Cage the Elephant Events
Cage the Elephant will team up with Beck for a summer tour that includes 30 dates across North America. The “Night Running” tour is named after one of the coming album’s tracks, featuring the same amazing artist Beck. The tour starts on 11th of July with a show in Ridgefield, Washington, stops in cities such as Austin, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and many others, finishing on 30th of August with a performance in West Palm Beach, Florida.
You can find the full list of dates and venues at the end of this article. The tour is a prelude for the band’s fifth album called “Social Cues”, which is scheduled for release on 19th of April. The main guest of the tour is Spoon, with Wild Belle, Starcrawler and Sunflower Bean acting by rotation as supporting artists. The tour has also a social benefit component, as $1 from the price of each ticket will be donated to support local initiatives for food security in the cities the tour has stops scheduled. If you want to see live Cage the Elephant, while contributing to a good cause, you can get your ticket from some of the great ticket sites out there.
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“Social Cues” is a follow up to “Tell Me I’m Pretty”, which is Cage the Elephant’s fourth album. “Tell Me I’m Pretty” received from its release mixed reactions: it had been criticized by some, praised by others and ended up winning a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.
Re-inventing the retro rock of the ‘60s by evoking, among others, the “Yardbirds”, “Tell Me I’m Pretty” brings to fans a 21st-century twist of pop music. The album debuts with “Cry Baby”, a track that displays some of the themes that appear in the album “Melophobia”, such as time and death. “Cold Cold Cold” is filled with ‘60s-like pop flavor, whilst “How Are You True” is an outstanding showcase of the band’s talent for acoustic tunes. “Sweet Little Jeanie” sounds like a re-invented “She’s Leaving Home” of the “Beatles”, with a drop of punk, whilst “Too Late To Say Goodbye” has a rhythm similar to “Take Me To Church”.
With so many twists of rhythm, moods, and themes, this album is definitely one to remember and to listen for more than one time.
Cage the Elephant was formed in 2006 by Brad Shultz, Matt Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor, and Lincoln Parish, all high school friends from Kentucky. The first band they played in was “Perfect Confusion”, which disappeared with their departure. “Cage the Elephant” was chosen as name for the band in 2006. A man with a disturbing behavior approached the band after a concert, hugged Matt Shultz and said over and over again “you have to cage the elephant”.
In 2007 the band performed at several music festivals: “Bonnaroo”, “South by Southwest”, “Lollapalooza”. They signed a contract with a record company, moved to London and started to work on their first album. Released in 2008, the album featured funk, blues, and classic rock influences and was well-received by the critics.
A year later, in 2009, the band started to perform their music in the U.S., including as supporting act for “Manchester Orchestra” and “Silversun Pickups”. The same year they performed again at “Lollapalooza” and “Bonnaroo” festivals as guests and their single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”, which had already made it to “Top 40” appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman” and was featured in “The Bounty Hunter” movie.
In 2011 the band released its second studio album called “Thank You, Happy Birthday”. With influences from bands like “Nirvana” and “Pixies”, the album debuted at #2 in “Billboard Hot 200”. A year later they released a CD and DVD which featured the live performances they sustained at “Vic” in Chicago. In October 2013, Cage the Elephant released their third album – “Melophobia”.
It featured a collaboration with Alison Mosshart and the track “Come a Little Closer”, which became a radio hit. The album won a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Alternative Music Album”. Around that time, the guitarist Lincoln Parish left the band to pursue a producer career in Nashville. At the end of 2015 “Tell Me I’m Pretty” was released and in 2016 the band went touring in Europe and North America to promote the album. The band spent the next year providing a series of unplugged performances around the U.S. These performances were captured in their second live album – “Unpeeled”, released in 2017. Their next album “Social Cues”, due date 19th of April, promises to deliver at least as many hits as the previous work.
Here is the full list of the last dates and venues:
July 11 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Washington – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 13 – The Gorge, George, Washington – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 16 – Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, California – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 17 – Five Point Amphitheater, Irvine, California – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 19 – Park Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 20 – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, California – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 21 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 23 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Denver Colorado – with Spoon and Starcrawler
July 26 – Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas – with Spoon and Wild Belle
July 27 – The Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas, Texas – with Spoon and Wild Belle
July 28 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, Texas – with Spoon and Wild Belle
July 30 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis, Missouri – with Spoon and Wild Belle
July 31 – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, Illinois – with Spoon and Wild Belle
August 2 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio – with Spoon and Wild Belle
August 3 – DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit, Michigan – with Spoon and Wild Belle
August 4 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis, Indiana – with Spoon and Wild Belle
August 11 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Ontario – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 12 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 13 – Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center, New York – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 15 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 16 – Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford, New Hampshire – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 17 – Forest Hill Stadium, New York, New York – with Spoon
August 20 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 21 – BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 22 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 24 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh, North Carolina – with Spoon and Sunflower Bean
August 25 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, North Carolina – with Spoon and Sunflower
August 27 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Birmingham, Alabama – with Spoon and Sunflower
August 29 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Florida – with Spoon and Sunflower
August 30 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida – with Spoon and Sunflower