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Consider this a gift from Niall Horan to his fans: He got them to put their phones away. About a half hour into his Sept. 7 tour stop at Darien Lake Amphitheater, Horan slowed down the evening, briefly transforming it from festive to reflective. The 24-year-old Irish singer and his five-piece band had already accelerated through a handful of his slightly poppy, slightly…

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More than 14 years passed between Dave Matthews Band's 2001 show at Rich Stadium and the return of major outdoor stadium concerts in the Buffalo area. But these large-scale shows were a key part of the city's history of major concerts, especially during the glory days of rock-and-roll, and extensive renovations, beginning in 2012, gave the venue legitimacy again. With B…

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Catherine McDaniel has been waiting five years. Five long, screeching, ear-piercing, Oh-my-God-ing, fan-yourself, tattoo-your-foot, TEXT-IN-ALL-CAPS-CUZ-YOU’RE-EXCITED years. Her boys are finally here. Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson – who make up the world-dominating British boy band One Direction – played Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday night…

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When One Direction announced that a show at Ralph Wilson Stadium would be a part of its “On the Road Again Tour,” the British/Irish boy band had just been proclaimed the biggest band in the world, based on sales, streams and downloads. But when the group rolled into the home of the Bills on Thursday, its future appeared less than assured. The March defection of singer Zay…

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Playing chauffeur? If you’re bringing your kids and aren’t attending the show with them, drop-off and pick-up areas have been designated. Lot 2 and Lot 6, normally the preferred parking areas during Bills games, will be open for drop-off any time before the show’s 7 p.m. kick-off, and for pick-up beginning at 9 p.m. Officials are recommending that parents pick up their ki…

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Dropping the kids off for the One Direction show at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday? The Buffalo Bills have set up two lots as drop-off and pick-up locations for the show: lots No. 2 Preferred (the south side of the stadium) and No. 6 Preferred (north side of the stadium). Note that Abbott Road will be closed to through-traffic in front of the stadium. To get to Lot 2…

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You want to meet them. Or at least come close enough to hear those tea-time accents with your own ears, or snipe a glimpse of their much-tweeted-about tattoos, or reach outward with a selfie-stick and – well, you see where this is going. Or, if all that fails – and not to be a downer, but it probably will, because as one of their contemporaries puts it, “they’re the most f…

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Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop will open for One Direction on the Honda Civic Tour beginning July 9. The tour will stop in Buffalo on Sept. 3 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.Honda Civic and One Direction are offering a ticket promotion which allows fans to buy two tickets and get two free beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Fans must use promocode 1DCIVIC. For more inf…

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“I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” And with that, Zayn Malik has severed ties with One Direction, the multi-platinum boy band formed by Simon Cowell during the 2010 season of his “X Factor” television show. Malik, who had previously announced that he’d be sitting out One Direction…

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Longtime Western New York music fans and concert veterans have been clamoring for big-ticket shows to return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the entirety of the nearly decade and a half since the Dave Matthews Band played the last show on the Bills’ home turf in 2001. On Thursday, they got their wish … sort of. One Direction, the British boy band, subject of screaming idolat…

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You had to know this was coming. As whispers circulated yesterday that KISS 98.5's major announcement would coincide with uber-popular English boy band One Direction unveiling new tour dates, the storm of tweets from Buffalo's loyal 1D fans began. When the One Direction-to-Buffalo news became official at 11 a.m. today, the Twitter decibels ascended to an alarming pitch -…

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If there is one thing One Direction fans want, it’s to see Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall and Louis in person. Now, local fans will finally get their chance. One Direction will be performing at 7 p.m. Sept. 3, 2015 in Ralph Wilson Stadium as part of its "On the Road Again Tour." Tickets are $104, $84, $64 and $44 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 through Ticketmaster, Livenation…