NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of eager One Direction fans — and plenty of patient parents — packed the area outside NBC’s 30 Rock Studios to watch the boy band from England perform on the ‘Today’ show Friday morning.
Many had been camped out since the night before. One teen said she had been roughing it on 48th Street for four days.
With the steel gate barricades, police officers on the sidewalks and closed streets, the scene looked more like a visit from the President or the Pope, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reported.
The Today show reported that more than 18,000 fans showed up to catch a glimpse of the young pop stars.
Danny, a Scarsdale resident, brought his daughter and her best friend to the plaza to catch a glimpse of the boy band. He compared the scene outside 30 Rock to a different British invasion.
“Fifty years ago when the Beatles came to the United States girls like this were lined up screaming, it’s like deja vu all over again,” he said.
The group is back across the pond to promote their new movie, This is Us. 1D singer Harry Styles said the film is an inside look at the lives of the band’s members.
“You’re going to learn a lot about like, just what we do every day,” Styles said.