Charlie Simpson rejoins Busted for 2016 UK arena tour and new music

Pop trio who split in 2005 will play 13 UK and Ireland arena dates next March

Busted have announced that they are reforming for a 2016 arena tour and plan to record new music together too.

The pop trio – James Bourne, Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis – are also working on new music together having reconvened at a recording studio in Philadelphia this April.

“It was just a really fun time,” Bourne explained at a press conference in central London today (November 10). “We just felt like we were hanging out with old, good friends. It was no pressure, it was just for us to see how it would go.”

“I honestly think I’ve lost count of the number of times I said publicly I would never do this again. And I genuinely meant that,” said Simpson, whose decision to leave the Busted so he could concentrate on his other band Fightstar ultimately caused the trio’s split in 2005.

“But you know, I have changed my mind and that’s due to circumstance,” he continued. “We went to Philadelphia, we wrote new music and that changed everything. I was very ready to go to Philadelphia and come away thinking this just doesn’t feel right. And the fact that it did feel right was as much of a shock to me as anyone.”

At present, the band say they are unsure whether they will be in a position to release new material before they begin their 13-date tour of the UK and Ireland next May. “We’ve started working on it already, we’re really stoked about it,” Willis said. “We’re going to go on tour – and there might be new music before that, hopefully, if we get our act together.”

Simpson also reassured fans that his reunion with Busted will not prevent him making further solo albums or new music with Fightstar in the future. Bourne and Willis, who have toured with McFly as pop supergroup McBusted over the past two years, added that McFly are fully behind their decision to resurrect Busted, and had sent them good luck messages before the press conference.

Busted will play:

London, The SSE Wembley Arena (May 11)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro Arena (May 14)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (May 15)
Sheffield, Arena (May 17)
Nottingham, Capital FM Arena (May 18)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (May 20)
Manchester, Arena (May 21)
Liverpool, Echo Arena (May 22)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (May 24)
Bournemouth, BIC (May 25)
London, The O2 (May 28)
Belfast, The SSE Arena (May 30)
Dublin, 3Arena (May 31)

During their original run, Busted released two multi-platinum albums and scored four Number One hits with ‘You Said No’, ‘Crashed The Wedding’, ‘Who’s David’ and ‘Thunderbirds’/’3AM’ .

After Busted split, Fightstar released three albums before going on hiatus in 2009. Simpson began to release solo material, including 2011 debut ‘Young Pilgrim’, but returned to Fightstar with a new album called ‘Behind The Devil’s Back’, which was released last month (October).