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2016 - 1D Stuff

I haven't posted in awhile. I think I finally killed myself with the 15 part Tour Recap. LOL. Fortunately, since the boys are definitively on hiatus, there really isn't much going on in the fandom except of course the most epic Ship War I can ever remember, and the vast Larrie Hoard continues their collective tantrum over the fact that Louis Tomlinson is a dad.

For those not in the know, (And I do have followers left over from BSG and TVD and my other previous fandoms for which I'm very grateful!) the baby was born on Jan 21, and has been photographed on several occasions now. Including two beautiful photos on Louis' instagram. The little boy's name is Freddie.

<-- This one was just yesterday.

I have to admit, this pretty much makes me want to melt, and my ovaries feel like they are exploding, but that's just me.

There have also been Numerous people visiting the Ventura County Registrar to get copies of Freddie's birth certificate to prove that he exists. And even so we are dealing with a situation in which the Larrie Hoard's stategy for dealing with is to go on a campaign to prove that Freddie does not in fact exist.  They also planted not one, but two different sex tapes they found online of random women, and spread the belief that these tapes were of Briana.  The idea that Briana is in a sex tape has trended several times now.  No matter how many times it is debunked, the Larries don't really care.

The word I have for this is literal evil.  And there you have it.

Anyway, the 1D world feels like it is very much on hold right now. Supposedly something big will happen in March. So the fandom is collectively holding it's breath for whatever that will be, if anything. Stay tuned.

Brief recap for each boy.  (Except Zayn.  His solo stuff is coming out, and I'm really not into it.)

Niall is on an extended private vacation somewhere out there in the world, and has been almost completely absent on social media since he was papped at the Australian Open in January. Blurry, distant photos have emerged here and there which seem to indicate that he's been in Bali, The Phillipines, and possibly Thailand.

<--Niall, possibly in Thailand

Liam has been seen in the recording studio with Juicy J, and rumored to be working with Jennifer Lopez. He has been mostly in L.A., but like Niall, mostly disappeared for much of February. I can tell you, my Tumblr Dashboard Liam Girls have been bereft during this time. Apparently, at some point, he sneaked out of L.A, and went on a vacation to the Maldives. We know this because someone spotted him leaving the Airport in the Maldives on the 18th, and was mobbed at LAX yesterday.

<-- Liam mobbed at LAX

Harry has been lying relatively low, with the major exception of how he handled New Year's Eve.

He spent it on a yacht with the Azoff's and Ellen and Portia, and the Kendall Jenner...



So, Hendall was revived, but seems also to have quickly evaporated since, so who knows.

But the main thing that may have happened on that Yacht is that it is rumored that Harry officially signed papers to begin his solo career under the management of Irving Azoff.  Time will tell.  Hence the whole March obsession.

One last thing.  Besides being a new father, Louis is also dating Danielle Campbell



In a major case of When Fandoms Collide - Danielle is the actress who plays Davina in The Originals

LOL

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Just to warn people about what is coming up...  I have a new interest, which I've actually been developing for over a year now, even if I haven't mentioned it here.  I have been studying Astrology.  And I think I'm going to start posting about it.  It is amazing stuff.

1D Update for 2016

I have recovered from writing that fracking 15 part OTRA Tour Recap. LOL!  I can't believe I did that!

Anyway...

It is 2016, and as some of you may know, Louis Tomlinson has become the father of a baby boy as of last Thursday. Huge Congratulations to him. The child's name may, or may not be Sydney Rain. Apparently they are letting us all stay tuned for that.  (I wouldn't be surprised if one of the magazines get the first baby photos and interview.)

Here he is carrying a baby car seat...



Half the fandom is cooing and awwwing and fawing and maybe having just a tad bit of exploding ovary syndrome.  The other half, the Larries, seem to be rendered speechless because they haven't come up with a theory yet to deal with Louis and baby carseats.  (Wait until some day in the not too distant future and he's photographed with the actual baby?)  Earlier today, they institutionalized their silence by declaring a Larrie "blackout", meaning that they would refuse to play into the evil of 1DHQ by talking about their "narrative"...  Poor dears.  They're in for some rocky times.  The Big Larries have been promising their multitude of followers since July that there would be a denial of paternity, and since then they've been waiting, and waiting, and....

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In other news, Harry made quite a splash by spending New Year's on a Yacht with the Kardashians (Kendall Jenner in particular) and Ellen.





That being said, this relationship is probably not all that serious, if you know what I mean.

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Liam got his hair back in a Buzzcut.  And it is Triumphant...



More importantly, he's been hitting the studio and making it known.  Super, super known.  Juicy J. is apparently really, really impressed.  There are also stories out in the last few days that he'll be recording with J-Lo.    I just hope that this is leading to a solo album, because I won't be at peace until there is a Liam solo album.  Just saying.

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Of course, Zayn IS coming out with a Solo album in March.  And his first single and video is being released on Jan. 29th.

The song is apparently about sex.



He's currently making the rounds on the cover of most of the music publications, and continues to diss 1D Music.  Whatever.

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Niall is in Australia watching Tennis.

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I ought to address the continuing 1D Breakup rumors.  For the record, the 1D boys continue to deny them.  There is a heavy expectation that a new contract with some lucky label and management company will be announced in March.  I hope so!

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Cheers and HAPPY NEW YEAR.
This is the final Follow-up Post to the Road Kill - And New Year's Day seems the appropriate day to post it.  Welcome to 2016 everyone!   I think it's going to be just as full of change and drama as 2015 was!  LOL.

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Here is the Recap of the Entire Recap from Hell for your convenience.

Part One - Setting the Stage
Part Two - Australia
Part Three - Japan
Part Four - The Last Breath Before The Fall
Part Five The Phoenix On Fire
Part Six - The Phoenix In Ashes
Part Seven - OT4 Take Flight
Part Eight - Clean Living
Part Nine - Dirty Secrets
Part Ten - A Summertime Ball
Part Eleven - Fourth of July
Part Twelve - #Real Music
Part Thirteen - Birthdays and Broken Legs
Part Fourteen - Drag Me Down

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After OTRA finally ended, One Direction had one final round of duties before finally going on break. These duties were to promote their album, Made In the Aftermath AM.




This was the album that they were so busy making in London and Los Angeles during their long break during April and May, and for much of the Summer as well, as they toured. So it was a part of the OTRA all along.  There are many theories out there regarding the release of this album, and the timing.  On the face of it, it doesn't make a lot of sense to release an album knowing that they aren't going to tour for it.  I'll discuss why I think they released it below.
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There were, of course, many cute appearances to promote the album during Nov. and Dec.

Here are a few of the highlights of those.


<-- Harry's pink shirt at the I-Tunes concert at the Roundhouse

<--Liam's monster face sweater at the London Session.

Yup, so that was kind of shallow.

My favorite performance was at the Live Lounge

Especially this cover of FourFiveSeconds.  (Liam is sooooo good in it.)



But I also really love this performance of History from James Cordon.  This was staged so beautifully, and gave such an intimate feeling that is rare on a TV talk show performance.



