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Tom Dalby and Nick Martin enjoy a night of high energy as McBusted entertain a packed Metro Radio Arena
From the moment McBusted appear and start bouncing on stage to the sounds of Air Guitar the scene is set for a rip-roaring show that proves the perfect antidote to a grey Monday night in March.
Having already had a great warm-up by support act New City Kings, they arrive at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena still very early in their 2015 tour.
With the great success of last year’s tour, and the release of a UK chart top 10 debut studio album, the group were evidently excited to kick off their first English performance of the year.
The show draws much of its infectious energy from the spectacular stage theatrics and visuals, with the supergroup performing on a giant, fully functioning, arcade that they claim is the largest ever built.
The trademark synchronised jumps, kicks and youthful glee are all still present and the vocals are polished. The boys attack the stage with a reckless abandon, as if to remind their audience that they are all very much still a force in modern pop, and are met with an equally enthusiastic reception by their devoted fans.
Any older fans’ fears that the merging of the two bands would see their original early noughties hits neglected are quickly allayed early on as the arena bounces to the strains of Thunderbirds Are Go.
Though the boys do their best with the newer material, the show truly finds its rhythm when the six-piece launch into nostalgic classics like You Said No, What I Go To School For and Five Colours.
The way in which both sides of the original Busted and McFly incarnations enthusiastically embrace the other’s hits demonstrate that this has become a seamless coming together of two separate boy bands.
Despite the undeniable feel-good factor created by this youthful nostalgia, the interruptions for so-called banter fall flat when the boys’ juvenile jokes fail to impress even this largely adolescent audience – not helped when Dougie Poynter briefly forgets he is performing in Newcastle rather than Glasgow!
From the outset the theme of cheesy 80s and 90s movies is evident, complete with confetti and Kiss Cam, helping to create a colourful American high school prom atmosphere.
This is spectacularly brought to life when the group disappear in a puff of smoke and re-enter from above in a Back to the Future-style Delorean – sending the crowd into delirium.
By the halfway point, when the group bound onto the stage dressed as brides, even the greatest cynic are glad they crashed this wedding.
And by the time McBusted are rocking out to super hit Year 3000, the fans are bouncing as high as their heroes on stage.