The Barenaked Ladies, or BNL,will be performing at Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 5th. The alternative rock group is known for their lighthearted and comedic performances filled with catchy tunes and exciting fun. The music of BNL has been described as “guitar-heavy pop/rock that’s intelligent, evocative and thought-provoking,” and the group strives to make fun and relatable music that can reach fans of all ages.
The Canadian rock group formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario with founding members Stephen Page and Ed Robertson. In the early days the duo frequently missed their own rehearsals and were forced to improvise during many of their performances. When the group learned they were pretty good at improvising they began making up rap songs at all of their concerts, which they still do today. Their first commercial demo album The Yellow Tape was not released until 1991 when the group performed at South By Southwest. Though the recording was rejected by all the major labels in Canada, the album became wildly popular the Indie scene through word of mouth and live performances. This tape holds the record as the first ever Indie released album of any band in Canada to achieve platinum status.
After their independent success, the group continued to gain more popularity up north while striving to gain acceptance from their neighbors in the US. Finally in 1998, The US took notice with the release of their album Stunt which provided two top 5 hits on the Billboard charts.
Since then the group has sold more than 15 million records and
Some of the group’s hit singles include "One Week,” "The Old Apartment,” "Pinch Me,” "If I Had $1000000,” and the opening theme song for The hit TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory. For more than two decades the group has been continuously creating new and exciting material that they hope will keep the fans coming back for more.