Coming up on 30 years old, Barenaked Ladies still going strong
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Don't look now, but Barenaked Ladies have become middle-aged men. The Canadian pop-rock band will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018 but they're still recording and performing with the energy of upstart teenagers.

Maybe that's because they've always had a little chaos in their system. Ed Robertson and Steven Page formed Barenaked Ladies as a duo in 1988, and the next year recruited brothers Andy and Jim Creeggan. Andy Creeggan was replaced by Tyler Stewart in 1990, and though he returned to the band in 1991, he then left again and Kevin Hearn came aboard. That set the five-man roster that BNL became best known for until Page and the band agreed to part ways in 2009 following the singer's drug-related arrest the year before.

But Page's departure is probably the lone black mark on Barenaked Ladies' otherwise sunny record. The band has built its reputation on being the upbeat party act that you could take your mom to. Their hit songs, like "One Week" and "Pinch Me", have a tongue set firmly in cheek sense of humor without going too far into adult territory. Only one of their albums, 2010's All In Good Time, has ever received an explicit warning label. And they seem to be following along with Monty Python's idea of always looking on the bright side of life; one of their most recent singles, "Odds Are", is about everything being all right even when there's some sort of weird alien apocalypse.

What's made Barenaked Ladies particularly last are their live performances. Even as the band members get older and settle down, they never seem to settle down on stage, running around and cracking jokes at rapid fire like they're still a bunch of school kids rather than Grammy Award winners. For the members of BNL the fun of music comes first and maybe they'll get around to the business aspect of it. That remains a breath of fresh air as music seems to get more commercial and more complicated every year. While other artists feud with one another and look for their next radio single, Barenaked Ladies just go out and have a good time with a venue full of new friends.

And as their anniversary approaches they're not slowing down one iota. In 2016 the band was still reaching milestones. They released their first live album in seven years, BNL Rocks Red Rocks, along with a corresponding concert special. They also had a successful "Last Summer on Earth 2016" tour, and in the fall teamed up with a cappella group The Persuasions to create material for another record that is expected to be released sometime this year. If that's what they can accomplish at almost 30, let's see what they're able to do with the next 30 years.

Barenaked Ladies will be headlining at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday, May 13 with support from Mike Doughty. Click here for tickets.

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