Ed premiered his latest music video for Thinking Out Loud today on youtube. Watch it below.
Ed premiered his latest music video for Thinking Out Loud today on youtube. Watch it below.
Ed and his team have announced a handful of datess for next February. Check out the dates below. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday at 10am BST
Thursday, 12th || Czech Republic, Prague, Forum Karlin || Buy Tickets
Friday, 13th || Poland, Warsaw, Torwar Hall || Buy Tickets
Sunday, 15th || Lithuania, Vilnius, Siemens Arena || Buy Tickets
Monday, 16th || Latvia, Riga, Arena Riga || Buy Tickets
Tuesday, 17th || Estonia, Tallinn, Saku Arena || Buy Tickets
They call themselves Sheerios, and they were out in full force Tuesday night at a nearly sold out Xfinity Center to see their idol, British singer-songwriter – and amazingly talented acoustic guitarist – Ed Sheeran.
After a spirited performance by the English dance/pop group Rudimental, the large stage at the outdoor venue was stripped down to two microphones, a few monitors, and a loop pedal station that provided high-tech instrumentation including background licks, layered vocal harmonies and some seriously cool reverberation.
When the 23-year-old Sheeran took to the stage at 8:30 p.m., the shrieks from the predominantly female audience were ear piercing. During Sheeran’s nearly-two-hour, 16-song set, his female admirers yelled, “I love you” and similar sentiments dozens of times – prompting the musician to start laughing and say “shhhh” during one of his mellow songs.
Wearing an open navy blue and red checkered flannel shirt over a black T-shirt, black jeans, and black high-top sneakers, Sheeran opened with “I’m a Mess” off of the recently released “x,” his second studio album.
At the end of the song, he engaged the crowd with light banter that continued throughout the show.
“My name is Ed,” Sheeran said before his second song, the popular “Lego House.” “My job for the next two hours is to entertain you, and your job for the next two hours is to be entertained.”
Mission accomplished on both ends, as Sheeran poured his heart into each song, whether it was a funky rap number, an upbeat rocker or a melodious ballad that showcased this young performer’s impressive vocal abilities.
Sheeran, who played several different acoustic guitars during the performance, has been called a one-man band. Nowhere was the accuracy behind that moniker more apparent than on “Bloodstream” (off his newest release). During the song, which came about halfway through his set, Sheeran rocked out, strumming his guitar feverishly while keeping a steady backbeat as he drummed on the body of the instrument and built to a crescendo (accompanied by flashing strobe lights) that drove the cheering crowd wild.
While Sheeran encouraged the audience during many of his songs to sing along – and even held a who-can-sing-the-loudest competition between two halves of the crowd – he asked everyone to “rest your voices and just chill” when he sang the beautiful ballad “Afire Love,” which is about his late grandfather’s battle with Alzheimer’s. The audience obliged, turning their smart phones to flashlight mode and holding them high above their heads so a sea of shining lights filled the amphitheater.
Other show highlights included the popular “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” “One,” “Drunk,” and “The A-Team.”
Sheeran capped off the night with the pop/R&B-influenced “Sing,” the lead single off “x.” And with that, having accomplished his previously stated goal, he left the audience more than adequately entertained.
British singer Ed Sheeran brought his “X” tour to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Tuesday night as the last show of the year for the outdoor venue. The show was a hit with fans and was a great way to close out the 2014 concert season.
Opening for Sheeran was British group Rudimental, which is made up of nine singers and instrumentalists. Though they were very good and no doubt talented, the group seemed a bit all over the place and too immature for a tour of Sheeran’s caliber. Their set was too dark, they didn’t make use of the large screens and they’re hype man was a little bit too much for the small stage. If you were sitting in the lawn seats, you were out of luck as it was impossible to see the group from that vantage point.
Luckily, Sheeran upped the ante. While many artists would choose to appear on stage in a dramatic fashion, Sheeran chose the simple route of just walking out as if he were walking into an intimate open mic with friends. He got right into the music and remained the sole person on stage throughout the show. There aren’t many performers who can captivate a large audience with nothing more than their voice and a guitar but Sheeran did just that and he nailed it.
