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Tue
14
Mar

LOVERBOY 'Stop The Rain' Fan Video Winner

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When LOVERBOY fan David Napolillo first heard the band's new single, "Stop the Rain," and decided to enter the contest to make the best official video for the song, he interpreted the title in a very unique way. 
 
"I knew the most obvious theme would be lots of rain, but I didn't want to do what other entries might do," he explained. "So, instead of using the literal image of rain, I had aliens 'raining down' on Earth in search of this awesome band they recently discovered."  
 
That unusual approach was enough to make his video the winning entry in the contest on LOVERBOY's website, with the auteur receiving a black Fender Squire guitar autographed by the entire band. His clip is now the official music video for the single, which can be downloaded for free on the LOVERBOY site (www.loverboyband.com), and is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Tunecore and Deezer, among others. The new official fan-made video for "Stop the Rain" can be seen HERE.
 
The band's guitarist, Paul Dean, who helped spearhead the contest, was impressed with all the results, but was most pleased with Napolillo's winner. "My bucket list always contained my wish that we, as a species, would contact extraterrestrials in my lifetime," he said. "Well, wish granted. Congratulations to David Napolillo of Spring, TX, for abducting LOVERBOY into the 'Alien Hall of Fame' "
 
"Stop the Rain" represents the latest previously unreleased Loverboy song following the country-flavored "Hurtin'" and "Some Like It Hot" - described by Paul Dean as "the first and only shuffle LOVERBOY has ever done" -- last year. Doug Johnson wrote "Stop the Rain," explaining it was inspired by living in Vancouver, where there is plenty of precipitation, but no known sighting of extraterrestrials.
 
Said Johnson: "I loved David's interpretation.  It just goes to show how a song can work on any number of different levels."
 
LOVERBOY continues to work, not just for the weekend but every day of the week, offering a free download of their brand new single, "Stop the Rain," as well as the opportunity for their fans to produce their own video for the track, with the winning entry earning a black Fender Squire guitar (seen below) autographed by the entire band.  The single is now online (February 9) at the Loverboy website (www.loverboyband.com), where it can be downloaded for free, then will be available tomorrow, February 10, for streaming at all major sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Tunecore and Deezer, among others.
 
The video entries can be submitted by e-mail to loverboymusicofficial@gmail.com and shared on Facebook tagging Loverboy. The deadline is February 24, after which the contest will be closed.  The band will announce the winner, which will then become the official YouTube video for the song.
 
"Stop the Rain" represents the latest previously unreleased Loverboy song following last year's, "Some Like It Hot." 
 
Doug Johnson, who wrote the new song, says it was inspired by living in Vancouver. "The wet weather was the original inspiration, but on a deeper level it's about perseverance and hope," says the band's longtime keyboardist. "I hope it inspires some excellent contest entries."
 
"It's the kind of hopeful song I could never write before, about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel... Mike really sings the sh*t out of it."
 
Added Reno about the single: "Coming from a city like Vancouver, 'stop the rain' means... 'stop the rain.'"
 
The band is hoping the guitar giveaway motivates the fans to put their best filmmaking foot forward.
 
"We're excited to see who makes the best video for the song," says Paul Dean. "We've seen a few of our songs get the fan 'treatment' over the years, but this is the first time we've had a contest. Just download the song from our website and happy editing!"
 
Loverboy's almost four-decade-long career began in Calgary when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar legend Paul Dean, with the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth "Spider" Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000.
 
LOVERBOY has four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "The Kid is Hot Tonite," "When It's Over," and "Queen of the Broken Hearts.

 

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Wed
15
Feb

ROCKINGHAM 2017 Event Press Release

 
ROCKINGHAM PRESS RELEASE / WE’RE ALL WORKING FOR THIS WEEKEND…
 
Are you ready, I mean, are you really ready? Well here we go for Rockingham three, so get strapped in as this rollercoaster promises to be a thrill a minute ride. Three days, eighteen bands and more melodic rock than you'll find in one place all year as Rockingham returns to, Trent University, the scene of last year’s crime.
You want big hitters, well step forward Vince Neil, Loverboy, Dave Bickler and Kix, a quartet of bands and artists that would grace any stage. With a supporting cast that includes the likes of Honeymoon Suite, Harem Scarem and Great White how can you go wrong? Throw in some hot new talent along the lines of Cruzh, Maverick and the Amorettes and all the bases are being covered.
With a welcome return from Fortune, one of the best bands from last year’s festival and a first time appearance from Blanc Faces, you can guarantee that the pure AOR fans will be more than happy. .
With English AOR ably represented by the likes Vega, Bailey, Dare, Moritz and Airrace, this is shaping up to be one of the best Festivals of the year.
It’s all set to take place over the weekend of the 2Oth to 22nd of October, at Nottingham’s Trent University.
 
