LIVE: Cage the Elephant @ the Palace Theatre, 5/11/16
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy
No doubt about it, Cage the Elephant delivered a concert for the ages at the Palace Theatre last month. Originally scheduled for the Times Union Center, the show was downsized to the Palace, and the more intimate setting was perfect for the nearly sold-out concert that was brimming over with unbridled rock & roll energy.
Following opening acts Broncho and Portugal. The Man, Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Schultz led the charge with a non-stop, heart-attack-inducing performance that put him in the same category of such consummate rock showmen as vintage Mick Jagger and Peter Wolf, stalking the stage, leaping into the air and generally commanding – no, demanding! – your complete attention.
And by the end of the night, Schultz had coaxed so many audience members onto the stage that it was impossible to actually see the band members.
Now that’s rock & roll…
Lisa Christopher’s review and Jim Gilbert’s photographs at NYSMusic.com
Excerpt from Jim Shahen Jr.’s review at The Times Union: “One would be hard-pressed to point to a single highlight during the group’s set, as they played each song with the same urgency and unyielding energy. ‘Ain’t no Rest for the Wicked’ was transformed from an enjoyable Beck-lite tune to a ripping Southern rock stomper; last year’s single ‘Mess Around’ was played and received like the greatest rock song ever made. ‘Back Against the Wall’ soared, sounding fuller and more potent than its 2008 studio incarnation. Cage closed with a triptych of tracks: the fuzzy midtempo ‘Cigarette Dreams,’ a swaggering ‘Shake Me Down’ and a hot take of ‘Teeth’ that saw the stage inundated with fans rushing it at Shultz’s behest. The band couldn’t be seen because so many people vacated their seats to hop up and sing along, and there was little room for anyone to move around.”
CAGE THE ELEPHANT SET LIST
In One Ear
Take It or Leave It
Too Late to Say Goodbye
Cold Cold Cold
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
Back Against the Wall
It’s Just Forever
Come a Little Closer
Shake Me Down