If you aren’t familiar with Sheeran, then you might not realize that he is a multi-faceted performer. He sings, plays guitar and even raps. Yes, that’s right, Sheeran is a rapper — and a good one at that.
During “Don’t” Sheeran showed off his impressive skills and even freestyled in verses from Chris Brown’s hit “Loyal” as well as the 1990’s hit “No Diggity” by Blackstreet. The song, about a cheating girlfriend, is rumored to be about British singer Ellie Goulding but that has never been confirmed by Sheeran.
That wasn’t the only time Sheeran showed off his rapping. He also rapped during “Take It Back”, which saw him boast about being on a sold-out tour, and got feisty on “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.”
It wasn’t all rapping and attitude, however. Sheeran slowed things down for “Lego House”, “The A Team” and “One”. When he sings, it seems like there is a whole different side to him that is gentle and caring and it is very appealing.
Sheeran is quite mellow in general but he has a tougher side of him, which he showed quite often during the show. Sometimes it seemed a little much for him to sing or rap about mature subjects such as sex, drugs and getting drunk when the majority of his fans are tweens and teens. That being said, he is a 23-year-old male who writes from experience and his songs reflect that.
It’s quite amazing to see how far Sheeran has come since he opened for Taylor Swift on her “Red” tour. Headlining his own tour and having massive mainstream success probably wasn’t something this red-haired Brit ever expected but his fans adore him and after this show it’s easy to see why
If there’s talent in today’s music – and that’s a big if – the one thing certainly missing is passion. In a world of mass-produced, say-nothing, sound-alike songs, performers who convey emotion and, even more, intensity are rare, indeed.
Ed Sheehan showed with his concert Monday at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center that he’s among those rarities.
The ginger-haired Brit singer-songwriter, who has more than a passing resemblance to a young Van Morrison, also often resembled Morrison in performance: So caught up in the music that his time on stage seemed as much spiritual as entertaining.
He would rap speedily as if speaking in tongues – comparable to Morrison’s iconic scat singing – or become entranced in strumming his acoustic guitar or in the layers of sound he built with looping technology from those strums, percussive slaps on his guitar or stomps on the stage.
In fact, one of the most impressive elements of the show was how the 23-year-old Sheeran appeared on stage, confidently alone with a guitar and no band, and made all of that sound.
The other most impressive element was how soulful some of Sheeran’s singing was, and how compelling some of his lyrics were.
That was true from the opening song, “I’m a Mess,” which he strolled on stage, unannounced, to play. With a nice intensity, it was the first of nine songs he played during the 16-song, 100-minute show that came from his sophomore album, “x,” released in June.
He followed that opener with his 2011 gold hit “Lego House,” which had a light touch yet still seethed with intensity.
What that songs and others showed was that Sheeran is hardly just the typical singer-songwriter his radio hits have portrayed him to be. By the third song, his new single “Don’t,” he was showing the credibility of his rapping – speedy and spitted, segueing into the Blackstreet song “No Diggity.”
On “Take It Back” he looped his guitar strumming and put it down altogether to rap very fast.
As if to contrast that, the next song, “One,” was slow and stark, Sheeran singing in a falsetto. And the new “Bloodstream” found him slapping his guitar for percussion and electronically layering his own vocals.
One of the best of the night was the new “Tenerife Sea,” a sea chantey that fit the singer-songwriter style. It had the deepest meaning – just bare emotional vocal over more complicated guitar, with him finishing in a falsetto.
Not every song was as successful. “Runaway” was more like a shell of a song with no substance, and its less weighty nature was borne out when Sheeran finished it with a chorus of Backstreet Boys’ “Backstreet’s Back.”
He asked the crowd not to sing along to “Afire Love,” calling it the most important song to him on the new album. But it was nothing special.
Far better, perhaps the best, was “Thinking Out Loud.” Sheeran’s voice was its most soulful – its most Morrison-esque. And the surprise was that the young audience embraced it as well.