LINE UP FOR THE WEEKEND
 
VINCE NEIL
            If you’re the kind of person that’s been wandering around with a “Dude! Where’s my Crue?” look upon your face since the demise of the legendary L.A rockers, then fear not as the good folks at Rockingham have it covered. The mighty Vince Neil is about to hit the UK with a solo extravaganza that is sure to dazzle and delight in equal measure. We can only add, Vince, you’re hired!
 
KIX
Whoa, take it easy, Kix are in town and its woman hunting season. This is one band that will bring the party to Rockingham. Their back catalogue just spells fun, with a capital F.U.N! From Layin’ Rubber, Lie Like A Rug and Atomic Bomb through to Yeah, Yeah, Yeah and Hot Wire, Kix are indeed, for kids. We may just break out a case of cold Heineken and a bottle of Jack Daniels, not a small one, a bloody great big one.
 
LOVERBOY
For Loverboy this will be their first time back on UK soil since the late eighties when they supported Def Leppard on the second leg of their UK Hysteria tour. I caught them in Birmingham back then and they didn't disappoint, giving a masterclass of songs and stage craft. Their debut is still one of the best in Canadian hard rock history and in my eyes they are up there with the likes of Nightranger and Autograph as one of the finest bands that this genre has ever given us. Their performance will be a bucket list moment for a lot of people, so expect them to bring the house down. You'll love every minute of it!
 
GREAT WHITE
Great White will need no introduction to the average rock punter. Having toured the U.K with Whitesnake in the early eighties, plus a slew of shows since, they’ve won the hearts of the UK public. This might be the version without Jack Russell, but original member Mark Kendall and Terry Ilous (XYZ) will make sure that this performance will still pack a bite.
 
DAVE BICKLER
With Nigel Bailey as his master of ceremonies, David Bickler is in safe hands and is sure to rise up and delight all in attendance. As the man at the front of Survivor for many a year, Bickler is no stranger to the big occasion. With a set that is sure to bring all of Survivors best loved songs into one fun packed set, this could be Nigel Baileys biggest task to date.
 
HONEYMOON SUITE
Maple leaf mayhem, with a soft rocking sheen is what you'll be given from the good ship H.M.S. With a back catalogue to die for, a band tighter than my wallet and a reputation of some repute, the Honeymooners will be welcome back on these shores like long lost heroes. If their past performances in this country are anything to go by, then this could be a must see moment.
 
HAREM SCAREM
Harem Scarem has been around for nearly thirty years, yes, thirty years! Whilst the rest of us have aged, the only thing that has changed with Harry Hess is the hair; everything else still looks the same. The same can be said about their music, from their AORtastic debut, through to the more modern leanings of their recent output, Harem Scarem have always delivered.
 
VEGA
With Harry Hess in their corner and one of the finest albums of last year under their belts, Vega will take Rockingham by the scruff of the neck and not let go until it's been thoroughly entertained. With four albums to choose from their only problem will be what songs to leave out of a set that will lift the roof off.
 
MORITZ
The last time I witnessed these boys at HRH AOR they were one of the bands of that weekend, with Peter Scallan proving why he is regarded as one of the UKs finest vocalists. Sans Greg Hart, the Moritz blitz will be on a roll thanks to a wonderful new album, which should be released imminently, so expect a show stealing festival performance from one of the UKs finest acts.
 
BLANC FACES
Robbie LeBlanc is a vocalist of some renown, as his brace of Blanc Faces CDswill testify. With a recently reissued CD of his first band Fury in the racks, plus the promise of new material, Robbie will be like watching Michael Bolton in his early days as his perfect AOR vocals deliver the kind of music that is guaranteed to please any aficionado of the genre.
 
FORTUNE
At last year’s Rockingham Fortune gave a masterclass in perfect AOR, Larry Greene was majestic and the whole performance was in the top three of the weekend. They showed that old AORsters might fade away, but they never lose their ability to impress and that's what Fortune did, in spades. So you don't want to miss what will be one of the sure-fire best sets of the whole weekend.
 
