Review and photos by: Lisa Occhino
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Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose hit single “The A Team” has been dominating radio airwaves, is proving to be as much a phenomenon here in the U.S. as he is in his native England. In response to his rapidly increasing popularity, the British troubadour has added a number of new dates to his first-ever North American headline tour, much of which had already sold out within minutes of going on sale.
Ed’s VH1 You Oughta Know Tour kicked off on September 8th in Orlando, followed by newly announced stops in Charlotte, Milwaukee, Columbus, and right here in Boston last week. Although Ed performed completely alone, he managed to fill up the entire House of Blues stage with his energy and stage presence. He often used a loop pedal to build his songs from the bottom up, layer by layer, until it was as if a full band were performing on stage with him. He balanced out rather impressive beatboxing and Jason Mraz-esque sing-rapping with heartfelt singer-songwriter ballads, melting the hearts of every tween girl (and their moms) at the sold-out Wednesday night show.
The eagerly anticipated tour followed the recent chart success of Ed’s acclaimed debut album, “+.” Thanks to his single, the album entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #5 – the highest debut for a British solo artist’s first full-length album since 2009.