Busted are back - and announce North East arena show

Busted are back, and have announced a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
Busted are back, and have announced a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
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It's the reunion they said would never happen - but Busted are on their way back, and they're heading for the North East.

One of the biggest pop acts of the 'noughties', they had huge hits with catchy songs such as What I Go To School For, Air Hostess and Year 3000.

After selling five million records they announced their split in early 2005, with Charlie Simpson forming post-hardcore band Fightstar, Matt Willis launching a short-lived solo career and James Bourne forming the equally short-lived Son of Dork.

The seeds of a reunion were sewn last year, when Willis and Bourne started to work together again in the supergroup McBusted, with members of McFly.

Today, it was announced that Simpson is back in the fold too, and the trio will play an arena tour and release a new album next year.

The North East leg of the tour will take place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Sunday, May 15, with tickets, priced £37.50 and £41.50, going on sale from 9am on Friday.

They are available online HERE, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Arena box office.

Simpson said: “A year ago James and I got together and just started hanging out … and it felt really different, somehow, to how it had 10 years ago.

"And the idea crept into my head after all that time apart: what would Busted look like today?”

Willis added: "For me, there’s a huge sense of unfinished business … I always thought in my heart we’d do Busted again, but that it was just a matter of when and how.”

And Bourne said: "We’ve done this crazy, exciting, adventurous, scenic route back to being Busted. And now we're here, we’re all super-re-energised."