AIRRACE
And talking of fine UK acts, the wonderful Airrace make a return to U.K. Stages with a revised line up, but minus none of the class associated with their name. With Adam Payne (Serpentine) replacing Keith Murrell, Laurie Mansworth and company will endeavour to make this anything but a brief encounter, more a lasting impression.
 
BAILEY
Nigel Bailey is fast becoming the go-to guy for long lost AORsters like Stan Bush and Kevin Chalfant, so It'll be good to finally see him front his own band. You can expect a healthy dose of songs from his debut album, with a smattering of Three Lions and Hardline songs thrown in for good measure. With the promise of more double denim on show than there is in Vinny Burns' wardrobe, Nigel Bailey will get the just rewards he deserves.
 
DARE
With Vinny Burns firmly ensconced back into the Dare fold and their recent album heralding a return to their soft rocking best, the potential for a performance of some magnitude is stacking up nicely. Expect a set of flowing, white shirt toting anthemic AOR from one of the UKs best loved AOR outfits.
 
MAVERICK
Northern Ireland's answer to Motley Crue, well, the Crue on a budget if I'm honest, will be a hard hitting surprise for many. Two albums into their career, their sophomore release is currently garnering them plenty of support and this live appearance is certain to be incendiary.
 
THE AMORETTES
Girls with guitars and plenty of attitude, so what's not to like? They've recently tore it up with the likes of The Treatment and the Black Star Riders, coming out the other side with nothing but praise on their side. They’ll be like Girlschool on steroids and will drink you under the table, get ready to party.
 
CRUZH
Swedish newcomers, Cruzh, will be a soft- rock sensation as they bathe you with their lightweight sounds. They will be the aural equivalent of a pampering spa day, luxurious and stress free. Their debut is one of the best in recent years, they have the ability to impress and this performance will be one not to miss.
 
BROTHER FIRETRIBE
The Nightwish connection aside, Brother Firetribe is best known for their uncanny ability to pen bombastic AOR tunes. Returning to Rockingham for the second time, Emppu Vuorinen and company will be a welcome addition to this bill as they promote their fabulous new album, “Sunbound”.
 
I think you’ll all agree that Rockingham Festivals AOR credentials have been fully endorsed by having such an array of talent on show. Fans and ticket buyers would also be wise to watch out for announcements of official pre and after shows in the coming months via the festivals Facebook page. 
 
TICKETING DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM: www.rockinghamlive.com
 

 

 
Fri
10
Feb

LOVERBOY 'Stop The Rain' With New Free Single Download

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LOVERBOY continues to work, not just for the weekend but every day of the week, offering a free download of their brand new single, "Stop the Rain," as well as the opportunity for their fans to produce their own video for the track, with the winning entry earning a black Fender Squire guitar (seen below) autographed by the entire band.  The single is now online (February 9) at the Loverboy website (www.loverboyband.com), where it can be downloaded for free, then will be available tomorrow, February 10, for streaming at all major sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Tunecore and Deezer, among others.
 
The video entries can be submitted by e-mail to loverboymusicofficial@gmail.com and shared on Facebook tagging Loverboy. The deadline is February 24, after which the contest will be closed.  The band will announce the winner, which will then become the official YouTube video for the song.
 
"Stop the Rain" represents the latest previously unreleased Loverboy song following last year's, "Some Like It Hot." 
 
Doug Johnson, who wrote the new song, says it was inspired by living in Vancouver. "The wet weather was the original inspiration, but on a deeper level it's about perseverance and hope," says the band's longtime keyboardist. "I hope it inspires some excellent contest entries."
 
"It's the kind of hopeful song I could never write before, about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel... Mike really sings the sh*t out of it."
 
Added Reno about the single: "Coming from a city like Vancouver, 'stop the rain' means... 'stop the rain.'"
 
The band is hoping the guitar giveaway motivates the fans to put their best filmmaking foot forward.
 
"We're excited to see who makes the best video for the song," says Paul Dean. "We've seen a few of our songs get the fan 'treatment' over the years, but this is the first time we've had a contest. Just download the song from our website and happy editing!"
 
Loverboy's almost four-decade-long career began in Calgary when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar legend Paul Dean, with the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth "Spider" Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000.
 
LOVERBOY has four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "The Kid is Hot Tonite," "When It's Over," and "Queen of the Broken Hearts.

 

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Tue
20
Sep

LOVERBOY Raid The Vaults For Single 'Some Like It Hot'

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LOVERBOY - NEW SINGLE "Some Like It HOTNEW NATIONAL CAR RENTAL COMMERCIAL with Patrick Warburton!
 
