Tabloid reports suggest Charlie Simpson is ready to reunite with Matt Willis and James Bourne
Busted are rumoured to be reforming with their original line-up after 10 years apart.
The pop group split in 2005 when Charlie Simpson left to pursue his own band, Fightstar, leaving Matt Willis and James Bourne without a third member. However, tabloid reports today (October 6) suggest that the trio will announce their reunion before the end of the year and will tour in 2016.
The Sun reports that: “Busted are reforming by the end of the year and Charlie is part of the band again. It’s amazing because Matt and James have always said there’s more chance of pigs flying than Charlie coming back to Busted.
“But this is something that has been secretly discussed for a number of months – it was important the three guys felt they could work together again and get along as friends.”
In 2014 Willis and Bourne teamed up with McFly to form pop supergroup McBusted. They embarked on two UK arena tours that helped revive the careers of both bands. A debut album followed later that year. Contacted for confirmation of the tabloid reports, a spokesperson for McBusted said there would be “no comment” on the speculation.
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 the band set to release new album ‘Behind The Devil’s Back’ later this month (October).
NME contacted a representative for Fightstar regarding the Busted rumours but did not receive a reply.
Speaking to The Telegraph in 2014, Matt Willis stressed that all three members of Busted remained friends and painted an optimistic vision of the future: “We’re friends with Charlie, we see him all the time so who knows what could happen in the future, but no plans as yet to collaborate.”
Busted released their debut album in 2002 and went on to earn four Number One singles, including ‘You Said No’, ‘Crashed The Wedding’ and ‘Thunderbirds/3AM’.