The James Cordon appearance in general was quite simply the best thing ever.  In addition to that wonderful rendition of History, they played a game called Tattoo Roulette.  I don't know how much of this was staged, but Niall's anxiety as it wittled down to him and Harry looked very genuine, making for some great TV right there.  And then Harry got a live tattoo!



That was truly A+ Television.

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As I write this, the new year has dawned. The boys have been on break since Dec. 13, and 2016 has arrived today.  The media is already describing 1D as "broken up".

But here is the truth. It does seem that the boys are still under contract, and I think there is at least one more video coming out soon, for their new single, History which will probably be dropped soon. After that video drops, I don't think there is anything else. I doubt that the boys will go to either the Brits or the Grammys. It has been rumored since virtually the beginning of the "Hiatus" rumors that the contract expires in March. If that is it the case, at that point, the boys will be Free Agents.

As I see it, the important points are:

* If the boys were going to easily re-sign with Syco, they would have done so in 2015. So, clearly, if they do re-sign with their current label, they will be using their free agency as a bargaining chip to increase the price.  As I mentioned above, it is extremely odd to have released that album, knowing there would be no tour.  The elephant in the room is that the current contract called for five albums, but only four tours.  They could have waited a year for the album, which would have given them their break, and allowed them to negotiate a new tour for 2017.  Releasing the album the way they did feels very much like a rush to complete the contract.  Or, at least that's the way it reads to me.  I think this begs a LOT more questions.

* If they sign with someone else, that will make huge press. It will mean that they are abandoning their mentor, Simon.

* I'm particularly interested to see how long it takes after the contract expires to announce new deal/deals. Will it happen in March? June? - Hmmmmmmm.

* That goes not just for group projects, but for individual projects as well.

* Anyone who thinks the negotiations will be only about Solo Harry, are wrong. All four of these boys are going to be in high demand, and able to command a high price.

* And of course, most interesting of all will be if they all sign to the same label. Because if they don't 1D is effectively over.  So the new contract(s), whenever and whatever they turn out to be are going to be the most critical thing.

* Will it be a free for all, or do these boys have something up their sleeves?

*  Meanwhile, Zayn's album will probably drop early this year, and I've no doubt it will be a huge success.

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I guess we all just have to stay tuned.  Stay woke!


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As for Made in the AM? I love it. My fav songs are What A Feeling, History and Oliva, but the whole thing is wonderful. Buy it on I Tunes.

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Lastly, anyone thinking the boys are going to disappear from the gossip magazines during the break, are dreaming.  It isn't in their interests to truly disappear.  Just yesterday, Harry was out on a Yacht in St. Bart's celebrating NYE with old flame Kendall Jenner, complete with hot yacht smooching for the paps...  And Danielle Peazer (Liam's original flame) tagged him in a New Year's post leading to rampant speculation of the rekindling of that romance too. (Nah, I don't think so, I'm looking forward to Liam joining the celebrity dating game, hopefully this Summer... ;)

And not forgetting that something is going on between Niall and either Selena Gomez or Ellie Goulding.  Who knows.  And God only knows what the hell is going on with Louis Tomlinson.  YIKES, what a mess.

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I'm done!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here we have arrived at last to the final leg of the mammoth year long On The Road Again Tour.  The theme of this Recap is Exhaustion.

Since this was the home stretch in the boys own countries, you would think that it would be a Victory Tour of sorts. But NOPE. This leg culminated in the first ever cancelled One Direction Concert, and that was the final shock of a tour that had already seen Zayn flounce, the end of Elounor and Zerrie, and a pregnant girl named Briana.  And that it was Liam who faltered at the end was all the more un-nerving because he has been unwavering for five long years.  There was a reason he was dubbed Daddy Direction way back at the beginning, because he was seen as the strong one.  But perhaps in a way, his failure at the end was a poetic way to rap up a long, long road.

And on top of all that - the Hiatus was looming over everything.   And nobody really knows what the future is going to bring.  For with this tour over, there may never be another.

The time period covered here is Sept. 24 thru Halloween.  There were 25 shows.  Instead of doing one night stands in giant stadiums, they played multiple nights at smaller venues, making it hard for them to go back to their homes between shows.
By the end, it wasn't just the boys who were exhausted. So was the fandom. And me. Me too.

The focus for this recap will be London, Belfast, and the final show in Sheffield which was the emotional, and sentimental conclusion.

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Recapping The Recap

Part One - Setting the Stage
Part Two - Australia
Part Three - Japan
Part Four - The Last Breath Before The Fall
Part Five The Phoenix On Fire
Part Six - The Phoenix In Ashes
Part Seven - OT4 Take Flight
Part Eight - Clean Living
Part Nine - Dirty Secrets
Part Ten - A Summertime Ball
Part Eleven - Fourth of July
Part Twelve - #Real Music
Part Thirteen - Birthdays and Broken Legs


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So, here we go...


Sept 24 thru 30 - London - The Bump

The last leg began at home in London for a six night stint at the O2 Arena.   Lots of people think that the main thing that happened was that there were some stuffed animals at the concert.  LOL.  But remember, I promised early on that this recap was stuffed animal free, because in my opinion... not that important.

The most interesting thing that happened during the six night stint was the presence of Briana Jungwirth.

So let's do a recap within the recap of Briana's life, since the news broke that she was having Louis' baby.  Prior to her appearance in London, she had only been papped twice in her home town of Calabasas..



<--First she was papped at a gas station, around the time the pregnancy was leaked in July.

<--On August 5th, she was papped at a Passport office.  I guess that passport came in handy.  At the time, she was about three months along.

And that's the extent of it.

For the fandom, the analysis of these pictures was intense, most of it centering on "the bump", because there is a large segment of the fandom - you know which one - who is dead set upon proving that Briana's pregnancy is fake.  So there was much ridiculous fandom speculation, and fake pregnancy expertise going around with the aim of disproving this whole thing... Anyway...

Briana was at all six London shows, where she hung out with Louis' family.


My thoughts about this at the time was that this seemed like a lovely and supportive gesture.  Both for Briana to be there in the face of all the fandom hate that she gets, and on the part of the Tomlinson's to look after her while she was there.

But after the last night in London, Louis pretty much turned that impression on it's head.  Louis, along with Liam and Niall, went to a London club called Circ du Soir.  Sophia was there with Liam, but Briana most definetly was not there with Louis.

Sept 30 - London - Louis papped leaving Night Club with a van full of girls...

<-- Louis is not with Briana!  Message received.

Also, to provide some context for later in the month, Liam and Sophia still seemed like they were a very strong couple that night at the Circ du Soir.

<-- Yup, still cute.

As for Briana, she returned to California after these six shows, where she has been papped only once since...

<--Nov 3 - Briana was papped out and about in Calabasas.  She was about seven months pregnant by then.


Oct 5 - Manchester - Fight! (No Not Really...)


Leaving the drama aside for a moment, there was some hilarity mid tour revolving around Lilo's play fighting on stage.  Their play fighting has been the highlight of many a gig going back to the European leg of the tour.

This particular exchange was caught on film:



The hilarity was that this led to a situation where actual tabloids were posting actual articles about Lilo's body language which suggested that Liam may have been slightly annoyed with Louis after being grabbed in the crotch.


