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Barenaked Ladies Chat to TotalNtertainment

Ahead of their UK tour, TotalNtertainment chatted to Barenaked Ladies about their 33 year career, the upcoming shows and UK festivals.

Multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies are finally making it to the UK this March for their long awaited UK tour.

Over the course of 33 years, the beloved quartet has sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits such as ‘If I Had $1,000,000’, ‘One Week’, ‘Pinch Me’, and The Big Bang Theory Theme. Widely acknowledged as one of the best live acts on the planet, BNL has hosted a cruise, had its own ice cream flavour, amassed eight JUNO Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018. As Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Tyler Stewart and Kevin Hearn put it on ‘Good Life,’ “Wasn’t easy but it turned out alright/Wouldn’t trade it for another…You don’t wanna miss this mutha.”

In August 2021, the band released their 16th studio album Detour de Force with 14 newly minted tracks to great reviews and also teamed up with the legendary Tim Burgess for an esteemed Listening Party for the album for fans both old and new.

Ahead of the tour, we spoke to Ed Robertson from the band to find out what it’s like being back on the road, how life has changed over their 33-year career and what he thinks of UK festivals. Watch the video here:

BNL wasn’t dormant as the world shut down but the pause brought a fresh perspective to where the band wanted Detour de Force to go. “The pandemic really affected the album in an interesting way,” recalls Jim Creeggan, who penned a pair of the Detour de Force songs. “I was getting calls from friends to do remote-based stuff, people asking each other to add something to those projects. So we started reaching out and bringing other things into what we were doing.”

“We took several detours de force,” acknowledges Kevin Hearn, “but I think what you get is a beautiful hybrid of a live off-the-floor band, all the way to full-on production numbers.’ It’s kind of reminiscent of ‘Stunt’”.

Pick up the album here ahead of hearing the new songs when the band hit the road in a couple of weeks.

Tues 15 March – Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
Wed 16 March – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Fri 18 March – Newcastle, Newcastle Uni
19th March Worthing Assembly Hall
Sun 20 March – Portsmouth, Guildhall*
Mon 21 March – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Wed 23 March – Manchester, 02 Ritz
Thurs 24 March – Bath, The Forum
Fri 25 March – Leeds, Beckett University
Sun 27 March – Birmingham, 02 Institute
Mon 28 March – London, Royal Albert Hall**
** KT Tunstall direct support