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Origin London, England
Genres Pop, pop rock, pop punk
Years active 2013–present
Labels Island
Associated acts McFly, Busted
Members James Bourne
Tom Fletcher
Danny Jones
Harry Judd
Dougie Poynter
Matt Willis

McBusted is an English pop rock supergroup[1] composed of members from bands McFly (Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd) and Busted (James Bourne and Matt Willis).[1][2] The only member of the original groups not participating in the new lineup is former Busted singer Charlie Simpson.[3]

Having previously appeared as special guests during McFly's tenth-anniversary concerts at the Royal Albert Hall,[4] it was announced on 11 November 2013 that former Busted members Bourne and Willis would join McFly to form the six-piece supergroup McBusted and go on an arena tour in April and May 2014.[1][2] Simpson opted not to be a part of McBusted as he wished to focus on his solo career.[1][2] The original eleven-concert McBusted Tour quickly sold out and has since been extended to 34 shows, including headlining Hyde Park on 6 July 2014. At this performance and three others, McBusted were joined by the Backstreet Boys, Scouting for Girls and dance troupe Diversity.[5] On 16 June 2014, McBusted made their overseas debut, supporting One Direction on their Where We Are Tour in Denmark, following the cancellation of 5 Seconds of Summer. McBusted then continued to support One Direction the following night June, and again in France on 21 June.

In April 2014, Judd revealed that McBusted would be making an album together.[6] On 7 October, McBusted announced their debut single "Air Guitar", due for release on 23 November 2014. It was also announced that they had signed a record deal with Island Records.


2013: Formation and tour announcement[edit]

From 19 to 22 September 2013, McFly commemorated their tenth anniversary by performing four concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.[7] During these shows Matt Willis and James Bourne made a surprise brief reunion as Busted when they joined as special guests. (Willis and Bourne's ex-bandmate Charlie Simpson, whose decision to quit Busted led to the band's break-up in January 2005, chose not to take part.)[4] Under the name "McBusted", the six-piece performed Busted's "Year 3000" and "Air Hostess" and McFly's "Shine a Light".[4] This sparked rumours that Busted could make a comeback.[4]

On 11 November 2013, it was announced that Willis and Bourne would join Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd and go on an eleven-date arena tour as McBusted in 2014, and play both Busted and McFly songs.[1][2] Simpson refused to be a part of McBusted as he wanted to focus on his own career, but he was paid a "six-figure sum" by Willis and Bourne after he sold his third of the copyrighted Busted name.[8] A source told the Daily Mirror that Simpson's decision not to be part of McBusted was an amicable one: "Charlie wishes the boys lots of luck but he wanted absolutely no involvement. All three sat down amicably and worked out a figure that everyone was happy with. Charlie made it clear in no uncertain terms that that's it for him and the boys now, it's finished."[8] Pre-sale tickets for the eleven shows went on sale at 9am on 14 November and sold out in minutes.[9] Tickets went on general sale the following morning and quickly sold out as well,[10] resulting in the addition of six more concerts in Glasgow, Bournemouth, London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester.[10] Another four dates were then added on 17 November, bringing the tour to 20 dates.[11] Since then, the tour has increased to a total 34 dates throughout April–June 2014. It comprises dates in Glasgow, Liverpool, Bournemouth, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Manchester, Brighton, Dublin and Belfast.[10] Regarding the tour, Judd said, "It's bigger than what Busted ever were and it's bigger than what McFly ever were".[12] On 9 December, McBusted announced that they would be headlining British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival on 6 July 2014 with the Backstreet Boys, Five, Scouting for Girls and dance troupe Diversity as special guests.[12][5]

On 15 November, McBusted made their first official TV performance, appearing on Children in Need 2013 and playing a medley of four songs: "All About You", "Year 3000", "Air Hostess" and "Shine a Light".[13] A McBusted version of McFly's song "Love Is on the Radio" was released on 24 November.[14]

2014–present: McBusted Tour, overseas debut and new material[edit]

During an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show on 22 February 2014, Willis said: "We always said that we weren't going to say we were going to bring out music, because we didn't want to say that we were going to make music and it be terrible. But we went away, we did some writing and it wasn't terrible." Fletcher added, "We've written a song called 'OMFG'."[15] On 1 April, Judd revealed that McBusted would be making an album together.[6]

On 16 June, McBusted made their overseas debut, supporting One Direction on their Where We Are Tour in Denmark, following the cancellation of 5 Seconds of Summer.[16] McBusted then continued to support One Direction the following night, and again in France on 21 June.[17] On 10 September, it was announced that a McBusted concert film TOURPLAY would be released exclusively through Vue Cinemas from 28 October.[18]

On 8 October, the official lyric video to their debut single "Air Guitar", was released, as well as being able to pre-order the song on iTunes.


Touring members
  • Isaac Aryee  – keyboards (2014–present)



  1. ^ a b c d e McGeorge, Alistair (11 November 2013). "McBusted: McFly and Busted become supergroup 2014 tour dates for supergroup". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "It's McBusted! McFly and Busted join forces for super-group UK tour". Daily Mail. DMG Media. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Denham, Jess (11 November 2013). "Boybands McFly and Busted to form supergroup for UK tour". The Independent. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Corner, Lewis (20 September 2013). "Busted join McFly on stage at Royal Albert Hall show - video". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park McBusted". Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "McBusted confirm plans to record new album: "It will happen"". Digital Spy. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  7. ^ Duff, Seamus (22 September 2013). "After four sell out 10th anniversary gigs at London's Royal Albert Hall: Why McFly are not a boyband". Metro (DMG Media). Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Giles, Kayleigh (17 November 2013). "Phew! McBusted Add More Dates To Sellout Tour Amid Phenomenal Demand". EntertainmentWise. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Lee, Ann (14 November 2013). "McBusted pre-sale tickets: McFly and Busted fans left disappointed on Twitter after 2014 tour sell out". Metro (DMG Media). Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Wilson, Jess (15 November 2013). "McBusted add SIX more dates to their tour". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Wood, Lucy (15 November 2013). "McBusted add six extra dates, and then another three, to their UK tour due to high demand as arenas sell out in minutes". Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "McBusted - Hyde Park Announcement". YouTube. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  13. ^ Greenwood, Carl (16 November 2013). "Video: McBusted's Children in Need performance was the best thing ever". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Corner, Lewis (19 November 2013). "McFly to release McBusted remix of new single 'Love Is on the Radio'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Eames, Tom (22 February 2014). "McBusted: 'We'd like Charlie Simpson to come back'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Wood, Lucy (17 June 2014). "McBusted support One Direction on the Where We Are tour in Denmark, and Niall Horan joins the human pyramid - PICS and VIDEO". Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "McBusted will support One Direction on Where We Are stadium tour". AXS. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Corner, Lewis (12 September 2014). "Watch McBusted's concert film TOURPLAY trailer". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

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