Malik was out of action with the flu, according to band members. Still, the show had to go one.
The boy band took the stage without Zayn to perform songs off their new album Four. It’s the band’s fourth studio album since their debut in the United States in 2012. It hits the streets today.
Despite just wrapping up its latest tour, the boys have no plans to slow down. They used the occasion to announce a new tour this coming summer.
The lads seemed suitable stoked by the concert. “This is a great day already! can’t believe our album is out ! like 5000 people here at universal, our fans are the best ! @TODAYshow,” wrote Horan on Twitter. NBC estimated that 15,000 fans had turned out.
The band perform new songs “Steal My Girl” and “Night Changes,” and some of their bigger hits, such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Little Things” and “Best Song Ever.”
“I think we’ve tried to make our music move with us a little bit, as we’ve gotten a little bit older and each album gets a little bit older,” said Tomlinson in an interview with co-host Matt Lauer.
One Direction will play a private concert for 2,000 fans tomorrow (Nov. 18) and the show will be aired as a prime-time special on Dec. 23, NBC said.
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