Tamzin Mead

Review: McBusted M.E.A.T

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After launching their Most Excellent Adventure Tour in Glasgow last week, pop-rock supergroup McBusted brought their frenetic live show to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Monday night (March 23), as new and old fans alike awaited their arrival.

Supporting bands, Symmetry and New City Kings, kicked off the night with a set full of pop/rock songs. Both supporting acts played well with New City Kings, getting the filling crowd involved by swaying their camera lights and American band Symmetry also covering crowd pleaser song Roar, by Katy Perry.

As you might expect, the group’s set list comprised mostly of old Busted and McFly songs, which were still as good as they ever were. However their newer fans won’t have been disappointed, as the band opened with two of their joint collaborations Air Guitar and Hate Your Guts.

The atmosphere was electric as the guys ran around the stage, keeping the energy levels of the performance with multiple air kicks. To united chants of “McBusted jump together”, their infectious excitement enlivened the crowd, who were wishing they had the room to run around and start jumping.

The stage was made into the biggest working arcade machine in the UK, and of course, the boys took time out in between songs to play against each other as the crowd cheered on. The whole staging was made out of buttons and leavers with a huge play screen behind that was used throughout the night, the screen was used to portray different gaming scenes to accompany each song, such as becoming a road race when the band played Ride My Bike. When the night came to an end the game changed to the iconic Mario finish as the band slid down a flagpole into a castle tower.

Half way through the set the band burst out a Back to the Future style car onto the middle stage and rocked out to classics Air Hostess and What I Go To School For, McFly members Dougie, Harry and Tom, and Busted member Matt then left the stage.

Original Busted member James went on to sing Beautiful Girls Are The Loneliest with McFly’s Danny as support, often the forgotten member, James really showcased his vocals with the beautiful rendition before running back to the main stage in full wedding gear with the rest of the band.

Dougie played the blushing bride with groom Matt by his side as Danny, James and Tom played bridesmaids. What was most spectacular though, was not most the band in dresses but of a topless Harry, with muscles bulging, ready to rock the drums some more as they burst into Busted classic Crashed The Wedding.

Just like the other 10,000+ in attendance, I didn’t want the night to end as the band erupted into the 12 year old hit Year 3000. Danny got the audience low before making the arena come alive once again with the whole crowd jumping as the confetti dropped to finish off an unforgettable experience.

Although McBusted’s debut self-titled album only got to nine in the UK charts, their new songs are just as good as their classics. The M.E.A.T is now the bands second successful UK and Ireland tour, it’s a wonder why Busted member Charlie declined to join the supergroup.