Last night One Direction blew the roof off of the Rogers Centre in Toronto. I first saw One Direction at the Molson Amphitheatre when they were touring their very first album – which seems like forever ago – and have seen them every year since. These boys have grown and evolved immensely in the short time that they have been around, and I truly hope that they are here to stay.
I want to start off this review by saying, Zayn who? The loss of a member can be quite difficult for a band, but it was not evident in their performance last night. In fact, Harry, Liam, Niall, and Louis are stronger than ever now that Zayn’s gone. They really gave it their all last night, and it was so evident that every single one of them thoroughly enjoys what they do. The way they interact with each other and the crowd came so naturally to them, and the energy in the arena was like nothing I have ever felt before (that’s saying a lot coming from someone who spends half her life at a concert). They could feel it too. After they sang the first couple of songs, Liam mentioned that it had been the best start to a show that they’d had so far.
Each of Zayn’s former solos were split pretty evenly amongst all members – but I have to give props to Liam who hit every falsetto note that we once thought only Zayn could nail. It’s crazy to think that at one point many fans worried that Zayn’s departure would drag 1D down (pun intended), but I personally did not miss him at all, and I don’t think I’m alone on that one.
The setlist mainly included songs from their newest album Four, but they made sure to include hits from their previous albums like “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Kiss You,” and “Better Than Words.” They also played their new song “Drag Me Down,” the first post-Zayn track which has been extremely successful since it was released. Coincidentally, the music video for the song was released today and you can watch it below.
Leading up to the song, Liam thanked the fans for the tremendous amount of support they have received for the track, noting that it was cool that even a band like them could still see peaks in their career. It was also mentioned at some point during the night that their fifth album is complete, but no word on a release date.
Being a ’90s baby, I’ve seen many boybands come and go – but the truly talented ones stick around for a long time (*cough*Backstreet Boys*cough*). Although One Direction has a strong fanbase, they take a lot of heat for being “just another boyband phase.” But, whether you’re a fan or not, their talent is undeniable. Their harmonizing is on point, their performance is honest, and their vocals have only gotten stronger. Fifteen years from now I hope to be writing a review just like this one because they definitely have potential to go all the way.
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