July 16th, 2008

Moose With Mug

More on the Steven Page News from Last Night

Just as a follow-up to last night's post, I know it may sound horribly naive, but I still haven't recovered from the shock and sadness I experienced when hearing the news of Steve Page's arrest for cocaine possession. One of the things about Barenaked Ladies I loved so much is that I felt like I knew them and that under different circumstances these are men whom I could become friends with. I felt like I had something in common with them, and to find out that Page has been arrested for possession is just as shocking and upsetting as if one of my real life friends had been arrested in a similar fashion.

As I said in a comment to last night's post, what I need to remember (but I nonetheless don't want to admit) is that I don't really know anyone in the band at all. What I know is the image that they and their management choose to project. It may seem genuine (it did to me for a long time, and it's one of the many reasons I love the band), but like any public figure there are things that they hid from the press and their fans. In the case of Barenaked Ladies, in particular Steve Page, I've had the illusion of knowing the band members shattered.

As I said, it may seem naive that at this stage in my life I still harbored such illusions about anything. Even if the cocaine wasn't Steve's and he is truly innocent (I am not so naive as to believe either of these things at this time), his presence at that place at that time shows an incredible lack of good judgment. Something is clearly wrong, and I hope that this incident serves as a wake-up call for Steve and that he gets help facing the demons that brought him to this point.