Barenaked Ladies are used to exposing themselves, as it were, all summer long.
But the Toronto quintet’s stop in town tonight is one of just four shows it plans to play this summer.
“We’ve kind of figured it out after 18 years or so of nonstop touring that it’s good to be home when the kids are home in the summertime,” says drummer Tyler Stewart, who has two young daughters.
“Also, we don’t have to flog something to death. We can go and play where we’d like to play and not just be on the treadmill all the time. We’re just trying to make more of an effort to balance out our lives, and everyone can do what they like to do and also have time for the band.”
The individual Ladies have plenty going on outside the group these
Multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn is working on solo material, while bassist Jim Creeggan is preparing for the arrival of his second child. And Stewart, a proudly acknowledged hockey addict, is working with the National Hockey League, including broadcasting from the red carpet of league’s annual awards ceremony Thursday days. Singer-guitarists Steven Page and Ed Robertson are each working on Canadian TV shows — Page’s is about his current genealogical search, while Robertson’s is a second season of “Ed’s Up,” a well-received reality show in which he does “bad” jobs such as wrestling alligators in order to extract blood for medical applications. night in Toronto.
“It’s the kind of stuff that makes coming back to the band worthwhile and exciting,” Stewart says. “I think a summer off and everyone out there pursuing their own interests always leads to a wealth of material and also renewed enthusiasm to come back to the office, so to speak.”
The drummer expects BNL to start working on new material in the fall, rebuilding the sonic stockpiles after releasing two albums — “Barenaked Ladies Are Me” and “Barenaked Ladies Are Men” — in a five-month span as well as launching their own label and expanding their Internet operations. The idea of a children’s album has been “bandied about,” but no decisions have yet been made, Stewart says.
“Chasing the Top 40 isn’t really part of the equation; it’s not part of what we’re interested in,” Stewart explains. “We’re very fortunate to have a core audience that goes across America and Canada; we can still do tours that are successful and can earn a living playing music.
“I think we’ve discerned that it’s important to serve that audience and maintain it. If we can still attract (new) fans along the way, great, but I’m not sure it behooves us to gain new fans when we have lives, wives and kids. And we’ve also achieved a great deal in that pop strata already.”
Barenaked Ladies and 100’s and 1000’s perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (June 15th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $59.50 pavilion, $27.50 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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