Ed Sheeran dropped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday night to perform an acoustic cover of Bill Withers’ ’70s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine,” fully living up to the original’s soulful intensity. He will perform it again tonight at “Lean On Him: A Tribute To Bill Withers” at Carnegie Hall.
The appearances come during a time of transition for Sheeran—he’s just appeared on a new single by Rudimental called “Lay It All On Me,” and will co-host the MTV Europe Music Awards with Ruby Rose on Oct. 25.
But he will soon take a much-needed break. “My plan is to get rid of my iPhone, get rid of Internet, get a Nokia 3310, and just go off into the wilderness somewhere for a bit,” he told MTV News.
In a separate tweet, he added that the Rudimental song would be the “final thing I’m releasing for a while,” adding, “Bad news if you like me, great news if you don’t.”
This is my final thing I'm releasing for a while. Bad news if you like me, great news if you don't. We cater for everyone at SheeranCorp
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) September 24, 2015