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Cage The Elephant (Photo and album art by Neil Krug // provided by Live Nation)
Cage The Elephant (Photo and album art by Neil Krug // provided by Live Nation)

Cage the Elephant announce show at Artpark Mainstage Theater


Thu, Feb 29th 2024 08:55 am

Part of North American summer tour

√ New album, ‘Neon Pill,’ out May 17 via RCA Records; band shares new song, ‘Out Loud

Live Nation & Artpark & Company Press Release

Cage The Elephant, the Grammy Award-winning rock band, mark their return and announce both the release of their forthcoming sixth studio album, “Neon Pill” (May 17, RCA Records), and their 45-date North American summer tour. 

Produced by Live Nation, the tour includes a stop at Artpark & Company’s Mainstage Theater in Lewiston on Sept. 7. Young The Giant & Bakar will join as special guests.

Tickets and VIP are available for all dates and will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8. Numerous presales, including for the band’s fan club, Discord and Spotify followers, will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5. 

Reserved seating tickets for Artpark will be available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, or over the phone by calling the box office at 716-754-4375. The physical box office is currently closed for in-person purchases until further notice due to construction on the Artpark grounds. Tickets will not be sold in person at the box office. They are only available online or via the phone.

Visit artpark.net for more information.

The new album finds the Kentucky-bred six piece – brothers Matthew Shultz (vocals) and Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass), Jared Champion (drums), Nick Bockrath (lead guitar) and Matthan Minster (guitar, keys, backing vocals) – forging new musical ground, while maintaining its uncompromising creativity and wildly cathartic performances.

“To me, ‘Neon Pill’ is the first record where we were consistently uninfluenced, and I mean that in a positive way,” Matthew said. “Everything is undoubtedly expressed through having settled into finding our own voice. We’ve always drawn inspiration from artists we love, and at times we’ve even emulated some of them to a certain degree. With this album, having gone through so much, life had almost forced us into becoming more and more comfortable with ourselves. We weren’t reaching for much outside of the pure experience of self-expression, and simultaneously not necessarily settling either. We just found a uniqueness in simply existing.”

The album is available to preorder on all formats here.

From their humble beginnings in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cage The Elephant have gone on to become one of the generation’s premier rock bands. They have earned dozens of Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications, tallied over 5 billion streams, and notched 10 No. 1 records on alternative radio and five No. 1 records on Triple A Radio. Their previous two albums, “Tell Me I’m Pretty” (2015) and “Social Cues” (2019) garnered consecutive Best Rock Album Grammy Awards.

They are maybe most celebrated for their live show. The stage is their home turf, where they are most comfortable, and their performances, ecstatic and unchained, as well as cathartic and soul-bearing, are what “Neon Pill” achieves in documenting.

“Neon Pill,” produced by John Hill, materialized during sessions at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Electric Lady in New York, Sound Emporium in Nashville, Echo Mountain in North Carolina, and at Hill’s own studio in Los Angeles, and alchemized a season of tragedy and turbulence into the 12 tracks on their sixth full-length album. Nine months into the pandemic, Matthew and Brad lost their father. The band weathered the back-to-back deaths of friends, while Matthew experience depression and a mental breakdown, culminating in hospitalization. Coming out on the other side, he learned quite a bit about himself, and gained a whole lot of strength and wisdom. “Neon Pill” came to life in the eye of the storm.

Today, the band share their new song, “Out Loud,” the emotional centerpiece of “Neon Pill.” Backed by stark piano, Matthew’s bare delivery quakes as he sings, “Man, I really messed up now.”

“Maybe it’s so straightforward and honest, because I didn’t know if it would see the light of day,” he admits. “ ‘Out Loud’ is very connected to my father. My dad’s the reason we discovered music in the first place. When he died, ‘Out Loud’ just poured out of me. My efforts towards the song were deeply rooted in paying honor to him, and I knew it meant a lot to Brad too.”

“That, also in connection with the difficulties that I was dealing with at that time. It was almost a subconscious apology of sorts before I was fully capable of grasping the gravity of it all. Subconsciously working through it while channeling all of the adversity my family faced growing up coming full circle into my adult life in this one song.”

The release of this song follows the latest single, “Neon Pill.” Listen to it here.

Artpark Event Schedule

2024 events at Artpark include: Gary Clark Jr. (May 25); Los Lonely Boys (May 31); Sarah McLachlan (June 18); Bonnie Raitt (June 21); Dispatch (June 28); Norah Jones (July 6); the opera “Tosca” (July 12, 14); Train (July 19); The Flaming Lips (July 22); Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (July 24): Two Door Cinema Club (July 29); Slash S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival with Keb’ Mo’, ZZ Ward and Robert Randolph (July 30); Backroads Blues Festival featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, Bobby Rush, and Duane Betts & Palmetto Motel (Aug. 10); Gin Blossoms + Toad the Wet Sprocket and Vertical Horizon (Aug. 11); Stray Cats (Aug. 13); Blues Traveler with Big Head Todd & The Monsters (Aug. 16); Bush (Aug. 17); Tedeschi Trucks Band (Aug. 20); O.A.R. (Aug. 27); Cole Swindell (Aug. 29); and Cage The Elephant + Young The Giant (Sept. 7).

The new Artpark & Company season is sponsored and supported in part by: M&T Bank; Cullen Foundation; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Parks & Trails New York; Town of Lewiston; Niagara County Legislature; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; HSBC Bank; Labatt Blue Light; Bud Light; Southern Tier Brewing; Buffalocal; and Northtown Automotive Companies.


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