It’s the Taj Mahal of English concert venues. You’ve reached the upper echelon of superstar status when you’re headlining at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Beatles played three shows there, Queen recorded their epic live album in Wembley. Everyone from U2 to Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Barbra Streisand have sold out the historic arena. But Ed Sheeran accomplished something that no other musical artist had ever dreamed of accomplishing. Can you guess what made his three sold out shows in July 2015 so incredibly unique?
Just a few years ago, Ed Sheeran was sleeping on the subways and earning side money playing club gigs. It was simply Ed and his acoustic guitar on stage night after night. When he got the call to headline Wembley, Sheeran kept true to his roots. Occasionally big bands will throw a spotlight on the lead singer or perhaps open with an acapella version of a hit song. But Ed Sheeran became the first artist to headline Wembley Stadium with NO BAND and NO BACKUP SINGERS! Imagine having no one else on stage and 60,000 fans singing every word with you. Elton John made a special guest performance and the duo teamed up for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.