“I used to pretend to be in their band in the mirror and sing along to the album when I was nine”: Ed Sheeran picks up an electric guitar for a high-octane appearance with The Offspring

L-R) Special Guest Ed Sheeran performs with Dextor Holland and The Offspring on Day 3 of BottleRock Napa Valley at Napa Valley Expo on May 26, 2024 in Napa, California.
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Ed Sheeran recently joined The Offspring on stage for a special performance of Million Miles Away. It was also the first time since 2016 that the band has played the song live. 

The surprise collaboration took place last Sunday at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival in Napa, California. Frontman Dexter Holland introduced Sheeran to the crowd and revealed that the popstar is a big fan of the band. “Ed told us that one of our records was the first CD that he ever bought when he was a kid,” said Holland. 

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.