 Imagine the headlines.   Boybander slightly annoyed over attempted crotch grab.  Actual tabloids printed actual articles about this.  LOL.


<--Lilo's adorable response on Instagram.

So ends the humerous aside... :(

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Oct. 18 - Dublin - Something's Not Right

As I showed above, Sophiam seemed to still be going strong in London. Sophia had been a presense on this tour through the entire Summer, and even back in the Spring when all the Zayn drama was going on.   So, on the surface, everthing seemed fine.

But I guess appearances can be deceiving.  Below are the last pap pictures taken of the couple together.  Liam looks so beaten down and bent over in these pics.  I thought at the time that something looked wrong.





I guess I was right.

They played three nights in Dublin before moving to Belfast, with a one day break between.  I guess it wasn't a pleasant break for Liam.  But the fandom was unprepared for what happened next.

Oct 20 - Belfast - The Crash

Oct. 20 was supposed to be the first night of a three night stand in Belfast.  And it started out just fine.  The opening videos played.  The opening act played.  And all the build up to the boy's entrance was played as well...

But the boys did not come out.

Instead, an announcer came out on stage, like a sacrificial lamb to announce that Liam had taken ill, and that One Direction would not come out on stage.



Having been to three shows, I can't tell you how keyed up and hyped you are waiting for the boys to hit the stage.  Especially after the opening act has finished.  I can't imagine what it would have been like to be in that atmosphere, and right at the last moment, it all goes up in smoke.  It must have been devastating.



Harry, Niall and Louis all tweeted appropriate apolegetic tweets that night.  But all night long, and into the next day the fandom was going nuts worrying about Liam. #GetWellSoonLiam trended on Twitter for hours.   There were rumors that he had been taken to hospital.  And of course so much worry about whether the show scheduled for the 21st would happen or not because nobody knew how serious Liam's illness was.

The next day, Harry, Niall and Louis did an interview, but left it very vague in regards to what exactly happened.  And the nature of the illness was not specifically explained.  It was attributed to "stomach problems".

On the afternoon of the 21st, 1DHQ announced that Liam was better, and that the cancelled show was rescheduled for Oct 23, and that all tickets would be honored.  (They actually kicked a hockey game out of that arena to accomodate the rescheduled show.)  So, now all of a sudden, everything was OK again.  Liam hadn't been hospitalized, and was apparently on his feet again and just fine.

Before the concert on the 21st, he broke his silence, with a massive apology on Twitter.

"I'm so sorry to everybody I disappointed last night. I'm feeling better now. I really hope everyone can make the rescheduled date on Friday. Thank you so much for all the trends and lovely messages you guys did for me it really shows how amazing u(sic) guys actually are. As I said I'm feeling much better now and I really can't wait to perform and make it up to everyone later".


And so the show went on.


<-- He may have been a little flustered
<-- But was generally OK on the 21st.


This left the fandom to speculate as to what exactly about "stomach problems" had kept Liam from performing the night before.   The man had been on stage with a broken arm and a sprained ankle, and through all kinds of colds and flu-like symptoms.  Liam loves being on that stage.  So what was so serious that it cancelled a show, but left him fine to perform the next day?  These were the questions that were raising suspicions amongst the fans...

And of course the Tabloids had their say too.  The headline on The Sun on the 21st was "Fame Made Liam Payne Ill".  According to the Sun's "insiders", Liam essentailly had a "complete meltdown" backstage just before concert time.

We know that these boys were under pressure.  We know that they were exhausted and stressed and had been for many months.
But we will never know what actually happened on the night of the 20th. I personally think that a panic attack of some kind is plausible.  Especially in light the news that was about to surface...

Oct 25 - The Last Ship

On Oct. 25, the announcement was made that Liam and Sophia had broken up.  It seemed very abrupt, and Liam seemed to be genuinely heartbroken.

He even said so at the first Newcastle concert.



And thus for the first time ever, all five members of One Direction were publicly single.  The tour began with three long term relationships, and by the end, they were all over.

(Though, at the moment Niall seems to be dating Selena Gomez, Zayn seems to be dating Gigi Hadid, and Louis is hanging out in Chicago, one suburb to my East, with the actress who plays Davina on The Originals, while Briana is due to deliver his child in a few weeks.  So, LOL, the fandom had that dream of five single boys for a couple of months anyway...  )


Oct 31 - The Last Show

And so, we finally come to the last show of the tour, in Sheffield, England, on Halloween.  To think that the tour had begun all the way back on Feb 7.  It was a rough road indeed.  The band was down a member, and three girlfriends, and had suffered their first and only cancelled show.

And the future was uncertain.  The Hiatus was looming.

In that light, all of the boy's families came to Sheffield to support them for this final show of the tour (or ever, because we don't at this point know what the future is going to bring,or if 1D will ever tour again, even though all of them have promised.)

The Sheffield concert may, or may not have been the end of One Direction, but is certainly was the end of an era.

At the end, all the boys hugging one another, and that is how I will end this recap.

<  -- Narry hugged.
<-- Lirry hugged.
<-- Niam hugged.

<-- Nouis hugged

<-- Lilo hugged.
<-- And yes, after all this time, even Larry hugged.  Awwww.

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and thus it was done.  And so am I.  Like the boys,  I NEED A BREAK!!!! I need some time to relax with family, and maybe work on some side projects. But not to worry, it's just going to be a temporary hiatus!  Don't take this to mean I'm going solo.

And, I have one more part to write, sort of an aftermath.  I just may not do it until after the New Year.  And then it will be on to new things!
Here we are - Part Thirteen of this series which... Is a lot of parts.  But the end is getting close.  This part covers the second half of the North American tour.  Then there is the UK/Ireland tour and one last follow up post after that.

Whew.

I'm keeping this one short.  (Or at least that's what I told myself.  Hahahahaha.)   It will focus primarily on Columbus, Chicago (my second show), Milwaukee, Detroit (my third show), Montreal and Boston, which was the last show on this leg of the tour.

By this point in the tour, I think the exhaustion was starting to show.  And yet it rolled on.


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Recapping The Recap

Part One - Setting the Stage
Part Two - Australia
Part Three - Japan
Part Four - The Last Breath Before The Fall
Part Five The Phoenix On Fire
Part Six - The Phoenix In Ashes
Part Seven - OT4 Take Flight
Part Eight - Clean Living
Part Nine - Dirty Secrets
Part Ten - A Summertime Ball
Part Eleven - Fourth of July
Part Twelve - #Real Music

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London August 9 - Believe In Magic

I guess to start out, I lied. There was one interesting thing that happened during the Mid August break.

Louis was the sponser of a charity ball for children called Believe in Magic. It was so precious.

<-- Liam joined him, and donated many thousands as well.

And this happened...





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And also, before we begin, there were a TON of glorious highlights on the North American tour that involved the ongoing Lilo Water/Gatorade/Silly String battles.  Here are just a few.  Because what good is a recap of the North American tour without them?  It often involved one or both being soaking wet.  Which means AWESOME!!!








So there you go.

