Check out our gallery of the night –> Photos of Ed Sheeran @ Rogers Arena – June 19th 2015
On Friday, June 19th, Ed Sheeran played a sold out show at Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver for the tour of his second album entitled X. Thinking Out Loud is currently one of my favourite songs and I get a smile on my face every time it comes on the radio. I also absolutely adore Give Me Love from his first studio album, + (Plus)
That being said, I am a fairly new fan of Ed Sheeran, so watching this performance was an important and interesting experience. Normally the artists that I see are ones whose careers I know quite well, but luckily the friend I had brought along is a devoted fan and knows Ed’s music well, so I had help keeping track of the names of all the songs he played that night, and for that I thank her.
Having a sold out show at a place like Rogers Arena is no small feat. Tickets for this show ranged from about $62 – $464. However, what was most impressive, (and I think everyone at the show would agree), is that Ed’s live performance is nothing fancy – no back-up singers, no band. Just him, his guitar, and his digital delay pedal (which worked very nicely in his favour) With his simplicity, he still managed to make the audience go crazy. It also helps that he is both modest and engaged with his audience.
Songs that were performed off of his debut album included Lego House, The A Team, and Drunk. During this song, my friend turns to me and says, “Notice how every single person in here is standing up?” She was right. The crowd was hooked all throughout the entire show. Off of his current album, X, songs included, Don’t, Nina, Bloodstream, and a favourite, Photograph, which is very heartfelt, poetic and was beautifully performed. If the ringing in my ears from the two girls beside me did not prove that than I’m not sure what else will. When he did his brief acoustic cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggity, the crowd went wild.
The crowd was swaying back and fourth the entire time while getting into the mood of each song. Here is this young 24-year-old man playing for a sold out stadium and yet, it is simply him and his guitars (yes, plural). During a couple of his songs, he encouraged the audience to turn on the flashlights of their cellphones. The stadium lit up like fireflies, and I will say that it was one of those moments where modern technology was truly beautiful.
Ed Sheeran is not an over-the-top, fancy musician. If you saw him on the street, he looks like someone you may have gone to school with, the guy next door, or an old buddy of yours from years gone by. This is no disrespect to Ed whatsoever, it is quite the opposite. It is really refreshing to see an artist like Mr. Sheeran, be so talented and make the ladies (and others) go crazy without an over-marketed or stylized image. It’s musicians like him that make our passion for music real. Not the surface, but music itself as well as all the creation it comes with. We do not care about the image. We love just love the songs. I never thought I would say this about the sweet British ginger that I have come to know as Ed Sheeran, but that man really rocks out (and it turns out, he can also rap)