Supergroup McBusted will be hitting the road again after a sold-out tour last year, including two shows at the Capital FM Arena, where Jemma Page met up with them to talk about One Direction, pistachio nuts and Torvill and Dean…
Forget air guitars, iconic Noughties hits and trashing hotel rooms… the only thing six-piece supergroup McBusted want to bring to Nottingham is ‘foot golf’.
“Has it come up here yet?” asks Bolton-born Danny Jones.
“I’m going to smash it up. You play football on a golf course, but the holes are bigger.”
The 28-year-old lead vocalist and guitarist is also looking forward to descending on the city for the fourth time in 12 months to walk in the footsteps of his favourite actress Vicky McClure.
His band mate Matt Willis says: “She was on TV recently talking about the Television Workshop. A lot of good actors trained there – it’s a really great school.”
And while Dougie Poynter, 27, who won I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2011, wants to ‘get his freak on’ in the student city, band mate Tom Fletcher is hoping for a chilled visit.
The 29-year-old, who became a dad to his baby son Buzz in 2014, says: “You’ve got a nice Waterstone’s. It’s very nicely designed.”
The mash-up of boy bands Busted and McFly – also consisting of Harry Judd and James Bourne – will be back in the city performing their arcade-inspired concert at the 10,000-capacity Capital FM Arena in April.
The lads performed three sell-out shows in the home of Robin Hood last year, including a secret gig for the radio station’s breakfast hosts Dino and Pete.
“That was a really good morning. It was really good fun,” says Matt, who married Emma Willis in 2008.
“I like all different gigs. Every gig is awesome. On tour some places are smaller than others – it breaks things up, it’s rad.”
Just six months after impressing a packed-out audience, the boys announced they’d be returning to Nottingham once more.
Drummer Harry says: “You have to strike while the iron’s hot.”
James, 31, adds: “That’s true. I think a lot of people don’t realise that actually. You get given an opportunity to do stuff like this.
“Bands don’t turn around and go, ‘oh we’re going to do an arena tour’. It’s just not how it works.”
The two separate bands have toured a combined total of 15 times – twice for Busted, 12 times for McFly and once as a supergroup – and this time they are looking forward to playing songs from their debut album, McBusted.
“Don’t get me wrong, we’re playing all the big hits too – we’re going to play what people want to hear,” says Matt, who won I’m a Celebrity in 2006.
“But for us, we’re looking forward to playing the new songs.”
In true McBusted-style, the performances will be theatrical and inspired by 1980s amusement arcades.
Matt, 31, says: “It’s different from the last tour. I think it was a really good show 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.”
James, who has written songs for Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer, the Spice Girl’s Melanie C and British girl group the Saturdays, adds: “We’re at the peak of our live career.”
And the tour is set to be a world away from Busted’s 2004 gigs – which Matt says were filled with children ‘covering their ears’.
The father-of-two adds: “It used to be bum me out when I’d walk out on stage and there’d be really young kids out there. Like five or six [years old].”
Harry, who was crowned winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, jokes: “Because you thought you were a punk rocker, didn’t you?”
But one certain band member claims to be a world away from rock stars trashing hotel room.
James says: “I’m leaving trademarks in every room instead. Pistachio shells – that’s my new trademark.”
“And skid marks,” adds Danny.
The boys joined pop phenomenon One Direction on their On The Road Again Tour in Australia throughout February, and are hoping to merge the two different decades of success further.
Harry, 29, says: “Tom, Danny and Dougie have written with them already. They’ve had three or four songs on their album. We’ve done music with them and hopefully some more in the future.”
Matt adds: “Never say never.”
But after earning a combination of three Brit Awards, two chart-topping albums and 11 number one singles, is there anything left for the boys to achieve?
“You never know it could be McBusted on Ice at Nottingham’s arena,” says Danny as he pretends to skate like Torvill and Dean.
Matt adds: “That’d be rad.”
McBusted will be playing the Capital FM Arena on April 18 and 19. Tickets are priced at £46.48 (includes admin fee). To book visit the box office in person, call 0843 373 3000 or go to capitalfmarena.com.