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August 18 - Columbus

The beginning of the second half of the NA tour kind of pissed me off.  It was in Columbus, OH, and the controversey was that Liam introduced Girl Almighty by saying, that only other guys would understand what it meant to be looking for the "right girl".  I would never have thought another thing of it, personally.  But SJW's on Twitter attacked him for not being inclusive of girls who may like girls.  They were calling him Homophobic and all kinds of nasty things, and Liam got defensive, as he sometimes does.

As an aside, I think Internet SJW's have essentailly become just another form of internet bully, and I'm pretty much done with that whole thing.  It's not real activisim.  It's lazy, and a lot of it is more mean-spirited then whatever they are attacking over.  So now I've said my piece on that.

August 23 - Chicago - The Hiatus Rumors

Chicago was my second show!  Whoo Hoo!

But there was another importance to this show as well.  For weeks, the rumors had been circulating (Starting with an article by Dan Wooton in the Sun, back in May, of course...) that the boys would be going on Hiatus.  On the 22nd, the boys confirmed it.  But while Dan Wooton had essentially implied that the "hiatus" would be permanent, all four of the boys (Including Harry, who said it on stage at all three shows I attended...) insisted, and to this day continue to insist it is "just a break" because they are exhausted after touring for five years straight.

Some pretty pictures!









August 25 - Milwaukee

The Milwaukee show was very Harry.  He was in Green Bay Packer Heaven.   And said so frequently.

And he was waving flags all over the place.








These flag waving pictures are so striking.  The rainbow flags had become a Larrie thing at concerts, bolstered by a group of Big Larries who have organized a group called "Rainbow Direction" which nominally exists to support LGBT+ Directioners.  They say they have a "no shipping policy" which is laughable.  The majority of the rainbow flags, signs and other gear to 1D concerts was there to promote LARRY, no matter how much they always answer those accusations by trying to hide behind the unenforced "no shipping policy".  LOL.  Anyway, these lovely images were thouroughly co-opted by Larries to promote "larry is real"

August 29 - Detroit - Liam's 22nd Birthday

This was a lovely show.  Liam signs were everywhere.  I was so glad that I was there.

<-- Liam celebrated by getting an ugly hand tattoo ::ducking::
<--  And there was a spectacular group hug after the singing of Happy Birthday.


What a thrill!  I was in fangirl heaven.

Sept 5 - Montreal - About the Broken Leg...

The day before the Montreal concert Niall suddenly had a broken foot.  He claimed he'd awakend that morning with a stress fracture.  That is certainly an odd explanation, but whatever is the case, poor Niall limped around in that boot for the rest of the tour.




Sept 10 - Liam and The Attitude Article

Earlier in the year, a British Gay Men's magazine called Attitude had voted Liam the sexiest man in the world.  So they decided to make him the cover boy for their Oct. edition.  This was a huge deal because it was the first time that a member of One Direction did a solo photoshoot for a magazine.

The pictures were delish.



The article was very odd.  Liam doesn't mind being candid, and since among other things, he used the platform of a Gay Magazine to debunk Larry, the Larries were furious and hateful about it.  He answered a question about whether a ten year old should be allowed to read smut with a big "no", and that was taken as an attack on fan works.  He was attacked left and right by the fandom over the article.  But only in the fandom.   Guess you can't please everyone... Eh.


Sept 12 - Boston - Happy 22nd Birthday Niall!

And so the North American tour came to an end on the day before Niall's birthday.  So Boston was another party!

And another group hug.




Niall got lots of funny hats to wear.







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Thus ended the North American Leg of the Tour...  It was a long haul, and by the end of it, you could tell that there was a sense that the end was near.  The last leg of what could be the last tour, that remains to be seen, would start up again in London on Sept. 24.

But before we got to the end, there was room for three more shocking twists. Stay tuned, we're almost home!
Sorry for the delay on this on!  EEK, so much to do for the Holiday Season.  And all the December birthdays in my family!

This is Part 12 of my Road Kill: OTRA Tour Recap. And in this part, I'm going to attempt to pack the entire eventful first half of the North American leg of the Tour into just one post.  The North American Tour was structured into two halves, with a ten day tour break in early August. This portion will cover July 9 (San Diego) through August 8 (Baltimore).

I'm editing the locations down to focus on San Diego, Seattle, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and New York.

I gotta say though, there are storylines in this half of the tour which are pretty huge. And there was a lot of things happening.  And not just with the concerts.  There is a lot of drama. The Briana story went public, and Zayn officially began his "Zolo" career by dumping Perrie, and announcing that he wants to make #Real Music...


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Recapping The Recap

Part One - Setting the Stage
Part Two - Australia
Part Three - Japan
Part Four - The Last Breath Before The Fall
Part Five The Phoenix On Fire
Part Six - The Phoenix In Ashes
Part Seven - OT4 Take Flight
Part Eight - Clean Living
Part Nine - Dirty Secrets
Part Ten - A Summertime Ball
Part Eleven - Fourth of July

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July 9 - San Diego (Harry Kills Sea World)

The North American tour started up in San Diego on July 9th.   Two epic things happened this first concert back.

To start with, Harry has become involved with an organization called The Dolphin Project.  This group has been successfully advocating against Sea World' practices of caring for marine animals for several years, and are responsible for the documentary Blackfish (which you should all check out on Amazon if you haven't seen it...

<-- Harry in the Dolphin Project T-shirt, 2014.

San Diego, remember, is the home of Sea World, which is perhaps it's biggest tourist attraction.  During the concert Harry said, "Anyone her love dolphins?" (The crowd cheers), "Don't go to Sea World."

And Seaworld has been dealing with massive fallout ever since.  Think for a moment about the astounding power Harry exhibited here.  He put an institution, Sea World, on the defensive and caused such an uproar that they will probably have to change their practices if they want to stay in business.

In other news, Harry had his BEST FALL ever!  It was epic.


<-- SPLAT!

Anyway - Don't Mess With Harry Styles!


July 13 - The Fall of Zaughty

On July 13, the tide went out on Zaughty, (the recently trademarked...)   Zayn again went on Twitter and caused another rucus.   This time, he broke up with Naughty Boy.  The origins of this may have been in June, when NB was apparently responsible for another song leaking, but whatever the case Zaughty was over and the fandom rejoiced.

you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you .



Bye bye Zaughty.  Easy come.  Easy go.


July 14 - Briana: The You-Know-What Hits The Fandom

Oh boy, here we go.  July 14 was the day that the second biggest bomb in 1D history fell.    I, and many others in the fandom had found it extremely odd when Louis made that quick trip to Los Angeles in the beginning of June to see his May fling, Briana Jungwirth.  On July 14, People Magazine broke the news that Briana was expecting a baby, and that Louis was to be a dad.

Oops.

As you can imagine, the fandom imploded.  The Larries are still waiting for "Babygate" as they call it, to "end".  (Oh, yes, it will end...)

<-- Briana papped on Aug 5 at a Passport Office in Calabasas, CA.  Imagine the fandom "debate" about her baby bump, as she wasn't even four months along at that point.  All the Larries suddenly became "pregnancy experts".  I can not tell you how embarrassing they are.

July 15 - Seattle

The concert in Seattle on July 15 was Louis and the Boys first appearance since the baby news broke.  The fandom watched anxiously for a confirmation, but there wasn't one.

