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British pop phenomenon Busted have caused mass hysteria amongst their fan base after announcing they’re set to reunite, with a tour and new music, more than 10 years after they split.
The group reached the top of the charts in 2002 with debut single What I Go to School For, they went on to win two Brit awards and sell millions of albums with hits including Year 3000, Air Hostess and You Said No.
Busted’s trio Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson & James Bourne broke up in 2005 after Charlie quit the band in late 2004.
On more than one occasion, Charlie Simpson stated that he “never will” rejoin the group, however rumours began to swirl last month that a reunion may be coming.
Today the band confirmed their impending comeback tour, using their aptly named track ‘Meet You There’ form their 2003 Album, A Present For Everyone. The video follows each band member too Wembley SSE Arena, where they join up and talk about the up-coming reunion.
“We’re back. Busted are back.
We’re touring the UK and Ireland next year.” – BUSTED
On his previous declarations that he would never return, the 30-year-old said: “I genuinely meant that. There wasn’t a time I said that that I didn’t mean it wholeheartedly. I have changed my mind.”
Speaking at a press conference, Willis, 34, said: “We’re back! Busted are back. We’re stoked and we’re going on tour next year.”
To Simpson, he joked: “Aren’t we, Charlie? We are, right?”
The band announced 13 UK and Ireland tour dates in 2016, beginning at Wembley – The SSE Arena on May 11. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.
Earlier this year, Bourne, 32, managed to get Simpson to secretly join him in a studio for a week in Philadelphia, it was there that they put together a number of new songs – a catalyst for the reunion.
Bourne said: “We didn’t know what it would be like being in the studio again so we wanted it to be a no pressure experience for us.
“It was a really fun time. It felt like we were hanging out like old friends.”
Despite planning to release new music, Willis promised to play fan favourites, adding: “Busted only had two albums so we’re probably going to play every song that you know.”
In 2013, Willis and Bourne joined together with McFly to tour and release music as McBusted.
Bourne said: “It was like a broken band and a band that was not broken. They have each other as a whole band. They’re very supportive about this.”
Simpson added: “McBusted wasn’t right for me. I was pleased for them more than jealous.”