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Cage the Elephant rock The Mann Center in Philadelphia with Portugal. The Man and Broncho on May 12

Cage the Elephant rock The Mann Center in Philadelphia with Portugal. The Man and Broncho on May 12
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From a press release:

Alternative rock band Cage the Elephant will bring their high energy live show to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The Grammy nominated rockers will perform on Thursday, May 12 in support of “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” their latest album produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Support acts are Portugal. The Man and Broncho.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets, which are $39.50 in advance and $45 the day of show, are on sale now and can be purchased at The Mann Center box office (5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia), or, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Although chart success in England was an unlikely first step to fame for a band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cage the Elephant achieved just that. Formed by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish, and Daniel Tichenor, the group earned a contract with the Relentless label and released the “Free Love” single late in 2007. A support slot for the Pigeon Detectives beckoned in early 2008, and follow-up single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” reached the Top 40 in June. The group’s self-titled debut followed soon after, becoming a respectable commercial and critical success.

Two years later, they returned with the single “Shake Me Down,” while early 2011 saw the release of their second album, “Thank You Happy Birthday.” In early 2012, the band released the live CD and DVD “Live from the Vic in Chicago,” which captured performances from their sold-out two-night run at the famous Chicago venue.

Returning to the studio, the band recorded its third album, “Melophobia.” Released in October 2013, the album saw the group collaborating with Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) and featured the modern rock radio hit “Come a Little Closer.” During the “Melophobia” era, the band parted ways with their founding guitarist, Lincoln Parish, who went on to focus on producing for other artists in Nashville. In late 2015, the band released their fourth album, “Tell Me I’m Pretty.”

Photos by Jason Riedmiller Photography