Cage the Elephant singer Matt Shultz had his rock & roll breakthrough sitting in the stands at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert. “I sat there and I watched them play and I cried,” Shultz tells Rolling Stone in the latest installment of the “Journeys” video series. “And I was like, [sobbing] ‘I wanna do that someday.'”
Over a decade later, Shultz, his brother Brad and the rest of their band are doing exactly that. In this mini doc featuring explosive footage from the band’s legendary shows, they walk us down their road to success, joking about the unknown origins of their unusual name and sharing some of their best stories.
Although Matt and Brad had been writing songs since they were 12, they didn’t actually start a band until the former quit the high school football team. Eventually, touring took them to Nashville, then to South by Southwest and later to London, where they shared a stage with Dave Grohl after drummer Jared Champion ruptured his appendix.
“First it was really, like, bittersweet,” Matt says, laughing. “‘Cause at the same time we were worried that Jared was gonna die. On the other hand, we were like, ‘Oh my God we’re playing with Dave Grohl!'”