On April 25, 2014, One Direction launched its 2014 "Where We Are" stadium world tour in Bogota, Colombia. Before the concert, the five members of One Direction — Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson — sat down for a press conference with South American media. (See the concert's set list at the end of this article.)
One Direction (which came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010) is the world's biggest-selling act to emerge from "The X Factor." One Direction's "Where We Are" 2014 tour is in support One Direction's third album, "Midnight Memories," which debuted at No. 1 in numerous countries when the album was released in November 2013.
Here is what One Direction said at the Bogota press conference, according to Los 40 Principales Colombia:
Do you have a message for your fans in Colombia?
Payne: Thank you very much for your support. It took us a long time to get down here. We've always been very excited. Obviously, our crew has been here before and said this is one of the craziest places to be. We really feel it here, so thank you very much.
Horan: And also, this is our first time in South America, and tonight we play in a stadium. It's ridiculous the reception that we've gotten, so thank you.
What can people expect from your concert tonight?
Horan: A lot of fun. We're all a bit nervous because this is our first show of the tour. Because we've known about this tour for a year, we're all really excited. It's all going to come out tonight. We rehearsed in the stadium today, and the adrenaline tonight is going to be brilliant.
You're also going to Peru on this tour. What do you think about Peruvian girls?
Malik: Well, we've never actually been there yet, so we're excited to get down there. We saw a petition on Twitter asking us to come down. Basically, we just want to see our fans.
Horan: We're looking forward to it.
A lot of parents who bring their kids to One Direction concerts are fans of One Direction. What do you think about having so many parents as fans of One Direction?
Styles: I think it's amazing. I think the thing with the parents is that when they were growing up, they had someone they were probably a big fan of, and I think they can relate to how their children feel. They get to relive it through their kids. I think it's quite nice. I think we put on a show where parents can enjoy it. They may not be a fan of the music, but they can say it's a good show.
Horan: Also, on that same point, we understand it's not very easy for parents. They get pressure from their kids: "Can I go to the concert? Can I have the T-shirt? Can I have the album?" And obviously, we appreciate the parents doing that for their kids.
A lot of people become music stars very quickly, but then they become unpopular and fade away. Are you worried that will happen to One Direction?
Tomlinson: I think it shows sometimes that music is fickle like that, so we've got to be on our toes, boys.
Payne: We spent a lot of time doing the writing and stuff, and we want to be fully in control of everything we do. The merchandise, where we play, it's all in our hands now. I kind of like that.
Tomlinson: I do too.
Payne: I think more than anybody, we know what's current right now.
What musical groups influenced you?
Malik: All of us have completely different musical influences. Niall likes more guitar-based rock, like "old school" music. I listen to more R&B. Harry listens to a little bit of everything. And it all kind of comes together.
Tomlinson: [He says jokingly] I don't listen to anything.
Malik: Yeah, Louis doesn't listen to anything at all. Yeah, that's why I think it works. We listen to all kinds of genres.
What other projects are working on to maintain the success you're having?
Payne: Like I said, the main thing is writing our music. We work very hard so that every year we establish a different sound for ourselves and not do the same old stuff. I think a lot of bands in the past — no disrespect — kind of stuck to the same kind of thing, whereas we know our fans are growing up at the same time we are. We know the things we listen to are the same things they listen to. We have to make sure our music grows with the band.
How has your life changed since you became famous?
Horan: I said it in our movie ["One Direction: This Is Us"]: We're just normal guys. We're just normal boys doing an abnormal job. Not many people get to do this. We took it under our wing and just ran with it. We're having a great time.
Yeah, life is a lot different. Back home, first of all, we moved to London, one of the biggest cities in the world. That was a big change for us, because all of us are from small towns. I'm not even from England ...
We're having a great time. Look where we are. We're on the other side of the world doing a show. It's great.
You have a lot of very devoted fans who do a lot of extreme things to show their love for you. Are you surprised by what they do? And do you have a message for your fans in Brazil?
Payne: We're massively surprised by the passion the fans show on Twitter and stuff. We've seen some videos, like fans will go to a park and play acoustic covers of our songs, which is quite cute that they've made friends with each other.
We really know how passionate they are down there [in Brazil]. We're really sorry you guys had to wait so long for us to come down to see you. But I'm sure when we get down there, it'll be massive.
Will any of your family members and friends be traveling with you on your 2014 tour?
Horan: I think the time for proper travel with us won't be until the American tour. In Brazil, we're going to bring some of our friends with us. And then, from our family, I know my dad is coming to Milan because he wants to see Rome as well. We're just going to bring our families out so they get to experience this with us. Stadiums, it's ridiculous. It's crazy.
