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I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL | Sheffield, Oct. 30th (my video)

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Sheffield Motorpoint Arena - Sheffield, GB - October 30, 2015



Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

October 30, 2015

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND — Emotional. The word on every Directioner’s lips on Saturday night (Oct. 31). And for good reason.

As One Direction closed up their continent-sprawling, 80-show On The Road Again Tour with a gig at Sheffield Arena, fans packed the house to say goodbye to Harry, Louis, Niall and Louis — at least for now. Sure, they’ve got a few stray concerts left before their March 2016 hiatus, but this Halloween show was definitely a goodbye. That doesn’t mean it was a sob fest.

Emotional” is actually a great adjective for this gig because of its stretchiness. It can mean incredibly elated and oppressively sad, and Directioners were both, though at different times. Not all fans cried, and most were legitimately ecstatic. Bummed a bit, sure, and not particularly looking forward to a year without 1D — but the show sure felt like a celebration. The group kicked things off with “Clouds“! How could it have been anything but momentously joyful from that moment forward?

No one cried waiting in line to get in, at least not in my section. Some recoiled at the very mention of Zayn’s name (and one girl even held up a large poster with the ex-1Der’s face crossed out, complete with devil horns), but conversations turned to fond memories from the tour. Fans meeting at 1D shows who kept meeting up for more. One who crashed on a pal’s couch for 10 days just to attend this show. Others who saw the U.K. tour opener in Cardiff in June and needed to see this one, too, to punctuate the experience.

And then there were fans like Noor, my seatmate, who traveled up from Kent (near London) to hear One Direction once again play “Night Changes,” a song she’s only ever heard live. It makes her cry, so she won’t listen to it on record. When the four creep into it in the middle of the set, she stands perfectly still, taking it in with her hands cupped near her mouth. What if this is the last time they ever play this song together? “NO! No, don’t,” she says. “No. Sh-t.”

The stakes are high. Each member of the band knows this, so they keep reminding us that this is the last time we’ll see them for a while. Niall suggests it won’t be longer than 18 months or so, which puts the 1D reunion sometime deep in 2017. Liam says they’ll have a nice break. Noor yells, “No, have a crap break! And then come back to us!” She’s laughing, and kidding. Mostly.

1D also can’t stop talking about the fans, directly to the fans. Each member thanked Sheffield, “you guys,” “our fans” or some variation of those terms on multiple occasions. The message is clear — “We can’t do this without you” — and the guys really mean it. The fans are happy to reciprocate, especially with the sparkling plastic bows they wear in their hair and their clever signs.

It’s a beautiful relationship, one that yields crystal-clear, skyscraping singalongs that make everyone a part of something larger. This is a community that built itself. And this is what it feels like.

One Direction fans are organized and highly mobilized, which is cool to witness in action. A group of girls huddled near one of the arena entrances two hours before the doors opened so they could pass out sheets of paper reading “HOME.” They’d arranged and planned it before on group chats online and via social media. As the four guys sing “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” later, the crowd becomes a sea of white — thousands of fans hold up their signs. The work is done.

One of the best ways to end anything — a song, a concert, a tour — is to go back to the beginning. And during the encore, as the peppy opening chords to “What Makes You Beautiful” surge into the full song, it looks like 1D is wrapping up by venturing to 2011, where it all started. They slay the song, and the crowd shakes the floor with it applause. But no! There’s more! (And it’s not just Liam’s dad dancing in a conga line, either.)

Three words: DRAG. ME. DOWN. The lead single from Made In The A.M. (out Nov. 13), “Drag Me Down” is One Direction looking forward, not behind: “All my life, you stood by me/ When no one else was ever behind me/ All these lights, they can’t blind me/ With your love, nobody can drag me down.”

The fans make 1D. 1D makes the fans. Both make each other emotional.

And that’s a damn good thing.
The Sun
The Sun

ONE Direction will disband in March, The Sun can reveal.

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have mutually agreed to an extended hiatus of at least a year to pursue solo projects.

The lads made the decision not to tour again at a meeting in London last weekend.

The world’s most successful band will NOT launch a tour to support their fifth album, a move likely to devastate their millions of fans around the world.

That means their last full concert will be at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 31.

Last night a 1D source said: “The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband.

“They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects. There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 per cent behind the decision.

“It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future.

“But for now it is the end and they go out on top as the world’s most popular music act.”

1D’s new album, which insiders say is their best yet, will be released in time for the lucrative Christmas market.

They are likely to make a host of TV appearances and performances before the end of the year to promote the release.

There will be a break over the festive season before the group come back together to fulfil the rest of their promotional commitments for record label Syco in February.

The insider explained: “Simon Cowell and his team at Syco couldn’t be more excited about the album.

“They believe there are at least three smash hit songs and they’ve got the boys to stay together for a few weeks beyond the end of the year to make the album a huge success.

“But there was a meeting recently where it was agreed there would be no tour for the album.

“That was a big call because it means come March, Harry, Liam, Louis and Niall will be free agents for the first time in five years.”

The departure of Zayn Malik from the band in March is not behind the decision.

The insider insisted: “This was the plan with or without Zayn. In fact, the band have been making amazing music and been incredibly happy without Zayn.

“Of course they would have preferred that he had stayed in the band, but they would have taken this extended hiatus even if he hadn’t left.”

They are expected to go in very different directions, with negotiations about their individual futures set to begin in earnest in the coming weeks.

Sony bosses are desperate to sign Harry, 21, who is most likely to become the breakout solo star.

But band sources say he is also considering lucrative offers to launch a Hollywood acting career.

Irishman Niall, 21, is also believed to be interested in releasing his own music and was recently writing with friend Justin Bieber.

Liam, 21, has made it clear he doesn’t harbour solo ambitions and wants to concentrate on his growing songwriting, producing and DJ career.

Business-minded Louis, 23, is setting up his own record company within Syco and is likely to take a role on next year’s X Factor.

The 1D source said: “All the boys have a massive amount of options available to them. It’s an exciting time because for the last five years they’ve always put the band first.

“Sony definitely want to secure a solo record from Harry. He has been building up to this moment for a long time and there is also a lot of interest in him from Hollywood.

“But they’re all going to be successful in their own right. They have the best contacts and a massive fanbase.”

The insider added: “Louis is very much in contention to be a judge on X Factor next year.

“It would be a real coup for the show to sign a member of the band and it’s definitely something he is interested in doing.

“But this year the band’s touring schedule simply didn’t allow for it.”

One Direction have sold more than 50 million records and have more than 91 number ones across the globe.

They were the second highest selling music act in the world last year, shiftng 3.2 million albums, only topped by Taylor Swift.

But they make the most money from touring, having performed to more than 7.5 million people. They have each amassed a £25million fortune.


THIS is the worst possible news for Directioners – 1D’s millions of diehard fans who want the band to stay together forever.

But the reality is that after five years working non stop and achieving unprecedented global success, something eventually had to give.

During that time, they’ve gone from teenage schoolboys to young men, with Louis soon to become a dad.

The good news is that, unlike many other band break-ups, the four remaining members do not hate each other.

That leaves the door open for a possible reunion in a couple of years.

Not all boy band breaks have to be forever – just ask Take That or Boyzone.

But March next year will definitely be the end of 1D as we know it.

My hunch is that they’ll all be mightily successful in their own right.

Harry is a music superstar in the making, Liam and Niall have become brilliant songwriters, and Louis’ ambition and business acumen is impressive.

It will be exciting to see what they do next.