Ed thrills 160,000 Croker fans with Sheeran brilliance
As Noel Gallagher happily noted recently: "Ed Sheeran - what a f***ing dude'.
160,000 people over the weekend at Mr Sheeran's two phenomenal concerts in Dublin's Croke Park would agree with the former Oasis star's considered analysis.
En masse they obeyed Ed's instructions from the stage to "sing out of tune, dance like an idiot, I don't care as long as you're having fun."
Taylor Swift's VBF then added: "for the next few hours it's my job to entertain you." he made a good job of it, too.
The singer-songwriter-with-a-twist had the audience in the palm of his 24-year-old hand from the get-on both nights.(I hope you notice that I'm trying not to mention the colour of his hair. The media seem to think it is a big deal that it's not black or blonde or brown.) Bordering on the surreal, Ed seemed like he was busking - or free-style rapping - for 160,000 fans in dublin.
It was powerful, even beautiful, to see how much emotion could be channeled through a relatively simple sound of just a guitar and a voice and an effects pedal.
Ed seemed equal parts Eminem, Declan O'Rourke and Bob Dylan while being uniquiely himself too.
Viewed in full perpective, Ed Sheeran's unexpected succees embodies everything that the music industry lacks: authenticity.
Dubbed Britain's biggest export since Downton Abbey, Ed drew on the eternal themes of love and the whole damn thing. The crowd's reaction to every note sung - or to local heroes Kodaline joining him onstage for a ridiculously rousing rendition of All I Want - suggested that they knew they were witnessing a global superstar (in an Ireland jersey) at the top of his game, the famous Mr Ed and still only 24. And a nice guy who loves his 91-year-old gran, too.