The hottest six-piece out there opened up to Hannah Hope ahead of British Summertime in Hyde Park
As McBusted take to the stage at Barclaycard British Summertime in Hyde Park on Sunday, rocker Matt Willis will have a much-clearer head than he did seven years ago.
The singer fought a public battle with booze and drugs, visiting rehab three times in 2007.
Now sober and smiling, Matt – who’s wed to telly beauty Emma Willis – tells us: “I have flashbacks to drugs every single day but I know it’s some sort of romanticism about the past. You know that it’s the past for a very good reason and I’m constantly reminded of that every time I wake up.”
Matt, dad to Isabelle, five, and Ace, two, reckons he would’ve gone down that route whether he was in a band or not. He says: “I would’ve ended up the same way if I was an accountant or if I worked at Tesco or anything. That’s just the way I am.
“Maybe because I was in a pop band and had a bit of money it allowed it to progress quickly, but I don’t think being in a pop band puts you in a position where you HAVE to go off the rails.”
Now Matt gets high off other things – like excitement and coffee. Speaking of his pre-show ritual the I’m A Celeb winner reveals: “I do lots of caffeine and jump around like a maniac.” Sounds fun.
The guys are planning a massive afterparty after headlining on Sunday. And Dougie Poynter is hoping girlfriend Ellie Goulding will swing by: “She’s performing at Wireless that day, but it’s nearby. We’ll have some cake.”
The supergroup’s in a brilliant place now having finished a sell-out headline tour. And fans will be psyched to know that a McBusted album is on its way complete with new material.
Matt says: “We’ve been writing quite a lot together recently.
“I was with Dougie last night and we were writing an appreciation song about boobs, but we can’t just write an album of songs about boobs.” Erm, no, probs not.
But it seems the world won’t have to wait too long, as Dougie reveals: “Mcfly had an album ready to go, but we spent too much time mixing it. And then we were like, ‘Sod it, let’s do McBusted instead.’
“So we might use some songs from that and Matt and James have been writing ever since McBusted formed so there’s lots to choose from. There might be a McBusted album for Christmas, if we can get it done in time.” Fingers crossed.
After opening in Paris and Copenhagen for One Direction, could there ever be super-supergroup of McBusted AND One Direction?
“The only way that would happen,” says Danny Jones, “Is if we could call it McBust-Erection or else it’s a no- go.” Hmmm, maybs not.