U.K. pop sensations hit New Jersey’s IZOD Center for a sell-out show on Friday packed with hits and rocking covers.
By Sarah Brotherton
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — Maybe you’ve heard their songs on the radio or caught their TV performances on the “Today” show or “Saturday Night Live”, but nothing quite captures the success of One Direction like the screams.
On Friday night, thousands of fans from across the tri-state area hit the IZOD Center, filling the 19,000-capacity arena for the U.K. pop sensation’s latest stop on their headlining Stateside tour. They were there to experience a new wave of a British Invasion, and they weren’t disappointed.
Even before the show started, there was an excitement and energy in the air as Directioners — young and old alike — rushed into the building wearing homemade T-shirts, carrying posters and sporting body paint declaring their love for their favorite 1D members, be it Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson or Harry Styles.
After two opening acts and a few warm-up songs, including Busta Rhymes and RUN DMC classics, One Direction finally hit the stage as the crowd jumped to its feet. Opening with ” Na Na Na,” the boys — dressed in the matching theme of red, white and blue, but each with their own signature touch — hit the harmonies hard. The concert followed a seasonal theme with corresponding video and costumes to match. A few songs in, Harry told the sell-out crowd, “I think this is our“biggest show” as a band!” which sent fans screaming all over again.
Veering from their chart-topping debut album, Up All Night, each 1D member took a shot at a solo cover of some of their favorite songs, including the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got a Feeling” and the Gym Class Heroes hit “Stereo Hearts.” The boys then sat on stools as they serenaded fans with “Moments.” Cell phone lights took the place of lighters as the audience sang every word of the ballad.
After a quick change into the next outfit (and the next season), 1D proceeded with some of their more popular hits, including “More Than This” and the album’s title track, “Up All Night.” The set soon moved onto the live-tweeting portion of the show, where fans tweeted questions from the audience to their favorite bandmember. Then Liam showed off some beat-boxing skills and Harry attempted to do the worm before the guys were back at it with another cover, this time the hit Kings of Leon song “Use Somebody.”
To end the night, 1D gave a shout-out to their impressive backing band and closed with singles “One Thing” and, of course, their #1 hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” But a perfect evening of hearty pop wouldn’t be complete without an encore! So the boys returned to perform “I Want” to the delight of their devoted fans.
If you missed the 1D performance on Friday, fear not Directioners, a full list of U.S. tour dates is available on their official website.
Full Set List:
1. “Na Na Na”
2. “Stand Up”
3. “I Wish”
4. “I Got a Feeling”; “Stereo Hearts”; “Valerie”; “Torn”
6. “Gotta Be You”
7. “More Than This”
8. “Up All night”
9. “Tell Me a Lie”
10. “Everything About You”
11. “Use Somebody”
12. “One Thing”
13. “Save You Tonight”
14. “What Makes You Beautiful”
15: “I Want” (Encore)
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