Just got word that Barenaked Ladies will play a gig at the Wilma Theatre in May. Here’s the full press release…
With special guest: Serena Ryder
By combining humor, songcraft, and an eclectic mix of folk and pop/rock, the Barenaked Ladies enjoyed considerable popularity in their native Canada before rising to universal status with 1998′s “One Week.” Vocalists Ed Robertson and Steve Page launched the band in the late ’80s as an acoustic act, traveling to different college campuses and playing warm-up gigs for comedy troupes. These early shows played an important role in the group’s foundation, as Robertson and Page began injecting their performances with humorous between-song exchanges to hold their audiences’ attention. The trick worked, and the band’s mixture of humor and musicianship was forever cemented.
Following the duo’s tour of the college circuit, the Barenaked Ladies expanded into a tight musical group with the addition of bass man Jim Creeggan, his brother Andy on keyboards, and drummer Tyler Stewart. Several cassette tapes were released and helped increase the band’s regional popularity, but 1991′s Yellow Tape was a different animal, selling so rapidly that it soon became the first independently released tape to reach platinum status in Canada. The hype was compounded by the fact that Toronto’s mayor, June Rowlands, considered the band’s name to be sexist and demanding to women, and therefore forbade the Barenaked Ladies from playing a 1991 New Years Eve concert near City Hall. The story found its way onto the front page of The Toronto Star, and sales for Yellow Tape promptly soared. In typical style, BNL laughed the debacle off and booked a different show. Meanwhile, record labels had begun approaching the band with attractive offers, and BNL soon signed with Sire/Reprise and issued their full-length début, Gordon, in 1992. Featuring “Be My Yoko Ono,” “If I Had a $1,000,000,” and “Brian Wilson,” the album moved over one million units and initiated BNL’s reign as Canadian pop kings.
Every online transaction includes one download of the new album, “All In Good Time”, available on Tuesday March 30th. You will be receiving an email with a unique code and instructions on how to redeem your download on album release date of Tuesday March 30th. In addition, if you redeem your album download between Tuesday March 30th and Sunday April 4th at 11:00pm Eastern Time, you will also receive an exclusive track.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Doors – 7:00 pm Show – 8:00 pm
Tickets On Sale Friday, February 26 @ 10am
Tickets: $37.50 General Admission
Tickets are available at Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX,
Online at www.Ticketfly.com or www.KnittingFactory.com.
Produced By Knitting Factory Presents – www.KnittingFactory.com
General Admission, All Ages, Full Bar w/ ID