Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz arrested for gun possession

Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Shultz was arrested Thursday (January 5) in New York City, Billboard can confirm.

The 39-year-old singer was arrested on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after police found two loaded firearms in his room at the Bowery Hotel, according to the NYPD. The arrest came in response to a 911 phone call around 10, who reported that there was a person in possession of a weapon. Shultz spent the night in the 9th Ward in Lower Manhattan.

Billboard has reached Cage the Elephant‘s reps for more information, though they did not receive a response at the time of publication.

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The award-winning rock band released their latest album, Social signals, in 2019. The album went on to win Best Rock Album at the 2020 Grammys. “During the making of the record as a whole, we were pretty obsessed with horror movies,” guitarist Brad Shultz, Matt’s older brother, said of the album’s second single, “House of Glass,” at the time. “We wanted the song to have a horror movie feel, and John Carpenter has always been a favorite of ours. Fun fact, he’s from Bowling Green, Kentucky, our own home, and he actually dated our bassist’s mom when they were teenagers.”

Social signals came after the 2015s Tell me I’m beautifulwhich also won a Grammy for Best Rock Album.

Matt formed Cage the Elephant back in 2006 with his older brother Brad Shultz, as well as Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor and Lincoln Parish, who left the band in 2013.

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