Cage The Elephant and their Success
Off the back of their second consecutive Best Rock Album Grammy for their new album, Kentucky rock band, Cage The Elephant are touring the UK.
Their tour brings them to London’s Alexandra Palace where I had the privilege of seeing them. Cage played largely off their last three records, 2013’s Melophobia, 2015’s Grammy winning Tell Me I’m Pretty and of course, their new album Social Cues.
Cage the Elephant exploded onto the stage with Broken Boy off the new album, followed by energetic performances of the tracks; Cry Baby, Spiderhead, Too Late To Say Goodbye, Cold Cold Cold, Ready To Let Go, Social Cues, Tokyo Smoke, Mess Around, Trouble and Black Madonna.
Cage’s last three albums are amazing in their own right; however,I personally prefer their earlier two records; Cage The Elephant and Thank You, Happy Birthday. Fortunately for me, Cage would follow Black Madonna with the absolute banger that is Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked. It simply wouldn’t be a Cage The Elephant concert without this rock n roll anthem and Cage brought the roof down with it.
Melophobia’s It’s Just Forever and Telescope follow on from the rock anthem, keeping the singalong energy alive. Social Cue’s House of Glass and Melophobia’s Come A Little Closer continue the set perfectly into another early track, which makes the old school Cage fan in me very happy. The rock band fro Kentucky played Shake Me Down off their sophomore record Thank You Happy Birthday, before closing their set with the electric Teeth.
Frontman Matt Shultz remained on stage as the band leave briefly for the arbitrary encore. Shultz picked up an acoustic guitar, delivered a speech on love all before playing the Ballard Love’s The Only Way off their new album.
The rest of the band re-join Shultz back on stage for their mega hit song Cigarette Daydreams, before closing their encore with a surprise. Pleasing me greatly, Cage The Elephant played two early hits, Back Against The Wall and Sabretooth Tiger, bringing their energetic rock n roll show to a thunderous finale.
If you enjoy lively music and Cage The Elephant’s latest musical efforts, then this concert a gold mine too you. For me however, there were a few too many classics left out and afew too many new tracks left in. If I had it my way, the songs; Loves Is The Only Way and Tokyo Smoke would be replaced with either James Brown, Right Before My Eyes and/or, my favourite song of theirs, In One Ear.
Nonetheless, Cage The Elephant electrified Ally Pally, proving that rock n roll isn’t dead just yet.