Ed Sheeran debuted his new song, ‘Visiting Hours’ at Michael Gudinski’s native Australia, following the passing of the artist. Sheeran was reportedly quarantined in Australia long enough to be able to perform at a nationally televised state memorial tribute on Wednesday.
Per Variety, the British singer wrote a new life-and-death-themed ballad for the occasion, “Visiting Hours,” and he broke down in tears as he performed the son.
“I’m extremely, extremely grateful to be here. I know it’s a difficult thing to get into this country, and I don’t take it for granted for all the hard work getting me here,” Sheeran said to the 7,200 attendees spaced out inside the 15,000-capacity arena, as well as home viewers. “I appreciate the opportunity to say goodbye… I always find the best way to process stuff is to write songs, be it good news bad news or whatever. Here’s a song I finished last week.”
He also devoted his other two song choices Gundiski, including “The A-Team” and “Castle on the Hill.”
Of “Castle on the Hill”, he said, “I have a very vivid memory of being at his house in Port Douglas at about 3 in the morning, both of us on deck chairs, and I played him this song… He must have misheard the lyrics, because he started from that point screaming at me whenever he saw me, ‘We were younger then!’ I never told him it was ‘I was younger then.’ But from now on, it’s ‘We were younger then.”