LOVERBOY exploded out of Calgary, Canada, 37 years ago -- when vocalist Mike Reno was first introduced to guitar legend Paul Dean, eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and the late bassist Scott Smith (replaced in 2000 by Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve) -- but remain a vital presence among today's rock fans.
 
With another full calendar of concert dates in 2016 - including several shows reprising last year's successful stint with Rick Springfield - LOVERBOY are releasing a brand-new blues-rock single, "Some Like It Hot," through TuneCore to all digital retailers on September 19, which can be streamed here.
 
"Some Like It Hot," described by Paul Dean as "the first and only shuffle LOVERBOY has ever done," comes from the same late '70s period as several of the songs found on their previous album, 2014's Unfinished Business. "Giving it all away/Living for today," sings Mike Reno on the track - which originated as a demo, but was later rearranged and augmented by Dean, describing this latest as a "gift" from the band to its fans.

Dean went through more than 230 individual two-inch analog tapes he had transfered to digital, including this "gem" from the band's storied history. It follows the release of "Hurtin'" earlier this year, a current song, written and produced over the past year.
 
"The beauty of the Internet is the ability to make a song available right away, without waiting until you have the rest of the album done," says Dean. "It's a real boon to creativity.  It's total grass roots, DIY. Like the lyrics to 'Some Like It Hot,' we're not living for tomorrow or next year."
 
The single, artwork and accompanying music video - with a montage of a LOVERBOY program from the band's 1983 Keep It Up tour - prominently features the late bassist Scott Smith.  "It was one of the first tunes we ever recorded," he said. "He's playing his ass off on it. I thought it was lost and gone forever. And, I think it would be a really good addition to our set list!"

The commercial and the digital short for National Car Rental that started airing a week ago features the band and major fan Patrick Warburton, best known for his roles as David Puddy in Seinfeld, the title character in The Tick and Johnny Johnson on NewsRadio, as well as the voice of Family Guy's paraplegic police officer Joe Swanson.  After Warburton touts that four out of five National rentals result in a free upgrade, the group piles into the rental car with Warburton and drives home the commercial's message with the title of one of their many hits, "Lovin' Every Minute of It."  There is also a digital short, specifically made available on National Car Rental's YouTube channel, with Warburton having the group autograph their Get Lucky album, and pledging his devotion.

 

 
As one of Canada's greatest rock exports, LOVERBOY produced four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "The Kid Is Hot Tonight", "When It's Over," and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."

 
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Tour Dates
September 23 - Tyson Event Center - Sioux City, IA
September 25 - Toyota Oakdale Theater - Wallingford, CT
September 30 - Mawabou Gardens - Wemindji, QC
October 1 - Mawabou Gardens - Wemindji, QC
October 7 - Seven Feathers Casino Resort - Canyonville, OR
October 13 - Genesse Theatre - Waukegan, IL *
October 14 - Prairie Capital Convention Center - Springfield, IL. *
October 15 - Family Arena - St. Charles, MO *
October 28 - The Golden Nugget - Las Vegas, NV

October 29 - Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
December 3 -  Golden Nugget - Lake Charles, LA *
December 31- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Vancouver, BC

* = with Rick Springfield
 
"We are definitely 'living for today'. And that's what 'Some Like It Hot' is all about. Being in the moment, which rings true today more than ever." - Paul Dean
 
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Thu
21
Apr

VINCE NEIL, TOM KIEFER, BUCKCHERRY, RATT, LOVERBOY to Headline Rockin’ the Rivers 2016

 
This summer the heat will be cranked up under the big skies of Montana as Rockin’ the Rivers marks its 16th year as one of America’s premier 3-day Rock Music Festivals.
Rockin’ the Rivers, taking place August 12th – 14th at The Bridge, near Three Forks Montana, will feature legendary vocalist Vince Neil, the voice of Motley Crue, alongside more than 30 bands on 2 stages.
 
Other top acts joining Neil at this year’s festival include Cinderella’s Tom Kiefer, Buckcherry, Ratt, Loverboy, Survivor, Firehouse, Steelheart, Royal Bliss, Heart by Heart and many more.
Held annually on the site known as “The Bridge”, Rockin’ the Rivers attendees get the full festival experience with the availability of onsite camping, a vendor midway featuring food trucks, merchandise and multiple bars.
 
The free Thursday night pre-party, held under the Tito’s Vodka Music Tent, offers attendees the opportunity to start the festival a day early with headliners Bobaflex sharing the stage with Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) and classic rockers Blue Tattoo.
 
