Spin.com asked Cage the Elephant singer Matthew Shultz what was the story behind their band name for their “Name that band!” feature. “We were in Knoxville, Tennessee, hanging outside a club after a show—this is probably in 2006,” Shultz recalled, “and we saw this guy with a shaved head and a long goatee yelling and screaming and talking to himself. I’m pretty sure he had some mental issues going on. He all of a sudden beelined towards us. Everyone jumped into our car and shut the doors. But I didn’t make it into the car. I was stuck outside. I thought for sure the guy was gonna stab me or something, but then he came up to me and gave me a hug. The whole time he was saying, ‘You have to cage the elephant, you have to cage the elephant.’ Afterwards, I was like, ‘We gotta name the band that.'” Read more.
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