The successful British/Irish pop act One Direction are still very much on the go, in spite of recent controversies that nearly brought group out of favor with their core audience. Only a few months ago, it was announced by the five-part boy band that two performance dates of their Where We Are Tour would be recorded for a worldwide DVD release, set to release December. On Monday, fans of the group received a surprise when it was revealed that they will get a peek of the movie two months sooner. In October, the Where We Are Tour movie will be released to theaters for one weekend only.
The concert film will feature performances as well as interviews about “what happens on tour,” according to member Liam Payne. It will be the second concert film from One Direction to hit the big screen. It follows 2012’s One Direction: This Is Us, which chronicled the young men while they traveled around the world on their Take Me Home Tour. Ticket sales from the tour grossed over $114 million dollars in 2013. The group has been on a profitable high since their introduction in 2010. All three of their albums; Up All Night in 2011, Take Me Home in 2012 and Midnight Memories in 2013, debuted at the top of the Billboard 100 charts. Their subsequent tours for each album have sold out many times over.
In May of this year One Direction dealt with a bit of scandal when two of their members, 22-year old Louis Tomlinson and 21-year old Zayn Malik, were seen smoking marijuana on a video that was initially leaked to UK tabloids. Fellow member Liam Payne, who was not involved, released an apology via his Twitter account expressing that as a group, they all had a lot of “growing up to do.” Neither Malik nor Tomlinson has spoken directly on the matter.
The boys are currently on a break before beginning the North American leg of the Where We Are Tour. They were recently nominated for seven Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Group and Choice Summer Tour. Things are not fully on pause for the highly demanded group as they are currently working on their fourth studio album, set for release later on in 2014. On top of this, they will soon begin preparing for another worldly circuit, the On the Road Again tour. Hitting mostly Australian and Asian cities, it will begin in February of 2015.
Although One Direction remains extremely busy, they still have time to take part in the things that matter most. Over the weekend, Tomlinson and Payne, as well as Niall Horan and Harry Styles, attended the nuptials of Tomlinson’s mother, Johannah. She and David Deakin exchanged vows in Manchester, England. Noticeably absent from the celebration was Malik, as well as his fiancé, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.
For more information regarding the movie, check out the link below, as well as the video announcement for the Where We Are Tour movie. It will be released on October 11, 2014.
By Jonathan Brown
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