Ticket packages and camping are available for General Admission and VIP purchase starting at $145 for a 3-day GA ticket.
For full details on the Rockin’ the Rivers lineup and tickets, visit www.rockintherivers.com or call the Butte Civic Center box office at (888) 555-8989
 
Thursday, August 11: Bobaflex, Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) and Blue Tattoo.
 
Friday, August 12: Vince Neil, Tom Kiefer, Firehouse, Steelheart, Black Powder County, Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute), Nova Rex, Metal Steel, Mabel’s Rage and Shades of Blue.
 
Saturday, August 13: Buckcherry, Ratt, Royal Bliss, Windowpane, The Nixon Rodeo, Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute), Dellacoma, Sixteen Penny, Voodoo Cadillac and Mighty Flix.
 
Sunday, August 14: Loverboy, Survivor, Heart by Heart, Hotel California (Eagles tribute), Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons, Jared Stewart, The Max, Groove Wax and Exit 88.
 
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Thu
29
Oct

LOVERBOY Hit And Miss In Los Angeles Concert

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By Gerry Gittelson
Melodicrock.com Los Angeles correspondent
 
LOS ANGELES -- Loverboy does not tour as frequently as fellow Canadian classic-rock acts such as Rush or Bryan Adams, so it was a rare treat when the fivesome performed before a capacity crowd at Canyon Club, one of Southern California's largest clubs.
 
In past visits, Loverboy has absolutely killed. This time, the group that has been around since 1979 showed their age just a bit, as singer Mike Reno sang well but struggled to hit the high notes, even though most of the songs were tuned down at least a full step.
 
Not that Loverboy did not succeed. The crowd (consisting of about 75 percent females!) certainly enjoyed the show -- and that's the most important thing -- and the band defintely put in a solid effort with a nearly two-hour set that featured all the big hits.
 
But because Reno is such a focal point in band that lacks any other real standouts, a lot of the thumbs-up/thumbs-down comes down to him. Not that it matters much anymore because no one would expect him to fit into the red leather pants pictured on the cover of "Get Lucky," but Reno continues to struggle with his weight. Reno does not move much either, pretty much planting himself in front of the mic stand for the duration.
 
Then again, Loverboy's songs are so effective that all the group really needs to do is execute and turn up the volume, and that's exactly what went down, so most of us left happy.
 
Put another away, Loverboy was able to afford holding their biggest two songs for the end -- "Turn Me Loose" and "Working For The Weekend" -- and it all worked out.
 
Spellbinding? No. Worth the money? Yes.
 
"The Kid Is Hot Tonight" found everyone pushing away their dinner plates and standing up. "Hot Girls in Love" saw the cougars roaring for all they were worth. "Lovin' Every Minute of It" tinged good memories of a lost generation when rock was king and FM radio ruled.
 
Originals Paul Dean (guitar), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Matt Frenette (drums) are all still in place, so Loverboy remains more legitimate than a lot of others with only one or two longtimers.
 
Afterward, the group was in good spirits backstage.
 
"I do like to play Los Angeles, but then again, I like playing anywhere," Dean said
 
An unknown act called Crack-In-The-Shell opened. In keeping with the Canuck theme, the power trio wears its Rush influence on its sleeve, and the truth is the band went over very well and proved surprisingly entertaining.
 
Singer/guitarist Daniel Allen sounded great on "Waiting," bassist/keyboardist James McFadden kicked ass on "Catastrophic," and drummer Jason Russo pounded away with fury on "Hold On."
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Wed
22
Apr

RICK SPRINGFIELD To Tour With LOVERBOY & THE ROMANTICS

 
RICK SPRINGFIELD will be on tour this summer along with special guests LOVERBOY and THE ROMANTICS
 
8/29 – Delta Classic Chastain Park – Atlanta, GA
8/30 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
9/2 – Hard Rock Live – Hollywood, FL
9/4 – Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC
9/5 – Uptown Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
9/10 – First Merit Bank at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL
9/11 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH*
9/12 – Borgata Event Center – Atlantic City, NJ
9/13 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
9/16 – NYCB Theater at Westbury – Westbury, NY
9/17 – Sands Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
9/18 – Freedom Hill – Detroit, MI
9/20 – PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, OH
9/22 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
9/23 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK**
 
* Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Donnie Iris and The Cruisers
** Rick Springfield, Loverboy
 
Loverboy Press Release:
 
Time to haul out those iconic red leather pants and bandanas from mothballs, because Canadian hard-rocking legends Loverboy are ready for a full slate of summer touring, including a run of dates with fellow '80s hitmakers Rick Springfield and The Romantics for one of the season's must-see tripleheader concert events. Loverboy are currently enjoying a cultural renaissance, with major companies such as Taco Bell and RadioShack using the band's image and music to promote their products to the '80s generation which grew up on the group, and others who are just being introduced to their anthems. These days, Loverboy's not just "Working for the Weekend," but "Lovin' Every Minute of It," too, performing for those fans who "Get Lucky" enough to catch one of their shows.
 
