The Barenaked Ladies got a key to the city of Portland from the mayor today, so we kicked and screamed until someone went and got one for us too. Backstage before the show we realized what it opened — bottles of Corona.
During “Bury Me” tonight Ryan told everyone how we whined until we received the key. Then we demonstrated it’s usefulness on Adam’s beer bottle. The crowd seemed to like this. A few songs into their set, BNL embarked on an improv song about how they got the key to the city of Portland, without knowing we’d already stolen their thunder. Don’t get me wrong, their little number was much more clever, spontaneous, witty, and musical than ours… but ours was first. Tomorrow we might cover “Jane” just so they look like they’re copying us.