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Barenaked Ladies to play at Valley Forge Music Fair

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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By now you get the joke that Barenaked Ladies are a quartet of fully clothed men.
With more than 25 years of music — 15 studio albums that have collectively sold more than 14 million copies — the humor-toting Canadian rock band will perform April 22 at the Valley Forge Music Fair as part of a 17-city spring tour.


Barenaked Ladies? Like in “chickity China/the Chinese chicken?”
Yes, the same ones that did the chart-topping, pop-culture-dropping “One Week,” as well as the theme song to the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.”
“One Week” won two Billboard Music Awards in 1998 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.
“Big Bang Theory”’s theme song is actually titled “History of Everything.” The show’s creators, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, are big fans of the Ontario group.
“My children really appreciate it. They’ll be able to go to college, I think,” quipped drummer Tyler Stewart in a phone interview last year to promote the band’s “Last Summer on Earth” package tour stop at the Mann Center.
What the what?
Barenaked Ladies’ 2012 tour, titled “Last Summer on Earth,” was a nod to the conclusion of the ancient Mayan calendar, which some took to be a doomsday prophecy.
“Clearly the Mayans were wrong — the world did not end in 2012,” Stewart said.
The 2016 version, which coupled the band with their ‘80s heroes Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and Howard Jones, was the fourth Last Summer on Earth. In previous years, they shared the stage with Guster, Ben Folds, Colin Hay and Violent Femmes (on the 2015 tour Barenaked Ladies stepped on stage during Colin Hay’s set to back him on his Men at Work hit “Who Can It Be Now?,” along with Blaise Garza of Violent Femmes, who played the famous saxophone solo).
Well what time is the concert?
8 p.m. on Saturday the 22nd. Doors open at 7. Valley Forge Music Fair is part of the Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion. Tickets range from $40-$65 and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Wasn’t there another one of their songs I heard on the radio, like in 2000 or something like that?
Probably “Pinch Me” or “It’s All Been Done.” At Christmas time their “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” duet with Sarah McLachlan pops up on the airwaves.
They also had a song peak at No. 2 on the iTunes chart called “Odds Are.” A new album, “Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions” (as in the a cappella group), will be released April 14. Featuring 14 tracks re-imagined from the Barenaked Ladies’ catalogue, it was recorded “live off the floor” with The Persuasions last fall at Noble Street Studios in Toronto.
I remember the Valley Forge Music Fair from back in the day. Tell me more about the Valley Forge Casino.
It’s a full-amenity gaming resort with 40,000 square feet of gaming space — 600 slot machines, 50 table games — as well as eight dining options, four nightlife experiences, 485 guest rooms and suites and 100,000 square feet of meeting, conference and banquet facilities. Visit www.vfcasino.com/entertainment/valley-forge-music-fair, like Valley Forge Casino Resort on Facebook and follow @VFCasinoResort on Twitter.
What else?
•Barenaked Ladies have won seven Juno Awards — that’s the Canadian music industry Grammys. One of them was for 2016 Children’s Album of the Year.
•“Pinch Me” was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
•“One Week” was up for an MTV Video Music Award in 1999 for Best Art Direction.
• For more information, visit www.barenakedladies.com.
But that’s not all
The tour extends to SteelStacks in Bethlehem June 19 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 2017 Yuengling Summer Concert Series. This concert takes place at the Levitt Pavilion at the base of the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, 789 E. First St., Bethlehem. Tickets are $35 in advance and $39 day of show. Visit www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.

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