Steven Page splits from Barenaked Ladies

February 27, 2009  |  12:16pm
Barenaked Ladies had a tough 2008. Lead singer Steven Page ran into trouble with the law for cocaine possession and was sentenced to probation, and singer Ed Robertson was involved in a plane crash. Adding more drama to the mix, it was recently announced that Page has left the group to pursue a solo career.

Word from the band's official Web site goes like so: "By mutual agreement, Steven Page will be parting company with the remaining members of Barenaked Ladies. Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart will continue recording and touring together as Barenaked Ladies. Steven Page will pursue solo projects including theatrical opportunities while the band enters the studio in April 2009, and hits the road in the fall."

In response to Page's departure, the CEO of Barenaked Ladies' label said he is optimistic about the band's future because remaining member Robertson has been the "driving force" behind the band.

"If you really disseminate the last six, seven years of the Barenaked Ladies, it's very much an Ed and Steve collaboration, but Ed's written probably 90 percent of the singles," said Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group. "He's really been, in the last decade, the driving creative force behind the band."

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