Sheeran needs new opener; MGMT gets laser treatment in Pittsburgh

By | May 11, 2015


Ed Sheeran will headline Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

Hanson pinch-hit this weekend as opening act for Ed Sheeran.

The sibling pop-rock band that topped the charts in 27 countries with its 1997 breakout single “MMMBop,” was a late addition to the Sheeran tour after scheduled opener Foy Vance encountered visa issues that are keeping him out of the States for another dozen days.

That raises the question of who will open for Sheeran on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center. As of Sunday night, the venue’s website and Sheeran’s website weren’t saying.

Sheeran has sold out his Pittsburgh show, which is part of his first U.S. arena tour.

I’ve been dodging early reviews, though I know he has been singing his big hits, naturally, like “The A Team,” “Sing” and everyone’s favorite cover song this year, “Thinking Out Loud.” Sheeran’s sets have featured some cool covers, too, but I won’t spoil any surprises.

I’ve heard from a lot of you going to the show, and I must say it’s been a fun ride following Sheeran since ground-level, including his January 2013 in-studio appearance at Star 100.7 FM preceding a sold-out show that same night at Stage AE. The dude rocked out as Swift’s top Heinz Field opener later that summer, looping live samples of his guitar strumming while sweltering in a black Steelers jersey. He did the definitive cover of Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”