Icons of Alternative | Cage the Elephant

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Musicians Matthan Minster, Nick Bockrath, Daniel Tichenor, Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, and Jared Champion of Cage the Elephant attend The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)



Cage the Elephant FACTS

-Matt Shulz (the lead singer) and Brad Shulz (the guitarist) are brothers.

-The band is from Bowling Green, Kentucky

-In high school, Matt, Brad and Jared were involved in a band called Perfect Confusion

-The 1st time they played Lollapalooza in 2007, their opener made her debut at the festival… Lady Gaga

-The band that blows them away live: Queens of the Stone Age. (Their first tour was as a support act for Queens of the Stone Age in Canada.) 

-Two of the things their tour bus must always be stocked with: Espresso and Rock Docs (AKA: Rock n’ Roll documentaries)

-In 2011, Cage the Elephant drummer Jared Champion’s appendix suddenly burst while the band was on tour in support of the Foo Fighters. Champion required immediate attention and was forced to miss several of Cage the Elephant’s shows. Luckily, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl stepped in and played the drums in Champion’s absence.

-One of Cage the Elephant frontman Matthew Shultz’s favorite books is Of Mice and Men. Shultz says the book is “so sad yet so beautiful.” The singer also likes reading Jack Kerouac, C.S. Lewis, and fellow musician Leonard Cohen’s poetry.

-The name of Cage the Elephant’s second album Thank You, Happy Birthday came from what artist Daniel Johnston said to them after a festival performance

-The band received their first GRAMMY® AWARD for Best Rock Album for their fourth studio album, “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” which was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys








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