Ed Sheeran absolutely 100% owned the SAP Center last night.
I walked in during his second song, “Lego House,” and never took my eyes off him the rest of the night – he’s as scream-worthy as you’ve heard, and not just because of the songs about deep soul-crushing crushes, but also because of the way he uses his loop pedal to accompany himself – and the way he kept an audience of thousands in the palm of his hand every step of the way.
Between working his ass off with that loop pedal, engaging the hell out of the freaking-out crowd, and nailing all of his tracks (whether they’re the insane flow of “Don’t” or the desperate quiet of “I See Fire“) he is definitely one of the hardest-working people in show business.
The highlight for me (besides “The A Team” which will always be a sentimental favorite because it’s the one that started it all) was “One,” a track that puts Ed through his vocal paces (those notes!!) and puts the audience into a pretty rapturous state afterwards.
About that rapturous state, though – don’t make the mistake of dismissing Ed’s music as lightweight just because he has a huge teen following. First of all, teens have discovered some pretty great bands (um, the Beatles anyone?!) and second, Ed’s music is all about everything from, yes, those crushes (“Lego House”, “Sing”) … to old-school traditionals (“I See Fire, which he wrote for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and his version of the Irish traditional “The Parting Glass”) … to, of course, “The A Team” which is the story of a woman he met at a local homeless shelter.
I was smiling the whole night looking at the groups of kids there together, screaming the lyrics and jumping up and down, hugging each other every time he announced the name of the next song. Definitely a Kick-Ass-Parent-Award to all the Moms and Dads who took their kids to SAP Center last night.
Ed’s music isn’t “stripper rock” (love the term that of course Dave Grohl coined) .. it’s heartfelt and actually pretty damn deep and it just so happens he sings his ass off too. <3 Jayn
Ed Sheeran Set List At SAP Center:
I’m a Mess
Take It Back
Thinking Out Loud
Give Me Love
I See Fire
You Need Me, I Don’t Need You
The A Team