“All right lets go, the spirit of rock and roll has been revived!” Matt Shultz first words to the crowd as he stepped out on the small stage presented by Los Angeles’ ALT 98.7 at Tower Theatre on February 6, 2015. The band had a quick sound check so he had some time to speak to the crowd. That certainly got the show off to a good start. He continued with the words “you’re about to have the best show of your life…or a melt down, I could have a melt down.” I knew by the first song what he said was true, for most this would be the best show of their life. For me it came very close to true.
I’ve been a big fan of Cage the Elephant for about a year. The first show I went to of theirs at the Ventura Theater got me obsessed. It by far won for the best show of my life. This time around the venue was smaller and more intimate. Being such a small theater did not disappoint it gives the show a more warm and special feeling. The energy of lead singer Matt Shultz never disappoints. He knows how to rock out and make the crowd feel unbelievable.
They opened with their song Spiderhead off the album Melaphobia released in October of 2013. This is a huge song to get the crowd started. I was up front taking photos and I couldn’t help but dance! That’s what’s great about their music in general it’s feel good music and it makes you want to dance, sway and jump around. When you pair that with a great group of guys performing it creates an incredible show. This show at Tower Theatre was a celebration so to speak. The Grammys were to take place two day later.
The band recieved a Grammy nominations or Best Alternative Album for Melephobia. The band continued through the show with songs from this album like Take It Or Leave It, Telescope, and Cigarette Daydreams just to name a few. They of course played classics like Shake Me Down, and Back Against the Wall. One thing that’s tremendous about their shows is the crowd alone, this band attracts some respectable people. I’ve noticed this at both shows I’ve attended.The crowd is overjoyed to be there they are kind to everyone jump and dance around and area realm of happiness. This show was full of massive supporters that sing along to every word and love every minute of it.
Shultz surely is a top performer. He has tremendous interaction with the audience, he crowd surfed a total of seven times! The crowd is prepared and on high alert the entire show awaiting his jump into the crowd. Two songs before the closing song they fake ended but were brought back with chants of ” Cage, Cage, Cage, Cage…” and “encore, encore, encore…” which by the way is a tradition to any show in history. At this time Brad Shultz, Matts brother came on stage and said “Sorry we’re not playing anymore songs, Matt can’t sing anymore!” The band then came up and Matt got on stage and said “that’s why we don’t let Brad have a Mic!” and continued the show with Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked, another timeless favorite of mine and the crowd.
They concluded with Sabber Tooth Tiger – a hard core rock song in which Shultz jumped into the crowd a literally stood and surfed across the crowd. A spactacular end to a rad show. I would love to see the, as many times as I possibly can because the experience is tremendous. You absolutely have to catch them when they come around to you it could be “the best show of your life…or a meltdown.” Check dates here