In your life, we hope you find someone who supports you the way James Corden supports Harry Styles. He is the Obi Wan to Harry’s Luke so much so that it’s almost as if James used a Jedi mind trick Wednesday night to convince Harry to do “Crosswalk the Concert.” Sure, as James pointed out, Kimmel shuts down Hollywood Boulevard for his guests, The Today Show shuts down Rockefeller Plaza, but The Late Late Show gives you 30 seconds in a crosswalk before you get plowed down by impatient cars. How could Harry possibly say no?
Well, he actually tried to, but James talked him in to it. “You’re a trailblazer! Trailblazers don’t give up. People said that Ja Rule couldn’t build a music festival on a private island. Did he give up? No.”
In any case, once Harry was (sort-of) on board, the show, as they say, must go on. And boy did it go. Rolling out a massive platform into the crosswalk with his name in glittering lights behind him, Harry belted out “Kiwi” flanked by a massive show of pyrotechnics. Yes, he literally lit the street on fire. Then Harry really started to get into it, running between the cars where passengers’ reactions ranged from mild amusement to mild annoyance, and even twerking (or kind of butt wiggling?) on one car’s hood. It was sexy, it was electric, it was–
“CARS! Everybody move! Move! Move! Protect Harry! Protect Harry!!!”
In between performances, James and Harry sold merch to waiting cars ($100 for a Harry Styles T-shirt? DEAL), but it all left a bad taste in Harry’s mouth. “They can’t even spell my name right,” he said motioning to a flyer that had the misprint “Harry Stiles,” before noticing the biggest flub: “This one’s Justin Bieber!” Ouch.
Next on the crosswalk performance block was “Lights Up,” where James did an interpretative dance behind Harry, wearing a spandex leotard that left very little to the imagination (ahem), then he dressed as a massive slice of watermelon for “Watermelon Sugar.” We get the feeling James does these Crosswalk concerts just so he has an excuse to wear frilly costumes. No shame, James, we like your style. (Sorry, not sorry.)
The big finale was of course the smash hit “Sign of the Times,” so naturally, Harry had to go soaring to new heights on a zip line… well, sort of. He soared for a little bit before James had to run out, grab his toe, and tow him back to the sidewalk.
You really have to watch the entire clip for yourself, if only to see James get a little too over-excited and accidentally smash one of Harry’s acoustic guitars. Rock n’ roll, baby! Just like the Beatles did.
Watch The Late Late Show with James Corden weekdays at 12:37 a.m. ET on CTV.