Matt Schultz, lead 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.
Schultz was hit with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He did not have a license for two firearms.
An employee of Bowery reportedly saw the singer carrying a handgun on the ground floor of the lower Manhattan hotel on Wednesday night. Police responded to a 911 call and knocked on Shultz’s door Thursday morning to recover the weapon, a Sig Sauer and a Smith & Wesson.
Shultz spent the night in Lower Manhattan’s 9th Precinct.
Cage the Elephant is a two-time Grammy winner for Best Rock Album, taking home trophies for both 2015’s “Tell Me I’m Beautiful” and 2019’s “Social Signals.” The band’s 2013 album “Melophobia,” featuring the hit songs “Come Closer” and “Cigarette Daydream,” was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album.
The group recently performed at the Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival on November 20, 2022 in San Diego, California.
Bursting onto the scene in 2006, Cage the Elephant became a 2010s alternative rock mainstay with a string of hits including “No Rest for the Wicked”, “Shake Me Down” and “Trouble”. Formed in Bowling Green, Ky., the band moved to 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 Parrish, who left the band in 2013.