Event Review - 2 May 2014
McFly + Busted = the ultimate pop supergroup, but how would they fare in front of a packed LG Arena? Rather well actually...
The Birmingham crowd turned up in their droves to the LG Arena for the first of four McBusted performances, each fan as excited as the next to see their two favourite bands combine on one stage. As the lights dimmed in the Arena the video screens lit up of video clips of the Busted press conference announcing their split in 2005 (a sad day for us all). As Matt Willis and James Bourne go their separate ways we delve into the mind of chief songwriter and sometime songwriter with McFly, James Bourne and you can see the influence the film Back To The Future has in the career of both bands (McFly are named after the lead character, references to the film in the Busted song 'Year 3000'), the show pays tribute to the film as James reappears in the DeLorean and the pair go 'back to the future', changing a McFly 2014 show to McBusted. As the lights come up on stage the car appears and out get the two Busted members, then from beneath the stage appears McFly, all six members bursting straight into Air Hostess, and what follows is a crash course of number one singles and sing-alongs to songs such as 'You Said No', '5 Colours In Her Hair' and 'Sleeping With The Light On'.
The set list swayed towards Busted songs but the crowd sang as loud (and if not louder) for the McFly songs. Having been going for over ten years, the band have an impressive collection of hits that the crowd knew and loved. The production and stage set up worked well, with members running around stage and venturing around a circle of fans standing inside the stage that allowed for some up close moments with the McBusted members.
I thought the crowd would mainly consist of girls who grew up with the bands but I was surprised to see all ages (and both sexes) screaming and singing along. It appeared that the band were having as much fun as the crowd. They spoke amongst themselves as well as to the crowd; they were funny and immature (including Matt Willis wearing a wedding dress during 'Crashed The Wedding' in homage to the music video) but the crowd laughed along too. They even performed a cover of 'I Want You Back' by The Jackson 5 including some synchronised dance moves by Danny, James and Matt.
A two minute video clip on the screens depicted the band as American hill billies having experienced a close encounter with a space ship and then as quick as a flash a space ship (small stage) lowers from the ceiling at the back of the arena with the band on and perform three songs for fans to experience their own close encounter.
The show finished with 'Year 3000' and the band each disappeared one by one by jumping off the back of the stage. Not into oblivion but hopefully onto the recording studio where they are rumoured to be recording an album.
By Adam Clements