Steven Page explains why he left Barenaked Ladies

February 27, 2009 8:16:25 AM PST
Singer-guitarist Steven Page says he decided to leave the Barenaked Ladies because he felt that his contributions as a songwriter were being diminished.

A day after he announced on the band's Web site that he was leaving the five-member group, Page said the Barenaked Ladies have so many songwriting voices, his was occasionally squeezed out.

"Frankly, the band itself was a five-way democracy and one of the great things about it is that it's been about the five-way collaboration, but it's also one of the things that's made me decide to be a solo artist," he said Thursday.

The Barenaked Ladies were formed in Toronto nearly 20 years ago. Their hits include "If I Had $1,000,000," "Brian Wilson" and "Too Little, Too Late."

Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart plan to continue, and have no immediate plans to replace Page. They will return to the studio in April and tour in the fall.

Drug charges against Page, 38, were dropped in the U.S. several months ago. His arrest in upstate New York came after the band, known for its clean-cut image and whimsical lyrics, released an album of children's songs titled, "Snacktime."

Page, his girlfriend and her roommate were charged with drug possession in July. In late October, all three secured a deal to have charges dropped if they stayed out of trouble for six months.

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