360 VIDEO & PHOTO: Busted ham up Pigs Can Fly reunion UK tour with Sheffield Arena date

Pigs Can Fly - or at least that's the apt name given to ham up the reunion tour that nobody thought would ever happen...Busted are back!

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 8:34 am
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2016, 8:42 am
Busted are back with Pigs Can Fly tour and new album

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After selling over five million albums, winning two Brit Awards and performing in front of 700,000 fans, the chart-topping pop pin-ups- James, Matt and Charlie - broke millions of hearts when they split up.

But they are back for a 13 date Pigs Can Fly UK tour, including a date at Sheffield Arena on Tuesday, May 17.

Now Matt is hoping pregnant wife and Big Brother TV presenter Emma will save his bacon and have the baby early.

Their third child is due the first week in May...just days before the tour starts.

Busted are back with Pigs Can Fly tour and new album

"It shouldn't effect the tour. She's due about five days before. I've got a feeling it might be a little bit early," Matt says.

To which Charlie replies, hopefully: "Do you?"

"I do," says Matt. "I think it might be early this one. I think we'll be fine and we'll have a couple of days, then we go off for a week and we're back.

"We don't know if it's going to be a little boy or a girl, we're keeping it a surprise. We've a couple of names floating around but we'll see."

Pigs Can Fly...Busted are back

James came up with the Pigs Can Fly tour name because it really was the reunion that nobody thought would happen.

He said: We always thought there was more chance of pigs flying than the band coming back. So when the band did reunite I thought, 'oh, pigs can fly'. Anything can happen. Anything is possible."

Charlie, who had quit to pursue a career fronting alternative rock band Fightstar, added: "There was a very real chance this wouldn't happen. All of us thought that."

For almost a decade Busted appeared to be history.

Busted as they were last in the charts over 12 years ago - Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne

Then Matt and James joined McFly to form supergroup McBusted for a tour and and a album two years ago.

And now the unthinkable. Charlie is back with his two band mates, they have written a new album - out in the autumn - and they are going back on the road.

It follows a successful secret writing session, which resulted in Busted recording their third studio album in Los Angeles.

Charlie said: "I said many times it was not something I wanted to pursue again. It was only after we got back in contact and realised there was a creative middle ground we thought we could pursue new music, which is what's been very exciting for us, being in the studio and creating new records."

The forthcoming album, even the title, remains top secret - the band are keeping tight lipped, even when asked if it's going to be called Pigs Can Fly.

But fans will get a sneak peek of their first new songs since 2004 on the tour.

Busted are also promising all the hits from album one and two, Busted (2002) and A Present for Everyone (2003) - including number one singles You Said No, Crashed The Wedding, Who's David and Thunderbirds Are Go/3AM.

Greatest hits from the Essex boys also include 2002 debut single What I Go to School For, Year 3000, Sleeping with the Light On, Air Hostess and She Wants to Be Me.

Their first show together in 12 years – and the first time in a dozen years anyone will have seen the three members play all their greatest hits together live – will be on Wednesday, May 11.

For the gig Busted will return to the home of their biggest triumph, the venue where anybody last saw them, at Wembley Arena, where they broke a record in 2004 by selling out an incredible 12 shows.

Matt said: “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."

James added: "We’ve done this crazy, exciting, adventurous, scenic route back to being Busted. And now we're here, we’re all super-re-energised”

As for McBusted, it may not be the end of the road - but Charlie suggested he wouldn't be involved if there was a next time around.

He said: "You know what, I think that's Matt and James' thing. I don't know McFly as well as these guys do. So I think that's there thing."

Matt added: "McBusted was an awesome part of our lives. It was a great time. It just feels now this is Busted's time. McBusted had to finish for that to happen. Who knows what's going to happen next?"

Special guests on their Pigs Can Fly tour are Teenage Dirtbag hitmakers Wheatus and YouTube sensation Emma Blackery, who will join the band across UK and Ireland.

BUY TICKETS: Busted play Sheffield Arena on Tuesday, May 17. Tickets are £41.25 and £45.65 online at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk or from ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56. Tickets are also available in person from the Arena Box Office priced £43.58 and £39.38 - all prices include booking fee.


Wed May 11 2016 - LONDON SSE Arena Wembley

Sat May 14 2016 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro

Sun May 15 2016 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena

Tue May 17 2016 - SHEFFIELD Arena

Wed May 18 2016 - NOTTINGHAM Capital FM Arena

Fri May 20 2016 - BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena

Sat May 21 2016 - MANCHESTER Arena

Sun May 22 2016 - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena

Tue May 24 2016 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena

Wed May 25 2016 - BOURNEMOUTH BIC

Sat May 28 2016 - LONDON O2 Arena

Mon May 30 2016 - BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast

Tue May 31 2016 - DUBLIN 3Arena

Busted chat at Bring Me The Horizon pal's clothing store Drop Dead in Rutland Way, Sheffield.
Busted are back with Pigs Can Fly tour and new album
Pigs Can Fly...Busted are back
Busted as they were last in the charts over 12 years ago - Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne
Busted chat at Bring Me The Horizon pal's clothing store Drop Dead in Rutland Way, Sheffield.