Ed Sheeran Covers Limp Bizkit, Iron Maiden and Ty Dolla $ign on Fallon
As Jimmy Fallon, playing turtlenecked spokesman Steve Joshua, notes, it's a soft-rocking disc for those who "enjoy the morbid and disturbing themes of heavy metal music, but wish it had a more cheerful, pleasant sound."
Sheeran gamely grabbed his guitar for the bit and plucked out a couple of heavy metal classics in his angelic singer-songwriter style, starting with a rendition of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" that makes James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" sound like Warrant's "Cherry Pie."
The "pop music cherub-faced troubadour," as Fallon calls him, then delivered a delightful performance of "Break Stuff" by nu-metal heroes Limp Bizkit. Amidst a green screen background of a roiling thunderstorm, Sheeran sweetly sang about all the "he said, she said bullshit" and, understandably, proved incapable of keeping a straight face.
Like any self-respecting CD one can order after midnight through a special television offer, Ed Sheeran Sings Heavy Metal comes with a special bonus disc: Ed Sheeran Sings Hardcore Rap. The musician then promptly previewed his rousing, heartwarming cover of Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid."