Barenaked Ladies @ O2 Institute, Birmingham

Barenaked Ladies @ O2 Institute, Birmingham

Barenaked ladies returned to the UK for their umpteenth tour. The Canadian stalwarts have recently been inducted into the Canadian version of the Rock & Roll Hall of fame. They’ve been around for years, and are one of those bands that you know are going to provide you with a good night out, with plenty of laughs as well as catchy songs.

However the latest release ‘Fake Nudes’ which this tour is named after, is an album that’s failed to ignite me. Perhaps the opening track Canada Dry is the best on the outing.

Never the less, this doesn’t keep me and my friends away from seeing them again.

The laughs start off pretty early, with a woman furious with the staff that she can’t find a seat. We’re in the unreserved seating area, and we got there perhaps a little later than we wanted too, meaning all the seats had already been taken. She was furious, I mean, really furious that she couldn’t get a seat, they provided her with a stool but this wasn’t good enough, and later also kicked her out of the disabled access area next to which we were standing, and just about had an OK view.

We were told that the upper balcony, was not open, and then it suddenly opened, but we weren’t allowed in there either, apparently, people had been able to purchase tickets for the upper balcony. Odd, we purchased direct from the venue and there was no option for this, and you’re telling me all these people that had tickets for the upper balcony, suddenly all arrived at the same time?

Still, they would not let furious woman and her husband up there either.

The institute is not the best venue in Birmingham by a long stretch, and it does seem the event is way too overcrowded, this could easily have taken place in the main o2 Academy across the City Centre, but alas no.

Once the music did get underway it was supported by Boothby Graffoe who has supported the band before.

His songs are funny, but funny in the sense that they are only funny the first time round, once you’ve heard them a few times the jokes wear thin. However he’s good at getting the crowd involved and clearly many have not heard him before and his stories also bring a lot of laughs.

BNL arrive on stage and for the first several songs do an acoustic set. After that the stage is moved around and we get the more traditional set up. Of course the band do a number of their made up on the spot songs as we go through the gig. Including about their day days in the City, visiting original patty men (good choice) and some random song about worms!

We get the traditional BNL rap towards the end and Tyler proceeds to do a mish mash of famous songs to see us out.

All in all it was another top performance from BNL, you know what to expect, and you know you’re going to get value for money, the only let down was perhaps the venue, which I seemed to have talked about more than the actual gig itself.

To make up for that, give the video below a watch, courtesy of geektown.

Score: 5/5

Picture and video provided by Geektown

Set list:

Acoustic Set

Another Postcard
Blame It on Me
Sunshine
The Township of King
Alternative Girlfriend
Enid

Main Set
Brian Wilson
Odds Are 
Bringing It Home
Invisible Fence
Gonna Walk
The Old Apartment 
Canada Dry
Be My Yoko Ono (with Boothby Graffoe)
Lookin’ Up
Pinch Me
Big Bang Theory Theme 
One Week
If I Had $1,000,000
 BNL Rap
Encore

Tyler Show

 

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