As One Direction prepares to release the album “Midnight Memories” on Nov. 25, North American fans are anxiously waiting for the group to confirm additional 2014 tour dates. The quintet has already announced plans for the international portion of its Where We Are Tour, which will include a stadium trek beginning next spring.
The tour is scheduled to launch in South America in April before returning to Europe at the end of May for shows booked through July. Massive venues, like Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Stadiums in Spain and Italy, will host the international sensations on the trek. Though North American One Direction tour dates have yet to be revealed, early rumors suggest the group may be traveling to stadiums in the U.S. and Canada after closing the European leg in late July.
“Midnight Memories” has already been a hit, as the album’s most recent single, “Story of My Life,” reached the top 40 on charts in more than 20 countries. It has been four months since the group dropped the lead single “Best Song Ever,” which has already been certified Platinum in the United States, reaching the million-sold mark on Oct. 10.
In the meantime, the band will be making a number of promotional appearances to support “Midnight Memories.” The day after the album drops, the group will be performing live in New York for “Good Morning America” at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. One Direction will then return to the Big Apple a few weeks later to perform on “Saturday Night Live,” as it is scheduled to serve as musical guest for the Dec. 7 show alongside host Paul Rudd.
The following week, rockers Kings of Leon will take over musical duties on the show with host John Goodman. Kings of Leon is appearing on SNL ahead of its Mechanical Bull Tour, which will travel through North America from Feb. 5 – March 8. The band also is on tap to perform at two holiday concerts in California in December: Not So Silent Night on Dec. 6 in Oakland and KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on Dec. 7 in Los Angeles. Both concerts will feature Queens of the Stone Age and Vampire Weekend as co-headliners.
For the Dec. 21 SNL Christmas episode, the 39-year-old sketch show will feature longtime friends Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Technically, Fallon will serve as host and Timberlake as musical guest, but fans can surely expect to see collaborative sketches from the two, who regularly perform musical numbers like the one below on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
The ongoing Justin Timberlake tour is scheduled to continue until Dec. 19, but will pick up again on Jan. 13 in Edmonton, Alberta. You can find the “Mirrors” singer on tour in the U.S. through March 30 in Miami. His second North American leg kicks off July 12 in Charlotte, N.C., and continues through Aug. 11 in San Jose, Calif.