Life in the Slow Lane

February 25, 2009

Steven Page leaves Barenaked Ladies

Filed under: Music — pauljlane @ 11:23 am

A post on the Barenaked Ladies’ Web site states that singer/guitarist Steven Page is leaving the group by mutual agreement to pursue solo projects.

This will likely surprise most BNL fans as it did me. We saw the BNL a few months ago at Seneca Niagara Casino, and they put on a good show. The concert took place soon after Page’s legal troubles in New York state, which almost prevented him from crossing the border and performing stateside that night (he, his girlfriend and her roommate were charged with drug possession in July after police found cocaine at an apartment in New York state; all three secured a deal to have charges dropped if they stayed out of trouble for six months). The band members joked about it to a certain extent on stage that night, with Page displaying a good sense of humor about the whole situation.

The band’s remaining members say they will continue on. Plans are to record a new album and tour later this year, but it doesn’t seem BNL will be the same without Page rounding out the vocal harmonies (and the comedic ad libs during live shows, which are a big part of the reason to attend a BNL show).

Best known for “If I Had a Million Dollars” and the deplorable “One Week,” Toronto-based BNL  is also responsible for the much-better “Brian Wilson,” “Too Little Too Late” and “The Old Apartment.”

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