Posted by Sandra on October 4 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News, Tom Fletcher

This morning we were invited to the launch of Tom Fletcher’s newest book, and first novel, ‘The Christmasaurus’, and we have to admit that we weren’t quite prepared for what followed – which genuinely included cameo appearances from Hollywood actors Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.
After talking us through the synopsis of his heartfelt book, which is released on Thursday, the McFly frontman dropped a rather huge clanger by announcing that it was already being turned into an animated, musical film with bigshot director, Michael Gracey, and they even had the concept art to show us and a couple of songs to perform.

Ahh.
Unfortunately, Michael Gracey was busy in New York filming his latest movie, but he did send a video message about his involvement with the film, which was promptly interrupted by actors Hugh and Zac, who gatecrashed the video to reinforce just how bloomin’ good ‘The Christmasaurus’ is.
Confirming that he had heard a couple of the songs already, X-Men star, Hugh Jackman, said to the camera: “The songs are great, I’ve heard them.

“They’re very catchy.”
Speaking exclusively to Tom after the launch, we asked how it felt to have such a huge Hollywood seal of approval, and the star told us: “I couldn’t believe that, it’s so cool.
“Michael was meant to be here today but everything has gone rapidly for him so he couldn’t be, but it’s okay… If you have to be somewhere else than filming with Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron is a good excuse.

“He’s an incredible director, so we are really lucky to have him on board.”
Tom went on to add that he always thought that ‘The Christmasaurus’ would make a great film but he hoped to maintain some creative control by writing the book first.
He explained: “I love writing, so my natural place to go is to a book because I am in charge of it. Making a film requires many more people on board, so when I have ideas for stories – even though I can see them as a film – I tend to write them as a book first because you get your vision into it.
“If you have a real passion for it you feel like it’s your baby, it’s really difficult letting it go.”

And Tom was also keen to reassure his fans that dipping his feet into the movie industry didn’t mean that it was the end of McFly, in fact, they’re going to be around for a long ol’ time yet.
After joking that his bandmates were going to play elves in the film, Tom shared: “For us, it feels like McFly is forever. It is the constant.
“We have all of these other projects but McFly is the one thing that we will never go away – in a good way! It’s always there for us and it’s always where our hearts lay.
“It’s nice now there’s no pressure for us to write an album every year; we can do it when it feels right for us. Because of McBusted it had been a long time since we did anything just the four of us and I think that people kind of get it now that we’ll always be around.

“On tour we had people coming who had been there from day one and kind of grown up with us, and they’re bringing their kids along… And then there are 13 year olds screaming and crying like it used to be, and it’s so weird because when did they discover McFly?
“They were born in the year when ‘5 Colours In Her Hair’ came out, that’s so weird – how did they discover us? It’s exciting for us as a band.”
And we have to admit that we are excited to see what Tom, and the rest of McFly, do next – because judging by ‘The Christmasaurus’ it’s going to be amazing.

‘The Christmasaurus’ is available to buy from Thursday 6th October!

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Posted by Sandra on October 1 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News, The Anthology Tour

As we sat on the stationary train outside Smethwick, I tried to calm my 16-year-old daughter down, reassuring her that Mcfly would surely wait to start the gig at O2 Academy until we arrived – as if!

Eventually in Brum, after dashing through the city streets, we were more than relieved to join the thousands queuing outside the venue. I’d not seen anything like it in ages. The reformed boy/man band had proven to be something of a bigger draw than perhaps even they had anticipated. Eventually we were in.

I was pleased – actually relieved – to see that the capacity audience wasn’t going to be purely screaming girls and one disheveled dad. Far from it. Many balding chaperones had been dragged along.

But hey, who am I kidding. I genuinely enjoyed myself. The cheeky Mcfly boys are actually pretty good musicians, as highlighted from the off with a crowd-pleasing rendition of their first big hit, Five Colours in Her Hair. Rachel, my daughter, was ecstatic – screaming like a crazed Beatles fan from back in the day.

Night one of the boys’ three-night residency showcased there early material, with subsequent evenings featuring different setlists. Many of the hyped up audience will doubtlessly be at all three shows.

