‘We go out on tour on Wednesday and Harry’s only just back from Strictly’

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As McFly prepare to kick off their UK tour with a show at Portsmouth Guildhall next week, Tom Fletcher talks to JODIE JEYNES about life in the band since their reality TV exploits.

Hi Tom. How are you today? We hear you were injured in a rugby scrum recently?

I’m good thanks. We’re just finishing rehearsals. The rugby injury wasn’t as bad as everyone made it sound. We’re playing at the Scaracens V Harlequins game at Wembley Stadium, so we were doing some promotion with the Saracens. We were meant to do a little bit of training but we got carried away, as boys do. What’s embarrassing is he [6ft 2in England Under 20 international Jackson Wray] hardly touched me, he just jolted my shoulder. It’s still a little bit sore.

Has it affected tour preparations?

No. I’m better now and there’s still a week to go before the tour. Their physio at the team helped me out with some exercises. But they gave me a lot of stick for it.

A lot has happened to the band since you last spoke to The Guide in 2009. Dougie winning I’m A Celebrity... and Harry winning Strictly must have brought the band to a wider audience. Are you expecting to see a whole new audience at the shows?

I don’t really know. Our audience is growing as we get older anyway. We’ll have to wait and see.

How are Dougie and Harry adapting to life back in the band?

They are terrible. They are so arrogant and big headed now, real divas [jokes]. No, they’re loving it. Dougie was only in the jungle for three weeks, so he’s been back with us for a while. But Harry only finished with Strictly two days ago after the Strictly tour. It was a massive commitment for Harry.

And Danny did Popstar to Operastar in 2010. Will you do any reality TV shows?

I don’t know. I can’t do Strictly or I’m a Celebrity after they won them. It would be too much pressure.

You’ve been writing your sixth album. When can we expect it to be released?

Not a clue. We’ve not had a chance to get into the studio properly with Harry on drums. And we’re touring now, so it will have to wait until we finish the tour, then I’m getting married, so maybe June/July we’ll get back in the studio.

We’re so, so excited about it though. It sounds amazing. Danny’s producing the whole album, so it’s just ourselves. In a band you always have a vision for an album but there are so many other opinions from people like the producer and the record label. But, this time, it’s just us [they have their own label now]. We’ve been hiring houses and setting up studios there, just us lot.

It’s the most genuine McFly album that we’ve ever done, It’s still early days, but I can already see the album taking shape. It’s one for the fans. The last album was more of an experiment, but this one’s got more of what the fans love about McFly.

Will you play any new material on the tour?

We’re doing three brand new songs no one’s ever heard, so the pressure’s on. We haven’t played a show since August last year, so we’re rehearsing frantically.

A very limited number of tickets are available for McFly’s Keep Calm and Play Louder tour date in Portsmouth on Wednesday. They cost £30 or £45 from (023) 9282 4355 or portsmouthguildhall.org.uk. They also play a sold out date in Southampton on March 21.

IVYRISE SUPPORT MCFLY

Support on McFly’s tour comes from Portsmouth indie rock band Ivyrise.

Frontman, Ben Falinski says: ‘It is a massive opportunity for us to support McFly and we’re really excited to be touring with such a high-profile act.

‘It means a lot to us that the guys want us out on the road with them, and we’re very grateful for the chance to share a stage with such a great band.

‘I’m really excited to be coming home to Pompey again, as I always am, but this time I’ll be playing in our biggest music venue, the Guildhall. We can’t wait.’