- Title: Busted, Ed Sheeran rock Royal Albert Hall
- Date: 29th March 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) BUSTED BAND MEMBERS, CHARLIE SIMPSON, MATT WILLIS AND JAMES BOURNE, SAYING: SIMPSON: "It's amazing to see there's a new generation now that's coming and getting into Busted which is exciting for us, you know." WILLIS: "Looking at some people we think they must have been four years old when Busted were out so how do they even know who we are? But, yeah, it's incredible. Any fan is amazing." SIMPSON: "Any fan is welcome." WILLIS: "Yeah, any fan is welcome. We welcome them all. Anymore out there we'll welcome them too." BOURNE: "Lots of room in the Busted fandom."
- Embargoed: 12th April 2017 12:44
- Keywords: Royal Albert Hall Teenage Cancer music Ed Sheeran Busted
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Music
- Reuters ID: LVA0056A0INNX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Britain's Busted say their reunion after a decade apart feels "normal now", with the pop punk band adapting to a new music industry since the height of their success in the early 2000s.
Charlie Simpson, James Bourne and Matt Willis announced in late 2015 the trio, known for hits like "What I Go To School For" and "Year 3000", was reforming after nearly 11 years.
They have since been on an arena tour in Britain and Ireland and released album "Night Driver" in November.
"It kind of feels normal now. It doesn't really feel weird or strange or weird anymore, it kind of feels like this is our band and we're doing it again. It kind of feels right," Willis told Reuters in an interview of the band reunion.
Simpson, who originally left Busted to perform in a rock band, said he believed music had changed significantly since the group first emerged, namely with streaming.
"I think it's changed in the last 18 months. Since we were first around it's basically a different industry," he said.
"I think the way people consume music has changed...It keeps us on our toes because you've got to keep moving with it. I think in five years time it'll look very different to the way it looks today," he said.
Busted were speaking ahead of a performance on Tuesday night (March 28) for charity the Teenage Cancer Trust, where they were supporting singer Ed Sheeran.
The Who frontman Roger Daltry conceived the idea of creating music shows for the Trust, which has drawn a number of high profile names over the years including Paul McCartney and Oasis before.
British musician Olly Murs also performed for the Trust on Monday (March 27) and worked with youngsters from the charity who wrote their own music.
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