The evening was lapped up enthusiastically by an adoring crowd, singing the lyrics of hits Obviously, Room on the Third Floor and assorted album tracks at the top of its collective voice.

For an encoure, the lads returned to the stage with more recent material, including Love is on the Radio and Love is Easy.

Unlike the last time we saw Dougie, Harry, Tom and Danny – then as super-group McBusted – this was a stripped-down show. Simple backdrop, no frills. The music and banter stealing the night.

Great job guys. Rachel was impressed, as was her rather cynical father. And if you can win me over, you’ll be around for a long time to come.

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Posted by Sandra on October 1 2016 0 Comments McFLY, The Anthology Tour

After one casual supergroup venture, a couple of new McBaby births and twelve years of waiting in Azkaban (feels like it anyway), McFly are finally back looking and sounding better than ever before. No seriously, we went to watch their Anthology Tour last night at London’s O2 Forum, and it was probably the best and sweatiest show that we’ve ever been to in our entire lives.

The premise of the Anthology Tour is simple but epic. Every single McFly song ever recorded, from every album they’ve ever released, split neatly across three back-to-back evenings. We were lucky enough to be invited down to celebrate the ye olde Room on The Third Floor era of McFly – along with a few extra fan favourites chucked on top for good measure.

So how did the lads get on with singing vintage songs about parents being out of town, getting laid behind the garden shed and wanting to date surfer babes, now that they’ve got a combined age of approximately 119? Oooh, let’s discuss.

The Setlist

Seeing as the Anthology Tour already spoils the exact set list that you’re signing up for, it was pretty much a given that we were gonna love every second of McFly’s ROTTF show, from the first ‘Do do do do do DO’ of ‘Five Colours’, all the way through to the final ‘Sheeee caaaares’ of ‘Brocolli’.

We’ll let you in on a little, verging on embarrassing, secret here. Sugarscape’s Lucy has in fact lost count of the number of times that she’s seen McFly live over the years. It’s potentially 26 (give or take a few), but even a McVeteran like her was able to see the band perform some songs for the very first time. We saw stuff like ‘Met This Girl’ and ‘Down By The Lake’ which we’ve waited literally DECADES to hear live, so that was exciting.

McFly also promised that a handful of greatest hits would feature amongst the antics for Night One, but it’d probably be more accurate to call it a fan favourite selection. While ‘Star Girl’ and ‘All About You’ didn’t make the cut (gasp), low key gems like ‘No Worries’ and ‘Silence Is A Scary Sound’ did. The impromptu fan request of the night was, of course, Anne Boleyn and her tin in ‘Transylvania’.

What were the best bits, then?

Would it be cheating if we said that the best bits were approximately 8.45pm through to 10.30pm? That’s the entire set, just in case we’ve made that slightly confusing.

From the moment Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry walked on stage in sparkly denim jackets and sweater vests to kick off ‘Five Colours’, we were transported back to the days of 2004, recording their TV appearances on VHS and keeping a scrap book of their Smash Hits mag appearances. Don’t judge.
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Posted by Sandra on October 1 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News

Dougie Poynter is a “fashion guru”, according to Harry Judd.
The 28-year-old singer songwriter – who makes up one quarter of the British pop rock band McFly alongside Harry, Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones – “influences” the rest of the groups wardrobe choices and has been tipped as the bands personal style adviser because he is always wearing a completely new outfit.

Speaking about the best dressed band member to the Metro newspaper, Harry said: “Dougie keeps me on his toes. He has a new outfit for every day! It’s good because he influences us all. Dougie’s the fashion guru.”

And Harry – who has eight-month-old daughter Lola with his wife Izzy – has revealed he has the worst style among all the men in the band because he is a father.

He explained: “Me and Tom are the least [fashionable], but we are the dads.”

However, the father-of-one has admitted his personal fashion sense has drastically evolved since he first joined McFly in 2003, because he has become a little less “daring” with his style.

