Ed Sheeran: “÷” Tour (Las Vegas)
Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran brought his North American arena tour to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, August 4th, performing hits from his record-breaking third studio album, “÷.”
A worldwide smash hit, “÷” (pronounced divide) marked Sheeran’s splashy return to music following a yearlong hiatus. The album, released in March, debuted at number one in Sheeran’s native United Kingdom, where it became the fastest-selling album by a male artist, and shot to #1 on iTunes charts in 96 countries, including the United States. “÷,” an immediate global phenomenon, saw the release of universal hit singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” both enduring chart-toppers since their January release. Debuting to Billboard’s Hot 100 at #1 and #6, respectively, the tracks made Sheeran the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s history.
“I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time,” Sheeran said of “÷,” describing the album as “the best thing I have made thus far.”
Sheeran burst onto the scene with his 2011 debut studio album, “+,” (plus) following up with its even bigger sequel, 2014’s “x” (multiply). Sheeran’s sophomore album saw the release of Sheeran’s seminal hit “Thinking Out Loud,” as well as hit track “All of the Stars,” accompanying blockbuster hit The Fault in Our Stars. The RIAA 2X Platinum certified “Shape of You” has racked up more than two billion views on YouTube and more than a billion streams on Spotify, further cementing the 26-year-old artist’s superstar status.
Sheerhan performed almost all of “ “÷,” alongside “The A Team” (taken from “+”), “Photograph,” and “Thinking Out Loud” (both taken from “x”). Opening with “Castle on the Hill” before launching into rap with “Eraser,” Sheeran performed “Don’t,” “A New Man,” “Dive,” “Bloodstream,” the heartbreaking “Happier,” “Galway Girl,” “Feeling Good,” “I See Fire,” “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here,” “Photograph,” “Perfect,” “Nancy Mulligan,” and “Sing.” Sheeran closed out the night with 2011’s single “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” in which Sheeran says “I won’t be a product of my genre” — how prescient that proved to be. Sheeran has a sound all his own, a defining characteristic lending in part to his well-deserved global popularity and success.
Sheeran is among the planet’s most popular live performers — a feat I can personally attest to, having stood stageside, and having peered out into the chock-full T-Mobile Arena, a venue that was on the night of August 4th bursting with Ed-heads from all walks of life. There — in the darkness among the legions of screaming fans — you could have easily believed you were attending the Beatles in concert.
Sheeran will next appear at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on August 10th, continuing a nationwide tour that continues through October. View dates and tickets here. T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will next host Lady Gaga Friday, August 11th, before bringing the iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 22nd—23rd, Imagine Dragons on September 29th, The Weeknd on October 14th, and Jay-Z on October 28th. Visit the official T-Mobile Arena site for ticketing info.