I’m a rocker chick! I love good rock ‘n roll bands like AC/DC, Foreigner and all the rest of the classic groups with whom I grew up. That said, bands like Muse and Cage the Elephant are opening my eyes to the new generations of rock bands that have had the torch passed to them. I’m finding myself broadening my horizons, and enjoying the pleasure of great shows with performers like these two groups I caught last night in Duluth, GA.
Opening the show was Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Cage the Elephant, a high-energy group that first came to national attention in 2008 with their debut self-titled album. Comprised of members Matthew Shultz on lead vocals, lead guitarist Lincoln Parish, rhythm guitarist Brad Shultz, Daniel Tichenor on bass guitar and Jared Champion on drums, Cage the Elephant took to the stage and nearly raised the roof off the 13,000 seat arena. Throughout CTE’s set, Matthew Shultz danced and leapt across the stage as well as jumping into the audience to body surf across the heads of fans. Performing their hits as well as music from their upcoming album, Melophobia, set for release in October, Cage the Elephant made new fans in Georgia, including me, with their solid musicianship and powerful songs.
Headlining the evening was English rock band Muse. Consisting of core members Matthew Bellamy on lead vocals and guitar, Chris Wolstenholm on bass and drummer Dominic Howard, Muse began building their fan base with college students in Teignmouth, Devon, performing under various band names in their early years. Their first release as Muse was the studio album, Showbiz, in 1999.
On tour in support of their latest album, The 2nd Law, Muse kept the energy high and the crowd gyrating wildly to the beat of the music. On a stage capped by a multidimensional platform of video screens and lights reminiscent of a jumbo tron in a sports arena, Muse performed their hits and new material, giving the audience (and me) reasons to keep coming back for their next tour.
I guess you could say I’m becoming a convert to the new style of rock ‘n roll that, for me, is a change from the ‘old days’ of rock – but a welcome change nonetheless, and one I’m looking forward to enjoying even more thanks to bands like Muse and Cage the Elephant.
For more about Muse and Cage the Elephant, visit their websites below.
Cage the Elephant: www.cagetheelephant.com
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