The ‘5 Colours In Her Hair’ hitmaker said: “When I first joined the band, I was influenced by the American punk pop and rock scene. It was all about big belt buckles and studded belts, three-quarter-length shorts, pulled-up socks, loads of bracelets, and piercings, and hair dye. It was pretty extreme. That lasted quite a while – when you are in a band, you have more of a licence to be daring. It’s got a little safer as I get older.

“Now I dressed quite chilled. I always like a good black pair of jeans. I have an awesome pair of tan leather boots I end up wearing every time, a nice white fitted T-shirt and a watch. At home it’s all about comfort – I’m always in sports shorts.”

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Posted by Sandra on September 20 2016 0 Comments McFLY, The Anthology Tour, Video

As always to avoid spoilers You’ll have to click the read more button below to watch the videos.Today I’m posting all the videos from the three nights of the Anthology tour in Glasgow enjoy!

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Posted by Sandra on September 18 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News, Tom Fletcher

Want to meet Tom? This is your chance!! he’s going to be signing copies of his new book The Christmasaurus in Leeds next month.
Exact details: WHSmith Lands Lane, Leeds
Friday 7 October from 5pm.

Come and meet Tom Fletcher in WHSmith Leeds! This is a wristbanded event. Wristbands can be purchased in from Thursday 15th September Purchase price includes one place in the queue for Tom’s book signing plus one copy of ‘The Christmasuarus’.

You will be required to show your wristband (as proof of purchase) to gain entry to the event, whereupon you will be able to join the queue.

Terms and Conditions

The signing will commence from 5pm at WHSmith LEEDS. Early arrivals will be turned away. Anyone arriving to the venue before 4pm will be asked to return at 4pm. Due to the anticipated high turnout, please be prepared to queue Refreshments will not be available at the event but facilities are available at nearby outlets. The exact time at which the event ends will be determined by the promoters on the day. To avoid disappointment, we advise you not to arrive any later than the signing start time. You will receive your copy of the book at the venue. Your receipt entitles you to one wristband and a place in the queue, to have your book signed by Tom Fletcher. Those without a wristband will not be permitted to join the queue unless they are a parent or guardian of anyone under 14 years of age. Unfortunately there will be no time for selfies or posed photography. Photos can be taken from the queue. There will not be an official photographer present at the event. Only the ‘The Christmasaurus’ book will be signed. No other merchandise will be signed. Unfortunately, due to the anticipated turnout of the event, dedications may not be possible. Anyone under the age of 14 years should be accompanied by an adult. Any accompanying adults will not require a wristband. Please note the event may be filmed or photographed, as an attendee you consent to footage and/ or images of you being used for promotional purposes. Wristband cannot be resold or transferred and shall not be purchased or obtained from or through any person, commercial agent, company or otherwise. Management have the right to refuse entry or remove anyone who does not comply with these rules or who fails to follow reasonable instructions on the day. Attendees must follow instructions from staff on the day

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Posted by Sandra on September 17 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News, The Anthology Tour

They will bring their Anthology tour to Birmingham with headline dates between September 21 and 23.

These shows were rescheduled from June, after Harry Judd sustained an acute disc herniation.

At the time, Harry said: “I’m absolutely gutted that we’ve had to postpone the tour. I’ve honestly tried everything to make it work, but I’d never want to do a tour where I wouldn’t be able to give you guys the 110 per cent performance you deserve every night.”

McFly are one of the most significant pop groups of the past 15 years. Their five studio albums have racked up sales of more than 10 million and they have had seven UK No1 singles, five Top 10 albums and numerous sell-out tours – both by themselves and with supergroup, McBusted.

Now Tom, Dougie, Harry and Danny are back with The Anthology Tour. Playing three nights each concert will feature a different set list from a different McFly album, alongside some of the band’s biggest hits.

The first night will feature songs from Room On The Third Floor, the second songs from Wonderland and Motion In The Ocean and the third songs from Radio:ACTIVE and Above The Noise

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Posted by Sandra on September 16 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News, The Anthology Tour

As i always did during the tours, i will post here al the videos from the shows but to avoid spoilers You’ll have to click the read more button below to watch them. Today I’m posting all the videos from the three nights of the Anthology tour in Manchester. enjoy!

