Ed Sheeran is many things in the world of pop music, a “super traveling musician” (with some acting skills) who can fill stadiums around the world with little more than a microphone, a guitar, pedals effects and a collection of original songs.
One thing he’s not is a pothead.
Speaking to Fitzy & Wippa for Australian commercial radio network Nova, Sheeran recounted a slightly embarrassing moment back in the day when he partied with The Game.
“I remember I was in the studio one time, like in 2013. I was making records with The Game and he took me to Compton,” Sheeran said. “And we were in the studio and we probably did 13, 14 songs. And towards the end of the session, his boys come in and they’re kind of, it starts to be a bit of a party.
When in Rome. “I’m with Game,” Sheeran says. “I took a tiny, tiny puff on something and I was outside, I had to go home. I don’t really do that at all.
These days, Sheeran is all the rage on the sales charts. His latest studio album, 2021 equals, blasted to No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic and worldwide. In his native country, he has five No. 1s with five album releases.
The occasion of Sheeran’s conversation on the Australian airwaves was special. The ‘Shape Of You’ singer announced a 2023 Down Under stadium tour on Wednesday (March 16), his first since the record To divide trek of these parties, which has sold more than 1 million tickets.
Sheeran will play in the round, an idea he worked on with Michael Gudinski, the late great founder of Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring, the gigging giant behind Sheeran’s Australasian shows.
“We basically built this scene over the last three years,” Sheeran explains. “I had the final plans for the last day of the Divide tour, and they’ve been building for three years. And it’s like it’s a big financial risk. Hopefully there won’t be another pandemic, knock on wood.