You could feel the tension though, even through the Internet...







<-- Great picture of Harry.  Aren't they all?

Some enterprising Seattle fans were very quick on their feet and came up with the idea of bringing a Toy Collection box for charity.  God Bless this fandom...



The bottom line is that it is obviously an awkward situation, and really, what's needed here is to respect Briana's privacy.  Even though she may sometimes get papped.  Eventually, both Simon and Liam confirmed the baby was real during interviews.  And eventually, Louis himself did as well.


July 26 - Minneapolis

Meanwhile, the tour rolled on.   One thing I'd like to note is that through the first ten days of the tour, the boys had used Los Angeles as their "Home Base".   After the shows in San Diego, and San Francisco, they returned to Los Angeles.  They made a bried stop-over in Vancouver, but after the Winnepeg show, the moved their home base to CHICAGO, where the remained for all the Midwest shows.

The stop on July 26 was Minneapolis.  Let's just say that this show was very kind to us Liam Girls, ;)  What is better than shirtless Liam? Shirtless Singing Liam.






Was it indulgent of me to post these because I'm a Liam Girl?  Yes.  Yes it was.

July 28 - Kansas City

The stop in Kansas City had another favorite moment, the Epic Lilo Gatorade Fight of 2015




I can think of few things better than two hot guys showering each other with Gatorade.

Other fun things to know about the KC show...  The Boys apparently didn't realize that they weren't in Kansas until they actually arrived there.  LOL

On a less positive note, there was an unfortunate incident of Naughty Boy hangover that saw several of the boys kicking and stomping on NB's image on a pinata which someone threw on to the stage.  It probably would have been better just to leave it be.




July 29 - The Zolo Career Begins

On July 29, Zayn finally announced offically what everyone already knew.  He was going "Zolo", and had signed with RCA records, which is another subsidiary of Sony.

He inaugurated his new career by announcing that he was finally going to make #RealMusic.  Lots of people reactive negatively to that implication.  He tried to back track and say he meant #RealMe, but damage done.





July 31 - Drag Me Down & Indianapolis

In the wee hours of July 31, One Direction dropped their first single as OT4.  I woke up that morning at my folks house which isn't too far from Indy, and turned on the computer to discover that the entire fandom was buzzing about this new song.  I was especially excited because that night I was going to the show!  And maybe, they would play it.  And they did!!!  I'm still buzzing that I got to see this song performed for the first time.  It was FANTASTIC.






<-- Liam wore a Batman Costume

Aug 4 - GMA

On August 4, the band performed Drag Me Down on GMA.  They were cute!



During the interview portion of the appearance, Louis was congratulated over becoming a dad.  He said he was excited and "buzzing".  I cannot stress enough how much the Larries don't believe him.

Aug 4 - Zerrie Falls

Later that day, the announcement went out that Zayn had called off his engagement to Perrie.  She happened to be in Los Angeles, and she did a bikini pose on Instagram that day, I guess to show him what he was missing.

I was personally very saddened by this.  The timing of it, falling immediately after he had signed with new management and a new label made the entire relationship look very shallow.  Just my opinion.

I'm happy that Little Mix is doing so well right now.



Aug 5 - East Rutherford

We began with Harry, and with the NYC show, we'll end this section with Harry again.








Rolling Stone Magazine gave rave reviews of this concert, especially for Harry.  It would be nice if they would have put 1D on the Cover... :(

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There was one more concert on the leg, Baltimore on Aug. 8.  After that there was another tour break from August 9-17.  That was an uneventful break, and so I won't be covering it... Yay!

The next installment will cover the second half of the NA tour, on which nothing much happened.... HA!   Two birthdays, a mysterious broken foot, and a gay men's magazine cover.  Plus, an epic ode to Poutine.  And

And the tour rolled on...
Welcome to part 11 of the Road Kill saga. In this recap we are covering June 28 to July 8 which was the short, but... interesting Tour Break between the European and North American legs of the tour. In a way, it was the calm before another storm.  But fandom wise the wank was flying fast and furiously!

So here's what happened.

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Recapping the Recap:

Part One - Setting the Stage
Part Two - Australia
Part Three - Japan
Part Four - The Last Breath Before The Fall
Part Five The Phoenix On Fire
Part Six - The Phoenix In Ashes
Part Seven - OT4 Take Flight
Part Eight - Clean Living
Part Nine - Dirty Secrets
Part Ten - A Summertime Ball


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We'll start with Niall. He hung out in London for awhile, and attended Modest Managements annual summer party on July 2.

<-- The Larries mocked this, and claimed that Niall was the sacrificial lamb.  (In 2014, Harry and Liam attended this party, but shhhhh.  Don't tell them. ;)


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Liam spent almost the entire break having a full family vacation in Orlando, FL. His parents, his two sisters, their boyfriends and Sophia were all there. The family was spotted at one or another of the Universal or Disney parks every day for an entire week, and there were tons of pictures that came out from fans who saw them there.

Liam Instagrammed some cute pictures.

<-- He captioned this one "I guess it's OK if Mickey doesn't find out", referring to Sophia's Mini Mouse ears and his Goofey Hat.  But the Ziam Tinhats were energized with letting us all know who Mickey "really" was...

<-- Liam also made if very clear that he LUUUVED Jurassic World, the big movie out at that time.

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Speaking of Zayn, on July 5, he and Naughty Boy announced that they were creating their own brand name - and officially trademarked the word "Zaughty".  LOL.




On July 7 - "ZaynCancelYour Engagement" trended worldwide on Twitter for no particular reason.  Things like that don't need a reason to trend, this is the 1D fandom that we're talking about.



The same day, he posted a broody instagram.  Ho Hum.

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Harry had an interesting break. He left London immediately at the beginning of the break for Los Angeles, which is, afterall, his second home. As usual, he was papped at LAX.




All the fandom could talk about was the really tight white jeans he was wearing, and where his missing "friend" was. It was a little gross.

On July 4, Harry attended a party in Malibu. He was accompanied at the party by a... get this... MYSTERY GUY.


<--- The fandom was veeeeery curious about who this dude was.


He was photographed with the same man the next day, and for several days in a row.  The fandom CSI's took over and eventually found out his name, Xander Ritz.  And a new ship was born! Xarry!  (Like we needed another one that sounded just like Zarry and Zerrie... LOL.)  But there it was, and still is.  XARRY!



The Larries felt threatened...  Clearly Management was Bearding Harry with um, a guy?????  Yeah, I don't get it either.

Xander is actually just a member of Harry's LA social circle, whom he chose to spend time with that particular week.  But Xander ended up tagging along on tour for awhile as a member of Harry's entourage.

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Louis flew immediately to Los Angeles as well.  But he was apparently on an entirely different kind of mission.

He arrived at LAX with only a Skate Board, leaving people to wonder where his luggage was.   (I'm thinking he had someone take care of that, but that's just me...)  The reason this whole thing was wanky is because Larrie's Truly Believe that Louis shares Harry's L.A. house, and therefore didn't need to bring clothes with him...



He wasn't seen a lot.  But an Instagram Photo emerged of Louis with some kids.



It turns out that the boy in the photo is Briana Jungwirth's little brother...