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Posted by Sandra on September 15 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News

5 Colours In Her Hair and All About You have become modern classics, but the band won’t let it influence their songwriting.

McFly admit they have felt pressured in the past to write the next big chart topping hit after a string of early successes.

Tom Fletcher , Danny Jones , Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd have dominated the top of the charts since 5 Colours In Her Hair stormed to the number one spot in 2004.

Their current Anthology Tour is giving them a chance to perform their five studios albums to date – Room On The 3rd Floor, Wonderland, Motion in the Ocean, Radio:Active and Above The Noise – in full and reflect on their career thus far.

With seven Number One singles – and another 12 that made the Top 10 – they continue to write memorable hooks that have stuck with music-lovers for more than a decade.

However, they admit it can be difficult to avoid writing what comes naturally, rather than trying for the next big hit.

McFly CONFIRM album six as they reveal start date for work on highly anticipated new record

“You get caught up, and you’re like you’ve got to make hits to enable us to keep going,” Harry tells Mirror Celebs.

“Sometimes the hits are all songs we love, but sometimes it can influence you too much in how you write lyrically or produce the songs.”

It’s been amazing for the band – who have just completed a three-night run at Manchester’s Academy 1 – to get a chance to look back on their career with more than 60 songs played over each stop on the tour.

Tom explains: “Doing McBusted for a couple of years, we wanted to do something just the four of us. These kind of shows as well, it wouldn’t have worked in big arenas.”

Harry adds: “We were like, if we’re going to go back in with McFly, let’s go on tour. What can we do that’s different? Give something to the fans, and that can be a stepping stone for what is to come.”

There have been slip-ups during some of the older album tracks – many played for the first time ever this week – but the crowd and the boys all love the intimacy and unpredictability.

Sweaty, packed venues with just four blokes and their instruments on stage is a far cry from their McBusted arena tours alongside Matt Willis and James Bourne , which featured flying DeLorean’s, space ships and a lot of theatrics.

As well as the challenges that come with such a huge spectacle, the group were also faced with fans calling for McFly and their still-unreleased sixth album.

“We got so much s**t,” Tom laughs. “We were genuinely excited about McBusted, but it didn’t mean we didn’t want to do album six.”

“It was difficult because it’s like, we know, but we’re doing McBusted, so shush. It’s like…we know, and I get why you want McFly, I get it, but we’ve got to commit to McBusted right now,” Harry says.

It’s a different era for McFly, whose fanbase are growing up with them – and it’s giving them more freedom with their writing, and more control.
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Posted by Sandra on September 15 2016 0 Comments McFLY, News

The All About You band are ready to begin writing tracks for their upcoming LP – after SCRAPPING a lot of new songs.

The 5 Colours In Her Hair pop rock band – made up of Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd – have kept fans waiting for the follow-up to 2010’s Above The Noise, but it’s finally time to get back to writing as a group.

After completing a record in Texas, the boys switched their focus to McBusted, putting out a self-titled album with pals James Bourne and Matt Willis before touring the UK as a six-piece.

However, they’re now ready to put the focus back on McFly and revealed to Mirror Celebs that they already have a plan in place.

Harry confirmed they will kick start work on the record over the next few months, with Tom adding: “New year, new album. We’ll start writing [in January].”

Fans hoping to listen to the elusive album six will have to wait a little longer, with the group explaining they will start writing from scratch for the new LP.

“We’ve got album songs that could be ready to go, we don’t want to take away that exciting part of being in a band,” Tom said.

“[But album six] was natural, it didn’t sound anything like Above The Noise… We recorded it live as much as possible, in one take… I imagine the next album will be mostly new songs.”

However, McFly – who confirmed the tracks from the scrapped album will most likely be released in some form – did reveal that fans have actually already heard a song from the Texas sessions.

Harry said: “One of the songs from album six ended up on the McBusted album, which was Getting It Out. We recorded it in Texas but then recorded it for the McBusted album.”

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