Steven Page ditches solo act to tour with Goo Goo Dolls
We’d bet the CBC headline “Page to join Goo Goo Dolls for Canadian tour” had more than a few Led Zeppelin fans doing double-takes and spitting out their coffee this morning, and then rolling their eyes in disgust as they skimmed down the article to learn that “Page” refers to Steven and not Jimmy. Though significantly less newsworthy than a Zeppelin/Dolls tour would have been, it is nonetheless surprising to hear that former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page has decided to ditch his solo tour to join the upcoming Goo Goo Dolls tour. Excuse us for a second… Oh, 1998 just called, and it wants its pop bands back.
Page had been planning several Canadian shows to promote Page One, his first solo release since leaving the Barenaked Ladies in 2009. That tour was suddenly cancelled last Thursday, and on Monday Page announced he will accompany the Goo Goo Dolls at shows in Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver this coming February and early March.
Though the switch may mean increased visibility—the Goo Goo Dolls draw a way bigger crowd than a solo Page show would have, and they can probably do a “Name,” “Iris,” “One Week” and “It’s All Been Done” nostalgia medley—the decision may come back to haunt the singer-songwriter. After all, ditching his debut solo tour could leave fans doubting Page’s own confidence in his new material.