Earlier this year, Steven Page received a series of texts from Ed Robertson.

They included pictures of old set lists from the Barenaked Ladies, the band the two singer-songwriters formed as a duo in the suburbs of Scarborough, Ont., back in the 1980s and co-fronted for more than 20 years before Page left the fold in 2009.

“It was funny, I look at these set lists from 1990 or something and I can still rhyme off what the order of the first seven songs in the set were,” says Page, in an interview with Postmedia earlier this week from his home in New York City. “Because we did it so much in those days. The idea of calling out a set list and writing it out was so rote for the most part. So to see that, in my own handwriting, 25 to 30 later, was fun.”

Fun always seemed to be ingrained into the DNA of the Barenaked Ladies, one of Canada’s most successful acts that amassed a giant following here and abroad thanks to cheerfully goofy songs such as If I Had $1,000,000 and One Week. Which may be why Page’s departure from the band nearly a decade ago seemed such a shock. The split was, at least by Canadian showbiz standards, mildly scandalous and more than a little acrimonious. The decision to part ways was officially made by “mutual agreement,” but occurred not long after Page’s highly publicized drug bust in New York.

Until recently, he had not been in the same room with the other four members in nine years. On Wednesday, Page will join former bandmates Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Tyler Stewart and Robertson at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, for a formal plaque ceremony as part of BNL’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

      

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