Ahead of this week’s release of BNL Rocks Red Rocks, Barenaked Ladies Fans had a chat with Tyler about the upcoming album release, LSOE2016, and he took the time to answer some of YOUR questions! Enjoy!
BNLFans: First off, what made you guys decide to release BNL Rocks Red Rocks?
Tyler: The show was initially recorded for a television special on AXS TV and we realized afterwards that we had a really great show that night. Red Rocks is such a great, historic venue; everyone is always on and ready to rock there, so we thought ‘What the heck, why not put out a live record.’ We don’t have a live record that represents the four-piece yet even though we’re already 7 years into the band line-up, so now is the time to document how awesome we are!
BNLFans: Everyone is excited LSOE is back! Do you see this as an ongoing summer thing for many years to come? Who would you like to tour with in the future on LSOE, even if it is someone you already have?
Tyler: We’re going to keep doing Last Summer On Earth – maybe not every summer, but we’ll do it again and again until it actually is the last summer on Earth. The world was supposed to end in 2012 according to the Mayans, and the Mayans were wrong – we keep on having Summer, but we have faith in the Mayans. Maybe one day there will be a total apocalypse but we’re going to keep doing this Last Summer On Earth tour and calling it that until then!
We’d really like to tour with Zeppelin, Sabbath, and Judas Priest one summer… I think we have offers into them right now and we’re just waiting to hear back from them. 😉
BNLFans: What are your favorite OMD and Howard Jones songs? Have you seen either in concert before?
Tyler: I saw Howard Jones years ago at Kingswood Music Theatre and he was awesome. I’m going to say my favorite Howard Jones song is either “New Song” or “Things Can Only Get Better” – it’s a toss up! Although, there’s a dark horse in there: Pearl In The Shell – that’s a good one! Yeah, now that I’m writing it down I’m going to go with “Pearl In The Shell” as my favorite Howard Jones Song.
Now OMD – I really love “(Forever) Live and Die”. That’s a great song, but OMD has so many damn hits it’s almost ridiculous. “Locomotion” is pretty darn good too.
BNLFans: When you are not playing with BNL, who are your favorite musicians to play / jam with?
Tyler: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra…
Besides those guys, I play with a couple other bands. I play with the Black Aces which is just one other guy besides me, Marc Hickox. We recently got shut down at a radio gig we were doing by the landlord of the building because we were too freakin loud and too rock n roll for the studio space in Etobicoke, ON… which actually used to be called The Noise Factory. So that tells you how kick ass the Black Aces are!
I also play with my high school friends in a group called Pogo Rodeo. We got together about 4 years ago for a buddy’s 50th birthday. We used to play rockabilly and country tinged rock n roll and that’s what we still play. I played with them 30 years ago and we went 25 years or more without playing together and then we stepped right back into it. Now we’ve been doing small gigs in the Toronto area with all proceeds usually going to Cancer charities so it’s been kinda fun to get together with those guys again.
Now we are moving on to the fan submitted questions!
What do you do with all of the underwear and stuffed monkeys that have been thrown on stage after the shows are over? —Laura Groves
Tyler: Jim wears the underwear….. I don’t think Jim has bought new underwear since 1991! 😉
Kev has managed to collect most of the stuffed monkeys on his keyboard stand. There’s always hundreds of monkeys looking out at the audience. Sometimes if there’s a particularly cute one, we’ll bring it home; although, most of our daughters are too old for stuffed monkeys now. If they were throwing us Justin Bieber or stuffed Drake dolls, or game worn jerseys from Steph Curry, I think our kids would like those better but the stuffed monkeys always find a good home.
What gestures of appreciation have fans done in the past that you remember/enjoyed? – (Monkeys, Underwear, Cookies) – Any requests for LSOE 2016? –David Stafford
Tyler: I always appreciate when people make art based on our art. Whether it’s a set of baseball cards, a portrait, a photobook, or even baked goods. The baked goods aren’t really based on our art, they’re more based on our insatiable desire for sweets which is nice. It’s all fun and games though until someone gets diabetes… that’s all I’m saying! Thank you guys for the baked goods but perhaps now is the time to bring us 9 celery stalks and a bowl of low-fat baba ganoush!
Besides food, maybe a bike ride around town, and pinball arcades for Ed, what are some things you enjoy doing at stops along the way as you tour? –Derek Ormond
Tyler: We do nothing but those things! Sometimes we take in either sporting events like a baseball or hockey game, or we’ll catch a movie or hit an art gallery. That’s something that Kevin likes to always do is go to the local art gallery in every town. You’re able to gain a bit of the culture when you’re out on the road. You can get stuck living in your own little bubble where the only art around you is your own, or your own music – so if we get a chance to take in someone else who is creating art, we all jump at that opportunity.
How do you continue to craft and sing such fantastic harmonies? –Nicholas Hoffnagle
Tyler: I think the vocals have always been a big part of our music and we’re blessed with 4 pretty good singers but also with guys who really know how to arrange vocals. Kevin went to the St. Michaels Choir School for his formative education; I think it was Kindergarten through grades 10 or 11 or so. Jim is an arranger as well – his mom was a piano teacher and also the choir director for his church choir, so they would often rehearse at Jim’s house. Both Jim and Andy were immersed with harmony, theory and things like that, so it comes pretty easy to those guys and that really helps when we’re arranging a vocal part. The two of them have such good chops in that department, so as long as they tell me what to sing I can usually manage to stay in tune long enough to get a good take.
Will you guys be paying tribute to the many musical geniuses that we lost in the past year as part of your tour this summer? –@williamkaminski
Tyler: Well, I don’t know that yet – we haven’t rehearsed any Bowie, Eagles, Prince, Motorhead yet. Although…. Motorhead… hmmmm 😉
What is the song you wish would be requested during live shows, but rarely or never is?–@DaniCarbery
Tyler: I really enjoy playing “Ordinary” from our album All In Good Time – that’s a fun one. We might break that one out this Summer, so we’ll see. Today actually, “Limits” from Grinning Streak came on my shuffle – I know we opened a tour with that track but we haven’t played it since. I wouldn’t mind going back to that one again either.
Tell us some of the best hijinks/pranks you play on each other while on tour? –@Mil_Feirn
Tyler: Hijinks… crazy pranks… That time when Ed stole all of my pants, and I had to do the entire tour with my junk hanging out. That was hilarious – do you remember that? That was on the 1994 Maybe You Should Drive Tour! If you don’t remember it, you weren’t there… Or it didn’t happen. Hmmm, I wonder what’s the truth!
The crew do some funny pranks though. They’ll collect the bras and underwear that gets thrown on the stage, and they’ll hang it from the mic stands of the opening act so when they come out to play their show, the stage is festooned with panties!
Thanks to Tyler for taking the time to answer our questions!