James, Matt and Charlie are a five-date March 2019 UK arena tour. Tickets are on sale right now.
Busted have announced a five-date UK arena tour for March 2019.
Taking in Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and London, the shows are in support of Busted’s fourth studio album ‘Half Way There’, which is unleashed to the world on Friday 8th February via East West Records.
he trio’s first record since 2003’s ‘A Present For Everyone’, ‘Half Way There’ was recorded over the course of the year with legendary Pixies and Foo Fighters producer Gil Norton at the helm.
The result is an album that expands upon Busted’s trajectory the first time around. It’s a rush of melody and effervescent riffs as they blend huge arena-filling choruses with the classic pop-punk sound of Blink 182 and New Found Glory. Lyrically it’s often reflective and nostalgic (‘Reunion’, ‘All My Friends’ and a mini Busted autobiography in the shape of ‘It Happens’), but there are some fantastical flights of fancy too in the shape of ‘Shipwrecked In Atlantis’ and a tribute to Elon Musk in ‘Race To Mars’.
‘Nineties’ is one of the tracks which will claim a place alongside other Busted favourites such as ‘Year 3000’ and ‘Crashed The Wedding’. Opening in low-key fashion, the track erupts into life by taking us back to the era of Smashing Pumpkins and Macaulay Culkin and the carefree “days of ditching school to watch The Goonies.” The track features a co-writing credit for their old friend Dougie Poynter of McFly.
“I cannot wait for fans to hear this record and to be able to talk to them on social media about it,” says Willis. “I just have a feeling that they’re going to love it.”
“If I was a Busted fan, I’d listen to this record and feel like I got my band back,” agrees Bourne.
Simpson adds, “It still has humorous elements and we’re still having a lot of fun, but we have some very poignant songs too. Our fans grew up with us so they’ll be able to relate to them too.”
‘Half Way There’ is Busted’s fourth album and their second after returning with ‘Night Driver’ in 2016. The title is a play on the reference in their huge hit ‘Year 3000’ to the band releasing their seventh album. Now they’re halfway to achieving precisely that, and far ahead of schedule.
Capturing the band’s larger-than-life personalities, the album cover was conceptualised and shot by Rankin.
See Busted at the following shows:
Glasgow The SSE Hydro – Sat 23rd
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Tue 26th
Manchester Arena – Thu 28th
Birmingham Resorts World Arena – Fri 29th
London The SSE Arena Wembley – Sat 30th
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