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Steven Page is no longer a Barenaked Lady

As of February 24, 2009, after twenty years and a few months, Steven Page (co-founder and co-frontman of Barenaked Ladies) will no longer be a Barenaked Lady.
His departure from the band was decided by mutual agreement between him and the remaining members of BNL.
Ed Robertson (also co-founder and co-frontman), Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart will continue recording and touring as Barenaked Ladies.
The band will enter the studio in April 2009. A new record and tour are planned for fall/winter 2009.
Steven Page will pursue several solo projects.

From the official BNL website (February 24, 2009)
A MESSAGE FROM BARENAKED LADIES
By mutual agreement, Steven Page will be parting company with the remaining members of Barenaked Ladies. Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart will continue recording and touring together as Barenaked Ladies. Steven Page will pursue solo projects including theatrical opportunities while the band enters the studio in April 2009, and hits the road in the fall.
Page says "These guys are my brothers. We've grown up together over the past twenty years. I love them and wish them all the best in the future."
The band also wish Steven well in all of his endeavors. Ed Robertson says: "It's the start of a new chapter for all of us. Here's to the future!"
Everyone is looking forward to making new music and thanks their fans for their support.

From Steven Page's blog (February 24, 2009)
Gone Solo
Yes, it's official. I am no longer a Barenaked Lady. After twenty years (plus a few months), I'm heading out on my own. I'm really excited about all the opportunities coming my way: I have an album's worth of songs and will be putting together a new solo album on top of the work I'm doing for this year's Stratford Festival, and a studio recording I did with The Art of Time Ensemble, which will be released later this year with a tour to follow. You can click here to hear what we did live last June.

Some personal thoughts by Barbara
Honestly, after the Ships & Dip cruise (February 1-6, 2009) I was a bit worried and wondering if BNL are going trough a crisis similar to the one they went trough around 1994/95.
As somebody who has seen the band perform a lot during the last couple years (49 times since 1998) it just seemed to me that their chemistry on stage was not as it used to be.
(That's not to say that their Ships & Dip shows were bad. Not at all, each and every BNL show I have ever seen was great and way better than most shows I saw of other artists.)
So when this news broke I was shocked but somehow relieved at the same time.
It's sad that it had to come to this but maybe this is the only way the band can go on for many years to come.
Steven Page has changed a lot in the past two years. I guess he grew apart from the band while other projects became more important to him.
I will miss Steven's incredible voice and his stage presence and interaction with Ed a lot in the future of BNL.
Personally, Steven was the one responsible for my two most special moments at BNL shows (reading my sign during "Million" at the Barenaked Circus show on June 8, 2002 and choosing me for "Beat The Crew" at the E4E Tour show in Portland, ME on February 17, 2004).
Also, he is the only BNL member who ever wrote me something personal above his signature ( signed Vanity Project album).
I'm sad about this change but happy at the same time.
Happy, because I see how much the remaining members are willing to continue recording great music and performing exciting shows.
I look forward to the upcoming BNL album and tour, probably even more than I ever did before.
I also look forward to new music by Steven Page (though I might not be able to cross the pond for a Steven Page show).
Let's hope he will be invited to the next Ships & Dip cruise!

Fan reactions
board.barenaked.net/Ummm....
board.barenaked.net/Terry McBride's comment upsets Steve
board.barenaked.net/Should "If I Had $1,000,000" be retired from the setlist?
board.barenaked.net/Hey Shaun Get Rid Of TS Q&A I've got a new one! (Tyler answers questions)
board.barenaked.net/Mardi Gras 03/07/09

Articles
Steven Page Leaves BNL (CHARTattack, February 25, 2009)
Barenaked Ladies Plan Album, Call Split With Singer 'Positive' (Billboard, February 25, 2009)
BNL singer/guitarist Robertson says Page's departure was mutual (CP24/TheCanadianPress, February 25, 2009)
Steven Page leaves Barenaked Ladies (Canada.com, February 25/27, 2009)
BNL Soldier On Without Page (CHARTattack, February 26, 2009)
Barenaked Ladies turn Page with frontman's departure (Canada.com, February 26, 2009)
Page Upset With Nettwerk Boss (CHARTattack, February 27, 2009)
What's next for the Barenaked Ladies: Ed Robertson speaks out (Canada.com, February 27, 2009)

Video reports/interviews
Sandra Abma reports: Page, Barenaked Ladies part ways (CBC, February 25, 2009)
CBC's Andrew Nichols interviews Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies (CBC, February 25, 2009)
Ed Robertson has tender moment with George (CP24, February 25, 2009)
Steven Page explains to Andria Case why he is quitting the Barenaked Ladies (CTV, February 25, 2009)
Steven Page and The Barenaked Ladies Break Up on Q TV (YouTube/Q TV, February 27, 2009)

First BNL show without Steven Page
The Universal MARDI GRAS show at the Universal Studios in Orlando, FL on March 7, 2009 was the first BNL show without Steven Page
photos: Barenaked Ladies, Orlando, March 7, 2009 (TourPhotographer)
soundcheck video: BNL Universal Mardi Gras Soundcheck - Maybe Katie (YouTube/NettwerkBackstage)
audio recording: Barenaked Ladies Live at Universal Studios (FREE until March 27, 2009!)

New BNL photos
First Photos of Barenaked Ladies as a Four-Piece Band (DavidBergman/blog/2009-03-12)

BNL Links
Barenaked Ladies(official website)
MySpace/BNL
Facebook/BNL (page)
Facebook/BNL (group)

Steven Page Links
The Vanity Project (Steven Page's solo project)
The Steven Pages (blog)
Facebook/StevenPage
Twitter/StevenPage

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