I am not much a concert goer. They are so expensive, and the acts that I would really want to see aren't usually in the cities (more like ... Australia). So I don't go to many. I could actually probably count on two hands the big shoes I have been to:
- Justin Timberlake/Jay Z (Legends of Summer)
- The Postal Service
- Nelly Furtado
- Snow Patrol
- Sarah Brightman (twice)
I have definitely seen some smaller acts here and there at First Ave and such:
- The Submarines (twice)
- Two Door Cinema Club
- Skylar Grey
So, the moral of the story is that I don't go to that many concerts. Sure, there are some people I would like to see live (like Katy Perry and or JT and such), but I just cannot stomach those ticket prices when I could put that money towards traveling.
But, this past week, I DID go to see Ed Sheeran in concert. It was one of those totally random things. I was out running and was just finishing up when "Don't" came on. And I thought ... I wonder if he is on tour and coming to MSP and what size venue he would play. So I looked it up on my phone while I cooled down. And wouldn't you know it ... he was coming to MSP in a month. And ... even more "wouldn't you know it" ... tickets were going on sale in 5 minutes for American Express cardholders for a special offer.
Well ... I call that fate!
And the tickets were only $60 for General Admission section 1. So, I gave in.
One of the best decision ever! I didn't really know what to expect. I really like his music and know he is a great artist and amazing with his guitar, but I was completely BLOWN AWAY.
The ENTIRE 2 hour set was just him with his guitar. Well, his guitarS (plural). He has someone off-stage that brought a different one for each song ... he broke a few strings and a strap along the way since his playing is really intense.
So, yeah. It was just Ed Sheeran up on stage with the guitar. He had a "looping station" (I think I have that right) up there and for each song he would start playing the beat and doing the drumming right on the guitar body, record it, then loop it for playback during the song so that he could focus on other parts of the music and singing. SO COOL!
And he did some of my favorite songs. Some were super intense and loud and crazy, and then at other times it felt like he was serenading just me with slow and beautiful songs.
Overall, amazing show! I haven't been to many in my life (clearly), but this was definitely one of my favorite. He has serious and legit talent. I would definitely pay to see him again live.
Oh ... some of my favorite songs from the show and from his albums:
- Kiss Me
- Give Me Love
- The City
- Grade 8