Ed Sheeran silences critics over ‘backing track’
ED SHEERAN has faded out critics trying to poke holes in his Glastonbury performance.
The singer took to Twitter to explain the facts to those who claimed he was miming during his headline slot as he brought the festival to a close on Sunday.
Sheeran, 26, on stage with just his guitar, used a ‘loop pedal’ to enhance and layer his vocals and playing — but not everyone seemed aware of the device.
‘Ed Sheeran just using loads of pre-recorded stuff, miming and not even pretending to play his guitar half the time,’ one tweeter moaned.
Another complained: ‘Why is he bothering with a guitar, it’s carrying on in the background when he stops playing! #miming.’
The Thinking Out Loud star hit back yesterday, tweeting: ‘Never thought I’d have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live.
‘It’s a loop station, not backing track. Please Google.
‘Anyway, great night, great atmosphere, family, friends, fun. Love you all.’
Fans were quick to leap to Sheeran’s defence, with one tweeting: ‘Idiots complaining about Ed Sheeran using backing track. uh no. He created his back track live in front of u.’ Another said: ‘Not sure what I’m enjoying more — Ed Sheeran’s #Glastonbury2017 set or Twitter thinking he’s miming as they don’t understand loop pedals.’
One fan posted: ‘These are obvs people that have never seen Ed live before, he doesn’t need a band he does it all himself and sings LIVE, not many can do it!’
Sheeran confessed to nerves as he took to the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in front of more than 100,000 revellers. ‘I have to admit, I’m very nervous, but I’m very excited, very excited,’ he told the crowd. Joining Foo Fighters and Radiohead as one of this year’s three headliners, Sheeran added he first performed at Glastonbury six years ago for ‘about 500 people’.
Author: Tom Stichbury