Oh dear. Things aren’t looking too rosy at the moment for Ed Sheeran who has found himself the victim of some online abuse after covering Pink Floyd’s classic track Wish You Were Here at the Olympic Closing Ceremony.
An estimated audience of 4 billion people tune in to watch the slightly disappointing closing celebrations including Sheeran’s cover of the track. However despite being one of the biggest selling and most downloaded male solo artists of the 21st Century the ginger singer has felt some serious backlash after his musically uneducated fans mistook the track for the singers own material.
During the performance Sheeran was backed by Nick Mason, the original drummer of Pink Floyd, and yet despite the obvious backing of Mason the backlash for the performance has been quite extreme. Dedicated fans of the psychedelic band have lashed out on Twitter voicing their disgust that people don’t realise the origins of the song.
The reaction has obviously upset the A Team singer who last night publicly posted an email sent to him by Mason in order to silence his critics. The message thanked him for the opportunity to perform together and told him not to let the negative comments bother him. In the email Mason said, ‘I just wanted to go on record to suggest they chill on this… Sooner or later people will work out the origin of the song, and who knows, maybe check out our catalogue, just as hopefully our fans might check out yours’.
Just for clarity we’ve popped both versions of the track below for you…