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Ed Sheeran usually does not come to mind when thinking about metal musicians, but maybe he will after this appearance on Jimmy Fallon Monday.
Sheeran is usually the first person to try to make fun of himself and with this appearance, he spoofed his usual look, a guy with an acoustic guitar, by playing heavy metal songs.
This skit is in the form of an infomercial titled “Ed Sheeran Sings: Heavy Metal,” a joke album that everyone needs to be real.
So, if your musical tastes somehow contains 80s metal and soft British acoustic rock, this video is heaven.
“You’re going to love his new album, Ed Sheeran Sings Heavy Metal,” joked a wig-bedecked Fallon. “Pop music’s cherub-faced troubadour sings 25 of the darkest, most skull-crushing songs ever written.”
“Hello, do you enjoy the morbid and disturbing themes of heavy metal music, but wish that it had a more cheerful and pleasant sound?” asks Fallon, while his guest makes Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff” as romantic and soulful as anyone ever could.
At the end of the video, Fallon said “See you on the other side,” referring to Ed as “Death Sheeran.”
Sheeran not only took on heavy metal, but Taylor Swift‘s best friend also put his own spin on hardcore rap including Ty Dolla $ign’s hit “Paranoid.” Sheeran played this song with the same melody you can hear on his real albums.
Sheeran, the British sensation struggled to hold a straight face while giggled as he dropped a few choice words that were bleeped out immediately. Nevertheless, Sheeran seemed to have a great time putting his own spin on other musical genres.
While we believe that Sheeran was laughing as he tried to sing these profane lyrics, he may have also been laughing at Fallon’s hilarious, ridiculous, and smile-impaired Steve Joshua character.
The Hebden Bridge native makes even the harshest lyrics sound somewhat family friendly.
After Sheeran sang a version of Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills,” Fallon said “That’s like a warm blanket that soothes my muscles and bones.”
Sheeran, whose X tour is meandering throughout North America, was wonderful in this appearance on The Tonight Show. Hopefully now, he has plenty of ideas for his upcoming concerts.
It’s doubtful that you will be able to keep a straight face while watching a bizarre, nasally, and long haired man sing heavy metal and hardcore rap.
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