AceShowbiz - Harry Styles hasn't forgotten his One Direction roots, despite rumors claiming otherwise. The British heartthrob is currently on the road for his first tour as a solo artist, and he made sure to kick it off in the most special way. Harry definitely gave fans a night to remember when he belted out One Direction's hits onstage during the tour's first stop in San Francisco on Tuesday, September 19.
"Thank you for being here," Harry greeted the packed crowd at the Masonic auditorium. "Thank you for popping my cherry." Donning two-piece floral suit, the singer then strummed his acoustic guitar and launched the set with a stunning rendition of "Stockholm Syndrome", a track off One Direction's 2014 album "Four".
Following the nostalgic performance, Harry delivered his solo materials off his self-titled album "Harry Styles", including "Sweet Creature", "Only Angel", "Woman" and "Meet Me in the Hallway". He later took fans to One Direction's heyday again by belting out the group's breakout single "That's What Makes You Beautiful".
Besides One Direction's classics, Harry covered rock band Fleetwood Mac's hit song "The Chain" during the show as a tribute to the group, who has inspired him. The 23-year-old singer later perfectly wrapped up the concert with his debut solo single, "Sign of the Times".
Harry performing One Direction's songs came after rumors saying that he wanted to forget his past with the group sparked. "The path Harry has taken with his music is very different to the type of big pop songs he was performing with One Direction," a source previously told The Sun. "As a result Harry is keen to get away from his teenybopper days and reinvent himself as a rock star."
During a recent interview with film director Cameron Crowe, Harry fueled the rumors as saying, "I felt I was going into the studio to make an album I wanted to make. I didn't feel like, what do I need to make as Harry from that band for it to be good? I missed music. I just wanted to go on and write with my friends and have a good time and hopefully like what came out at the end."
Harry is set to perform in 13 North American cities in September and October before heading to Europe, Australia and Japan through December. The North American leg of the tour will conclude in Phoenix, Arizona on October 14.