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28 Dec

Barenaked Ladies Live in Denver!

Skiers, snowboarders and music lovers were treated to a unique concert experience Saturday night in Vail, still wearing their snow pants and goggles and straight off the slopes to Ford Park for a performance from the Barenaked Ladies. This marks the fourth year for Snow Daze, a week-long festival put on to celebrate the start of the winter ski and snowboard season.

Undeterred by the weather, the estimated 8,000 people were treated to a snowy performance complete with BNL hits such as “The Old Apartment” and “One Week,” some improv comedy and a rare sneak peak at songs from the band’s new album — set to be released in March 2010. “We’ve never really done this in the past but we’ve been playing most of the (new) record live because it’s so where we’re at right now,” said BNL vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson. “Every record is a bit of an evolution for us as we grow. We’re 21 years in as a rock band so hopefully we’ve learned something along the way.”

The new songs had all the hooks and upbeat qualities fans would expect from but there was a more straightforward, more rock ‘n’ roll approach than in past material. “I’m really proud of this record,” Robertson said. “I think it goes to more aggressive places than we have in the past. I think it has more emotional rawness than we’ve allowed ourselves in the past and more literal moments.”

One of the highlights was when the band, drawing inspiration from the falling snow and freezing temperatures, improved a comedic song about getting warm and removing clothes to cool down. The Canadian natives also rallied the crowd around the fact that the band refused to allow heaters on the stage, proclaiming, “If you guys don’t get heaters, we don’t get heaters!” Robertson, an avid snowboarder and no stranger to cold weather, also offered fans some advice on how to stay warm before the show: “Rock out! The more you dance the warmer you’ll be. I would highly discourage nudity because it feels fun for a few minutes but you will never warm yourself.”

2010 will not only mark the release of a much-anticipated new BNL album but also a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the band, who will be performing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. “We are big fans of our Canadian amateur athletes,” says Robertson. “I also have the honor of being a torchbearer this year. I’m totally stoked about it.”