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Busted Tour 2016: Band Announce Reunion Shows, Complete With Charlie Simpson

10/11/2015 12:00 GMT | Updated 10/11/2015 12:59 GMT

Busted have confirmed that they are reuniting - complete with former member Charlie Simpson.

The 2000s pop band are set to play a reunion tour next year, and they have already started recording new music together.

News of their comeback will come as a shock to fans, as Charlie has always insisted he would never team up with Matt Willis and James Bourne again, after quitting the group in 2004.

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James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson are reforming as Busted

But the lead singer has now had a change of heart, and explained that he first thought about rejoining the group after Matt and James teamed up with McFly to form McBusted, who recorded an album together, and toured the UK twice as a six-piece.

"A year ago James and I got together and just started hanging out … and it felt really different, somehow, to how it had ten years ago," he said.

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

Of the band’s return Matt 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."

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The boys as they appeared in their pop heyday

Buted released their debut single ‘What I Go To School For’ in 2002 and had eight top 10 singles and two albums, before James and Matt announced they wouldn’t be continuing without Charlie shortly after his exit.

Charlie later went on to join rock band Fightstar, before pursuing a solo career.

When McBusted formed in 2013, Charlie insisted he would have no part in any future reunions, saying: "I wish Matt and James all the best with their future projects but I want to make it unequivocally clear that I have no interest whatsoever in rejoining Busted and I never will."

Tickets will go on sale for Busted’s 2016 shows on Friday (13 November) at 9am.

The full tour dates are below:

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

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