Louis Tomlinson Celebrates ‘Walls’ Release With Intimate Sold-Out Show
By Lindsey Smith
February 3, 2020
To celebrate its release (and sequential rise to No. 1 on release day), Tomlinson took to Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn, New York to play a private show for his biggest fans.
With tickets going on sale almost two weeks ago, and selling out in mere minutes, fans packed into the legendary venue for the intimate show (a much different setting than the stadiums he’s played at). Equipped with flowers to shower the 28-year-old with, pride flags, and notes for their idol, “Louies” were ready for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate Tomlinson’s debut album with the star just a few feet away from them.
Tomlinson's first solo album features 12 new songs, including the previously released tracks like “Two Of Us,” “Kill My Mind,” and the title track, “Walls.” It also includes some fan favorites that Tomlinson has played live but had not released studio versions yet like “Defenceless," “Habit,” and “Too Young.”
The former One Direction singer performed several songs from his debut album, kicking off his set with “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart.” He also played the nostalgic tracks “We Made It” along with “Too Young” and wrapped his 20-minute set with his latest single, “Walls.”
“It’s a very, very proud moment tonight. I went to No. 1 on the worldwide album chart,” he revealed to his fans. “un-f****** believable, I can’t believe it. Thank you all.”
It was almost hard to hear the Doncaster-born singer’s voice over the deafening screams of the packed crowd and their enthusiastic singing. At many times during the show, Tomlinson and his band were in awe at how loud his fans were singing the songs back to him.
“You sound incredible, New York!” he told the crowd after wrapping the first song. “As I said before, we waited four years for this. It feels incredible, the support in New York is always incredible. I love you all, it’s a special, special day for me.”
Tomlinson couldn’t help but think to the future and performing again when he comes back for his 2020 world tour later this summer — in much bigger venues. “This is getting me proper excited for tour,” he told the crowd. “Anyone coming to tour?” His answer was received in the form of a huge roll of applause and screams.
After the concert, Tomlinson spent almost an hour meeting fans and signing copies of Walls for those attending the show. When asked by iHeartRadio at the signing if he had anything to say to his fans, Tomlinson ever-so-graciously said, “thank you for everything. Thank you for all of your support!”
Tickets to his tour are available now!
Louis Tomlinson 2020 US + Canada tour dates:
June 9 Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore Minneapolis
June 10 Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
June 12 Toronto, ON @ Rebel
June 13 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
June 15 Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
June 16 New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
June 17 New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
June 19 Washington, DC @ The Anthem
June 20 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
June 22 Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
June 23 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
July 2 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
July 6 Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
July 7 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
July 9 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
July 10 Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
July 11 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
July 13 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
July 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Sandy Amphitheatre
July 16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
July 17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
July 21 Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
July 22 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
July 23 Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
“Louies” are nominated for Best Fan Army at this year's 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Social voting is open and will close on Monday, March 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT for all categories, except Best Fan Army which will continue through Friday, March 27th at 9am ET/6am PT. Fans can vote using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.
Photo: Getty Image // Lindsey Smith for iHeartRadio