Is It The End Of The World Or Just The Barenaked Ladies?

Some folks believe that the world as we know it will end December 21, 2012, the last day recorded on the Mayan Calendar. Thus, the inspiration for the ‘Last Summer On Earth’ tour, headlined by the Barenaked Ladies.
“This is your last chance to see the Barenaked Ladies,” BNL bassist Jim Creeggan said while calling from Chicago. “This is it and you can’t do anything about it.”
Creeggan is speaking with tongue firmly in cheek. He’s joking, which is something BNL has done well for most of its existence.
The humorous Canadian band has been delivering amusing, hook-laden songs with rich harmonies since forming in suburban Toronto in 1988.
“We like to have fun lyrically and with concepts like this tour,” Creeggan said. “Why not have some fun in song like we have?”
BNL, which has sold more than 15 million albums, is laughing all the way to the bank.
The band has built a strong audience and is a live favorite courtesy of its catchy and often loopy songs and
humorous banter and improvised raps, which have been hallmarks during their entertaining concerts.
“We like to have fun during shows,” Creeggan said. “We have had a blast doing that for years. It’s fun making an audience laugh. The problem doing that is that you become labeled a novelty act, which we are not.”
The Barenaked Ladies’ combination of pop-rock/ folk is a winning amalgam. Such hit singles as ‘Brian Wilson’ and ‘One Week’ have no burn factor.
“It seems like you can play those songs again and again and people just don’t get tired of hearing them,” Creeggan said. “We’re fortunate that we’ve been able to write songs like that.”
BNL, which will perform tonight at the River Stage at Great Plaza and August 17 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, is having a blast touring with old friends Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Cracker.
Expect plenty of jamming and surprises when the groups share the stage.
“(Vocalist-guitarist) Ed (Robertson) was playing  (Peter Gabriel’s) ‘Sledgehammer’ with Blues Traveler and (Blues Traveler vocalist-harpist) John Popper came out and did ‘If I had a $1,000,000’ and he just blew me away. He was standing next to me and he just has that incredibly unique style, which reminds me that when I have dinner with him tomorrow night before a show, I’m going to ask him how he does what he does. Anything can happen on this tour and why shouldn’t it, the world is going to end soon.”
The union between BNL, which also includes keyboardist Kevin Hearn and drummer Tyler Stewart, and its longtime vocalist-guitarist Steven Page crashed and burned in 2009 after two decades.
“It was something that had to end,” Creeggan said. “It was either dismantle the whole band or figure out how to salvage the band. We salvaged the band, since we have more to come.”
BNL is working on a new album. The group will preview some new cuts when it comes to town. The group is also working on music for a Broadway production of the classic film ‘Animal House.’
“The new album is great and the Broadway ‘Animal House’ is huge,” Creeggan said. “Our scout troupe modeled itself after the characters in ‘Animal House.’ I was D-Day the guy on the motorcycle, who had one line in the movie. He was so cool. So we have that and the new album. There’s no reason for this band to slow down.”

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