The night of Oct. 31 marked the end of One Direction’s On the Road Again world tour. Sheffield Arena was the last stop of over 80 shows in 20 countries, but is it also the end of One Direction?
Band member Niall Horan said in a report by the BBC, “I can tell you this, we will be back.”
Liam Payne also assured Directioners, “This is the end of the On The Road Again Tour, not the end of One Direction.”
During the two-hour concert at Sheffield, Harry Styles told the BBC that One Direction had been a band for “five years, four months, two weeks and a couple of days.” Horan, meanwhile, remembered their early beginnings on stage.
“I still can’t believe this. I remember five years ago when this all started. Our first gig was a little nightclub in Scotland,” he said.
One Direction was formed at the 2010 “X Factor” competition where they came out third. Originally, the band consisted of five members Horan, Payne, Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik but Malik quit in March. Since then, the four have been trying to make it work out.
This world tour is the band’s fourth. There will only be a few appearances in shows until March 2016 when the members would pursue solo projects. But in spite their reassurances, many believe this Sheffield concert will be the last time the band would perform a full concert live.
Time and again, it has been speculated that the alleged rift between Styles and Tomlinson is responsible for the band splitting up. But reportedly, it did not seem to be that way at all, judging from the way both hugged each other on stage as the band thanked their fans, family and friends for their support.
Earlier in the week, a representative for the band told Mirror, “One Direction have sold 8.2 million tour tickets and over 65 million records worldwide. Their new single Perfect has already hit No.1 on iTunes in over 60 countries and is set to be one of their biggest hits ever. We should be celebrating their amazing worldwide success as a band that has developed out of the UK, and the phenomenal things they have achieved, and will continue to achieve in the future.”