While their recent success has many comparing them to 90s boy band sensations Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, One Direction continue to prove they’re a force to reckon with.
Surprised at the support from their U.S. fans, the U.K. group told CBS Local about their time traveling in America to promote Up All Night.]
“It’s been fantastic to be in the U.S. so far. We can’t believe how the fans have shown up for us at the Today show and outside our hotel every day,” Liam Payne said. “We’re just really grateful that they’re coming out and showing their support. It’s great.”
The band expressed their gratitude for these fans by making a surprise visit that weekend.
“We actually went over to the Today show to give out drinks and snacks for the fans who waited out,” Payne said. “There were loads of them. It’s amazing to know that people would take that much time just to try and see us. We’re really grateful that people take the time out for us.”
With such supportive fans, One Direction was shocked to learn of the Twitter campaign to have them perform at the Olympics.
“It’s little things like that really surprise us about the fans. That they go to all sorts of levels and do that sort of thing,” Payne said. “The reason we’re out in America is actually because how much they’ve tweeted about it. We did a whole ‘Bring 1D to the US’ campaign sort of thing and they did really well on that. So, we’re out there doing our thing.”
The biggest surprise to One Direction is how big America is.
“We’ve gone on tour the last couple of weeks. We think three hours is a long drive. We did 14 hours one night,” Niall Horan said. “We see every state is like a new country. It’s the size of a new country. It’s been exciting though. We’ve really enjoyed our time here.”
The U.K. act just became the first British group in history to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with their debut album, Up All Night. The band sold 176,175 copies in their first week, catapulting them onto the chart.
Though One Direction got their start on U.K.’s X Factor, Americans continue to show their unyielding support. Over 5,000 fans showed up at their first U.S. appearance at the Natick Mall Boston in early March while thousands more camped out over the weekend leading up to their performance on the Today show.
Having just announced a U.S. tour, One Direction will be Stateside for a few more months and their fans couldn’t be happier.
– Annie Reuter CBS Local