Cage the Elephant Singer Matt Shultz Arrested for Gun Possession in New York

Matt Shultz, singer of the Grammy-winning rock band Cage the Elephant, was arrested Thursday night in New York City after police discovered two loaded firearms in his room at the Bowery Hotel.

Shultz was hit with two charges of criminal possession of a weapon. He did not have a license for the two firearms.

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An employee at Bowery saw the singer carry a handgun into the public restroom on the ground floor of the Lower Manhattan hotel Wednesday night, per Daily Mail. Police responded to a 911 call and knocked on Shultz’s door Thursday morning to recover the weapons, a Sig Sauer and a Smith & Wesson.

Shultz spent the night at the 9th precinct in Lower Manhattan.

Cage the Elephant is a two-time Grammy winner for best rock album, taking home trophies for both 2015’s “Tell Me I’m Pretty” and 2019’s “Social Cues.” The band’s 2013 album “Melophobia,” featuring hit songs “Come a Little Closer” and “Cigarette Daydreams,” was nominated for best alternative music album.

The group most recently performed at Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2022.

Bursting onto the scene in 2006, Cage the Elephant became a 2010s alternative rock mainstay with a slew of hits including “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” “Shake Me Down” and “Trouble.” Formed in Bowling Green, Ky., the band moved in England in 2008 and found success overseas with its self-titled debut album, released in 2009.

Shultz formed the band with his older brother, Brad Shultz, as well as Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor and Lincoln Parish, who exited the band in 2013.

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