Cage the Elephant is up for a Grammy this weekend for Best Alternative Music Album for their album Melophobia. Performing an intimate acoustic gig at Sonos Studio, the Kentucky-bred rockers proved their mettle in front of a packed house.
Vocalist Matt Schultz is known for his crazy stage antics and he more than made do with the small setup. Beginning with “Spiderhead,” Schultz had the crowd moving as he utilized the small space he had to perfection. Not even a broken string for guitarist Dave Schultz during “Take It Or Leave It” could slow the band down as he was seamlessly handed a new guitar before crowd favorite “Cigarette Daydreams.”
Cage the Elephant also played a couple of old favorites “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” and “Back Against the Wall,” proving why they’re a can’t-miss live act. The set translated well acoustically, no doubt aided by the tremendous setup at Sonos. The band gave it their all, as evidenced by the amount of sweat that was spilled.
A couple songs in, I realized Matt Schultz does a rather good Mick Jagger. He’s got some of the same mannerisms and his shtick is really infectious. Hopefully you’re lucky enough to catch their shows at the Observatory and Tower Theater that are sold out this week.
The Sonos Studio performance will be available in a few weeks via Pandora.
Cage The Elephant also performed last night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Stay tuned for our coverage!
Words: Mark E. Ortega
Photos courtesy of Getty Images for Pandora