ANYWAY - On July 4, Louis' mother, Jay, instagrammed that she was at Malibu Beach...  This THRILLED the Larries, since Harry was publically attending a party in the same area at the same time.  You know what conclusion they drew.  LOL.

We would find out soon enough what Louis and his family were doing over that U.S. Holiday weekend.  (But fun fact, Louis' mother is a Midwife by profession.)

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See what I mean.  A short, but interesting break.  The Wank was flying fast and furious.  But not as fast and furious as it was about to as the Tour was about to start up again in San Diego on July 9!

The next segment will finally start the North American leg of the tour.  I'm going to try to keep it to just two posts,   That's the plan anyway.  Some highlights of the next section alone include, Liam shirtless on stage, epic Gatorade fights and silly string.  Also, Harry will take on Sea World, Zayn will do a bunch of stupid shit, the Larries will face their greatest challenge ever, and I ATTEND MY FIRST SHOW!!

It's going to be great!
This is post number 10 (!) of my Road Kill OTRA Tour recap. With the long spring break coming to an end on June 5, it was finally time to hit the road again.

The tour resumed for the short European leg which consisted of only eight stops. Those stops included two nights in Cardiff, Wales, followed by stops in Vienna, Brussels, Denmark, Oslo, Gothenburg and Helsinki. Even though this leg was short, this was my favorite part of the tour. (Except of course for the three shows of the North American leg that I attended!  Of course!)  In Europe, everything seemed relaxed and free of a lot of the tension that had haunted the early legs of the tour. The Four were much more confident than they had been before, and it showed. This leg brought us Water fights and wheelbarrow races and hamburger hats. They were having a blast, and the fans were having a blast, and it was a Summertime Ball.

Perhaps one of the reasons for the relaxed feeling is that instead of staying in each city they played, they would fly in to the city the day of the gig, and then fly back to London immediately afterwards. This means that the boys got to stay in their own homes for the bulk of the month. That must have been very nice for them.

That doesn't mean that the month of June was free from a certain foreshadowing of the drama to come. But for the most part it was light and fun.

Plus, this leg included the Hamburger Hat and the Banana Suit, so you know how I feel about it ;)







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Recapping The Recap:

Part One Setting the Stage
Part Two Australia
Part Three Japan
Part Four The Last Breath Before The Fall
Part Five The Phoenix On Fire
Part Six The Phoenix In Ashes
Part Seven OT4 Take Flight
Part Eight Clean Living
Part Nine Dirty Secrets

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Sigh.  All that being said, the month began with some of the foreshadowing that I mentioned.

June 2 - Louis mysteriously flies back to L.A.

With just three days before the boys were supposed to perform in Cardiff, Louis suddenly up and flew to Los Angeles.  It was a big WTF at the time, and made the fandom a bit nervous as to why Louis would want to make such a long trip on the eve of resuming the tour.  This brought flashbacks to Louis' mysterious flight to L.A. in February between the the Australia and Japan legs... the one he took with Zayn.

We would find out why sooner rather than later.  But we'll save that for July.

June 4 - Louis photographed with Eli the chimp

On June 4, Louis Instagrammed a photo of himself with Eli, the chimpanzee who appeared with him in the Steal My Girl video.  Like many in the fandom, I found this extremely odd.  He flew 8000 miles for two days to visit a chimp?

But then, a few days later, we learned some thing else about this little trip...




Briana Jungwirth, Louis' three time Mystery Girl from the month before, had been there too.  So Louis went back to visit Briana again?  Trippy.  The Larries were all upset and calling her names and being rude and awful as usual.  But they ain't seen nothing yet.




June 5th - The Tour is BACK!  1st Stop Cardiff, Wales

Finally, on June 5, the tour started back for real.  It was fabulous.  The boys all looked tan, rested and ready.  There was still a little talk about Harry being separate from the others, but that talk would slowly die down as the tour progressed.








If there was any "drama" the first night back, it was caused, oddly enough by Ziam Tinhats who were nattering on about a ring that Liam wore during the show.  The Ziams had been in a low place because they had staked their ship to the idea that Zayn leaving was a publicity stunt.  They were sure that he would be back by the time that Cardiff rolled around.  And of course, that didn't happen.  But Tinhats have a way of always finding a new thing to cling too.  They convinced themselves that Liam was wearing his wedding ring.  Yup.  BTW, Liam only wore the thing twice, so who knows if it really meant anything at all.  But it was funny at the time.



The last thing to talk about Cardiff Night One is OT4's ongoing efforts to come up with a new formation for WMYB.

Harry clearly didn't quite know where to stand yet.  But they were still working on it... LOL




June 6 - Double Dose of 1D

Afternoon:  The boys did the annual Capital One Summertime Ball

Marvelous as the first Cardiff gig was, the next day the boys actually made two separate appearances.  The first in London at The Summertime Ball, sponsered by one of the big London radio stations.  It was gorgeous








There was more fun with the WMYB formation!  If Harry wouldn't go to the boys, the boys would go to Harry.




Evening:  They flew back to Wales and played Cardiff for a second night.




And they finally got the WMYB formation down...



June 9 - Louis parties in Ibizia

Between Concerts, Louis managed to expand his World Party Tour - This time in Ibizia.

June Tour Highlights.  Honestly There were so many great moments, I thought I'd montage them.






There are really too many to cover it properly.  And those were just random pics.... :0

And I would be remiss to not cover the fact that the June part of the tour was the beginning of the Epic Lilo Water Fights.  Lilo antics were becoming a highlight of every concert

<-- Just the start of an ongoing battle royale ;)


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Of course, there was other business going on during June as well.


June 24 - Fragrance Launch

This came as a complete surprise, as 1D already has three fragrances, and for all the others there had been lots of pre-launch build up and promotion..  For this one, there was NONE.  Just one day, they held a press party to announce Fragrance #4 right out of the blue.  There were many theories, as to why, but I think it is obvious that this exists because it was an OT4 fragrance, i.e. presumably, none of the revenues from it go to Zayn.








June 24 - Paris Fashion Week

Speaking of whom...  Zayn hit up Paris Fashion Week and was all the rage.  He got front row seats right next to Kanye.







June 26 - Nouis at Glastonbury

Late in the month, Niall and Louis attended multiple days at the annual Glastonbury music festival.  Looks like they had fun.  Nouis is real... ;)



On the last day, Louis was papped with a friend, looking quite cosy.  (In retrospect, this was a kind of statement, as most people believe that Louis' odd trip to L.A. at the beginning of the month to see Briana, had been about him finding out about her pregnancy.  So he's on record as being spotted in the same month with a different girl.  He's made it abundantly clear that he and Briana are not together.




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And that covers June.  It was a nice month.  As June came to a close, looming before the band was the massive three month tour of North America which would begin July 9 in San Diego.  But before that, there was another 10 day tour break which I'll discuss in the next post.  It will be short, which is a good thing because these posts have been getting so long.  I WILL find a way to keep the NA tour to two entries though...
For One Direction and their fan base, May was a really weird month. I really don't know how to describe it otherwise. This was the second half of their two month Long Break, and while April was relatively gentle and full of cute charity events, Niall's golfing appearances and songwriting, the through line going into May was Louis' constant partying. In May, that partying would... um... bear fruit, so to speak. (And just wait until we hit July when the bomb actually goes public. Oy.)

