Packing into The International Centre in Mississauga, fans were treated with a performance by Kentucky’s alternative rock band, Cage The Elephant; and, to say the least, the band went above and beyond our wildest expectations. First and foremost, it is important to note that thousands of fans were crowded into a very large, very empty, cement room. You might ask, “How can just a few rock guys keep such an open space so riveted?” Well, captivate the stage like front man Matt Shultz and the rest of his vibrant band members, and you have your answer.
From the moment Cage The Elephant hit the stage, fans of the band, both new and old, knew they were in for a show. With a stage that reached far out into the crowd, colourful lights changing with the beat and feel of each song, and Shultz jumping 4 feet into the air while leaping to the very tips of the stage, it was a night that was truly indescribable. Shultz expressed, “I’m not much for words, so shall I continue to play some music?” proving to be just what the crowd needed.
There is something to be said about a band who can play years worth of music, and still have each audience member sing every single note. From belting out old classics such as “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” to hits from their newest album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, it is safe to say that the audience was pleased with the delivery of a very memorable show.
It feels as though Cage The Elephant took us on a musical journey all night long, leaving us with a feeling of euphoric bliss. We felt the melody and soul of each song to our very cores, and were left with even more love for the band than ever before.
A live Cage The Elephant performance is truly something all fans of the band must experience at one point or another. The buzz the audience obtained from the music was not only felt throughout the entire show, but on the long walk out of the venue, and through the speakers of cars at the end of the night – blasting Cage’s hits all over again with the hope to preserve the unbelievable feeling we were left with.
With much praise sent to the band for an incredible night, it is important to recognize the crowd packed into the venue that proved to be one of the wildest, coolest crowds at a live show in years.
Shultz was sure to let us know of this with many self-proclaimed “howls of appreciation” through which he and the band howled at us whenever they felt overwhelmed with support. Not a word was missed by these passionate fans through consecutive hits, “Come A Little Closer”, “Cigarette Daydreams”, and “Shake Me Down” to close-off the show.
With all of this said, a huge shout-out of appreciation goes out to Cage The Elephant and every fan in attendance, this was a wild night that will surely live with us for a lifetime.