Loverboy's tour starts with headline dates in April 25 in Pompano Beach, FL at the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, and runs through October 1 at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima, WA. The band will be joined by Springfield and The Romantics for dates starting August 29 at Atlanta's Chastain Amphitheater, running through September 23 in Oklahoma City, OK. The band will also be playing two shows in the Los Angeles area for the first time in years, including The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (September 25) and the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills (September 26). A full listing of dates is below.
 
Loverboy have been delighting audiences around the world since forming back in 1979 when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar hot shot Paul Dean in Calgary. The group has four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "The Kid is Hot Tonite," "Turn Me Loose," "When It's Over," "Heaven In Your Eyes" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts." Last July, the band released  Unfinished Business, their first collection of previously unreleased material in seven years.

Their summer tour dates are as follows (headliners unless noted) More dates TBA:

** w/ Rick Springfield and The Romantics
* w/ Rick Springfield and Donnie Iris
^ w/ Styx

April 25 - Pompano Beach Seafood Festival - Pompano Beach, FL
June 13 - Sandy Corley Memorial Run - Rothbury, MI
June 20 - PrairieFest - Oswego, IL
June 27 - Lakes Jam - Brainerd, MN
July 3 - 4th Fest - Coralville, IA
July 4 - Heritage Park - Junction City, KS
July 10 - Three Rivers Festival - Ft. Wayne, IN
July 18 - Summerwinds Family Music Festival - Victoria Beach, MB
July 25 - Timberwood Amphitheater - Hot Springs, AR
August 1 - Kenora Harbourfest - Kenora, ON
August 8 - Rock N August - St. Albert, AB
August 9 - Pinewood Bowl Theater - Lincoln, NE ^
August 14 - Pictou County Wellness Centre - New Glasgow, NS
August 15 - Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre - Bridgewater, NS
August 22 - Fallon County Fair - Baker, MT
August 29 - Chastain Amphitheater - Atlanta, GA **
August 30 - St. Augustine Amphitheater - St. Augustine, FL **
September 2 - Hard Rock Casino - Hollywood, FL **
September 4 - Red Hat - Raleigh, NC **
September 5 - Uptown Amphitheater - Charlotte, NC **
September 10 - Northerly Island - Chicago, IL **
September 11 - Jacobs Pavilion - Cleveland, OH *
September 12 - Borgata - Atlantic City, NJ **
September 13 - PNC - Holmdel, NJ **
September 16 - Music Theater - Westbury, NY **
September 17 - Event Center - Bethlehem, PA **
September 18 - Freedom Hill - Detroit, MI **
September 20 - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend - Cincinnati, OH **
September 22 - Cynthia Woods Pavilion - Houston, TX **
September 23 - Zoo Amphitheater - Oklahoma City, OK **
September 25 - Canyon Club - Agoura Hills, CA
September 26 - Saban Theater - Beverly Hills, CA
September 27 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
September 29 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield, CA
October 1 - Central Washington State Fair - Yakima, WA

 
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Mon
21
Jul

LOVERBOY - Unfinished Business (Review)

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I’ve heard suggestions of more to come, but I think if you can’t string 10 fantastic archive tracks together the first time around, the chances are that the next batch aren’t going to be any more impressive to warrant another volume.
 
I hope next time the band delivers an all-new studio album of fresh material. After all, there’s plenty of life left in this band, they defy their age on stage and on record.
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Fire Me Up
Countin' The Nights
Ain't Such A Bad Thing
Come Undone
Slave
What Makes You So Special
War Bride
Doin' It the Hard
You Play The Star
Crack of the Whip
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Loverboy
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44
Release Date: 
2014
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
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80
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Loverboy have decided to turn back time and raid the vaults for their latest studio release. Describing this release as ‘old unfinished tracks dusted off and completed in 2014’, the band has in essence, compiled an album of off-cuts from their classic 80s releases.
I can’t blame them for choosing this route – it’s certainly a more economical solution than getting a new album written, recorded and released and it also covers the ‘fans only want to hear the classic sound’ base.
The only thing is – after the fecking marvelous Just Getting Started masterpiece and two of the three new tracks from Rock N Roll Revival being killer; this does seem as a backwards step.
But, if it’s classic Loverboy the fans want, then feast upon this 10 track release.
 
