Ed Sheeran says his decision to be a solo performer came when he was in school and he discovered that no one wanted to be in a band with him.
During an appearance Thursday night on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Sheeran talked about his recent gig at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Kimmel remarked, "Twenty thousand people, you were playing in front of...just you and a guitar...You can't afford a band, or what's going on?"
Sheeran laughed it off, saying, "It started off when I was at school, no one wanted to be in a band with me." Ed said he went to a place called Looping Station, where he was able to back himself on different tracks. "I never bothered getting one [a band] after that," said Ed.
Kimmel told the audience that Sheeran's dedicated fans, the "Sheerios" had been waiting en masse for hours before the show aired, and he asked Ed who gave his fans that name. Ed didn't say, but he did say he isn't a fan of that trend of grouping people together. "I don't really like the fan name thing...it just bundles them all together...I'm a fan of a lot of people, I 'm not just a fan of one person, so I really don't like the fan name thing." When Kimmel asked, "So are you like a Little Monster, or are you a --," Ed laughingly shot back, "I'm a Belieber"
Sheeran also appeared as a foul-mouthed Little Orphan Annie in a brief skit, and closed the show by performing "Don't" from his album X (multiply).
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