As British boy band the Wanted embark on a U.S. tour, the five guys are eating up all the love they’ve been receiving Stateside. In fact, they kind of can’t get enough of all the American fans they have met since kicking off their tour last week.
“Unbelievable, like we never expected it,” Max George told MTV News about the shows, which have included sold-out dates. “The States is one territory in the world we always wanted to crack, and that’s like the ultimate. It’s been amazing.”
The Wanted — made up of George, Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes — formed in 2009 and quickly became popular enough in the U.K. to snag touring dates with Justin Bieber. Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, has since taken them under his managerial wing, accelerating their rise to American popularity. In fact, they even opened for Britney Spears for a date on her Femme Fatale Tour. They are currently out promoting their single “Glad You Came.”
Parker said he’s overwhelmed by the response the guys have been getting city after city since coming over, which includes a performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “It’s all been really quick, actually, and we’ve only been over here for a week and we’ve seen it grow massively in just a week,” he said of the group’s popularity. “Well that’s the power of the Internet; social networking crosses over into so many different territories that for us it’s been crucial.”
Kaneswaran added that the guys have also been connecting to audiences and fans thanks to “the power of music, music defines an act.”
As the guys continue to weave spells over American audiences, they weighed in on what makes U.S. fans different from the ones back home. “The American fans are so optimistic, very intense,” George said. “They’re just really enthusiastic. I get a massive buzz off American people. I think it’s really refreshing.”
With several weeks left on their trek around America, McGuiness teased future audiences of what they should expect at one of their shows. “I think just don’t go expecting the perfect, polished, most beautiful set of things ever,” he said. “Basically it’s five guys and this absolutely rocking band. Our band is badass and we sing our heads off and it gets sweaty.”
The guys are here promoting their album Battleground. Their U.S. tour will wrap up on February 8 in Los Angeles before they kick off an arena tour on February 15 in their native England.
“We were always hopeful it would go as good as it started off to be,” McGuiness added. “But you never know how a new territory is going to react. I feel like there is an element of luck involved.”
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