IT SEEMS only fitting that fourteen years on from their first headline gig, Busted returned to the Newport Centre stage to begin a new chapter in their career.
Since Charlie left the band in 2005 to concentrate on Fightstar, my teenage heart has yearned for their comeback – and they did not disappoint.
Preceded by the quirky drum beats of pop rockers the Natives, a sudden blackout and strobe lighting announced the arrival of Matt, James and Charlie – and it couldn't have been more welcome as they launched into Kids With Computers, from their new album Night Driver.
You would be forgiven for wondering if you'd come to the right concert as Busted's trademark guitars were replaced with synths for a well-chosen selection of new material.
Their improvised edition of New York – aptly renamed 'Newport' for one night only – caused huge cheers from the home crowd.
Busted seamlessly transitioned from new into classics such as Crashed the Wedding and 3am with an updated version of 2004 hit Who's David before getting everyone on their feet to finish with timeless tune Year 3000.
To hysterical cries of 'bring them back' the trio returned for three final songs, ending the concert with Those Days Are Gone – a poignant farewell to the schoolboy antics and cheeky banter of the Busted of the noughties and a hello to a more mature Busted of 2017.