Cage the Elephant has a new surprise collaboration on the way — and it could be with a legendary punk rocker.
“We actually have another song that we’re gonna release off of this record that is kind of an alternate version with a surprise guest,” Cage’s Brad Shultz tells Billboard backstage at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Anaheim, Calif.
He soon divulges that the song in question is “Broken Boys,” and provided a hint about who the secret guest might be.
“I’ll give you a clue — pop without being poppy and it’s not Iggy Azalea,” Shultz says proudly.
“That was a good riddle,” Cage’s Matthan Minster adds, laughing.
It’s some pretty clever wordplay, but Shultz wouldn’t confirm whether the possible collaborator is indeed the iconic rocker Iggy Pop.
“I’m not gonna say,” he says. “I don’t know if Iggy is on there or not, but tune in.”
Given Shultz’s role as a producer outside of Cage, he is one of the biggest proponents of the band’s continued collaboration. The group finished a successful co-headlining tour this summer with close friend Beck, who they also worked with on the song “Night Running.”
Cage says there will be a lot more touring in 2020, including U.S. and Europe festivals, Lollapalooza in South America, and a headlining outing in Europe.
“We’re gonna headline Alexandra Palace in London, which is like a dream of ours,” Shultz says.
Given their spirit of collaborating and how successful the Beck run was, both commercially and artistically, the group also revealed who their dream tour mates would be.
“We don’t deserve to co-headline, but if we could somehow get on the Rage Against the Machine bill,” Shultz says. “We’d probably get booed off the stage, but that’s one of the my favorite bands.”
If that one doesn’t pan out, Shultz has a backup plan.
“It’d be really cool to do some stuff with the Strokes. With that too, I don’t know if we’re a co-headliner with them,” he says, laughing. “But would be fun to play shows with them.”