Ed Sheeran Fans Mistake Pink Floyd Hit For New Song

Ed Sheeran fans mistook the Pink Floyd song he performed alongside Nick Mason from the band at last night's Olympic Games closing ceremony for a new song.

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Ed Sheeran fans mistook the Pink Floyd song he performed alongside Nick Mason from the band at the Olympic Games closing ceremony for a new song.

Sheeran performed "Wish You Were Here" inside the Olympic Stadium last night, playing the song alongside Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Genesis' Mike Rutherford and The Feeling's Richard Jones.

However, not boasting the widest knowledge of Pink Floyd's back catalogue, some Sheeranites confused the track for a new single.

Elsewhere at the closing ceremony, Liam Gallagher performed the Oasis classic "Wonderwall" with his Beady Eye bandmates and Muse performed their Olympic single "Survival".

George Michael also made an appearance, performing his hit single "Freedom" as well as new track "White Light".

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.

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    ...Oh my god.
    Agreed, I teach guitar and but some well known bands still draw blank looks from some kids faces. Different generation. However I do have a 12 year old just realised how good AC/DC are. Priceless!!!!!
    I feel like I owe this article an explanation. I exploded on twitter at the person who posted the tweet in the bottom of the screencap and she, allegedly, made the tweet ten hours before the Closing Ceremony was even aired. Personally I think that's bs, as it's likely she's stupid enough to think she was watching it live. But if she was telling the truth, all it means is she saw a song name she didn't recognise on a leaked setlist and assumed it was a new song. Food for thought. Even still, I have never been more compelled to end my own life than after reading these tweets and actually coming to terms with the fact that these turgid sacks of crap, or "people", actually exist.
    Look at all the people bandwagoning the most upvoted comment to get more upvotes than normal.
    However, not boasting the widest knowledge of Pink Floyd's back catalogue, some Sheeranites confused the track for a new single.
    Wish You Were Here isn't exactly an obscure Pink Floyd song... This is the world we live in, ladies and gentlemen.
    And those are the hands we're given Use them and let's start trying To teach those imbeciles the classics!
    I don't know who Ed Sheeran is, I've never listened to any of his music. But every time I hear his name, I instantly think of Randy Marsh saying "Sharron".
    Never heard of Ed Sheeren before... Anyway, I hate dumb ass musically ignorant bitches. I can garuntee that if they ever found out it was a Pink Floyd song they'd say "Ewwwww! Old music! Nevermind, I hate it!!" ... Lord give me the strength to carry on.
    Totally agree, I've seen that a lot of people now-a-days follow the musician/singer/icon over the actual music, and don't really venture out of that pattern. These are the same people who will say 'oh that bands well crap' without actually knowing anything by them. Best example, my sister again, loved Rockstar by Nickelback, so she proclaimed her love for nickelback and how she loves everything by them. I played her Animals and she said: 'Ewww, turn that crap off it's shite!' She was just following the trend because it's 'cool'
    Exactly, and that's what pop fans do. All you can do is (as Rush says in the new album ) Wish Them Well. It's really a shame, but I've seen a few of them change their ways.
    So if you haven't heard of Ed Sheeran, aren't you musically ignorant as well? You can say they are ignorant in music history, but then again, they're just in their early teens (i guess). Pink Floyd is something the need to be taught, because they're definitely not gonna see them on MTV.
    I don't blame anyone for not knowing a song, but really? Wish You Were Here is played all around the world 24/7... Under a rock City Population: Ed Sheeran's fans
    Thats like not knowing the sky is blue!!! Actually the subject matter of the song best describes Sheeranites.
    Fans of Ed Sheeran not very clever. Coming up next on UG: Axl Rose not very punctual.
    Who the **** is Ed Sheeran? That should be the real question.
    A dude who's huge in Britain, as is evident by the fact he performed alongside a member of Genesis at the Olympics Closing Ceremony.
    link no1
    Huge in Britain? I'm from Britain and yes, I have heard the name once or twice but I wouldn't of been able to tell you more than "he is famous for something" until I read this article. Point being, I wouldn't say he is huge over here.
    Yet another person on the "I'm cool cos I don't know who someone is" train. What, then, is the difference between you and these Ed Sheeran fans who didn't know the Pink Floyd song? You should never revel in your own ignorance, regardless of how good you think the artist is.
    Ed Sheeran actually has some good stuff. And it doesn't make you cool to not know who he is. I'm as much a headbanger as the next guy, but it's important to recognise talent in other genres. And his videos play heaps in England, as I was over there not long ago and he was all I could see on the charts.
    zYx Monster xYz
    Have have you only heard his name once or twice over here? His name is force fed to people round here. Then again im in essex and its full of retards :/
    And I've just checked wikipedia. His debut album has gone quadruple platinum. That's pretty ****ing huge.
    I agree with Link no1, I'm British, I listen to a lot of rock, and I've hears the name "Ed Sheeran" around, and could tell you he's a musician, but other than that, nothing. I can't name a single one of his songs, or albums, and my first reaction when I saw the performance was "why is this idiot covering Floyd?" Added to the insult of Jessie J (another singer who I couldn't name anything by) butchering Queen, and the Kaiser Chiefs doing a sub par rendition of Pinball Wizard (much like Arctic Monkeys in the opening ceremony), and I was left extremely disappointed with the current face of British music.
