Tour diary: Today is the 2nd gig in Stuttgart with Marianne Faithfull… a weird fantasy land of lederhosen and vomit. Read on…

A Stranger In Moscow
Tour diary: On Narcissism, Cultural Homogenisation, Robin Williams, Marianne Faithfull and more…

Having just very much enjoyed the new Planet of the Apes film (seriously!) aboard this nice and quiet plane, I’m once again on my merry way to Moscow with Sophie Ellis Bextor and the band and crew. An amazing bunch of people too, we work and play hard in equal measure and I’m going to miss them all very much when it’s over.

It’s been an incredible year for me to be honest; working with Burberry in Shanghai, Time Of Dust, the Sophie record, the Marianne record and now I’m FINALLY gearing up with Flood for my next album which we’ve been talking about making for well over 3 YEARS. I have 11 songs in the pipeline and that’s all I can tell you really. I know I sometimes allude to it being darker or full of despair but I think it’s actually quite hopeful in places.

When one reads the front page every day and is inundated with the horror that occurs everyday I guess it seeps into the backwaters of your mind. Becoming a dad in the last few years has also filled me with a very protective outlook, I worry about the future for my kids and others but it’s also amazing to see so many people out there in the streets of cities round the world are fighting for their beliefs, questioning the injustices of their governments and standing up to the tycoons and controlling corporations. Social media can be put to good use but I think its also fairly obvious to most that we are becoming more and more detached from reality, actual human contact and communication, lost in a tiny, luminescent screen, checking for our ‘likes’ , feeling accepted and feeding off compliments or insults of others, some anonymous, some familiar; it says a lot about human nature that we’ve become this narcissistic. Perhaps it’s this age of narcissism that’s the slow, silent killer, the breeding ground for our eventual and inevitable extinction. I don’t think you could be the leader of a country without being narcissistic, it must be the distant cousin of power. Men especially. Men across the globe are puffing their chests out and preening with anabolic steroids pumping through their veins, metro-sexual peacocks with fuck all to say. That the word ‘selfie’ has made the dictionary is bizarre. Yet I indulge in it too. Just writing the word right now is pissing me off. Been trying to ween myself off this cyber mother-lode and read more books again. Although I am writing this ‘blog’. SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO?????!! Does this blog seem ADHD to you?

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Lustre has been digitally re-issued.

It’s now available once again in all major digital stores including iTunes and through streaming services such as Spotify. You can also buy it directly from Ed’s Bandcamp store, which offers high-quality download options.

The album was originally released back in 2010 on Ed’s own Piano Wolf label and it features the track ‘When The Lost Don’t Want To Be Found’ which you may have heard Ed perform with Sophie Ellis-Bextor at their recent live shows.

New show: On Tuesday 11th November Ed will perform a special piano set at the East Wintergarden in the shadow of London landmark Canary Wharf.

Tickets are available now from SeeTickets.

See you in Southsea on Saturday? Tickets and more info here.

New show announcement: Ed will perform 100ft above London at this plush setting.

Reverb will be headlined by Harcourt and it takes place on Saturday August 2nd at Kensington Roof Gardens.

It’s a special afternoon festival (Ed, the ‘baller’ that he is, will getting into ‘zee Chopper’ to perform with Sophie Ellis Bextor at Camp Bestival that evening) and special early bird tickets are available for £15. http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/130253

Hope all of you are gearing up for the World Cup. I’m so excited! 

Quivering like an otter on ice! 

But next week I’m performing 4 gigs which is a rare occurrence these days, Amsterdam’s Paradiso with Afghan Whigs which will be solo, then on Tuesday with the Whigs at Electric Ballroom in Camden with 3 bad ass muthas full band and we’re playing pretty much all new songs! Friday I’ll be in Stroud solo again wrenching out as many requests as I can and Saturday I’m at Curious Arts Festival. Gonna be a good week see you there, I’m off to rehearse all night x

Hope all of you are gearing up for the World Cup. I’m so excited!

Quivering like an otter on ice!

But next week I’m performing 4 gigs which is a rare occurrence these days, Amsterdam’s Paradiso with Afghan Whigs which will be solo, then on Tuesday with the Whigs at Electric Ballroom in Camden with 3 bad ass muthas full band and we’re playing pretty much all new songs! Friday I’ll be in Stroud solo again wrenching out as many requests as I can and Saturday I’m at Curious Arts Festival. Gonna be a good week see you there, I’m off to rehearse all night x

Sophie Ellis-Bextor covers ‘Jolene’ at Glastonbury with Ed on piano.