One Direction is coming back together in 2017 according to multiple sources. The band members have always maintained that they were only taking a break or hiatus, not breaking up. The original plan was for an 18-month break.
The One Direction tour concluded in October 2015, but their last performance before the hiatus was on December 31, 2015. That would mean that the original plan was to come back together in the summer of 2017. Exactly 18 months from December would be in early July of 2017, However Hall of Fame has received reports indicating the reunion could take place as early as March or April. If the band is counting from the end of the tour, and not their New Years Eve performance, then the spring date represents 18 months.
Harry Styles, Simon Cowell, and some fan-gathered data all point to one thing: The band will be back, after a well-deserved rest and a chance to explore and build their individual talents. Chances are, they will not only be back, but they will also be better than ever before.
One Direction fans are of course eager for the reunion. The have been afraid it might not happen, but there is a lot of recent good news indicating everything will happen according to plan and 1D will be back on time if not before.
There will be a 1D calendar. That is the first tidbit of good news. Hall of Fame received some information about a 2017 calendar in the works, so presumably there is still a band, and there could be tour dates, album release dates, or special events in the future as well.
Harry Styles still speaks of One Direction in the present tense according to Hollywood Life, as he chats with the cast and crew of Dunkirk. That is the second hint that eventually everything will be OK. Harry has never once inferred that the band had broken up, or that there was any plan other than to reunite.
Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan have all consistently said that this is a hiatus, as well. And while some of the band members now have solo record contracts, there is no reason to think they can’t also be in a band at the same time. Many band members in various bands also create solo albums.
Simon Cowell explained a bit about the hiatus according to Hall of Fame. Cowell said the 1D tour schedule was too much. A scroll down the One Direction Tour Date Calendar also offers a clue to the same point. There is some serious overbooking there. While bands vary a lot in their schedules, it does appear that 1D was doing as much as is humanly possible constantly for five years.
“Even though they were young, that was a grueling schedule, and after a while I could see they were exhausted, Having a year off is going to be a healthy thing.”
Sometimes One Direction was doing 18 or 19 concerts a month, and they’d been going at a crazy pace for five years. Months with fewer dates seemed to involve more travel time, not any sort of real break. They were seriously overworked, especially in the final months of the 2015 tour.
50 Cents made some remarks to The Daily Star recently about 1D. He feels they should come back as soon as possible. He was saying come back right no while they are still in demand. That sounds like a great idea, and he may be right from a business perspective, but it is important to remember that every band has to set their own pace.
“I am coming at this with my business head on, but the One Direction guys took a break at the wrong time. My advice to them would be to reform as quickly as they can.”
One Direction and 50 Cent, though, have vastly different tour schedules. 50 Cent doesn’t seem to do 18 shows a month, according to Song Kick Gigography. Looks like he is a two show a week kind of guy, and there is nothing at all wrong with that. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith recently said that he insists on no more than two shows a week as well. It’s healthier over the long term.
One Direction will be back, whether now or next spring or next summer, but they could renegotiate their contract so that perhaps their schedule will be less demanding in the future. The boys need a more balanced life, and hopefully, they will get that, even when they resume touring and recording.
One Direction will be together again in the spring or summer 2017, according to the latest information.
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