Prepare to meet the real McFly .
In 2003, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter came together and formed what would become one of the most popular and successful bands in the UK.
Just teenagers at the time, they were catapulted into the limelight and had to adapt quickly to their new-found fame - and everything that came with it. Now, at last, they have decided to tell their story, in full and revealing detail.
Speaking with candour and their trademark humour, Tom, Danny, Harry and Dougie share both the stories of their own lives and that of McFly. They give their personal insights into their contrasting childhoods, the individual paths that led them to the band, the struggles they have each overcome, their love lives, and, of course, their music.
Packed with previously untold stories, a lot of laughter and the occasional tear, Unsaid Things offers a privileged look into the lives of four guys who started out as bandmates and became best friends. Their unique camaraderie radiates from every page and by the end of the book, you’ll know them almost as well as they know each other.
As we all know, reviews aren’t always a nice thing. One review in particular on Amazon claimed that Fletcher was “totally wrong and misleading” in his description of a clinic in Uganda when he said it was the only place in the country to be treated for malaria and HIV.
And now McFly's Tom Fletcher has hit back at an Amazon reviewer who criticised the band's book.
"It appears Tom did not do his research before he published this verbal diarrhea. I am sorry, but this shows Toms dim level of intelligence (sic)," the reviewer said.
“I was kind of enjoying the book, but the lies wrote about Uganda makes one wonder if there is any truth in what is written in the entire. You seem to spice things up so people can buy your book.”
Fletcher replied to the critic saying:
Dear Spence, I am sorry you feel this way about what I said. I meant no disrespect and was only giving my truthful and honest account and opinion on my experience of when I visited Uganda with the charity Comic Relief. This was back in 2005 and at the time people would travel from miles around to visit this clinic as it was where they could be treated for various illnesses and diseases with the funding from Comic Relief.
Obviously the people we met there are incredibly strong, ambitious, and hard working. I am well aware that Uganda does not have the same medical and health services we are so fortunate to have here in the UK, that is exactly why we were there. We went to see the shocking reality of the lives that some (not all) of the Ugandan population face. I do not pretend to know all the facts and I am absolutely uneducated in the details of the availability and accessibility of suitable medical facilities across Uganda. I am purely giving my account of what I experienced at that point in my life.
You are of course entitled to your opinion, but I would hope that you might take into account that that particular trip with Comic Relief and through our hard work raising awareness and donating the money made through our music we were able to raise enough to help build a school in that town to help educate the children (therefore increasing their chances of employment and being able to earn wages to support and provide for their families), providing food and fresh water, as well as giving their clinic some much needed funds for better facilities, medicines, vaccinations, equipment, etc.
I am extremely proud to have been able to experience that and continue to help raise awareness and money for Comic Relief. So if my story does seem “spiced up” then you have obviously not experienced the side of Uganda we have. I hope people do buy our book. I hope they buy it, read it and feel inspired to go and visit these places for themselves, or donate their money to such incredible charities as Comic Relief. I still do, just last year I raised £50,000 for them.
Anyway, thanks for your ridiculously offensive comment. I can’t imagine that in your lifetime you will raise half the amount of money or awareness for people less fortunate than you as my band has been able to. So if you get the time, go and visit the people of that small village on the outskirts of Kampala and send them our love.
Tom “dim level of intelligence” Fletcher
Take that Spence! So proud of Tom for standing up for himself and the band, we definitely know that their music is not the only thing that makes us love McFly!