It was an evening of rock music in Montreal last night as BRONCHO, Portugal. The Man and Cage The Elephant took to the Bell Centre. Oklahoma-based rock band BRONCHO warmed up the arena for approximately 30 minutes before Portugal.The Man hit the purple-clad stage.
Unsurprisingly, popular single “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)’’ was a crowd favourite. The audience was
happy to obey to the clapping and yelling as encouraged by the band, in an attempt to perhaps liven up the quiet audience. That is not to say that lead singer John Gourley and his band were not interesting – as a matter of fact, the vocals and instruments were so meticulously played out that nobody could deny their talent. The band performed for about an hour, playing both hits and lesser known tracks including “Guns & Dogs”, “Evil Friends” and “Creep In A T-Shirt”.
It was not until Cage The Elephant began their set that the audience of over 3500 jumped to their feet and the energy in the room was palpable. Not more than vocalist Matthew Shultz, however, who practically somersaulted and slid and pranced his way across every square inch of stage and catwalk possible. They kicked off their set with “Cry Baby” off their newest album Tell Me I’m Pretty. Three of the band members were on a raised platform adorned with an array of small spotlights, which made for the classy and ‘mature’ look that seems to characterize their act. What came next was a mix between both ballad-type and guitar-heavy tracks with a perfect combination of old and new. No matter what song was performed, the energy never left the arena. How Matthew Schultz was still standing at the end of their 90-minute set, I will never know. There was also no denying the pure connection between Cage The Elephant and their fans, that had at times lacked during the first two bands. “It’s hard to express the amount of gratitude that we have,” noted the lead singer with a massive cheer from the audience that showed how they, too, were so very grateful.
Watch Cage The Elephant’s video for “Trouble” below: