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BNL Concert Taped For DVD, PBS

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- Barenaked Ladies' concert Friday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre will live on for posterity -- and PBS.

The two-hour-plus show was filmed for a live DVD, due out later this year, and for a public television broadcast in late 2007 or early 2008 according to Jerry Samuels, who's executive producing the project for Los Angeles-based GroovePix Entertainment. Specific release and telecast dates have not been determined.

Samuels said Friday's 24-song show will be edited down to about an hour for PBS and probably 15 songs for the DVD. The latter will also include behind-the-scenes footage of the crew setting up the stage, the pre-concert sound check and backstage vignettes.

In its usual spirited and comedic fashion, the Canadian quintet played an assortment of its biggest hits on Friday -- opening with "One Week" and also including "The Old Apartment," "Pinch Me," "It's All Been Done," "Brian Wilson" and "If I Had $1000000" -- along with fan favorites such as "Alcohol," "Get in Line" and "Call & Answer" and a three-song mid-show acoustic set.

The group also took of on semi ad-libbed exchanges, including one about a "cowboy-hatted maraca man" on the DTE lawn, and staged a bit of "West Side Story"-style choreography at the end of "Angry People." A female fan seated close to the stage flashed the group at the end of the latter, which Samuels said was captured by one of the cameras.

Friday's show was one of only four BNL is playing this summer as the individual band members are focusing on other projects and their families.

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