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Barenaked Ladies don’t fear Vail’s cold

Special to the Bailo DailyThe Barenaked Ladies, who play in Vail Saturday night, were recently invited to headline the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver  in February along with 11 other performers. "The world is coming to Canada to see what we have to offer," said band drummer Tyler Stewart. "To be able to play there is a feather in our caps. It's definitely an honor."

Special to the Bailo DailyThe Barenaked Ladies, who play in Vail Saturday night, were recently invited to headline the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver in February along with 11 other performers. "The world is coming to Canada to see what we have to offer," said band drummer Tyler Stewart. "To be able to play there is a feather in our caps. It's definitely an honor."

VAIL, Colorado – A little sub-zero weather in Vail, Colorado doesn’t scare the Barenaked Ladies.

“Well we do have the Canadian blood,” said drummer Tyler Stewart. “Plus, we played the NHL All-Star Game during a blizzard, so maybe we’re a little prepared.”

The Barenaked Ladies have never performed in Vail before, Stewart said, but that’ll change Saturday night when they take the stage at Ford Park in Vail for an outdoor Vail Snow Daze concert.

Those familiar with the band, which has had five members since its 1988 inception, will likely notice the band now has only four members. In February, founding member Steve Page left the band to pursue solo projects.

“We don’t keep in touch, but we certainly we wish him the best and there’s good will there,” Stewart said about Page’s departure.

“We feel like we’re much more of a band again,” Stewart continued. “And that some of the trials and tribulations we went through have brought us together as a band.”

Most recently the band has been busy working on a new album, which is set to be released in March. The name of the album, which will be the band’s 12th studio CD, is “All in Good Time.” Stewart said the album is the band’s “strongest work, it’s very cohesive.”

“We’re really excited,” he said. “It was a really great process and we were really galvanized by the creative energy flowing around the room.”

Tyler said while the sound is somewhat different without Page’s voice, fans will “definitely recognize Barenaked Ladies in there.”

There are more songs from Kevin and Jim on the record and I get to do a little more singing. Its quintessentially Barenaked Ladies but an important new direction we’re taking.”

The Barenaked Ladies are perhaps best known for their quirky hit songs like “If I Had a Million Dollars,” and “One Week.” And while Stewart said he’s hoping one of the songs on the new album will be as popular as those songs, he said he’s also proud of some of the more introspective tunes.

“There’s some really emotional music on the record,” he said. “I hope that strikes a chord with people. In the past we’ve been known for our quirkier songs, but there have been a number of emotional songs that are hits too.”

One thing that hasn’t changed about the band is its trademark humorous banter on stage. Stewart promises the cold won’t put a damper on that, either.

“Our live show is still the high-energy, fun time that people know us for,” he said. “Mix into that a bunch of old favorites, hit songs and also some new stuff.”

Stewart said concert attendees can expect some holiday songs as well.

The Barenaked Ladies released a Christmas album in 2004 called “Barenaked for the Holidays,” which includes several Christmas and Hanukkah songs. There are some traditional holiday songs, some written by the band and a few fun songs that reveal the Ladies sense of humor – like “Jingle Bells” with the “Batman smells” lyrics subbed in.

After all “‘Tis the season to be jolly,” Stewart said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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