Three weeks after boy band One Direction brought its tour to Ralph Wilson Stadium, here’s a look back on what was a dream come true for many area teens.
With the release of their fourth album, appropriately called “Four,” the boys in the band traveled the world with their On the Road Again tour. The band made Western New York its second to last stop of the North American leg of the tour. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, but for some, they made their way from city to city just to keep up with the boys, reflecting the fans of the Grateful Dead called “Deadheads.”
Michelle DeFacendis, 20, and her sister, Simone, 17, of Toronto, are no strangers to this phenomenon.
“Having another opportunity to see your favorite boys in concert is always amazing. But, traveling hours to another city and country adds that much more excitement,” Michelle DeFacendis said.
Before the Ralph shook with shrieks of pure joy, opener Icona Pop hit the stage for a short but upbeat performance. The Swedish duo, Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, has been touring with One Direction the entirety of the North American leg. Although known mostly for its top 40 hit, “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop kept a good vibe flowing throughout every song, well known or not, to the filling stadium.
Then the lights dimmed on a now full stadium radiating with emotion.
One Direction was warmly welcomed and did not miss a beat the entire show. In addition to playing hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Little Things” and “Steal My Girl,” all four members made a huge effort to make it fun for everyone by interacting with the audience.
Seeing the band for the third time, I was expecting the same old things seen in the past. But the band brought so many new things to the table. Not only have they improved vocally, but they seemed significantly less tied down than in the past. Maybe it was being at home, or even being with a very close friend, but there was something about this concert that was different, a very good different. The vibe that Western New York “Directioners” put off was very positive.
The night ended all too quickly, even though One Direction’s set was two hours long and jam packed with about 30 songs off of every album they’ve released. After finishing the tour next month in Sheffield, England, the band plans to record another album and take a well-deserved and long-awaited hiatus starting in March.
In the meantime, all fans in attendance at this better-than-words concert have thousands of small moments to reflect on as they remember when they danced all night to the best songs ever.
Deanna Garwol is a junior at Immaculata Academy.