In addition, there was a very unpleasant Twitter War, by far the worst one ever.

But there was also more songwriting, more golf, an award show, their first talk show appearance since Zayn's departure,  and Snoop Dog.

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Recapping The Recap:

Part One The BeFour
Part Two Australia
Part Three Japan
Part Four Taking A Breather
Part Five East Asia I
Part Six East Asia II
Part Seven Africa and Dubai
Part Eight - April Clean Living


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So, here we go with the May Timeline.

May 3 - Liam, Louis and Niall fly to L.A.

On May 3 "OT3"  flew to Los Angeles, thus rejoining with Harry, who had been there on his own the entire month of April.  But the theme of "separation" would continue even so.  They made it clear that this was a working trip, and they also continued to make sure that everyone knew they were writing songs.

Let's get the big things out of the way first...

May 5 - Louis Parties With A Mystery Girl



And that's usually no big deal, as Louis had been seen with numerous "Mystery Girls" since the break with Eleanor.  Except that this was not the last we'd see of this particular young lady.  We would see her again...



And again.



By the third date, her name was known - Briana Jungwirth.  There was speculation in the media that Briana was Louis' new girlfriend.  She was not.




They were seen together May 5, 9 and 10.  They appeared to be having a blast.  After the date on the 10th, Louis continued partying, but Briana would not be seen again until early June, and we'll get to that then.

May 6 - Twitter War 2... The Final Fall of Zouis?

The Twitter War of May 6 was by far the worst, and was frankly one of the biggest shocks of the year for the fandom to take, because it represented the apparent end of one of the staple friendships going back to the X-Factor.  Louis and Zayn had been fast friends, and partners in crime going all the way back to 2010.  But apparently staple, doesn't mean stable.

It actually started on May 5, when Liam made a joke on Instagram calling a really bad singer "the new 5th member" of the band.

Naughty Boy, (30 year old professional that he is) decided he couldn't let that joke just be.  He Tweeted an indirect response photo of himself and Zayn, saying "replace this".




Total nastiness ensued between Louis and Naughty boy, including NB taking a jab at Louis' voice, and Louis implying that NB was just riding Zayn's coat tails.  But Zayn got personally involved too.  For exactly one tweet.  But it was a Tweet that shredded Zouis.




So... Sad.  For the most part the OT4 fandom hailed Louis as their hero who had defended Liam, and the fandom from the evil evil Naughty Boy.  And they were likewise crushed that Zayn had definitively sided against Louis and with NB.

Moving on...


May 9 - Car Prank, Oh No Niall

To lighten the mood perhaps, a few days later Liam instagrammed a prank that he and Louis played on Niall.  They TP'd his car. (Liam captioned the pictures "Oh No Niall".  Those little Juvenile delinquents.  As I said, this is a phrase that is going to haunt Niall for a long time.)

Of course more concern errupted over the fact, that once again, it was a prank involving Liam, Louis and Niall... but not Harry.



Where was Harry?

May 10 - Liam & Louis party w/ Snoop Dog

On the 10th, Liam, Louis and their entourages went to Snoop Dog's launch party for his album.  So cool.

And, yes, Briana was there.  This was one of her appearances with Louis.





May 11 - Project No Control starts

On another positive note, there was Project No Control.  This project was born in part over the frustration that, due to Zayn's exit, 1D was unable to release any more singles from their album Four.  (They couldn't release a single, since Zayn's voice would be on whatever song they chose, causing legal issues.)  This was very disappointing because there are many other great songs on that album which would have made for great singles.  No Control, which is a raunchy song about morning wood, was a particular favorite of many fans.  It is catchy as hell, quite naughty, and generally rocks out.  A group of fans, therefore, created the project to "self-release" No Control as a single.

For this dicussion, I'm pretending that I'm not slightly annoyed that this project at it's heart was about Larries thinking this song was about Larry.  And also that I'm not even more annoyed about how they often tend to erase Liam as one of the writers of the song to facilitate their fantasy that it was all about Louis and Harry's sex life.  Unfortunately, that's what Tinhats do.   I'm ignoring this lame motivation, and rudeness towards Liam because the project had beneficial effects for the boys.  The song got a little bit of airplay, and everyone did have fun with it.  And also because the boys have made their appreciation well known.


May 13 - Zerrie Selfie

Other then the awful Twitter War, Zayn  was kind of low profile in May.  There were occasional cute selfies with Perrie.





May 14 - Cordon Interview

On May 14th, OT4 was finally seen together again for their first full fledged talk show interview since Zayn left.  Harry was back.  The boys had all known James Cordon for years, so it was a natural choice to appear on his show.

The boys handled the questions about Zayn well, admitting that they had felt anger over the flounce, while still remaining professional about the whole thing.  And really, not giving up very much at all.  Of course the recent Twitter War was one of the topics that Louis had to address as well.  He said everything was fine.  Of course.

Cordon did a cute skit in which the boys were members of a Dodgeball Team.




And they also took a cute selfie...




May 17 - BBMA's (And Nouis clubbing w Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift)  Also, Wiz Kahlifa.

OT4 made their second major apearance that week at the Billboard Music Awards.  They did not perform, but they did appear as presenters.




They won two awards, of course.  Both of them having to do with the success of their world tours.  The Four, specifically Liam, made sure to thank Zayn in the acceptance speech.  Liam called Zayn, their "brother".  Based on facial expressions, I'm not sure they were all in agreement about that.



Afterwards, they partied with the likes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Wiz Kalifah.




May 19 - Separating Again

On May 19, Niall and Liam arrived back in London.  Harry remained in LA, and Louis went to NYC.

<-- I am very fond of this Airport papping...  And Liam's HAT would be seen again.  I love the hat too.


May 20 - Niall Goes Golfing Again

Niall's return to the UK was so that he could participate in a celebrity golf tournament with his friend Rory McIlroy.  More cute Niall Golfing photo's ensued!


<-- I'm convinced that Niall's superpower is that he's always smiling.

The headlines weren't as generous.  "Niall Horan 'Nearly Killed' A Fan"...  Oh no!  (The headlines were an exaggeration, as usual.)

May 22 - Liam at the Grand Prix of Monoco

As for Liam, he was photographed that weekend at the Gran Prix of Monoco with Sophia by his side.  The two of them were papped and photographed at events throughout the weekend associated with the Red Bull Racing Team.






May 25 - Louis Tomlinson Parties in NYC ::Shocker::

Before returning to London, Louis decided to stop in New York for some more clubbing.  He was photographed with a mystery blond who was not Briana.




May 27 - Then He Partied in Barcelona

This was basically a World Wide Clubbing Tour...



May 31 - And Then Niall Joined Him to Party with Fifth Harmony

To top out the month, Niall and Louis partied with Fifth Harmony in London.



Louis was actually papped going home with Lauren.  Though, they later offered up an innocent explanation for it.  (Which was that she needed a ride...)  OK.  Moving on.




