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Busted Blast Through a Set of “Greatest Hits” at Leeds First Direct Arena [Photos]

Pop punk faves Busted blast through a set of Greatest Hits at their Leeds First Direct Arena. Check out the photos here.



Busted live @ Leeds FD Arena by Graham Finney Photography

It’s incredible to believe that it has been twenty years since the three lads in Busted appeared in our lives with their slightly smutty hit single “What I Go To School For.” Well, to celebrate that milestone, the three lads hit the road for a Greatest Hits tour which, backed up by a compilation of an album entitled Greatest Hits 2.0, saw them bouncing the length and breadth of the country.

Well, it’s Sunday night in Leeds when we catch the show which, unsurprisingly, is packed to the rafters as fans young and old turn out for one more party. The band returns the favour by racing through a ninety-minute set consisting of reworked 2023 versions of some of their biggest hits.

Joined by support band Hanson for a rowdy rendition of their hit single “Mmmbop,” Busted hit the stage with a reworked “Back To The Future” intro tape and blasts of pyro and CO2. “Air Hostess” opens the set while “Loser Kid” sees Matt Willis screaming “We’re twenty fucking years old!” – seems he can’t quite believe it either.

Over the years, individual careers have taken the three lads down different paths, but Matt and James especially look like they still have as much fun blasting out tracks like “3am” and main set closer “Crashed The Wedding.”


Confetti and pyro fill the arena as their cover of “Teenage Kicks” and hit single “Year 3000” brings the latest date of the Greatest Hits 2.0 tour to a close, and while we’re all a lot older now, Busted and their fans have clearly not forgotten how to party.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.