    Most of those tweets are from One Directioners so I'm not that surprised but still... ****.
    I find this hilarious. I was so angry when he started playing it and I turned to a mate and said, "You realise stacks of teenagers are gonna think this a new single.."
    Now i'm going to get shot in the face for this but here goes: They assumed this as Pink Floyd isn't in their music catalogue, which is easily understood. For example, I watched Manic Street Preachers a few years ago (supporting Foo's) and they played a cover of Rhinna's Umbrella, I had no idea this was a cover until they said afterwards as Rhinna is not within my back catalogue, my sister called me a retard for not knowing that it was a Rhinna song until I explained to her that I listen to good music and not shit, thus i didnt know that song. All i'm saying is let's be realistic and think about it before jumping on the hate wagon, that's the same as people assuming that if you listen to metal you worship the devil and want to sacrifice small children to your cause. Just saying...
    How exactly is mistaking a classic Floyd track for a new song anything like assuming that metalheads sacrifice small children? The former is ignorance, the latter is stupidity.
    The problem isn't that it's a rare, deep cut from Pink Floyd. It's one of those songs you hear any and everywhere.
    Yeah, I'm not a Pink Floyd fan, so I don't know much of their music. Granted, I'd never heard of Sheeran before, and I recognized the song as it went on, but I can understand the possibility of a Sheeran fan having never heard Floyd. This also assumes they've never used a radio in their life, though.
    Wel... I bet most of those kids probably don't use a radio... hell I bet most of them don't even know what a radio is. If its not streaming or picked by some soul less corporation, I garantee you they're never gonna hear it
    Yeah true, but i think Zanos7 has made the fair point that the reversal of this situation is that e.g. Rhianna's songs would be considered music you would hear "any and everywhere" for the younger generation.
    It's not so much the fact that these people have no idea of the existence of one of the most popular songs from one of the most infamous bands in history, but that they seem to virtually worship this guy and his music, yet have no clue about his musical influences. I don't know about you, but when I really like something, I tend to be interested in what influenced it, and/because 9 times out of 10, I like it, too. If the guy is willing to play a song of theirs on a global stage, I'd say it's safe to assume he's somewhat affectionate toward their music, but his 'fans' couldn't seem to care less about what potentially inspires the music that they momentarily love.
    I do the same thing, dude. It's another reason I'm kind of surprised no one caught on. It's just the crowd he attracts I guess. Also, these people were obviously on the internet, did they not try looking up Wish You Were Here and get tons of Pink Floyd hits?
    Don't Ask
    Well, yeah, I can understand that these people don't know Floyd. After all, they aren't really getting a lot of air-time these days. The people who like Ed Sheeran (of whom I've never heard before he performed that song by the way) probably haven't lived long enough to experience Pink Floyd when they were at their peek. Nowadays, Pink Floyd songs (or rather, a select few Pink Floyd songs) are considered "classics", and therefore everyone "should just know them". So far, I can agree with you. But I have to disagree as well. I think that it's perfectly understandable that you don't know Rihanna (not "Rhinna" by the way), because you are obviously into other kinds of music (I've never heard about the Manic Street Preachers before, but since they're opening for the Foo Fighters (it was the Foo Fighters, right?), I'm going to assume that they are somewhere in the rock/metal-spectrum), even thoughI actually have to say that I find it strange that you've never heard "Umbrella" before. However, when you claim to be a fan of a special kind of music, I think that it's only logical to have some basic knowledge about other, similar artists, rather than just the one guy you happen to like, and to know a bit about the artist's influences. The people who posted the... well... posts, seem to be pretty big fans of the guy, so I think that they should at least know enough about his influences to recognize a famous Pink Floyd song. Especially since they all seem to think that it's so great. And Pink Floyd is, after all, a part of both British pop-culture, and modern musical history. Being completely ignorant of it's existence is... disturbing. On another note, if you want another great cover of "Umbrella", check out the swedish band Lillasyster ("Lillasyster" is swedish for "little sister"). They've made a really good one. Lot's of other songs worth listening to as well. And finally: Mike Rutherford on guitar! Genesis for the win! Would've loved if they had played Supper's Ready... :3
    Totally agree. As much as I want everyone to know and recognize a Floyd song, I know the youth and pop folks won't recognize it. You never hear it on the pop radio stations, and it's definitely not in their playlist because of the lack of musical interest. Let's just say I wouldn't have expected anything else from Sheeran's fans.
    The difference here is that every radio station plays Pin Floyd... You wouldn't hear a Rihanna song on a rock radio, but you would most certainly hear Pink Floyd on modern pop radio as well as rock radio... Also, how many songs more famous than "Wish You Were Here" have they done? Obviously "Another Brick In The Wall", but are there any others really?