Busted announced the 13-show reunion tour Today. The tour will kick off May 11 at Wembley Stadium, with tickets scheduled for release Friday. Shows are scheduled throughout the U.K. and Ireland.
Almost 11 years after the mega-selling, double-Brit-winning pop-rock trio said goodbye and parted ways after Charlie quit and said the band “was like hell” After doing their record-breaking 12th show at Wembley Arena. But now, James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson are back together.
Charlie says that him and James hadn’t really talked properly since the split, but that they had met a few times and spoken on the phone. He said as they were both just very busy, they drifted. But now he says that they just get along and it feels different to how it did 10 years ago and that the idea of a reunion crept into his head after all the time apart and he thought: “what would Busted look like today?”
James Bourne, guitarist and the band’s main songwriter, admits that, for a while, he too was similarly pessimistic about the return of the band he had co-founded in Southend-on-Sea in 2000.
“I thought it was dead and buried when the band had been gone for five years. There’d be rumours in the papers about the band coming back, then Charlie would issue a statement saying, ‘no way, but I wish Matt and James all the best…’ And I thought to myself, ‘wow, he really must have hated it… he’s never coming back.'”
Over the summer of 2015 the trio met up in a studio in secret. But just to ensure no word or Instagram pic leaked, they met up in… Philadelphia.
One reason is that a friend of James,Eric, has a studio there, Says Matt.
“We flew into New York, then we road-tripped to Philly, and we had four amazing days in the studio.
Those four days produced three new songs. More importantly, almost, was how readily the three locked back into their friendships.
“That’s what made this awesome: it was easy,” says Willis. “And I remember coming back and my wife saying: ‘Did you talk, did you get everything off your chests?’ And no, we didn’t. So much has happened since we left the band, and I feel like time has taught us all exactly what everyone else was going through.”
When Busted split in 2005, they were one of the biggest bands in the UK, with two multi-platinum albums and two Brit Awards.
Simpson continued to make music, both with Fightstar and as a solo artist. Willis won the 2006 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and appeared in the West End production of Wicked, while Bourne wrote songs for Melanie C, The Jonas Brothers and his own band Son of Dork.
In 2014, Willis and Bourne formed the seven-piece “supergroup” McBusted with the members of fellow band McFly, releasing a top 10 album and supporting One Direction on tour.
According to media reports at the time, Simpson sold his share of the Busted name to his former bandmates for a six-figure sum to enable the supergroup’s formation.