Matt Shultz and Brad Shultz of Cage The Elephant @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver - June 26th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Live Review: Cage The Elephant @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – June 26th 2024

Last night, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, was the scene of a thrilling concert as Cage The Elephant made a triumphant return to the city. The atmosphere was electric, and the band’s performance was nothing short of spectacular. This show marked a significant moment for the fans, as it had been a long time since the band last performed in Vancouver, and they certainly made it worth the wait.

Cage The Elephant, formed in 2006 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has carved out a unique niche in the rock world with their eclectic blend of garage rock, punk, and blues influences. Over the years, they have garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase with their energetic performances and emotionally charged lyrics. The band consists of lead vocalist Matt Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, drummer Jared Champion, bassist Daniel Tichenor, guitarist Nick Bockrath, and keyboardist Matthan Minster.

Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – June 26th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

From the moment the band took the stage, it was clear that this was going to be an unforgettable night. The set began with “Broken Boy,” immediately igniting the audience’s enthusiasm. Flames shot up from six pyro devices lined across the front of the stage, adding a thrilling visual element to the powerful opening. The band’s energy was palpable, with Matt Shultz leading the charge. His performance was a whirlwind of movement, as he danced and jumped around the stage, his vocals switching effortlessly between raw intensity and delicate tenderness.

One of the standout moments of the night was the performance of “Cry Baby,” where lasers were used to create a mesmerizing display. The lasers bounced off strategically placed mirrors, creating sharp angles of light that added an extra layer of depth to the performance. The visual spectacle perfectly complemented the band’s dynamic sound.

Lead guitarist Brad Shultz was equally captivating. His guitar work was nothing short of mesmerizing, and at one point, he leaned over the barricade into the audience, sharing a moment of connection with the fans as he continued to play. This interaction added an intimate feel to the show, despite the large venue. Brad’s intense performance style made it clear that he was fully immersed in the music, delivering each note with passion and precision.

Brad Shultz of Cage The Elephant @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – June 26th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Drummer Jared Champion was a force to be reckoned with. His drumming was aggressive and powerful, driving the band’s sound with relentless energy. Throughout the night, Champion’s performance was a masterclass in rock drumming, providing a solid backbone for the band’s complex arrangements.

The rest of the band members were seamlessly in sync, creating a harmonious blend of sounds that filled the arena. Each member played their part with precision, contributing to the overall cohesion and impact of the performance. The band’s ability to work together so flawlessly is a testament to their years of experience and chemistry.

The setlist was a perfect mix of old favorites and newer tracks, ensuring that every fan in attendance had something to look forward to. Songs like “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” and “Shake Me Down” had the audience singing along with fervor, while newer tracks like “Social Cues” and “Ready to Let Go” showcased the band’s continued evolution and relevance in the rock scene.

Nick Bockrath of Cage The Elephant @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – June 26th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

As the night progressed, it became evident just how much the Vancouver audience had missed Cage The Elephant. The crowd’s engagement was unwavering, with fans singing along to every song and dancing throughout the entire set. The energy in the arena was infectious, creating a shared experience that resonated with everyone in attendance.

The encore was a perfect way to close out the night. Starting with the heartfelt “Shake Me Down,” followed by the soulful “Cigarette Daydreams,” and ending with the anthemic “Come a Little Closer,” Cage The Elephant left the audience on a high note. Each song in the encore was performed with the same intensity and emotion that had defined the entire evening.

Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – June 26th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Cage The Elephant’s return to Vancouver was a resounding success. The combination of stunning visuals, flawless musicianship, and raw energy made for an unforgettable concert experience. The band’s ability to connect with the audience and deliver a performance that felt both intimate and grand is a testament to their enduring appeal and talent.

As the lights dimmed and the final notes echoed through Rogers Arena, it was clear that Cage The Elephant had once again proven why they are one of the most exciting and dynamic bands in rock today. Fans left the venue buzzing with excitement, eagerly anticipating the next time the band would grace Vancouver with their presence.

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