Matty Healy says The 1975 turned down more money than he's ever "seen" to support Ed Sheeran on tour
14 September 2022, 12:46
"Think about the money you think I’m getting offered – it’s not just offered, it’s what he can afford because of what he makes for shows – and then just triple it. It’s insane."
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In a recent interview for The New York Times, Matty Healy said that the band had been "offered a four-month tour next year of stadiums with the biggest singer-songwriter in the world that would have made me money that I’ve never even seen or heard of in [his] life".
Although he didn’t initially name who had asked the band on tour, when pressed, he confirmed it was Ed Sheeran. He then explained that he turned the offer down so the band could focus on their own shows.
Matty said: "And I got offered to be main support and do whatever I want. Think about the money you think I’m getting offered – it’s not just offered, it’s what he can afford because of what he makes for shows – and then just triple it. It’s insane."
He added: "The thing that’s stopped me just doing that is because – I don’t care. It’s not worth it. Not because I don’t like Ed Sheeran. I think he’s, in a lot of ways, a genius, and he does what he does better than anybody else. But opening up for somebody and not just being real, that’s the kind of stuff I think about."
Matty continued: "It’s difficult to be big and say – genuinely – that I have zero commercial ambition. There’s definitely a ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of thing, which is where, listen, we’ve never known what to do and we’ve never tried to do anything. So the second we stop doing that, we’ll probably fuck up. I tend to not do stuff for money."
The singer and guitarist later took to Twitter to clarify his comments, saying that he has "mad respect for Ed Sheeran" but that he simply wanted The 1975 to play their own shows.
Matty tweeted: "Just to be clear I have mad respect for Ed Sheeran and I didn’t decline sharing a stage with him I just wanted to do our own shows instead and he’s always been so nice to me personally and publicaly [sic] so don’t start a twitter thing for fun."
just to be clear I have mad respect for Ed Sheeran and I didn’t decline sharing a stage with him I just wanted to do our own shows instead and he’s always been so nice to me personally and publicaly so don’t start a twitter thing for fun— Matty (@MatthewTHealy) September 12, 2022
The band are set to tour the UK and Ireland in January next year in support of their fifth album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language, which will be released on 14 October. The tour includes two nights at the O2 arena in London, one of which is already sold out.
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