Liverpool Guild of Students hosts Busted’s come-back tour, Night Driver, after 13 years

Posted on 20 February 2017
By Ellie Gregory
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Over 1,000 fans hoarded into the Liverpool Student Guild on Friday night to experience the new and reformed noughties pop-rock band, Busted.

Despite it being over a decade since their last album, the trio jumped straight back on to the scene, yet with a matured look and new sound— rather electro synth-pop.

Accompanying the band, Natives kicked off the gig with a tribal-style live set of African drums and ivy leaves dusted on to the set.

Native’s latest single, ‘Warpaint’, brought a spiritual atmosphere to the Guild that night.

The band tweeted: “We are excited to release this into the wild!

“It’s about building something important as a community…”

Vocalist, Jim Thomas, announced to the crowd that Natives will be back in Liverpool on May 25th at Studio 2, where they will be playing their brand new album.

It was now time.

Busted’s dedicated fans had been waiting patiently all evening, and some for thirteen years!

All grown up, the crowd was ready for a taste of the new and quite frankly delicious band.

The boys had aged well indeed, still bringing out all of the stops to pull off a stunning performance, opening the gig with a few of their songs from their new album ‘Night Driver’.

Slamming one of their noughties’ hits, ‘Air Hostess’, the crowd recognised the first few chords and erupted.

Following one of their throwback songs were many more from their pop-rock albums, such as Sleeping with the Light, Crashed the Wedding, chart topping Year 3000 and What I Go to School For.

Keeping up with their traditional genre, Matt Willis introduced a song from Night Driver, I Will Break Your Heart, saying it “makes me want to shake my fucking ass.”

Clearly paying attention to their lifelong fans, Charlie Simpson was overwhelmed when he identified one guy had a tattoo of the noughties Busted logo, as well as one from their latest album Night Driver.

Of course Busted were set to perform an encore, and the crowd were surely pleased.

Giving them a concoction of their old school songs and hits from Night Driver, the show couldn’t have ended any better.

Although Busted’s transformation in music has brought a slick yet electronic sound, the band still delivered a smashing performance, full of energy and enthusiasm.