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[EN IMAGES] Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

Cage The Elephant’s visits to Quebec have been more spaced out in recent years, but its singer Matt Shultz quickly reminded us, Thursday night at Festivent, why he is considered one of the most formidable performing beasts on the rock planet.

At Parc Champigny in Lévis, it was the first time we had seen them at home since a concert at the Osheaga festival in Montreal in 2017. In the Quebec region, we had to go back even further, to a memorable opening act for the Black Keys, on the Plains of Abraham, at the 2011 Summer Festival.

Of course, we must not neglect the musical contribution and the energy deployed by the other members of the Kentucky group, except that it is above all to see Matt Shultz struggling like a devil in holy water that Cage The Elephant worth the trip.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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Decked out in a hat and oversized glasses that gave him a 1970s rocker look, he took over the stage with the snap of a finger, to the tune of Broken Boy and crybabyswaying like a disjointed puppet.

Render to dynamic Social Cueshalf an hour into the concert, he was now shirtless and ever more invested in his mission to entertain the crowd, which he fulfilled until the end without flinching for a second.

This reunion with Cage The Elephant was really more than due.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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biting rock

Still, it’s fine to have a fiery singer, but the music still has to hold up. Luckily, Americans have some of the most prolific and biting repertoire of rock songs of the past decade.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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In this regard, the elephants have mainly bet on the titles of their last three albums, Melophobia, Tell Me I’m Pretty and Social Cuesthe most recent of which already dates from 2019.

A wise choice since two of them won the Grammy for rock album of the year and several tracks no longer need an introduction, the cries of joy that greeted Cold Cold Cold, Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked and Cigarette Daydream being a convincing example.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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Jake Clemons: solid calling card

Even though he has been a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band for ten years, has rubbed shoulders with other big names in rock and has lived in Quebec for a few years, it was not a foregone conclusion for the American saxophonist Jake Clemons, nephew of the legendary and late Clarence, in the first part.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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His solo project being still little known to us, he had an audience to conquer. Certainly, he did not raise the festival-goers, but he left an effective business card. Clearing work well done, in short.

Jake Clemons, who accompanies himself as much on the guitar as on the piano, without forgetting occasional and hard-hitting saxophone solos, seems to flow from rock and roll, so well does he assimilate several codes and variants.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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Proof example: Consumption Towna rap-rock title he recorded with Tom Morello, on his recent album Eyes on the Horizon, and which he rocks on stage with the vocal energy of Zack de la Rocha.

Festivent continues this evening by welcoming Marie-Mai on its main stage.

Caravan: everything for rock

If rock music one day regains the hearts of a large audience, Caravane may be able to stop being the group you program when it’s still daylight in the festivals.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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This was the case the last time we saw them, at the Summer Festival, in 2019, and it was still in the early evening that they were invited to show off, Thursday, at Festivent.

In thirty short intense minutes, the guys from the Quebec band have once again proven that they are ready to leave everything on stage, especially singer/guitarist Dominic Pelletier, a furious stage beast if there ever was one.


[EN IMAGES]  Cage The Elephant at Festivent: reunion with a performing beast

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Count on them not to give up the fight. “It makes fucking 16 years of logging like cellars, we take nothing for granted, we continue to work hard. Thank you for being there,” said Pelletier, as Caravan paraded through the best-known songs from his three albums.

Can’t wait for these friendly fiery rockers to play when it’s dark.

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