Payne: Obviously, our friends have got normal jobs, so they don't get the hours to come out like last time, but this year, I'd love for them to come out and spend time with us.
Tomlinson: What do you want us to say? Of course, they'll be coming out at some point.
Here is the set list from One Direction's concert in Bogota on April 26, 2014. (Source: Setlist.fm) The tour's set list is expected to be the same for most of the tour.
Little Black Dress
Why Don't We Go There
Don't Forget Where You Belong
Live While We're Young
Through the Dark
Better Than Words
What Makes You Beautiful
You & I
Story of My Life
Little White Lies
Best Song Ever
Here are the announced concerts for One Direction's "Where We Are" tour:
April 25, 2014: Bogota, Colombia — Estadio El Campin
April 27, 2014: Lima, Peru — Estadio Nacional
April 29, 2014: Asuncion, Paraguay — Jockey Club Paraguayo
May 1, 2014: Santiago, Chile — Estadio Nacional
May 3, 2014: Buenos Aires, Argentina — Velez Sarsfield
May 6, 2014: Montevideo, Uruguay — Estadio Centenario
May 8, 2014: Rio de Janeiro — Apoteose
May 10, 2014: Sao Paulo — Palmeiras Arena
May 23, 2014: Dublin — Croke Park
May 24, 2014: Dublin — Croke Park
May 25, 2014: Dublin — Croke Park
May 28, 2014: Sunderland, England — Stadium of Light
May 30, 2014: Manchester, England — Etihad Stadium
May 31, 2014: Manchester, England — Etihad Stadium
June 1, 2014: Manchester, England — Etihad Stadium
June 3, 2014: Edinburgh, Scotland — Murrayfield
June 6, 2014: London — Wembley Stadium
June 7, 2014: London — Wembley Stadium
June 8, 2014: London — Wembley Stadium
June 13, 2014: Stockholm — Friends Arena
June 14, 2014: Stockholm — Friends Arena
June 16, 2014: Copenhagen, Denmark — National Stadium Parken
June 17, 2014: Copenhagen, Denmark — National Stadium Parken
June 20, 2014: Paris — Stade de France
June 21, 2014: Paris — Stade de France
June 24, 2014: Amsterdam — Amsterdam Arena
June 25, 2014: Amsterdam — Amsterdam Arena
June 28, 2014: Milan — Stadio San Siro
July 2, 2014: Dusseldorf, Germany — Espirit Arena
July 4, 2014: Berne, Switzerland — Stade de Suisee
July 8, 2014: Barcelona, Spain — Estadi Olimpic
July 10, 2014: Madrid — Vicente Calderon
July 13, 2014: Porto, Portugal —Dragao Stadium
Aug. 1, 2014: Toronto — Rogers Center
Aug. 2, 2014: Toronto — Rogers Center
Aug. 4, 2014: East Rutherford, N.J. — MetLife Stadium
Aug. 5, 2014: East Rutherford, N.J. — MetLife Stadium
Aug. 7, 2014: Foxboro, Mass. — Gillette Stadium
Aug. 8, 2014: Foxboro, Mass. — Gillette Stadium
Aug. 11, 2014: Washington, D.C. — Nationals Park
Aug. 13, 2014: Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field
Aug. 14, 2014: Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field
Aug. 16, 2014: Detroit — Ford Field
Aug. 17, 2014: Detroit — Ford Field
Aug. 19, 2014: Nashville — LP Field
Aug. 22, 2014: Houston — Reliant Stadium
Aug. 24, 2014: Arlington, Texas — AT&T Stadium
Aug. 27, 2014: St. Louis — Edward Jones Dome
Aug. 29, 2014: Chicago — Soldier Field
Aug. 30, 2014: Chicago — Soldier Field
Sept. 11, 2014: Pasadena, Calif. — Rose Bowl
Sept. 12, 2014: Pasadena, Calif. — Rose Bowl
Sept. 13, 2014: Pasadena, Calif. — Rose Bowl
Sept. 16, 2014: Phoenix — University of Phoenix Stadium
Sept. 19, 2014: El Paso, Texas — Sun Bowl Stadium
Sept. 21, 2014: San Antonio — Alamodome
Sept. 23, 2014: Tulsa, Okla. — Bok Center
Sept. 25, 2014: New Orleans — Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sept. 27, 2014: Charlotte, N.C. — Pavilion
Sept. 28, 2014: Charlotte, N.C. — Pavilion
Oct. 1, 2014: Atlanta — Georgia Dome
Oct. 3, 2014: Tampa, Fla. — Raymond James Stadium
Oct. 5, 2014: Miami — Sun Life Stadium