Causing one of the biggest shocks to their fans, the Barenaked ladies have announced that singer/guitarist and founding member Stephen Page has left the band and will be pursuing a solo career and theatrical opportunities. The other band members, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart will go back in the studio in April and out on the road in the fall.
Although Robertson has tried to keep things positive with his comment on the band’s official website, I can’t help but wonder how much of a role Page’s recent trist with the law on drug possesion charges play in this decision. “It’s the start of a new chapter for all of us,” Robertson said. “Here’s to the future!”
It’s a damn shame. They’re my joint favourite band of all time. I will miss the musical chemistry Page shared with Robertson on the vocals. All the best Stephen.