Busted Pile On The Nostalgia As They Announce 20th Anniversary Tour
Busted in 2003
If pop rock from the early 2000s is your jam, then you’re going to be seriously excited about Busted’s latest announcement.
On Friday, the What I Go To School For trio announced they’re hitting the road later this year for an arena tour commemorating 20 years of their self-titled debut album.
All three members of the group – Charlie Simpson, James Bourne and Matt Willis – will be taking part in the tour, which will see them playing venues around the UK throughout September.
To celebrate the announcement, the band shared a nostalgic clip looking back over their career on social media:
Busted is back! Tickets for our 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits tour with special guests @hansonmusic go on sale 31st March. Head to https://t.co/ECzYnYLbV1 for early access pre-sale. A decade is a long time, two decades is an even longer time. We can't wait to see you. #Busted20pic.twitter.com/bQQ2rJ9kvV
— Busted (@Busted) March 23, 2023
Busted will be joined on the road by opening act Hanson (yes, of MMMBop fame), as well as The Tyne and New Hope Club.
And as if the tour news wasn’t enough, Busted have also announced a new collection reworking some of their old hits – which will be preceded by a new version of the album cut Loser Kid, featuring Canadian rock group Simple Plan.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale on 31 March, with the reworkings album coming on 14 April.
Busted in 2018
It’s safe to say the tour news got a big reaction over on Twitter – with many fans particularly excited at the prospect of seeing Busted and Hanson on the same billing:
Screaming crying throwing up 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/JSpznlzjs2
— Mollie. With an IE💜ERAS TOUR TIME💜 (@swiftarmy1989) March 23, 2023
Crying in the car rn https://t.co/Ypkp4JwSt1
— 🍯 (@zaforshort) March 23, 2023
I would like to say that the prospect of going to see Busted *and* Hanson (!) didn't make me squeal like a maniac but that would be a lie https://t.co/V2Ry6F37ap
— Laura (@ElleEmSee) March 23, 2023
I gotta go. I gotta go so bad https://t.co/TudDdIvBzb
— Meggie (@_GerardWay__) March 23, 2023
It's what I go to work for https://t.co/wXwLDLCAxn
— Ryan Balch (@ryanbmuff) March 23, 2023
Well obviously the rest of 2023 is going to consist of me talking about @Busted’s tour… I hope everyone is prepared for me to not shut up about it… Both before and after 🤣 I’ve always been a loser kid! @CharlieSimpson@mattjwillis@JamesBourne#Busted20#fangirlhttps://t.co/PiLkllat0z
— Hayley ‘Haych’ Wright (@Haych_Louise) March 23, 2023
OMFG 🤩🤩🤩😍😍😍🥳🥳🥳 https://t.co/CUs7oQDQjg
— Nic 🦄 (@rosy_nic) March 23, 2023
BUSTED?! SUPPORTED BY HANSON?! Hell yes. https://t.co/98hVtWoedw
— That Awful Chris Clegg (@chrisdclegg) March 23, 2023
Busted AND Hanson together, my life just ended there. This tour is a NEED 🥲🤩 https://t.co/oiG4RhlAsg
— Del' (@Del_ightful) March 23, 2023
Unashamedly giddy about this 🤘🏻#Busted20https://t.co/WOj3ZTiZy7
— • L A U R E N • (@LMAD_87) March 23, 2023
Busted & Hanson on the same bill…. 😳😳😳😳 https://t.co/O1qu41uJ6R
— Sipsy JP (@SipsyJP) March 23, 2023
Cannot wait for this 🎸🙌🏼
— Nicky (@nicky_clark) March 23, 2023
Couldn't be more up for this
Let's GO! https://t.co/RQiB2zqQRR
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) March 23, 2023
Hell yes! Welcome back! https://t.co/qQgTcLPfkF
— Anna... Dub a D 🇧🇦🇷🇸🇭🇷🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🇪🇺💙⚪🐻 (@hahoAnna) March 23, 2023
It's finally time to dip into that 'unexpected Busted reunion tour' Pot 🎸 https://t.co/E3PVUoWOBrpic.twitter.com/lSbzDhMMmC
— Monzo (@monzo) March 23, 2023
Busted released their debut single What I Go To School For in 2002, going on to rack up four number ones with You Said No, Crashed The Wedding, Who’s David and Thunderbirds Are Go.
They eventually went their separate ways in 2004 after Charlie left the group to focus on his side project, Fightstar.
Matt and James later formed the super-group McBusted with fellow band McFly in 2014, which Charlie declined to take part in.
However, a year later, it was revealed that Charlie was returning to the group, and they released their first album in 12 years, Night Driver, in 2016.
Earlier this year, Charlie was crowned the winner of the fourth season of The Masked Singer, after performing in character as Rhino.