Barenaked Ladies at the Greek Theater – Music Connection Magazine

Players: Ed Robertson – lead vocals, guitar; Jim Creeggan – bass, backing vocals; Kevin Hearn – keyboard, guitar, backing vocals; Tyler Stewart – drums, backing vocals

With over 15 million record sales worldwide, the Barenaked Ladies did not disappoint on the Los Angeles leg of their Last Summer On Earth tour.

In the wake of their 16e album release, Force Detour, the timely opener “New Disaster” delivered a burst of sound with video graphics of forests and lava, kicking off with an erupting volcano alongside the lyrics “here’s a new disaster…”. Quickly followed by a singing crowd on the 1998 hit, “It’s All Been Done,” the band delivered warm, harmonized vocals and heavy bass lines with a light ska feel and cheerful synth decoration on “Summertime ‘ before the launch in Ed Robertson’s now infamous rap intro to rile up the crowd and get them ready (including lyrics ‘Barenaked at the Greek, best night of the week‘). Their set was over 90 minutes long and includes songs from nine of their records, with the bulk of their songs from the new record.

Returning to the crowd favorite, “Pinch Me,” attendees jumped to their feet as they clapped and sang along. Kevin Hearn had to get rid of a mermaid blue bra on the neck of his guitar before continuing on “Gonna Walk”, which showcased Jim Creeggan’s iconic double bass even more commitment, the crowd echoing Robertson on the chorus “gonna walk, win ‘I don’t stop, until I get…”.

Entering a trifecta of new releases, “Big Backyard” unfolded as a kind of slum song with country undertones with Hearn on lead vocals, followed by “Roll Out” and “Here Together,” the latter featuring Creeggan. on lead vocals and great bass lick and retro vibe. The ladies also delved into their new song “Live Well,” which evoked more difficult times in life and featured a beautiful guitar solo from Hearn.

Returning to their repertoire, the band performed 2013’s “Odds Are” – an eerily appropriate ode to the madness of the world – and 2017’s “Bringing It Home”, featuring Hearn on accordion alongside Robertson’s guitar. , Creeggan’s double bass and Tyler Stewart on the march. kickdrum. “Brian Wilson” brought more crowd antics, a great mix of vocals from the band, and a phenomenal double bass solo from Creeggan.

“Man Made Lake”, “Good Life” (with the video screen scrolling through footage of the band walking the streets of Toronto together) and “Internal Dynamo” were also performed from the new album, the latter featuring Stewart on vocals and Robertson on drums.

Towards the end of the evening, the guys let loose and delivered a cover of the Happy Days theme song (composer Charlie Fox was in the house), their own theme song from The Big Bang Theoryand Creeggan burst into a badass bass solo cover of Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean” and notched classics, “One Week” (featuring Hearn on a moaning guitar solo) and “If I Had A Million Dollars” – which evolved into an incredible singing stadium with every person standing.

The night ended with a mashup of covers including “Just a Friend” (Biz Markie), “No Diggity” (Blackstreet) and “Wow You Can Really Dance” (Handsome Dancer), before Robertson returned the drums and Stewart doesn’t take over. vocals for fantastic covers of “Whip It” (Devo), “Pretty Woman” (Roy Orbison), “Tom Sawyer” (Rush) and “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin).

A final encore of “The Old Apartment” ended things with a bubbly, jovial crowd and a satisfying sense of camaraderie within the amphitheater. With over 30 years of music behind them, the Barenaked Ladies still put on a phenomenal show and are well worth the effort for a great night out.

Photo credit: Jackson Beenham