There’s everything a fan could want here – aside from a killer production. The songs bask in the band’s glorious sound of the 80s, but the production quality is really pretty bad in places.
The song quality and the production quality vary throughout as the songs are taken from various recording sessions and time frames, meaning that you’ll get snippets of the debut, Keep It Up, Get Lucky and even Lovin’ Every Minute Of It among these songs.
There’s some good stuff on offer here – Fire Me Up is a typically stomping Loverboy rocker, while the song Countin’ The Nights must consider itself unlucky not to have found its way onto an album back in the day.
Ain’t Such A Bad Thing has a good chorus, but a truly dodgy sound, including hiss and crackles from the original recordings. This certainly isn’t a case of the band re-recording old material 100% fresh such as other rock bands have done in recent years.
 
The only ballad on offer is the crooning Come Undone, which I think is pretty obvious why it hasn’t surfaced before now.
The pounding double time rocker Slave is as heavy as this band get, sounding more like cut from Paul Dean’s solo album Hard Core than a Loverboy track.
What Makes You So Special is driving rock song bathed in keyboards and sounding like really early 80s Loverboy.
The moody War Bride features a good vocal from Mike, but the song fades without any real impact.
Doin’ It The Hard Way is a classic Loverboy bar room bogie number. Clear enough why it wasn’t featured on any album, but it’s a bit of fun.
You Play The Star could have been lifted from the band’s debut album such is its sound and style. Interesting track to hear for someone like myself that’s been a fan since day 1.
Crack Of The Whip is on ok closer, but nothing too special.
 
As a compilation it works. As an all-new studio album it doesn’t. But there’s some cool tracks on here that show the behind the scenes workings of the band over their long history.
The band has rarely disappointed and die-hards will find some gems here without doubt.
 
On reflection, I think these songs showcase a grittier side of the band that the powers that be perhaps chose to abandon in the past as the songs weren’t commercial enough in their appeal.
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Thu
10
Jul

LOVERBOY TAKING CARE OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS WITH FREE AMAZON PRE-STREAM OF NEW ALBUM

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Loverboy Taking Care of 
Unfinished Business with 
Free Amazon Pre-Stream of
New Album 

Los Angeles, July 8, 2014-- Loverboy's Unfinished Business, the multi-platinum Canadian rockers' first new album of all-original studio recordings in seven years will be available as a pre-release stream on Amazon, July 8-14 at

http://www.amazon.com/Loverboy/e/B000AQ15IA/digital/ref=ntt_mp3_rdr?_encoding=UTF8&sn=d

 

The album, whose title was selected via a Facebook fan vote, comes out in physical and digital form through Redeye Distribution July 15.

 

Pop Culture Beast says of Unfinished Business: "The majority of the songs on this album are filled with big hooks and catchy choruses [which] succeed in doing exactly what it was meant to do... It gives the hardcore Loverboy fans some songs they have always wanted to hear while reminding everyone else why we loved these leather-clad MTV darlings in the first place."

 

The band recently appeared as surprise guests at the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show over the July 4th holiday, wowing fans by showing up in a tour bus that opened up to reveal a full stage set-up, performing "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend" for a delighted crowd.

 

"The super-fans up front sang our throats raw and lost our minds when they came out," tweeted Sally Mansour about the unexpected showing.

 

"They were all unfinished demos we'd recorded over the years, and we just decided to complete the songs and release the album to show our appreciation to the fans for their support," says Dean about Unfinished Business, with the free Amazon stream the band's gift to Loverboy followers, who took their own interactive role in naming the album.

 

For more information on Loverboy, please visit www.loverboyband.com  

 

 
Photo Credit: Doug Johnson
For more great photos of Loverboy's surprise encore performance at the Calgary Stampede July 3-5, 2014, visit Loverboy's Facebook page here.
 

