Barenaked Ladies’ lead singer Steven Page leaving band

Steven Page the lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies has left the group to pursue a solo career. The band that has won almost 20 Juno Awards will keep making music and are set to tour this fall.
On his personal blog Steven Page announced:

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.

Don’t worry the Barenaked Ladies will still be around, just without their lead singer.

Page and Ed Roberson formed the band in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario. They hit the big time with their 1992 album Gordon.

On the band’s official website they also announced that Page has left the band and include a quote from Page:

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!”

Last year Page was arrested in New York on a felony drug possession charge. He was able to avoid time in jail when the judge downgraded the charge to a misdemeanor. After his arrest Page admitted that 2008 was a difficult year as the Canadian Press reports:

“Yes, it’s been a terrible year for the band, and for me personally, but there have also been many things to be happy and grateful for,” he wrote.

“Falling in love, a renewed sense of peace, the best health of my adult life, some amazing creative and artistic opportunities, and the chance for a renewed and fruitful relationship with my band, friends and loved ones.”

Page won’t be just sitting around. He’s got a slew of projects already in place. He is expected to turn composer for “Bartholomew Fair” at the Stratford Festival later this summer.

Meanwhile the band will be in the studio come April working on a new album before they head out on tour in the fall. They are currently up for another Juno for their children’s album “Snack Time.”

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