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Limited to just 25 people and their guests, the top 25 bids will receive access to this special performance and a pair of tickets to see Ed Sheeran in concert later that night at the Allstate Arena.

We’ll take bids from 7:00am Thursday until 3:00pm Friday (09/05/2014). Bidding starts at $150 and will be accepted in $10.00 increments. This incredible concert package is only available through this special online auction.

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Don’t forget to watch Ed on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight on ABC at 11:35/10:35c

Ed Sheeran stood alone onstage and looked out at the 8,000-plus fans assembled before him on Tuesday at the SAP Center in San Jose. The British singer-songwriter-guitarist, who turned 23 in February, seemed amazed by the scene.

“I’m still quite surprised that so many people are interested,” said Sheeran, adding that he’s only headlined a few arena shows to date.

He’d better get used to it, because it doesn’t look like the crowds are going to get any smaller in the near future.

Sheeran is, without a doubt, one of the fastest rising stars in all of popular music. His 2014 sophomore effort, “X,” is a massive hit, having topped the charts in the U.S. and several other countries. It’s especially popular in Sheeran’s native U.K., where “X” spent a staggering eight weeks at No. 1 on the charts — thus tying Sheeran with singer James Blunt (2005′s “Back to Bedlam”) for longest reign by a male artist.

Not bad for a guy who lost this year’s best new artist Grammy to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Of course, Sheeran rebounded nicely over this past weekend, topping Eminem, Pharrell Williams and others as “Sing” was named best male video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Yet, it’s not just the sales figures and award nominations that are pushing Sheeran to super stardom. He also plays the fame game surprisingly well, drawing headlines for feuding with Miley Cyrus, appearing in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video with Courteney Cox, palling around with Taylor Swift and writing songs for One Direction.

No wonder he’s moved up to playing major sports arenas.

The crowd size, however, is just about the only thing that has changed about Sheeran’s shows. The thoroughly entertaining gig he delivered at SAP Center was vastly similar to the one I saw him put on last year at the 2,300-capacity Warfield theater in San Francisco.

Sure, he now has some fancy video screens behind him, and another album’s worth of material, but he still goes about his business the same way.

“My job is to entertain you for the next two hours,” said Sheeran, who uttered basically the same thing at the Warfield. “Your job is to be entertained.”

Both sides held up their ends of the deal — and then some. The crowd numbered some 8,500 strong, but it sounded like there were 85,000 in the building as Sheeran took the stage alone and began playing the new album’s “I’m a Mess.” The young, mostly female audience was engaged throughout the show, singing along in high-pitched voices as Sheeran rolled out such fan favorites as “Lego House” and “Drunk” (both from 2011′s multi-million-selling debut “+”).

Sheeran performed solo throughout the show, holding our attention with just his versatile voice, acoustic guitar work, fine sense of humor and some 21st century high-tech wizardry. As far as the latter goes, Sheeran utilizes “live loops” technology as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. He uses foot pedals to record himself playing a short guitar or vocal part, then plays it back as he moves on to record the next segment. He gets several of these “loops” going at once, synchronized so that it sounds like a full band is playing live onstage. It’s confusing to explain, but awesome to witness.

Sheeran saved his best for last, closing out the roughly two-hour show with a marathon take on “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” before hitting the jackpot with “Gold Rush” and then delivering fine renditions of his two best-known songs — “The A Team” and “Sing.”

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Ed helped with Courteney Cox’s Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch it below and if you didn’t watch Ed’s ice bucket challenge you can watch that here. If you would like to learn more about ALS please check out ALSA.org

 

This year Ed took home his first real American award, a moon man for Best Male Video for Sing! We’d like to say congratulations to Ed and the fans who voted for this award. We did it!

 





I’ve uploaded 43 photos to the gallery including photos from Taylor helping Ed get ready, the red carpet, the show & the press room.

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Tune into the MTV Video Music Awards tonight at 9/8c to see if Ed takes home the moon man for Best Male Video (Sing)!

While in Vancouver today CTV’s Norma Reid met up with Ed to discuss Vancouver, the concept for the “Sing” music video and more.

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Ed Sheeran’s singalong aimed to entertain — and did | Concert review

Ed Sheeran gave his fans exactly what they wanted during his sold-out show at WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21  — a massive singalong.

“I want you to wake up tomorrow and still be singing,” said the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter as he skipped offstage after a nearly two hour set.

The crowd was still singing his hit single “Sing.”

For quieter songs such as “One,” “Tenerife Sea” and “Little Bird,” the audience could clearly be heard echoing Sheeran’s vocals. On his hits “Drunk,” “Give Me Love” and “The A Team,” he asked for participation and received a tidal wave of response.

Sometimes the crowd got carried away.

After the first chorus of fan favorite “Lego House,” Sheeran stopped the song because fans began singing the first verse again instead of the second.

“You sang the wrong words!” he said, laughing.

Sheeran’s concert marked the first in his 2014 U.S. tour. Equipped with only an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal, the British star played with the vitality and immense energy of a one-man band, layering harmony and rhythm, building up slowly to his vocals.

There were moments when he overdid it. “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” had so much going on that the original song was lost under layers of sound. But Sheeran’s musicianship was technically creative and made him more than just a guy with a guitar and some catchy melodies.

The show’s laughably silly visuals, splayed out across nearly 10 screens behind him, detracted from the simplicity of his songs. “Lego House” had images of Legos; his performance of “I See Fire,” written for the most recent installment of “The Hobbit,” was backed by clips of a dragon from the movie. “Sing,” the show’s finale, had cartoonlike eyeballs tumbling around an imaginary world and block letters asking the audience to “Sing!” and then “Louder”!

But the overproduction didn’t diminish Sheeran’s ability to connect with his audience and please his fans, overwhelmingly teenage girls, some of whom held up signs that said “You sound like sex” and “Aspiring musician.”

“It’s my job to entertain you and it’s your job to be entertained,” he said near the beginning of the set. And entertain he did.

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