On Tuesday (Oct. 26), before the Oct. 29 release of his album =, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran performed at NPR’s lauded Tiny Desk Concert series.
Sheeran performed a number of songs from his next album, including the Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits “Shivers” and “Bad Habits,” which bookended the setlist. He also surprised his fans by singing a cover of Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain” and previewing an unreleased track titled “Overpass Graffiti,” which will be included on the record.
Sheeran performed a lively and soulful show, backed by a buzzing live band and backup vocals chosen by musical director Adam Blackstone, at times rocking out with his acoustic guitar and other times just enthusiastically singing into his microphone. In support of the new record, he wore a white hoodie with the = symbol on it.
Sheeran is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on November 6 to promote his new album, but his recent positive COVID-19 diagnosis may jeopardize his appearance since he stated that he will be unable to “plough ahead with any in-person commitments” in the meantime.