When you work hard…you can play hard. That is the way I see it, and lucky me, I have friends and family that are always willing to come along. Which is great because I need a driver, they tend not to hand you a license when they hand you a handicapped parking placard (blue badge for my UK-based readers).
Back , oh I don”t know…at the start of the year…Ed Sheeran put out new tour dates, and I pulled up my map, venue notes, and calendar for a quick comparison. Just a few days later (before the on sale date) it was decided that I’d go to Indianapolis for one of the final gigs for the spring/summer tour in the US…if you don”t know already, the guy is a touring MACHINE. The tour for his latest album, “Multiply” was due to end in 6 days on 12 July at Wembley Stadium, but has since been extended by 6 months and will end on 12 December in Auckland, New Zealand.
I got my wheelchair seats and it was arranged that I”d be sitting with a very dear friend, but we”d be meeting up at the venue.
On the morning of the show I got all “kitted out” with my EACH T-shirt and other pieces (badge, wristband…but I could not find my supporters bracelet as had been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, and my replacement for said bracelet had not arrived by the time I had to get in the car)…
Thankfully, the ride down was smooth and we had plenty of time to check in at the hotel, drop our bags, freshen up, and go find food in the attached mall. If you are a Royal Fashions fan, and you”re going to be in Indianapolis for more than a day check out the Sheraton at Keystone Crossing and the attached Fashion Mall, you”ll thank me later…even if the credit cards don”t. I”ll do a post on finds and favorites soon.\r\n\r\nWe made it to the venue in plenty of time and met up with my friend right at 6pm.
After a few minutes of hugging (man, we both needed that hug), and gift exchanges, and chit chat about other “Ed Friends” who could not make it for the gig (we miss you Martin!), one of Ed”s guys appeared around the side of the building and came up to us…we would get a chance to say hi to Ed.
They took us back to where they had set up for the meet and greet. As we waited for Ed to arrive and give the signal he was ready, we managed to say hi to other members of his team that are awesome to the fans…
As we rounded the final corner into the Meet and Greet I had several things I wanted to say, questions I wanted to ask…things I know you, my dear readers would care about. They all went straight out of my head when Ed greeted me with a “Hey, nice shirt” on seeing me in the T-Shirt he recognized.
giving him gifts,
getting things signed ,
before we said our goodbyes and headed to our seats for what turned out to be the BEST Ed Sheeran concert I have been to so far…
My friend and I have this thing it turns out that we both do…because we”ve both been to so many shows and we know the words and have a bit of familiarity with the set list…we sing along and watch the crowds during gigs. We could not take our eyes off the ASL interpreters that were just to our right for some deaf/hard of hearing fans in the audience…I know Ed can be a challenge to keep up with when you CAN HEAR and know the words, I am sure it was a challenge keeping pace with him when they probably did not know the songs and the pacing for all of it. They were awesome!
Ed surprised us during a few songs, well let”s be honest they were song medleys…and I held my friend as best I could during one song, Ed makes us cry sometimes and she was definitely tasting salt water that night.
After the venue had started to clear out, we said our goodbyes and went our separate way to head home/back to the hotel and crashed. But not before I indulged in this delicious thing
I’ll need new shirts before I go to another concert because if it gets within reach of his Sharpie, this happens…and I am so glad it did!