Emotional Ed Sheeran opens to fans at intimate London concert after close friend’s death
HEARTBROKEN Ed Sheeran made an emotional return to the stage at his Christmas show after being out of the spotlight.
The Shape Of You singer performed a new track, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter Lyra and his late friend and music producer Michael Gudinski.
The 30-year-old revealed he wrote the new single earlier this year while dealing with the shock of losing Michael, who had worked on his record-breaking world tours.
Ed addressed the crowd at his Merry Christmas Gathering – a special UK performance at St John At Hackney Church in London to raise funds for the Suffolk Music Foundation.
He said: “Everyone’s grandparents are dying, so be prepared for that.
“When that happened, of course, I was sad, but it’s also part of life. But with my friend Michael, it happened instantly and the next day we weren’t talking.
“So I wrote this song in that kind of lonely moment where I didn’t want to tell anyone about it. I wrote this song and it kind of helped me get out of it.
“Then I played it to his family and they said put it on the album.
“I kept meeting people who had heard the song and liked the song and it was super personal to me, but they found things that were personal to them.
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“I’m just so happy that this song has multiple meanings, and I feel like it belongs to everyone, not just me.”
Ed’s wife Cherry gave birth to Lyra in September of last year.
The lyrics of the new song reveal his concerns about the education of his firstborn and that he is “afraid of being a failure.”
He also sang, “I wish Heaven had visiting hours.
“So I might just show up and bring the news that she’s getting old.
“And I wish you had met her.” The things she would learn from me, I got them all from you.
Michael died on March 2 at the age of 68.
The friends met when Michael went to see Ed rehearse for a show in Melbourne.
Ed previously said: “We were friends first and foremost. He was a father figure and mentor to me, but we also enjoyed the peaks of our touring career together in 2018, breaking the record for most tickets sold. in Australia. ”
Michael has brought some of the world’s biggest bands to Australia with his pioneering company, Frontier Touring.
SIMPLE WORDS FOR THE NEW SONG
WORDS to visiting hours that Ed wrote for his friend Michae
I wish heaven had visiting hours so I could just show off and bring the news that she’s getting old
And I wish you had met her, the things she would learn from me, I got them all from you
We just took our time and we’re gonna put the world back in order
The little ones will grow up and I will always drink your favorite wine
As soon as they close but I’ll see you another day, so much has changed since you left
Wish Heaven had visiting hours so I could just drop by and ask for your opinion
What would you do in my situation? I have no idea how I would even raise them
What would you do? Because you always do what’s right
We just took a long time until my worries disappeared I’ll tell you I’m scared of being a failure
You would say, “Remember the answer is in the love we create”
So many things have changed since you left I wish the sky had visiting hours
And I would ask them if I could take you home
But I know what they would say, it’s for the best
I’ll live life like you told me and do it on my own, I’ll close the door but I’ll open my heart
Everyone I love will know exactly who you are
‘Cause it’s not goodbye, it’s just until we meet again
So many things have changed since you left
Superstars included Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stone, and Frank Sinatra.
He also helped catapult Kylie Minogue to international stardom.
On the last date of his Divide world tour in August 2019, Ed told audiences in his hometown of Ipswich that he would be taking an extended break.
He said: “This is my last gig in probably 18 months.”
He returned to the stage at Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball on Sunday night, after announcing his fourth solo studio album ‘=’ in August.
The follow-up to Divide, the Afterglow singer described it as an “adulthood record.”
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