THE world needs McFly. In a business cursed by Autotune and wannabe stars spying X Factor as the path to success, these four young men continue to buck the ‘boy band’ trend by embracing the G-word: guitars.
They’ve had to adapt, evolving from the teen euphoria of early hit 5 Colours In Her Hair to the slick pop of Party Girl, here opening the kick off date of their Above The Noise Tour.
But McFly remain a pop act with a rock band fighting to get out, manifesting itself in Quo-style feet apart guitar stances and Danny Jones’s sleeve tattoos.
Then there was the metal reworking of Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out, a spark of genius that saw Danny go Linkin Park for arguably the night’s highlight.
With this show happening immediately after bassist Dougie Poynter’s rehab, there was a palpable sense of gratitude that the quartet had returned to Sheffield with the likes of Lies and All About You. And while numbers were down, there was no skimping on fireworks or a platform that allowed them to play above their fans in between launching t-shirts into the crowd.
The demographic may be a curious one – kids with flashing bunny ears to Hollyoaks doubles and mums – but the McBlokes seem to be having as much fun as ever, while showing pop addicts what an instrument looks like.