Last night we saw Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in Tulsa, OK. It was the third show of the tour and it was incredibly disorganized and NOT the work of what one expects a working, touring, professional band to put on. 1. There was no set list and no one seemed to know what was going on in the band - songs instead were chosen by the band members from milling around in circles discussing what songs they should play next, audience call outs, etc. 2. Edward Sharpe himself seemed out of it - he was incredibly gracious and very nice to everyone at the concert and was talking back and forth with everyone in the crowd - but it seemed like after every song, he'd sit down and start gulping water. He also didn't know what city he was in (he had to ask the crowd if it was Tulsa) and informed us that they had just gotten out of the studio after a year and this was their third show, starting in Austin then moving to Tuscon and then back to Tulsa ("where he feels like he's just starting to wake up"). In fact, Santa Ana was the first show and they never played Austin. 3. He also forgot the words to a lot of the songs and let us know that it was because they'd worked so hard on the new material for a year solid (I don't believe that, I think he was high on coke or heroin or went back to drinking - he looked really ill during the concert, even though he was putting a lot of physical effort into the show) He actually stopped singing a Spanish song in the middle (he wrote it) because he couldn't manage the lyrics. 4. The band was in disarray musically - the trumpet player or whatever he played didn't know the music (he got called on it by Edward), the sound guy kept screwing things up and got yelled at by the band, etc. Jade and Edward had tension during "Home" and Jade was stand-offish the entire show from Edward. (she even walked off stage to the side at one point and one of the band members had to ask where she went) 5. The entire thing seemed like a practice session and not a "real" concert, which is surprising because apparently there were a lot of reports about how great they were in Santa Ana 4 nights earlier. They all looked like they hadn't rehearsed and were trying to get a good chemistry going again. 6. The person who ran the house lights was expecting an encore and one of the band members or roadies had to come out and motion to the guy running the lights to turn them back on and send everyone home. It was just a very odd performance. I loved the fact that it was so "loose" and it was an "anything goes" concert and the band seemed to be having fun for the most part (and the crowd), but it was not what I was expecting to see out of the band. It was really a trainwreck of professionalism, especially at 30 bucks a ticket or so. It wasn't a bad show by any means - it was really good and fun, just not "tight". Any disappointments or surprises you've seen live?