Unless you have a nine year old, bunchie sporting daughter, you probably missed Busted's first arena tour earlier this year. Lucky for you, the pop punk kindly boys have released A Ticket For Everyoneto ensure every soul across the land has an opportunity to share in the magical experience. Yes, yes, it's generosity that provoked the making of this DVD.
Droves of youngsters, mums and guilty looking 20-somethings who did miss out will by now be snapping it off the shelves of music chain stores across the country in its thousands. But is it really good compensation?
As the show kicks off you may well be mistaken for thinking the record company has had some hairbrained idea to merge the live film together with the soundtrack of Halloween. Rabid screams ring out from your speakers while a flashing black screen frightens your eyes. But no,.it's merely the spectre of 14,000 lustful girls waving day-glo batons in an effort to dispel their sexual tension, while screeching impatiently for Busted. Clearly now the first benefit of owning this DVD becomes apparent: At least you weren't there. At least there is a good two metres, a glass screen and over nine months between you and the sea of scavenging females.
Thankfully, the horrendously tacky opening is cut short and the boys rock on stage with an energetic Airhostess. It's Busted in their full glory; jumping with special effects and unintentional American accents all the way - Matt split-leaping all over the stage, James throwing metal signs every three minutes, and Charlie, tall and awkward, grimacing in a tight-lipped fashion as he is forced to sing "I messed my pants, when I flew over France" ("It's Fraaahnce, I tell you").
Although the boys' energetic stage running falls slightly flat on screen, and you are left with a lot of panting and not much singing, you have to love Busted's performances for their enthusiasm, total dedication and sense of fun which come across pretty honestly on this DVD.
They are not V, crooning and licking their microphones, or McFly, singing about some sweet 16 year old. They are Busted, and they are cheeky. You don't realise how many times they say "shit" in front of their prepubescent audience until you watch this.
They sing about wanting to shag their teacher, the airhostess, the girl from the future...about liking big breasts and about how they hate girls that fake orgasms: "I can't believe what my girlfriend did today, she screamed" - cut to screaming 10-year-old boy. Ignorance of the kids is bliss for the parents, but brings absolute hilarity for us.
Thrown in extras include an endearing mini backstage film, an utterly pointless Puntercam film - the concert filmed by, presumably, a cider-fuelled tramp in the audience because of all the skaking, and a couple of music videos. Simple, but at least not indulgent.
If you buy a copy of A Ticket For Everyone, you can guarantee that everyone from your dog to your gran will be having a sly bop to Crashed The Wedding and Year 3000 on Christmas Day. Just be sure to keep your finger on the control to skip quickly past ballad travesties such as Why and Better Than This. As a group they detract from each others' flaws, so should not attempt solos, especially when being viewed this close up.