So that was it for May.  As with April, questions remained about Harry's commitment to the band, since the other three seemed to be spending loads more time together, and without him.  (Though it later became clear that Harry had been extremely involved with the writing process the entire month, and especially while the boys were all in Los Angeles.)

What was Harry up to during the weeks he wasn't with his bandmates?  He was actually being very low profile. At one point people thought they saw him on a bus in L.A.



But it wasn't him.

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And so, as May was ending, the tour was scheduled to begin again in early June.  The much needed two month break was about to come to an end.

In June, the short European leg of the tour was scheduled to begin.  It would prove to be a Summertime Ball.
Welcome to the next portion of the Road Kill saga, which will cover the month of April. We left the boys, now a foursome, returning to London after finally completing the Asia/Africa leg of the tour. Before them was two full months of relatively free time. And after what they had just been through, they deserved a breather. But of course, because of all the recent publicity, they were still very much in the public eye. So this particular portion of the Tour Re-cap will focus on pretty boys, charity events and song writing.  It'll just get a little bit edgy towards the end... ;)

Recapping the Recap:

Part One The BeFour
Part Two Australia
Part Three Japan
Part Four Taking A Breather
Part Five East Asia I
Part Six East Asia II
Part Seven Africa and Dubai

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So, here we go!

April 5-8 Niall at the Masters:  Oh No Niall

While most of the boys were fairly scarce during the first week of April.  Niall was at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA.  He was invited to Caddy for his friend and fellow Irishman, Rory McIlroy, during a pre-tournament Par 3 event.

Damn, it was cute.




From this event was born a phrase that will haunt Niall for the rest of his life.  "Oh No Niall"  :bwahahahahaha:

It came about because of this famous on camera fall on live television.  He slipped on the pine needles, and splattered dramatically all over the ground.  The female announcer said the phrase, and it has been used in all kinds of situations ever since.


<-- Oh No, Niall!


April 16 thru 22 - Charity

The middle of the month was dominated by three lovely, adorable and wonderful charity events held by one or another of the boys.  There were beautiful pictures from all of them.


April 16 - The Great Gatsby Ball for Trekstock

Trekstock is a charity that benefits young adult cancer survivors.  Harry and Liam had a history with this charity in 2013 and 14, and together raised over a million pounds for it.  Earlier in the year, Liam apparently became involved with them on his own. Likewise, around the same time pictures of his girlfriend Sophia came out indicating that she too was involved in this charity.

On April 16, the reason for this came to light.  They were host and hostess for a Great Gatsby Themed charity ball.  And Niall and Louis came too.  Whoo Hoo!  1920's themed Tuxedos!!!




<-- Everybody loved Sophiam  It was "Goals".  They were "Mom and Dad"...

But, one person was clearly missing. Harry had not returned to London, but rather to Los Angeles.  So he was not in town for this event.  This was unnerving to be sure, having just gone from five to four, to see only three in these pictures. Following this "OT3" event, and for the rest of the month, the tabloids and general media were filled with stories of Harry's imminant departure.

<-- Sophia was not an adequate replacement for Harry...  (More on Harry's doings below.)

April 19 - Louis's Football Match for Bluebell Woods

On April 19, Louis took part in a charity football match with his favorite team, The Doncaster Rovers.  This was to benefit a charity for sick children called Bluebell Woods.  (Liam was there as his guest, so there are pictures of him too. :)  Lilo's friendship would be an ongoing theme for the rest of the year.



The one thing is though, there were actual articles in tabloids a few days later covering Louis bouncing private parts.  Sheesh


April 22 - Liam in A Hard Hat is Not AT ALL My Least Favorite Thing Ever...

On the 22nd, Liam participated in the topping off ceremony for a youth center in his home town, Wolverhampton.  I'm not going to lie, this was my favorite one.





Hard Hat Liam is Maybe my second favorite behind Austraila Surfing Liam.  Just saying...

Before moving on, we kind of need to go and see what Zayn was up to.  Because he was still making headlines where ever he went....

April 17 - Zayn at the Asian Awards

Zayn was quite the sensation at this awards show.  The tabloids went gaga once again.  Because he's soooo pretty.






Interesting points to note.  Perrie wasn't his date.  His mother was.



He hung out with Naughty Boy while he was there, and called him his best friend in his acceptance speech.



And he thanked the boys in that speech saying:

I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I ever met while being in the band and doing all the amazing things that I did.  Some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I thank you for that. Here’s to the future!

This did nothing to disabuse the sneaking suspicion that Zayn was going solo.  (As if there was any doubt left)

This will lead to the next major theme of the month - Song Writing

April 13 - Write!

Starting on the 13th, with Liam and Louis' tweets about beginning the writing for their next album, Liam, Louis and Niall began tweeting, talking about, and being photographed in the studio working on new songs. The pictures were great!


<-- Liam and Loius had a writing excustion at Liam's Surrey house.









However, this wholesome activity was sharply contrasted by something else that was ongoing... Louis and the post Elounor breakup party spree.


April (and Ongoing) Party-All-The-Time Louis

That party spree was visible throughout all of the month of Apri.  Through all the charity events and the songwriting Louis continued, night after night, being papped leaving clubs, usually with a "mystery girl".

Enjoy a sampler of Louis' April party spree.  There was much more to come.   Just wait until May.  LOL.




April 23 - Weed Scandal #2 - Blink and you Missed It...

On April 23, Louis' partying hit a bump in the road.  One of his party guests, (and the story was that he took home five girls that night.  Ahaha) put a picture on SnapChat featuring Louis, and what looked like a container of with a controlled substance.. ::shocker::



This seemed to blow over fairly quickly without creating too much of an issue.  But there was one more hilarious by-product.


April 24-25 - The Clean Living Boys...

The tabs decided to contrast Louis "bad boy" antics with pap photos coming out around the same time of Niall and Liam entering and leaving the studio.  They describe this pair as "Clean Living", which I found hysterical at the time, and still do.

<-- Entering the Studio in the morning...
<-- And Leaving it at night.  And OH LOOK NIALL'S HAT.  I told you we'd be seeing it around.  Ahahaha.

So, Where Was Harry?

So during all of this, Harry's absence seems quite glaring.  And the press continued to talk about Harry being the next to bolt for the whole damn month.  To be honest, the fandom was kind of scared about it.

Harry was in Los Angeles hanging out with Chelsea Handler, apparently and keeping a relatively low profile.


<-- Chelsea posted this.  LOL


On the 16th He was papped leaving an L.A. Restaraunt:



And on the last day of the month, someone caught him driving a convertible around Beverly Hills.  Nice Car.



But don't worry, the separation would end soon, and May would be a different story.

***

We'll leave April with one of my favorite quotes of all time from Stephen Hawking, who was asked about Zayn's leaving in a video appearance on the 26th.  His answer showed not only his intelligence, but also his wisdom and kindness, because rather than laughing it off, he turned it into an opportunity to encourage young girls to study science.

“Finally, a question about something important,” he said. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes.”

***

So ended April.  That was kind of fun, and was a nice respite.

May will be another story, and will be covered in the next segment.  There will be award show and talk show appearances, more song writing, a major Twitter War, and We'll see Louis partying even harder - including with a girl named Briana.  And we all know where that went.   

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