what do you think about these boys touring constantly?? it bugs me to no end bc I know touring can be exhausting and they SHOULD NOT be touring every year.
I think initially they were making hay while the sun shines. Everyone from the top down gave them an expiration date based on being a boy-band. Even die-hard fans last year figured they peaked with Midnight Memories and that Where We Are was probably the last time they’d make real money on a tour. Then it sold out and before you could sneeze they were promoting OTRA. And now that has sold really well (if not “out”) which I think surprised everyone. Aside: Everyone talking about them not selling well for OTRA is wrong. Stadiums are notoriously difficult to sell out since there are so many bad seats, but they are still selling over 80% and making money hand over fist.
But now that they’re seeing a) the light at the end of the contract tunnel; and b) that they CAN keep going if they want to and be viable for a least a few more years (assuming this next album is as good or better than FOUR which is likely), I think they’re realizing that they can chill a little bit. Not a lot, but some.
So the announcement of a new album coupled with the lack of an announcement of 2016 tour dates to promote it (thus far) leads me to believe that they’ll take at least the first 3-4 months of 2016 off and then probably do either an abbreviated tour and then a long break OR an extended tour (over 18 months maybe) with a lot of breaks built in (like most artists do) to promote it and not have another new music album until 2017 (assuming they choose to keep going). The obligatory “Greatest Hits” will likely be released in 2016.
I said a lot and didn’t really answer the question, did I? What do I think? I think they should not be touring as exhaustively as they have been, but I understand why they have. And I think this is the last year for that kind of pace. The schedule this year is already a lot less punishing and I think going forward it will be FAR more manageable and in line with the way other artists do it.