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Surprising news about BNL Steven Page

I see hundreds -- thousands? -- of news stories every week. It's my job. And I'm rarely surprised by what I read and hear.

A bombing in Afghanistan? Sad, but not surprising.

A mother murdering her children? Tragic and disturbing, but not surprising.

Oil is up and the stock market is down? Expensive, but not surprising.

Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page arrested for cocaine possession? WTF?!

From a Canadian Press article:

... patrolling police noticed a suspicious car with its driver's side door left open and found a man and woman in a nearby apartment with a white capsule in front of them. Bleyle said the pair were later found to be in possession of cocaine.
"In the process of making the arrest, the girl he (Page) was with identified him as the lead singer for the group," Bleyle said from Manlius, just outside Syracuse.
"He subsequently said, 'Yes, I play the guitar and sing."'
Stephanie Ford, 25, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana.

Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

Not the kind of conduct I'd have expected from Mr. Page. I wish I could sing like that dude. I wish I could write songs like he does. I'm a big fan. The only time I remember meeting him was at a news event at Exhibition Place, when he led reporters on a tour of the trees around the park, on the way to a new hydrogen-car refuelling depot on the grounds. He's a big eco-booster and vocal NDP backer.

Coke user? I never would've guessed.

What's with my favourite Canadian musicians getting in trouble in the USA? First Alex Lifeson scraps with a cop and gets a broken nose in Florida ... now Mr. BNL is busted for drug possession? Not a lot of news actually surprisesme any more, but this item sure does.

Latest on the wire is:
  • The group's online message board is filling up with lengthy submissions from people stunned by the allegations and wondering what's behind them.
  • Page was charged with possession of cocaine in the town of Fayetteville, N.Y., on July 11. Two women also face drug charges.He was released from custody after paying $10,000 bail.
  • The charge couldn't come at a worse time for the 38-year-old singer, who recently released a kids album with his band called `Snack Time,' and is scheduled to perform at a children's-themed event in Long Island, N.Y., next month.
  • Page had been scheduled to appear in Fayetteville court on Thursday but a court staffer says that has been adjourned to Aug. 26.


  1. And you think they sing that fast because.......?!?! Can I help if I think you're funny when you're mad... LOL! Sad news though. Bad scene for BNL.

  2. So THAT's how he lost the weight!

    (I feel obliged to point out that this is NOT a reasonable method for you to pursue, bro)

  3. oh well, another one snorts the dust...
    i dunno...he's been suffering from depression for quite a while, had a recent divorce and is a bonafide 'rockstar'...somehow it doesn't surprise, shock or disappoint me.
    Truth be told some of my favorite musicians were huge drug users - Jimi Hendrix, Ween, Black Sabbath, John Coltrane...the list is huge.
    It's being made a big deal mostly because of BNL's squeaky clean image i think. If it were, i dunno...Gino Vanelli, would anyone be surprised (or care)? In fact, I'd imagine that Gino did WAY more drugs during those rockin 70's when cocaine was the drug of choice :)


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