Back on stage for the first time in over six months, McFly kicked-off their Keep Calm and Play Louder tour in Portsmouth on Wednesday.
In their own words the Portsmouth audience were their ‘guinea pigs’ for the new tour, and if the sounds of screaming teenage girls were anything to go by, there were no complaints.
Since their last tour, two of the group have reached reality TV stardom, with Dougie Poynter the King of the jungle and drummer Harry Judd the reining Strictly Come Dancing champion.
But far from a clash of egos on the stage, they bounded through the set list of old classics with the infectious enthusiasm they have become famous for.
They lapped-up the attention and played some new songs which will no doubt become future anthems at their shows, taking another step away from the sugar-sweet pop that made them famous with a rockier edge.
The four-piece easily rose to the task of performing again without missing a note, and clearly loved being back together on stage.
They may have a more grown-up image, with songs that aren’t all about girls with multi-coloured hair, but they’re still just four best friends clearly having the time of their lives.