Charlie Simpson talks up Busted’s ‘different, exciting’ new music

Pop group have announced their return after 10 years

Charlie Simpson has claimed that Busted‘s new music is “different to any of the stuff we’ve done before” following the announcement of their reunion yesterday.

Simpson has agreed to reunite with bandmates James Bourne and Matt Willis despite repeatedly denying the possibility of a full Busted comeback since his departure from the pop-rock band in 2005. He once described being in the group as “torture”.

With the trio announcing yesterday that they are working on new music together and embarking on a 2016 arena tour, Simpson told Good Morning Britain: “I think the reason we’ve taken this long is that I wasn’t ready to do this again, for a long time.”

“Us rekindling our friendship and getting to a creative common ground has been what we wanted to do. We went to Philadelphia in July to get in the studio to start working on some new stuff and it felt really good.”

Describing the new material, Simpson said: “The new songs are really exciting. It’s different to any of the stuff we’ve done before. We’ll hopefully have a new track out before the tour starts.”


Bourne added: “We had a really great time ourselves being back in the studio as a band, and the enjoyment that we gain out of it is amazing for us, and we hope that people want to come and see us have fun onstage.”​

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, Simpson’s rock band 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).

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, Liverpool (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)