It is quite unusual for an American rock band to make its mark in the UK before making it big in the United States. There is however one band that did just that. They are Cage the Elephant.
This is the story of a band that moved from Bowling Green in Kentucky to London, England, to get their journey on the right track. It was a risky move but one that eventually paid off. Since then, they have toured all across the world and performed at some of the biggest music festivals around. Looking back at their history, there is a big chance they will hit the road very soon this year. If you want to watch this indie rock band perform live then grab your Cage The Elephant tickets now.
Cage the Elephant was formed by Daniel Tichenor, Lincoln Parish, Jared Champion, Brad Shultz and Matt Shultz. The unusual name of the band traces its roots back to an incident in 2006. After one of their shows, a mentally disturbed fan came over to the band and kept saying “You have to cage the elephant” while hugging Matt Schultz at the same time.
In 2007, Cage the Elephant performed at the famous South by Southwest festival and they were signed by Relentless Records. They then went to Canada with Queens of the Stone Age as supporting acts. This was to be their first ever tour. The band then moved to London and got settled in the Leyton area. Lincoln Parish was however only sixteen years old at the time and therefore his parents had to sign a parental guardianship to Cage the Elephant to facilitate Parish’s move to the UK.
In the year 2008, the band made an appearance on “Later… with Jools Holland,” a British television show. Amy LaVere, John Mellencamp, Glen Campbell, Sia and Coldplay were also on that episode of the show and they all acted as audiences to the band. Cage the Elephant were getting a lot of mainstream exposure over in the UK and they were about to take their popularity to a whole new level.
The Debut Album
Cage the Elephant came out with their self-titled debut album on June 23, 2008. It was first released in the United Kingdom. The record was released in the United States on April 21, 2009. The record went to the thirty eighth spot on the UK Albums Chart on debut. The song Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked reached the thirty second position on the UK Singles Chart. The album was certified silver.
In the US, “Cage the Elephant” made it to the fifty ninth spot on the Billboard 200. Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked went as high as the third spot on the Alternative Songs chart and reached the number eighth position on the Mainstream Rock chart. The record sold over a million copies in the US and was certified platinum.
The album also received four stars out of five from AllMusic. It received three and a half stars out of five from The Fly and three stars out of five from Rolling Stone. It also got a seven out of ten rating at NME.
On the Road
In 2008, Cage the Elephant performed as supporting acts for The Pigeon Detectives. That was followed by more tours as supporting acts, this time for Manchester Orchestra and Silversun Pickups. In July of 2009, the band performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and a month later, went on to take the stage at the Lollapalooza for the first time ever. They also performed at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival and Bonnaroo in 2007 as well as 2009.
The Next Few Years
Cage the Elephant released their second album “Thank You, Happy Birthday” on January 11, 2011. It did very well with the critics and received three and a half stars out of five from both AllMusic and Rolling Stone. It peaked at the second position on the US Billboard 200 and the US Alternative Albums chart. It also charted in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Cage the Elephant spent the rest of the year on the road to promote the album. They made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman. The band also performed at the Glastonbury Festival and Coachella. In the second half of 2011, they went on a tour with the legendary Foo Fighters.
Their popularity began to soar in 2011 and as a result of that, they made it to the top spot on “Readers Poll: The Best New Artist of 2011” list by Rolling Stone. Thank You, Happy Birthday was also named the fifteenth best album of the year by Rolling Stone.
Melophobia and Tell Me I’m Pretty
Cage the Elephant released their third studio album “Melophobia” on October 8, 2013 and it went on to receive four stars out of five from AllMusic. It also received three and a half stars out of five from both Alternative Press and Rolling Stone.
The record went on to peak at the fifteenth spot on the Billboard 200 and at the third position on the US Top Hard Rock Albums chart. It also charted at the sixth spot on both the US Top Alternative Albums and the US Top Rock Albums charts.
“Tell Me I’m Pretty” was their fourth studio album and it came out on December 18, 2015. It received four stars out of five from The Guardian. It also received three and a half stars out of five from both AllMusic and Rolling Stone. The album peaked at the twenty sixth spot on the US Billboard 200 and went to the thirtieth position in Canada. Tell Me I’m Pretty also won a Grammy Award for the “Best Rock Album.”
Cage The Elephant Tour Tickets
The band tours frequently. Every concert of theirs is a surreal experience in itself. They will soon hit the road again and once they do that, Cage The Elephant tour tickets will be in demand again. If indie rock is your music, then do not miss out on the chance of seeing Cage the Elephant live.