One Direction Causes Fan Frenzy In Australia, Paul McCartney Heeds Warning to Boy Band (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

| April 11, 2012 - 9:54 am

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The boys of One Direction have become an international phenomena practically overnight, and the girls in Australia are giving the boys’ American and British fans a run for their money when it comes to showing love to the band. 

Niall HoranZayn MalikLiam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson all showed up on Australia’s TODAY show Wednesday morning, much to the delight of many pre-teen female fans. “This is more than we could ever ask for. … We have amazing fans,” the band said gratefully. 

The boys are having a great time down under, going straight into the Sydney Harbor upon arrival, causing girls to gawk over their shirtless shots. 

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney is warning the boy band of their instant fame, adding that he doesn’t want the youngsters to be compared to The Beatles.

Paul told British morning show Daybreak, “(That’s the) kiss of death. So many bands, they all get called the next Beatles. It puts an awful lot of pressure on them to be the next Beatles. Oasis were the next Beatles once, if you remember.”

The  69-year-old musician further explained (2:10 minutes into video), “It’s pressure because suddenly you have got to live up to all the things that we did. It was a different time back then. So let’s just call them the next terrific band. They’re doing well in America. Good.”

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