You wonder if Styles imagined that when he wrote ‘From the Dining Table’ – his favorite song on the record – and he picked the line 'Even my phone misses your call, by the way, he’d be singing it while thousands of phones lit up the night sky, waving together, taking Styles from his place of self-doubt and solitude back to this: his home, his safe space. That space is a two-way street. In that moment, fangirls and Styles protect each other. In that moment, there’s nothing they can’t achieve.
He just gets on with the show, sometimes waving a rainbow LGBTQ flag, other times blowing kisses at girls. If this is a battle to protect the safe space of pop in 2017, then Styles is our hero with a rock ‘n’ roll plan. And boy, does he have a plan.
The chat concluded with Styles taking a few questions from the fans, explaining that his signature rings that he wears are from various people including grandparents and for his goddaughter and even taking a kazoo from one fan who suggested he play any song of his choosing (he picked one from Shania Twain).
After a rendition of ‘Stockholm Syndrome,’ he cued up for the biggest moment of the night, inviting out Nicks for an incredible handful of duets. 'I’m pretty sure that this was going to be up there with one of the best nights of my life,’ he said, introducing the legendary artist. 'If there was any doubt, I’m pretty sure I’d like to confirm, in my entire life, I never thought I’d be able to say this. Please welcome to the stage, Stevie Nicks.’
Their chemistry was palpable. They collaborated on his solo song 'Two Ghosts’ before Fleetwood Mac’s iconic 'Landslide,’ dueling harmonies and all, and finished with 'Leather and Lace,’ with Styles filling Don Henley’s shoes. 'She’s the queen of anything,’ he said, bowing down to her at the end of the segment. It was clearly the highlight of any of his promotional appearances over the last week, counting undersell shows in both New York City and Los Angeles.
I felt I was going into the studio to make an album I wanted to make. I didn’t feel like, what do I need to make as Harry from that band for it to be good? I missed music. I just wanted to go on and write with my friends and have a good time and hopefully like what came out at the end.