Way back in August 2014, Cage The Elephant put on a killer show at JBTV and they didn’t disappoint on Tuesday June 7th when they were back in Chicago at UIC Pavilion along with fellow JBTV alumni, Portugal The Man. The alternative-rock giants performed at JBTV following the 2013 release of their wildly successful album Melophobia, and have since been making wave all over the world.
The band is currently on tour following the release of their fourth album Tell Me I’m Pretty and the venue was packed with die-hard fans who were more than ready to rock by the time Morning Teleportation and Portugal The Man finished up their sets. The crowd went wild as the band opened their show with Cry Baby off the new album. Lead singer, Matt Shultz’, left his heart and soul on the stage, not unlike when he performed at JBTV. The band continued their set with fan favorites such as In One Ear Take It Or Leave It, and Aberdeen, and their energy was contagious. Fans were singing along to every word and the energy didn’t drop for a moment throughout their entire set. The crowd exploded with excitement as the band played tracks like Spiderhead, off their Grammy-nominated album Melophobia and Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked, off their first self-titled album.
The band left fans begging for more as they finished their set with one of their number one single, Come a Little Closer. Much to everyone’s excitement, they weren’t done yet though. The band returned for a three-song encore which included Shake Me Down, Teeth, and Cigarette Daydreams, all of which they performed at JBTV and all of which have remain fan favorites. Finally, the moment arrived the front-row fans had been waiting for, Matt took a leap into the crowd as the rest of the band exited with just as much swagger as they took the stage with. UIC Pavilion may be a much less intimate venue than JBTV, but that didn’t matter. Cage The Elephant was just as engaged with their crowd, and made sure to show their appreciation by passing out guitar picks and set lists at the end of their show.