a real show.

“Our job is to come up with fun ideas that make us laugh.”

James Bourne added: “This is the second time McBusted has been on tour, so we’ve learned from the first time.

“We’re not fans of bands who just play new material on tour, so we’re going to play old and new stuff.”

On the band’s longevity, Tom said: “The secret of our success is that we’re pretty rubbish at everything else; so we don’t know what else we’d do if we didn’t do this.”

Wirral YouTube sensation Bronnie Hughes caught the attention of Tom Fletcher when she uploaded her cover version of the bands hit Air Guitar.

The 17-year-old, from Caldy, won an international covers competition organised by American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest after battling it out on YouTube for international exposure.

Within half an hour of uploading her version of Air Guitar been re-tweeted by Tom Fletcher. He said: “I remember tweeting it; it was a good version.

“Youtube is an incredible platform. It’s not the only way, but it can definitely get you out there.”

Tickets for their Echo Arena show are from the box office on 0844 8000 400.

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

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

BBC Radio Leeds’s Josh Gardner interviews McBusted about their upcoming tour to Leeds Arena in March.

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

Alex Tracey and Jess Lloyd went down to Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena to chat with the boys from McBusted about their upcoming “Most Excellent Adventure” Tour.

 
 
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Pop rock supergroup McBusted descended on Nottingham ahead of their second national arena tour.

The mash-up of noughties boy bands Busted and McFly (including members Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd, James Bourne and Matt Willis) visited Nottingham on Tuesday to talk Sherwood Forest, Vicky McClure, One Direction – and the latest sporting trend ‘foot golf’.

Speaking to the Post, Danny said: “Has foot golf come up here yet?”

Harry added: “You tee off with a football and you’ve got to get it in the hole – I really want a game.”

The lads – who performed three sell-out shows in Nottingham last year, including a secret gig – are back at the 10,000-capacity Capital FM Arena on April 18 and 19 for an arcade-inspired themed concert.

Matt said: “It’s different from the last tour. Last tour was amazing and we tried really hard to make it the best possible show for people who came.

“When you have something that’s really big and amazing, it’s quite hard to top that. But we think we’ve done it. Everything looks awesome, we sound better and the set list is a killer.”

And the boys are keeping the set list under close lock and key – but did say it would include a mix of classic hits such as Year 3000 and Five Colours in Her Hair and brand new songs from their debut album.

Matt said: “I’m looking forward to playing some of the new songs. Don’t get me wrong, we’re playing all the big hits too – we’re going to play what people want to hear.”

Tickets for the two shows are on sale now priced at £46.48 (including administration fee). They can be purchased online at capitalfmarena.com.

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

And the posts about the promo tour around the UK venues where McBusted are touring starts, watch below their interview in Cardiff.

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

McBusted reckon their upcoming UK tour will be their best yet.

The pop-rock super-group are due to hit the country’s arenas yet again in March and April on their Most Excellent Adventure tour.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, bassist Matt Willis said that he thinks they have topped their 2014 live show.

He said: “It’s different from the last tour. Last tour was amazing and we tried really hard to make it the best possible show for people who came.

“When you have something that’s really big and amazing, it’s quite hard to top that. But we think we’ve done it. Everything looks awesome, we sound better and the set list is a killer.”

The run is due to open at Glasgow’s Hydro on March 12 before concluding in Belfast on April 22.

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