April 26, 2014

hmv reviews… McBusted @ London's O2 Arena
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio hmv.com Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv reviews… McBusted @ London's O2 Arena

McBusted, the alliance of the noughties’ two biggest pop bands rolled in to London this week to play three sold out shows at the O2 Arena and last night (April 25th) we were there to review things…



McBusted, power pop supergroup, comprised of two-thirds of Busted and the whole of McFly. Six men (minus, of course, Busted's original be-eyebrowed fellow Charlie Simpson), 11 million albums sold between them and lots and lots of screaming fans.



The O2 Arena, the enormodome in the corner of South East London. 


Was it full? And how were the crowd?

It was as sold out as it was possible to be, with each and every seat in the arena filled by someone who was incredibly happy to be there (probably…). .


So what was the set like? What did they play?

The set was heavily skewed in favour of Busted’s songs, which is probably fair enough given people haven’t heard them for almost a decade. Kicking off with a volley of ‘Air Hostess’ and ‘Crash And Burn’, the six of them tore through 10 Busted tracks, six of McFly’s efforts, including ‘5 Colours In Her Hair’ and a seriously rousing ‘Obviously’ as well as cover of the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’.


Any good between song banter?

Tonnes, mainly coming from McFly bassist Dougie Poynter and Busted’s Matt Willis, who constantly ribbed each other, their bandmates and themselves, the others were in good spirits too, constantly joking with each other and egging the crowd on.


Did they put on much of a show? Any fireworks?

It was incredible. The show started with the band’s own personal tribute to Back To The Future, with Busted’s Matt Willis and James Bourne emerging from a DeLorean that descended from above the stage, seconds later all four from McFly burst out from under the stage and they all went straight into Busted’s hit ‘Air Hostess’.

During the rest of the set, there were fireworks, plenty of pyro and even a UFO, which hung above the crowd in the centre of the room and on which the band played a selection of tracks.


What was the set highlight?

The six piece started their encore with a video that parodied the much watched video of McFly’s frontman Tom Fletcher’s wedding speech, which ripped, naturally, right into ‘Crash The Wedding’. That brought a wide smile to everyone’s face.


Where can I catch them next?

They’re back at the O2 Arena again tonight (April 26th), then they’ve got shows in Newcastle, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Brighton, Bournemouth, Scarborough and then they’re due to finish up with a big show at Hyde Park on July 6th.


You can check out both Busted and McFly’s respective back catalogues in hmv stores and our download store.

Memory Lane  (The Best Of McFly)
Memory Lane (The Best Of McFly) McFly
McBusted - The Birth

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