He closed the main set with “Give Me Love,” on which he welcomed the audience to sing (he even divided the crowd to have them sing the chorus a cappella), and again displayed the passion that made the night so successful. Then the cool, rising “I See Fire,” after which he simply set down his guitar and walked off.
He started the encore with two of just six songs he played from his gold debut album. He stretched “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” to 11 minutes with beat boxing and loops, and strumming so fast on his guitar that he shredded a string.
He was so enrapt that he seemed to channeled Morrison – and made it possible to think that if Van the Man had come out today, he’d probably be rapping, too.
Then came Sheeran’s biggest hit, the double-platinum 2011 breakthrough “The A Team.” Sheeran sang it both stark and soulful — more deliberate and forceful than the tentative original.
The show ended with “Sing,” the gold first single from “x,” this time Sheeran channeling Justin Timberlake.
Perhaps just as surprising as Sheeran’s performance was how invested the audience – largely young and female – was. These songs were not your typical tween fare – and yet they cheered and sang along as if they were the congregation of Sheeran’s church.
It wasn’t the largest crowd the arena has seen – significant areas of the floor were empty, as was most of the higher sections. But the intensity with which they reacted to Sheeran also was the kind Morrison’s fans heaped on him, and still do.
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Here are some clips from today’s Howard Stern show.
There are five clips from Ed’s appearance. Hover over the clips to get a sidebar to scroll to the later clips.
Events & Appearances > 2014 > Sept. 8 – the Howard Stern Show
Ed Sheeran charms Sprint Center crowd with the varied sounds of a one-man band
When the headliner took the stage Tuesday at the Sprint Center, the crowd screamed and squealed as if a boy band were about to perform.
But the stage was equipped only with two microphones, a few monitors and a dozen video screens hanging at the back.
Ed Sheeran was the headliner, and he is neither a boy nor a band.
“I’m here to entertain you, and you’re here to be entertained,” he told the crowd of nearly 8,000. And for more than 90 minutes, he did just that, by himself, as a one-man band, accompanied only by his guitars and whatever sounds and embellishments he could conjure via the loop pedals and other gadgets at his disposal.
Sheeran, 23, is a busker with a personality as vibrant as his shaggy red hair and as endearing as his thick British accent. He writes mostly about love and romance and broken hearts, which explains why his audience is overwhelmingly female teens and tweens.
The set list drew equally from Sheeran’s two studio albums: “+” (“Plus”), released in September 2011 and “X” (“Multiply”), released in June. Both albums showcase Sheeran’s sound, a blend of folk, pop, soul and hip-hop. Live, he embellishes his songs by creating layers and loops of sounds — guitars, percussion, beatbox, vocals — and singing over them.
It hardly replaces a live band, but it adds the kind of heft necessary to keep an arena crowd engaged. And this crowd was engaged all night, singing along, whether prompted or not, lighting up the arena with cell phones and screaming like teenyboppers.
He opened with “I’m A Mess,” from the “X” album, then “Lego House,” from its predecessor. Both showcase a voice that is strong and agile. When he slips into his falsetto, as he did on “One,” he recalls James Blunt; other times he can sound like a more soulful version of David Gray or Cat Stevens.
The crowd responded enthusiastically to nearly every song, even “Make It Rain,” a new one that Sheeran has yet to record. But several were greeted with extra enthusiasm: “One,” “Give Me Love” and “Bloodstream.” On that one, the percussion Sheeran rendered by banging on his guitar was so heavy it rattled the arena.
The three-song encore aroused the most mania. He started with “You Don’t Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” showing off his rap flow and inserting a reference to the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”; then “The A Team,” the lead single from “+” and the song that started his rise to fame; then “Sing.”
Before that song, he choreographed a sing-along and asked the crowd to keep singing, even after he’d left the stage and while they were on their way out of the arena and all the way to their cars.
Plenty of his fans honored that request from an entertainer who had kept them plenty entertained all night.
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