One Direction At Staples Center

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By Lindsay Gabler
Los Angeles

The lineage of top-shelf boy bands includes acts such as New Edition, New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Jonas Brothers, and now, One Direction. Unless you have been living under a rock, there is no way to avoid the collective force of Britain's One Direction. The five charming boys have taken over the globe one concert at a time since rising to fame as contestants on the UK television talent show "The X Factor" in 2010. On Aug. 7 One Direction launched an impressive four-night stand at Staples Center in Los Angeles, arguably proving that they have accomplished more in three years than some acts have in their entire career.

Just walking through the doors of Staples Center on Aug. 9, my ears were pierced with the shrieking sound of One Direction fans as they screamed through the opening set by Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer. The concession stands were nearly empty as fans were committed to supporting the opening act. But as soon as 5 Seconds Of Summer's set ended, One Directioners were overflowing with excitement for 1D to take the stage. I made my way to my seat through a sea of teenage girls with painted faces, customized T-shirts and neon signs. As I settled in, I was in awe of the energy and electricity as One Directioners danced, cheered and passionately pumped their fists during the pre-show playlist blaring throughout the arena.

The lights went out and the shrills of young girls reached new levels as One Direction — Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson — appeared onstage. 1D immediately launched into the infectious "Up All Night" from their 2011 platinum-selling debut album of the same name. They kept the insanity going with "I Would" and "Heart Attack." 

What separates One Direction from other boy bands is that they do not have choreographed dances like their predecessors. The show was uniquely their own and they commanded the Staples Center stage like seasoned performers. They slowed the tempo down for the ballad "More Than This" and then picked the vibe back up with "Loved You First" and their notable hit "One Thing." The five-piece continued to deliver with soaring vocals during the fan favorite "Little Things," a delightful cover of Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag," and an encore performance of the Top 5 hit "What Makes You Beautiful."

Throughout the show, the fans were singing, crying, laughing, and cheering for the boys who melt their hearts and make them swoon. To those fans, thank you for letting me be a part of your One Direction world for a night.

To catch One Direction in a city near you, click here for tour dates.

Set List:

"Up All Night"
"I Would"
"Heart Attack"
"More Than This"
"Loved You First"
"One Thing"
"C'mon C'mon"
"Change My Mind"
"One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)" (Blondie/The Undertones cover)
"Last First Kiss"
"Moments"
"Live While We're Young"
"Summer Love"
"Over Again"
"Little Things"
"Teenage Dirtbag" (Wheatus cover)
"Rock Me"
"She's Not Afraid"
"Kiss You"

Encore:
"Best Song Ever"
"What Makes You Beautiful"

(Lindsay Gabler is the Social Media Specialist for The Recording Academy. In 2012 Gabler ranked in Billboard's Twitter 140, a listing of the 140 must-follow Twitter accounts in the music industry. Follow her @lndsygblr.)

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