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Review: One Direction draw screaming masses to sold-out 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa




When One Direction came to Tampa's 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre on Friday night, the music almost didn't matter. Sure, many of the 20,000 screaming preteen girls in the crowd probably wanted to hear What Makes You Beautiful live, but really, it was all about seeing Niall, Harry, Louis, Zayn and Liam in the flesh -- and screaming their hearts out in the process.

Sean Daly was in the crowd, and he writes:

I think a new record was set for the most times an artist has ever said "Make some noise Tampa!"

A few songs in the 90-minute set managed to register as better-than-average. The sandy vibe of I Wish strived for the cascading harmonies of the Beach Boys. Current hit One Thing packed a power-pop sheen that was pogo-worthy. And What Makes You Beautiful, saved for the end of the show, was ridiculously catchy, although I'm not sure how well it will age.

That said, a cover of Kings of Leon's Use Somebody, originally a masculine smash, was rendered vanilla and wimpy, like something cringe-worthy from the Busch Gardens Players.

Agree? Disagree? For Sean's full One Direction review, click here.

Photo: Carolina Hidalgo, tbt*

[Last modified: Saturday, June 30, 2012 4:52pm]


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