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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Barenaked Ladies w/ Vicci Martinez

Thursday, July 4 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.

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There’s a good chance, thanks to the runaway success of CBS TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” that Barenaked Ladies currently leads the country in airplay. The Canadian band’s performance of the show’s theme song has had a seismic impact on the alt-pop music universe.


Former frontman Steven Page may be several years gone, but that hasn’t stopped the remaining Ladies—Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggran and Tyler Stewart—from celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary with the launch of its latest album, Grinning Streak, released June 4, and its current “Last Summer on Earth” tour.

Formed in 1988 in Toronto’s Scarborough suburb, the band is characterized by its light-hearted, comedic performance style. The award-winning band also is known for hits like “The Old Apartment,” “If I Had $1000000” and “Brian Wilson,” named after the Beach Boys founder. Wilson became a fan of the song and featured it on a live album.

           
Page and Robertson came up with the band’s name during a 1988 Bob Dylan concert in Toronto. Bored with the show, the pair pretended to be rock critics, discussing fictitious bands, including one called “Barenaked Ladies.” Later that year, Roberston’s own band, which had broken up after committing to a Toronto Second Harvest food bank benefit concert, reformed under the name “Barenaked Ladies.” The band and the name stuck. (Michael Muckian)