“My name is Ed and my job for the next two hours is to entertain you — and your job is to be entertained.”
HE WALKS alone on to a massive stage dressed in baggy blue jeans and an old T-shirt. There are no musicians or back-up singers behind him. He’s alone.
Except for the 50,000 people looking back at him.
Keith Richards once admitted new-found respect for Mick Jagger’s remarkable showmanship and energy after briefly fronting a superstar band on a stadium tour.
But this man with the shaggy hair up there is by himself.
He strums his small guitar then presses a pedal with his sneakers. The guitar keeps playing on its own as he walks to the microphone and makes a drum beat with his voice, like that guy in the original Police Academy movie.
So there’s now drums on top of the looping guitar. He adds another strum or two, a couple of whoops, gives the guitar a little thump and, if you closed your eyes, you’d swear there was an entire band on stage.
But there isn’t.
It’s just Ed Sheeran — and those 50,000 people who now are dancing and rocking out with him…