BY FREDA MIKLIN
Just like he did the last time he was in Denver, worldwide artist and musical genius Ed Sheeran paid an unannounced visit to Children’s Hospital when he was here this past weekend. That’s the kind of person he is and it comes across in his music and his performance. During the middle of a song Saturday night at Empower Field, he stopped and said, “Wait, I can’t swear, there are children here.” Then he changed up the lyrics to the song he was singing.
The show played to a record-setting crowd of 85,000 fans, all of whom had to wait through a lightning delay followed by a rain delay followed by another rain delay, until he finally took the stage at 10:00 p.m. The concert was scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. It was in the 7:00 p.m. hour when the second opening act, Khalid, was playing that the first lightning delay got called.
The audience, like the star performer, was chill, as they say. Even the long delay didn’t result in complaints or bad attitudes. The crowd knew the show would eventually go on and it did, par excellence. Sheeran played for two straight hours, all the hits and the singalongs, plus lots of powerful new music.
The highlight of the evening was when he played his most famous love song, “Perfect,” and 85,000 fans lifted their phones with their flashlights shining, singing along and moving with the music. If you haven’t seen it, I posted it on social media.