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.”