Suffolk’s Charlie Simpson will reunite with Busted for 2016 tour

(From the left) James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson during a photocall at the Soho Hotel i

(From the left) James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson during a photocall at the Soho Hotel in London, where they announced they are reforming. - Credit: PA

Chart-toppers Busted have reunited after Suffolk’s Charlie Simpson agreed to rejoin the band - despite frequent vows never to return.

Simpson, a former Framlingham College student, is to join James Bourne and Matt Willis for a UK and Ireland tour as the trio get back together for the first time since 2005.

Willis said: “We’re back! Busted are back. We’re stoked and we’re going on tour next year.”

To Simpson, he joked: “Aren’t we, Charlie? We are, right?”

On his previous declarations that he would never return, Simpson, who has released a number of albums with the band Fightstar, said: “I genuinely meant that. There wasn’t a time I said that that I didn’t mean it wholeheartedly. I have changed my mind.”

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Earlier this year, Bourne persuaded Simpson to secretly join him in a studio for a week in Philadelphia, where they put together a number of new songs - a catalyst for the reunion.

Bourne said: “It was a really fun time. It felt like we were hanging out like old friends.”

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Despite planning to release new music, Willis promised to play fan favourites including Air Hostess and Year 3000 during the tour in May 2016.

He said: “Busted only had two albums so we’re probably going to play every song that you know.”

The band will start at Wembley Arena, where they performed together for the last time in 2004.

In 2013, in Simpson’s absence, Willis and Bourne joined together with McFly to tour and release music as McBusted.

On his decision not to join that collaboration, Simpson said: “McBusted wasn’t right for me. I was pleased for them more than jealous.”

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