Ed Sheeran Joins The Offspring to Play “Million Miles Away” at BottleRock Napa Valley

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Who had an on-stage collaboration between Ed Sheeran and The Offspring on their 2024 bingo card? Incredibly, the UK pop singer and California punk veterans teamed up at this weekend’s BottleRock Napa Valley. Sheeran made a surprise appearance during The Offspring’s set on Sunday, joining in for a performance of “Million Miles Away” from the band’s 2000 album Conspiracy of One. In introducing Sheeran, The Offspring’s Dexter Holland said: “Ed told us that one of our records was his first CD that he ever bought when he was a kid. That really meant a lot to us, so we thought, ‘Wow, we’d love to have you come out to join us on stage.’ We’re gonna play one of the songs you wanted to play.” Sheeran later posted about the experience on Instagram, writing: “The first album I ever bought was The Offspring – Conspiracy of One. I used to pretend to be in their band in the mirror and sing along to the album when I was 9, mostly to their song ‘Million Miles Away’ as it was the first song of theirs I heard. I mentioned it in an interview and Noodles / Dexter got in touch with me when we found out we were all playing the same festival, to see if I wanted to get on stage and sing it. It was an instant yes obvz. Really felt like living out a childhood dream thank you for having me up there guys. Music is a wild ride, every day I’m so grateful to be living my dream in reality.” It’s worth noting that Sheeran also has an Offspring tattoo, which he showed off to the band. Next month, The Offspring will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album Smash with a concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. They’ll then spend the summer play various shows and festivals in both North America and Europe.