***UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: Please note that this concert is scheduled for July 18, 2013, not 2012. This is the farthest-out we've ever seen a concert like this go on sale.
British teen quintet One Direction will make its Twin Cities debut July 18 at Target Center -- but not until July 18 of next year. Tickets for the show go on sale April 21 (of this year) at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $89.50, $79.50, $49.50, $29.50.
Although the on-sale time is unprecedentedly far ahead of the concert, fans had better act fast if they plan on getting seats. The group’s Madison Square Garden show sold out in 10 minutes, according to the band’s hype-spinners – who don't mention the likelihood that the demand was due to scalpers seeing dollar signs and Miley Cyrus in their eyes on this one.
So reminiscent of New Kids on the Block and 'N Sync that they can make 30- and 40-something women heavily sigh in three seconds flat, the One Direction boys are a product of the U.K. version of "The X Factor." Self-described "Factor"/"Idol" mastermind Simon Cowell played a big role in the group's quick ascent. Their album, "Up All Night," became the first debut record by a British act ever to land at No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. album chart its first week. Beatlemania-like pandemoneum is starting to happen at the quintet's concerts now, too.
Here's a clip of them from last weekend's "Saturday Night Live." Nope, no pre-recorded vocals here.