One Direction puts on a screamer at Gary Amp

The boys did a show in Tampa, Florida last night, and here’s a little article about their fantastic show! The boys wrap up their tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday.

When you go see One Direction, it’s not so much a concert as it is an event.

Scores of girls, ranging from the half-pint variety to those old enough to drive a car, make signs, paint their shirts and profess their love for the five boy-band members from England and Scotland.

They scream. They cry. Then they scream some more.

And that’s before the band topping the charts nowadays with hits such as “One Thing” and “What Makes You Beautiful” even takes the stage.

When Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson do finally appear in front of the packed house, it’s a 90-minute swoon session where nobody sits down and nearly everyone belts out every word of every song.

Such was the case Friday night at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, as One Direction brought its great looks and good songs to Tampa as part of its “Up All Night” tour. Some adults stuck with their kids or even grandkids as chaperones brought earplugs to combat the deafening sound of nearly 20,000 pairs of lungs screaming at full volume.

The band, which finished in third place on Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor,” bopped and hopped through the songs of its debut album, with offerings such as “Stand Up,” “I Wish,” “Gotta Be You” and “More Than This.”

They dabbled in songs from others, taking a stab at “Stereo Hearts” by the Gym Class Heroes, “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia and “Use Somebody” by the Kings of Leon.

Every song the band sang, the crowd adored. They could have done the “Hokey Pokey” and girls would have fainted.

As singers, they sound pretty good. As under-21 hotties, they look darn good – if you’re a young girl who likes that sort of thing, and many do.

They dress nicely; their clothes aren’t falling off their bodies in some type of wardrobe malfunction. You don’t have to worry about obscenities being belted out on stage. Only a couple have visible tattoos.

Band members seem like they like each other. And they certainly like the reaction they get from the screaming hordes.

They do a solo, girls scream. They answer Twitter questions during the concert, girls scream. Heck, they could even roll around on stage and girls would scream.

Oh wait, that did happen.

The band from across the pond stirs flashbacks to those who coiffed their hair and bounced around on stage decades before them: the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, ‘N Sync.

With this sort of fan dedication, this boy band for 2012 has just one direction it can go – up.

Source: TBO.com


“What Makes You Beautiful” Certified Double Platinum

NEW YORK, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — One Direction’s US success continues this week as their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” passes 2 million digital sales and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Their BRIT Award winning debut single, “What Makes You Beautiful” sold more than 131,000 copies in the US in its first week, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Their #28 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 marked the highest debut from a British Group since the Spice Girls in 1998.

In March 2012, the group made chart history when their debut album UP ALL NIGHT entered the US Billboard 200 chart at #1 with over 176,000 copies sold, making them the first British group ever to debut at #1 in the US with their debut album release. To date the album has been certified GOLD and sold over 700,000 copies in the US alone. UP ALL NIGHT is a worldwide success selling over 2.3M albums and has charted at #1 in 16 countries (US, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand).

The Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD is available everywhere today. The live DVD features a 73-minute concert of their hit songs, plus never-before-seen, behind the scenes footage and three music videos (“What Makes You Beautiful,” “Gotta Be You” and “One Thing”). For more information visit: http://www.myplaydirect.com/one-direction .

One Direction kicked off their sold-out 2012 US summer tour last week in Uncasville, CT. The tour will hit Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and wraps July 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The band will return December 3 for a special show at Madison Square Garden which sold out in less than 10 minutes. One Direction are giving their fans a chance to see the group live once again in the summer of 2013 as part of their World Tour — the earliest they are able to return with a tour to the States. The Live Nation-promoted 25-city tour kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 13, 2013 and hits New York, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more (see below for full dates). Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. For more information visit www.onedirectionmusic.com .

One Direction are currently writing and recording their forthcoming second album.

One Direction are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group hail from the U.K., save for Horan, who is from Ireland. All five of the boys (ages 18-20) auditioned for the UK X Factor in 2010 as solo artists. However, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell they joined forces as a group, quickly becoming one of the competition’s most popular acts of all time, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic fan-base along the way.

Source: Market Watch