Coming on the stage with a flurry of energy and purpose, Cage the Elephant started the night off with Spiderhead off their latest release 'Melophobia'. With the force of a stampeding herd of buffalos, the collective jumping and foot tapping of the audience activated the springy floor of the brand new Chelsea Theater, and it was clear that this night was going to be special.
Mixing it up with a collection of songs from the band's three albums, Cage followed up with In one Ear from their self titled debut and then slid right into Aberdeen from the 'Thank You, Happy Birthday' album. Proving to be the showman that he is known to be, singer Matt Shultz hopped skipped and jumped around stage while belting out a bakers dozens worth of songs.
As the show started to wind down, Cage The Elephant perked the crowd right up again by slamming two powerhouse tracks back to back. At the start of the first notes for Ain't No Rest For The Wicked the crowd erupted with joy and once again the floor inside the Chelsea Theater was brought to life. Flowing right into their latest single Come a a little Closer and then following up with a brief hiatus and then an Encore of Shake Me Down and Sabertooth Tiger.
Cage The Elephant has been considered by KROQ to be one of the greatest live bands around, and the way they took charge of the Chelsea Theater inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel I can see why. Cage will be heading to Europe for a few months and then coming back to the West Coast to invade the Indio Valley with Coachella in April. So if you missed them this time around, you won't have to wait too long for another chance at Matt Shultz thought provoking lyrics and Iggy Pop like dance moves.