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One Direction forgoes typical boy-band moves at M&T Bank Stadium

One Direction forgoes typical boy-band moves at M&T Bank Stadium

Just before 9 on Saturday night, the London-based pop group One Direction took a Baltimore stage for the first time in the group’s five-year career. Judging by the decibels produced by the high-pitched screams instantly filling M&T Bank Stadium, the wait was tortured, but well worth it.

The pop quartet — which features Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson — began with “Clouds,” a soaring, well-chosen opener with a full-throated hook written with arenas in mind. Fireworks punctuated the song — this was an arena tour with the ticket prices to prove it, after all — but explosives could not outshine this wholesome...

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