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Niall Horan announces debut solo album, remembers ‘disastrous’ first One Direction show

By | Published on Monday 18 September 2017

Niall Horan

Niall Horan has announced that he will release his debut solo album, ‘Flicker’, on 20 Oct. New single, ‘Too Much To Ask’, was released on Friday.

As well as the album, Horan announced arena tour dates in North America and Australasia last week. He’s limbering up for those shows currently with a run of dates in smaller venues around the world. They seem to be going fine, but are bringing back awful memories of One Direction’s first ever live show.

“I never want to talk about that gig again”, he tells the BBC. “Worst night of my life. The worst One Direction show ever. We’ve refused to talk about it ever since. It was a disaster. We were just a joke. Anything we rehearsed just went out the window. It was our first ever gig and we just didn’t know what the fuck was going on”.

His current run of solo shows in theatre venues is going better, he adds. “It’s brilliant, especially with the type of music I’m doing. You feel like you’re in someone’s living room. With One Direction, we were doing five or six kilometres a night, running around the stage like lunatics. There’s none of that now. I’ll probably put on a bit of weight, standing still and playing guitar all the time!”

Perhaps he’ll build some running around into those arena shows next year. We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, here’s ‘Too Much To Ask’: