one direction, stadium

1. For the past several years, our planet’s biggest pop group has been the earth’s biggest classic-rock band, doing their “Baba O’Riley” remake every single night for 60,000 screaming girls. “People like us do not get to play stages such as this,” Harry Styles said last week at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, and the man’s right. Strange but true: One Direction are saved to top in the classic-rock stadium-band pyramid nowadays.

2. Harry and Louis are definitely the Stevie and Lindsey with the mermaid-tattoo-era stadium-rock eye-contact game. Louis’ eyes are dark, intense, controlling, which has a surly “damn your ex girlfriend, damn your life” edge. Harry’s eyes say “I hear the darkness you’re expressing and it is important to me but my heart tells me to twirl right this moment,” so he twirls and touches his hair. The brooding look vs. the beatific twirl. When at least one gets happy, the opposite gets wistful. When at least one gets bitchy, additional gets sugary. I could watch them sing together for a long time. I could probably watch them do laundry for a long time. (I doubt they are doing laundry.)

3. One Direction played MetLife Stadium in 2009 to the day, and so they were great that night—but different, and nowhere close to great. 1D are massively better like a foursome, since their personalities all have much more room. Last year these folks were so competitive for stage time — Niall and Zayn have also been auditioning for his or her solo careers. Harry spent much in the 2014 show together with his mop involved with a headband — obviously ambivalent in regards to the onstage traffic jam. (Harry covering his hair onstage is similar to Stevie Nicks in sweatpants.) Tonight, your hair was free, and Harry’s locks are always of the question into his soul. Without Zayn they need to work harder — they are all singing more lines and patrolling more turf — but they are needy boys and they also like it because of this.

One Direction – Drag Me Down Live at GMA 2015

4. Harry Styles, master from the power flounce. For a band that formed on TV, 1D are certainly not done justice by video, because Harry is really a performer you should see live. The way he covers space is insane — let’s suppose Mick Jagger had the warm and benign heart of Paul McCartney, cast within a magic spell by Stevie Nicks, and you are clearly about halfway there. Every limb of his is an instrument he uses expressing to girls how happy he could be to enjoy their presence. He uses his arms, he uses his legs, he uses his style and hubby uses his sidestep. He’s inside a pop-star zone where the guy can seem totally self-adoring and cosmically benevolent as well.

5. Literally one thing Louis does onstage is run towards the corner and wave up for the nosebleed seats within the upper deck, a mile inside sky with a side view. He’ll take care in the fans beforehand later, but his first order of business is making certain the cheap seats stick out.

6. Harry announces, “You’re lovely to stay here. We can watch you at the top. We can view you up within the back. You’re a beautiful, beautiful number of people.” So most of 1D’s brilliance is convincing everyone they will see the crowd, despite every one of the glaring lights within their faces. The key line inside their new smash “Drag Me Down“: “All these lights can’t blind me.”

7. The screaming is compared to two and a half hours in the jet engine, but in the good way. Loudest moment: The climactic shriek in “Midnight Memories.” Runner up: in the event the video screen show’s Harry’s boots.

8. Harry’s twirl game explodes from the second chorus of “No Control” — he romps to his corner and spins in circles. He’s not singing, he is not up on the recording screen, just visiting his happy place. During “Diana,” he went for just a sprint along the catwalk and back, for silly. Dude’s been in his feet 90 minutes at this stage.

It’s like watching the footage of Secretariat running the Belmont Stakes in 1973 — he’s 31 lengths ahead from the other horses, but he quickens madly to the final stretch because he’s so fond of being fast. That’s what it’s like watching Harry work a stadium. You instinctively think, “Dude, avoid wasting for later,” even so the whole physiology of saving some for later is alien for the Harry lifeform. The harder he activly works to give every drop of his Harry-osity away, greater of it they have. Watching Harry spit water and touch his hair makes me desire to be a better person.

9. Speaking of twirling, we understand from the gossip columns that Harry is really a hardcore Stevie Nicks fan — he even baked her mothers day cake. Why haven’t we seen pictures on this cake?

10. These boys love the main 1970s rock thing — they know this as tour On the Road Again, that will be the name of any double-vinyl live album from your 1974-era Southern AOR sextet who sing about rockin’ about the highway. The tour program contains the size and heft associated with an LP, stuffed with Time Fades Away–style black-and-white pics of boys near amps. The classic-rock-as-teen-pop thing is indeed avant-garde, the rest in the music world still hasn’t found methods to imitate it. Their Fleetwood Mac homage “Fireproof” even nails the complete John McVie bass throb.

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