Ed Sheeran opened his own show at the last minute this weekend after his support act, Khalid, was involved in a car accident.
The pop star was due to perform his headline show Maryland’s FedEx Field on Saturday night (24 June) when he had to step in to open the evening as well as play later on. Rosa Linn was separately also on support.
Khalid was involved in a car crash hours before he was due to go on stage. He has yet to issue an update on his condition nor share any details of the incident.
Sheeran told the crowd that he “really [hopes] Khalid gets well soon” as he played a stripped-back set of songs from his back catalogue.
The singer, who released his Khalid-featuring single ‘Beautiful People’ from his No.6 Collaborations Project in 2019, treated fans to some live rarities. ‘Sycamore’, a song taken from his new album – (Subtract), doesn’t usually feature in his main set.
The track was inspired by his wife Cherry Seaborn’s cancer, which she was diagnosed with whilst she was pregnant with their second child.
“[Khalid] was in a car accident this week,” Sheeran said as he took to the mic earlier than billed [via Metro]. “He’s recovering and we wish him the best.”
He then joked: “If people don’t know I was going to be the opening act today, people are going to walk up to me today like, ‘This show isn’t what I thought it was. I thought there’d be more fireworks.'”
Sheeran added of his own support set: “Usually when I start playing, it’s like pitch-black and now I get to see everyone. It’s awesome. This is pretty fun.”
He continued: “I kind of feel like, when you’re the main act, there’s a bunch of pressure because people have paid to see you but I feel like when you’re the opening act you’re sort of like, ‘Let’s have fun. Let’s play songs.'”
At the end of the set Sheeran said: “I just want to say, before I introduce this next song, that I really hope Khalid gets well soon and that he’ll be joining us in Boston.”
The singer-songwriter is next due to perform at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston othis Thursday (29 June). Ben Kweller is set to open.
In related news, Lewis Capaldi got a sea of people in the audience at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival in Scotland to turn on Sheeran earlier this month with chants of “f**k Ed”.
The pair of musicians pushed their playful feud to new heights – read more about it here.