June 20, 2012 12:00 PM

EUROPEAN TOUR

A Rocking Start to the Year

During the band’s series of shows at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London in January, Harry tweeted, “Amazing night!! Crowd was incredible. … and we’re gonna do it all over again.”

Preshow Jitters

“I always worry I’m going to drop my mic,” Louis said. And what’s it like for Zayn? “When I perform, I forget everything else.”

Birthday Boy

Fans serenaded Zayn to wish him an early 19th birthday at the April 11 concert in London.

The Kickoff

Recalling the sights and sounds of the first night of the X Factor tour (left), Harry says, “It really doesn’t get much better than that.” Below: Irish Directioners in January.

AMERICAN TOUR

Y’all Come Back

After Dallas fans won a Twitter competition, One Direction came to the city for a March 24 concert.

Busy Boys

The trip mixed radio interviews (right) with big moments: “Met the first lady of the US and the girls … amazing experience,” Niall tweeted on March 31.

ONE DIRECTION

Look Who’s Here!

The guys surprised 40 Directioners at MuchMusic in Toronto March 26. “It’s nice to be able to meet some of the fans and make them happy,” said Liam.

A “Beautiful” Day

Thousands of fans filled Rockefeller Center for the Today concert March 12.

California Dreaming

The band struck a pose in front of the Hollywood sign when they visited L.A. in January to film an episode of iCarly. Below: Liam and Harry bond in Fairfax, Va., March 2.

American Girls

What’s the biggest difference between U.S. and U.K. fans? “The American girls are very confident,” Liam said.

Finally, a Vacation!

IN BETWEEN SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, THE GUYS HAD A CHANCE TO RELAX, SIGHTSEE AND HAVE SOME FUN IN THE SUN

A Lasting Souvenir

During the trip, Zayn (seen here leaving a yacht in Sydney) stopped to get a tattoo of a New Zealand silver fern to represent their trip Down Under.

Riding the Wave

“Had another great day surfing today! I LOVE Australia!” Louis tweeted after he and Liam learned to ride the waves (bottom right) on April 12.

Setting Sail

The band fished and kicked back during a cruise in Sydney Harbor on April 10.

Change of Pace

“We see a lot of hotels and then airports and cars. So it’s nice for us to just get out and be able to see a bit of the country,” said Harry in New Zealand.

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