The lack of a big entry on stage did nothing to quell the deafening screams of the 50,000 fans who packed the field and stands at Nats Park Monday night.
There was a small fireworks display lit up the sky as the boys performed their opening song, "Midnight Memories." It was a single that didn't make a dent on the charts in the U.S., but the fans knew every word. In fact, they knew every word of each of the songs in the 23 song set list.
Fans in D.C. had been waiting months to see Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis in concert. Tickets for the D.C. stopin their "Where We Are" tour sold out (http://www.ticketlisters.com/
Some greeted the band as they arrived at the Mandarin Oriental hotel where they stayed. Some fans taught lead singer Harry Styles was hitting up a D.C. spin class, and waited for him to exit. Others waited outside Nats Park more than 12 hours before the show got underway.
The band's casual style continued throughout their nearly two-hour set. The group walked around the stage, singing and flirting with fans, but there were no choreographed dance moves and no special costume changes. After the only break in the show, Louis Tomlinson returned wearing the same jean shorts and white T-shirt he wore during the first half of the show.
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The set list covered the usual radio staples from their two albums, including, "What Makes You Beautiful," "Story of My Life," and "Kiss You."
Perhaps the highlight of the evening was the ballad, "Little Things." The entire stadium of 50,000 lit up, with cell phone flashlights, as the group performed the acoustic love song.
The show wrapped just shy of 11 p.m. with another hit, "Best Song Ever." A fitting ending for many D.C. fans that just had the best night ever.