As anyone who has attended an Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros concert knows, it is not just about great music.
As frontman Alex Ebert said this summer at Kansas City’s Crossroads, while pointing to a tattoo on his chest: “It’s all about YOU!”
Whether it’s the fans choosing songs, the crowd clapping along during 40 Day Dream or Ebert passing the microphone to the fans during Home, it is always about you, the fans. One of our favorite parts about running the official ESMZ fan club is meeting so many passionate fans and hearing all your beautiful stories about how the band has influenced you or touched your soul. That was the driving force behind the creation of our “Storytime” section, aimed at giving you (The Sharpies) an outlet to tell your own story and discuss how Edward Sharpe has impacted your life.
Here are some of our favorites from 2015:
When Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros announced their summer tour dates, Desiree Beaupre-Hayes circled July 6 on her calendar. Not only would she get to see her favorite band play on her birthday at the Crossroads KC outdoor venue, but it also meant she and her husband would be returning to the same spot where they married two years earlier by ESMZ guitarist Christian Letts. Unfortunately, heavy rain showers and tornado warnings forced the band to cancel the July 6 show. But when the band returned later for a make-up concert in KC, Desiree and Jordan didn’t hold back. During Home, the happily married couple shared their story. Lots of love! Read full story (July 31, 2015)
Six-year-old Brenden Gaede’s first Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros concert was one he and his father will never forget. During I Don’t Wanna Pray, at the 2015 Arise Festival in Loveland, Colo., Ebert asked fans for their own verse, and father George Geade pointed to his son. “When the time came, and Alex asked who had a verse, I pointed to my son and Alex held the mic for him,” says George. “He sang: ‘Well I’ve seen her in the ocean, and I felt her in the breeze, but I don’t feel the need, to get down on my knees, and pray for everything that I believe.’” Read full story (Oct. 19, 2015)
Also from the Arise Festival … Asked what it was like playing the saxaphone in the middle of I Don’t Wanna Pray at the 2015 Arise Festival in Loveland, Colo., Jayma Superlove couldn’t have said it better: “Like a globule of uranium buzzing on the tip of Excalibur’s hair-triggered sword. Like, hydrogen peroxide mixed with potassium iodide. When sulphur hexaflouride married oxygen. Liquid nitrogen and ping-pong balls. An iron and copper sulphate hoedown. Magnetic putty swallowing a metal cube whole. Ferrofluid forming Christmas trees. Setting fire to lithium.” I couldn’t have said it better. Read full story (Aug. 28, 2015)
Jette Jakobsen, a 59-year-old Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros fan from Denmark, credits the band for helping her heal her grieving heart. She says there’s not a day that goes by that she doesn’t listen to ESMZ. “This lovely band and music changed me,” Jakobsen says. “Eventually I found happiness inside myself again – kind of like the band and the people in that band had some kind of healing effect on me.” Read full story (June 25, 2015)
Penny Lane Diersing was first introduced to the music of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros when she overheard her son listening to ESMZ. She couldn’t get enough. “I overheard my son listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and had to ask who that was,” says Diersing, a radio DJ residing in Fountaintown, Ind. “They were the first band my son listened to that I actually liked. I almost didn’t tell him. He likes to not agree with me.” Read full story (May 14, 2015)
After hearing Home for the first time, Kayla Rita was hooked. “I instantly fell in love; it wasn’t like any other music I had listened to before. I asked him who it was by, and that night I had every song downloaded on my computer… Now, I listen to ESMZ with my 6-month-old daughter and I hope one day she’ll enjoy the band as much as I do!” Read full story (July 25, 2015)
And last but certainly not the least … He didn’t talk until he was 6-years-old, wrote a short film inspired by Charlie Chaplin and spent his lifetime working a job that required him not to speak a single word. Meet Joe McCord (aka Joe Daddy, Papa Joe, Merlin, Rubber Duck and Dolphin the Mime), who worked as a pantomime in the 60s and 70s – performing with such musicians as the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. Read full story (April 11, 2015)