To say that Cage the Elephant puts on a great live show would be the understatement of the century. Jumping, thrashing, diving, furious jamming and a catalog of melodic rock hits all converged in a perfect rock storm to make the group's June 7 concert at UIC Pavilion in Chicago an unforgettable experience for everyone in attendance.
Matt Shultz blasted onto the stage like a wild bull being freed from his pen, attacking the band's show opener, “Cry Baby” – which also kicks off their 2015 release, Tell Me I'm Pretty. Howling the lyrics, “Open up your eyes or life will pass you by,” into the faces of smiling, screaming fans pressed against the rails, the singer was met with adoration that rivaled that of the heyday of Beatlemania.
Shultz's Mick Jagger swagger was cranked up to 11 on the early tracks, off Cage The Elephant's self-titled debut, as he paraded his way down the catwalk jetting off the front of the stage. Guitarist Brad Shultz's cool confidence exuded into the venue while he regularly took time to get up close and personal with fans giving them a front row seat to watch him pound out the group's now iconic riffs. Jared Champion's heavy-hitting drums served as the foundation for the set and bassist Daniel Tichenor kept things fun and funky.
The Kentucky rockers, joined by touring musicians Nick Bockrath and Matthan Minster, are a well oiled machine. Their older tracks have evolved into iconic anthems and the new material sounds even better. Enough cannot be said about Shultz's skills as a frontman. Juggling everything at once – keeping it high energy, connecting with the crowd and displaying gravity-defying acrobatic feats of strength – he still manages to flawlessly belt out his impassioned lyrical pleas with ease.
There's been a lot of talk lately about rock being dead – an opinion that is addressed on the group's 2009 hit, “In One Ear,” – however Cage the Elephant have “the style” and “the class” to keep the genre pumping for decades to come. Check out photos from their UIC Pavilion performance above and click here to pick-up tickets to see Cage the Elephant put on their unbeatable rock show in a city near you. Keep reading AXS for more music news, reviews and tour announcements.
Cage the Elephant Tour Dates
June 9 BMO Harris Pavilion – Milwaukee, Wis.
June 10 U.S. Bank Theater – Minneapolis, Minn.
June 11 Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center – Madison, Wis.
June 14 Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB
June 15 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
June 17 PNE Forum – Vancouver, BC
June 18 McMenanims Edgefield Amphitheater
June 19 WaMu Theater – Seattle, Wash.
June 21 Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, Calif.
June 22 Valley View Casino Center – San Diego, Calif.
June 23 Bill Graham Civic – San Francisco, Calif.
June 25 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, Nev.
June 26 Gila River Arena – Phoenix, Ariz.