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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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America’s Got Talent

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Ed will performing on American’s Got Talent on Wednesday. For those of you in the New York City area you can request tickets to the show here.

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X Tour Diary | Part 2

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I’ve been really busy this week with working, classes and other things, so I haven’t had much time to update the site with Show updates or photo updates. So I’ll just make a quick update of those topics.

The setlist has not changed much from the last show post. While in Los Angeles he removed Goldrush and had a special guest (Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol) come out and sing “Chasing Cars”. In Las Vegas, Ed did a cover of Britney Spears “..Baby One More Time” and removed “Gold Rush”.

I’ve added meet n greet photos and live photos from San Jose and Los Angeles shows to the gallery. I’ll work on getting Las Vegas, Phoenix & Kansas City photos up very soon.

I’ve added 20 photos to the gallery from Ed’s show in Phoenix (Glendale) on Sunday.

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Who says you need major stage production to put on a captivating show?

Ed Sheeran took the stage in Los Angeles on Wednesday with just a guitar, a microphone and a loop station to deliver nearly two hours of mesmerizing music. He fired through hits new and old, including “Lego House,” “Sing,” “The A Team,” “I See Fire” and “Don’t,” which incorporated Chris Brown’s”Loyal” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggety” to audience squeals.

The set drew concert-goers of all ages and a fair share of Hollywood stars. Among them: Sarah Hyland, Chloe Grace Moretz, Brooklyn and dad David Beckham, Dwight Howard, John Mayer, Benny Blanco and Courteney Cox — who made it a family affair with fiance Johnny McDaid, daughter Coco, andCougar Town co-star Christa Miller and her kids.

Turns out, Cox and McDaid were in the house to support Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, who joined Ed on stage during the encore for a soulful duet on “Chasing Cars.” Sheeran said the song was one of his “top 10 favorite songs ever written.”

Sheerios are known to get rowdy when their leader is in the room, and Ed did need to gently shush the crowd for his “Chasing Cars” performance. He asked the audience to pipe down just once earlier, when he delivered the heart-wrenching ballad “Afire Love.” (For those who took time to soak in the moment, hearing his voice and seeing an entire stadium filled with tiny iPhone lights was unforgettable.)

“My name is Ed and my job is to entertain your. Your job is to be entertained. Everybody say ‘Hell yeah!'” Sheeran told the audience early in his set. Later, he marveled at his first ever headlining stadium tour. “I didn’t expect to get to this point,” he confessed. “Now we’re here and it feels good.”

Moretz posted two videos to her Instagram account Wednesday night. One caption read “@TeddysPhotos killin’ it” while another simply quoted his lyrics, “Out of all these things I’ve done I think I love you better now.”

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“My name is Ed, my job is to entertain you, your job is to be entertained,” Ed Sheeran told a sold-out crowd last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With tousled ginger hair, black jeans and an unbuttoned plaid shirt, Sheeran looked more like the roadie checking the microphone for sibilance than the star of the show. At times, he performed as if he were busking in a subway station, but this was busking of the highest order: the type of set that would make you miss your train and drop some bills into the guitar case.

It’s no small thing to hold the attention of 20,000 people for an hour-and-three-quarters all by yourself – when major stars decide to do an acoustic tour, they usually opt for the safer environment of theaters, even if they could sell out arenas. But Sheeran, a 23-year-old Brit, is pulling off this American arena tour with some well-rehearsed patter (“If you know the words, sing it – if you don’t, make it up, and make sure it’s loud as hell”) and an array of looping pedals, which allow him to stack vocals, guitar riffs and percussive noises. Normally, he was content with an extra loop or two, but on a few songs, such as “Bloodstream,” Sheeran kept adding layer after layer until his acoustic guitar became a wailing wall of white noise.

Unlike most singer-songwriters in troubadour mode, Sheeran doesn’t want to show off the cleverness of his songwriting. He eschews literary flourishes and unexpected turns of phrase in favor of direct lyrics such as “I just want to hold you” and “we found love right where we are.” Several songs last night, however, showcased his rapping, and that was where Sheeran cut loose verbally, spouting autobiography, spitting out triple-time couplets, and rhyming “celibate” with “hell of it.” Incongruous but invigorating, those hip-hop interludes made it clear that Sheeran’s usual songwriting isn’t based on a limited vocabulary – he’s making the deliberate (and lucrative) choice to be emotionally blunt.

Sheeran played 17 songs (including his Hobbit soundtrack contribution “I See Fire,” with images of Smaug on the video screens) and interpolated a couple of entertaining covers, working Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” into his own “Don’t” and concluding his “Runaway” by declaiming a chunk of the Backstreet Boys‘ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” So when he announced during the encore that he was going to play a song that he considered one of the top 10 compositions of all time, almost anything seemed possible: “Waterfalls”? “The Immigrant Song”? Somewhat anticlimactically, it was Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” – but the reason for the selection became clear when Sheeran was joined for a duet by Snow Patrol’s lanky singer, Gary Lightbody.

The crowd (mostly young and female) responded to Sheeran’s every command, pulling out their cell phones by the thousand to provide a twinkling backdrop or shushing their loud neighbors when he asked for quiet during “Afire Love.” When a few audience members kept shouting during that song’s introduction, the genial Sheeran had a rare moment where he showed his teeth: He stopped the song and said, “I have love for you, not just at this very moment.” He may have a relaxed attitude and facial hair that looks like a high school senior’s first attempt at growing a beard, but Sheeran has the inner steel of a show business professional.

 

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Aug
28

Jimmy Kimmel Live Tonight

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

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