 

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Wed
18
Jun

LOVERBOY TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS, ON JULY 15

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LOVERBOY TO RELEASE "UNFINISHED BUSINESS",
THE FIRST NEW ALBUM OF ALL-ORIGINAL STUDIO RECORDINGS IN SEVEN YEARS, ON JULY 15

 

 The album, whose title was selected in a fan vote on Facebook, will come out through Redeye Distribution

 

LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2014--"Unfinished Business" is an apt title for the much anticipated collection of recordings from the iconic multi-platinum rock band Loverboy - 10 songs patiently waiting, some for decades, to be completed. The recordings range from "Come Undone," written by Paul Dean while living in Toronto 40 years ago, long before he met vocalist Mike Reno and joined forces to form the soon-to-be legendary group, to the Chuck Berry-influenced "Doin' It the Hard Way," featuring Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve on bass. The song was penned by Dean during a brief stint replacing Randy Bachman in Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

 

Completing the recording took Dean to Raleigh NC, the current city of choice of drummer Matt Frenette, where they recorded the last 3 tracks in a friend's home studio. "We practically lived at Little Mountain Studios for 6 months (referring to the "Lovin Every Minute" album sessions), but it's a new world. I do everything on my laptop now. Way better!" enthuses Dean.

 

"These are tracks we'd recorded over the years, and we just decided to complete them and release the album to show our appreciation to the fans who have supported us all this time," says Dean. It will be released worldwide July 15 by Redeye Distribution on all major digital and brick-and-mortar retailers, while the first single "Counting The Nights" is available today. (Click here) 

 

Pre-order "Unfinished Business" on iTunes (U.S./Canada) or Amazon (U.S./Canada).

 

The title came from Dean's idea to involve the band's fans in choosing the name of the album in a popular vote on Facebook, where the choices were first winnowed down to 10, decided by the most "likes." The band then chose "Unfinished Business."

 

"No question, that was the one. We put the song titles up and explained that this album was 40 years in the making," says Dean. "It was a fun thing. Some of the titles they came up with were hilarious, but perhaps a little inappropriate for Wal-Mart."

 

Paul's initial idea - to give away the album for free - was nixed, but he's still encouraging fans to stream it on Spofity, Rdio, Beats Music or Deezer. "I have no problem with them doing that," he laughs.

 

Making the new album was inspired by the band's positive experience recording three new songs, two of them with their original engineer Bob Rock producing, at Bryan Adams' Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, for 2012's "Rock 'n' Roll Revival." "It was, as usual, a great experience. Bob's a master."

 

The new album features such instant Loverboy classics as "War Bride," a song Dean remembers playing only once live back in 1979 before the band had signed their first record deal with Columbia, and "You Play the Star" from the same period, which incorporates some of the classical influences keyboardist Doug Johnson demonstrated on his recent solo release, "Notes to Self". These two songs also feature the late Scott Smith on bass. "What an amazing player. It was really cool hearing him again. Scott had a great groove. And sound!!"

 

The release comes in the midst of a period of intense activity for the band, who are coming off being featured in highly visible ad campaigns for both Taco Bell and Radio Shack. Both national brands are using Loverboy's image and music to promote their products to the '80s generation, which grew up on the group, and others who are just being introduced to their anthems.

 

Radio Shack's Super Bowl commercial,  with the tag line, "The '80s called... they want their store back," saw some of that decade's most popular groups take over the retailer, set to a soundtrack of Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend," which can be seen here.CNN praised the Super Bowl ad, calling it "pure commercial genius... a spot-on piece of creativity."

 

Then there's the widely-seen Taco Bell spot promoting their breakfast waffle taco, which features a prominent mention of a consumer "taking down his Loverboy poster" as part of an unabashed pitch to those who grew up in the '80s and are now smack in the middle of the desired advertising demo.

 

Loverboy is just as relevant today as they were three decades ago, delighting audiences around the world since forming back in 1979 when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to guitar hot shot Paul Dean, both veterans of several bands on the Canadian scene, at Calgary's Refinery Night Club. Loverboy has four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Turn Me Loose," "When It's Over," "The Kid is Hot Tonite," "Heaven in Your Eyes" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."

 

"I guess one day we'll have to stop calling the new album 'Unfinished Business'," jokes Dean. "It sounds pretty much complete to me. And it only took us 40 years!"

 

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Mon
16
Jun

LOVERBOY'S UNFINISHED BUSINESS OUT JULY 15

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The new LOVERBOY album "Unfinished Business" is out July 15 and a formal press release is due any day now.

Track listing:

Fire Me Up

Counting the Nights

Ain't Such A Bad Thing

Come Undone

Slave

What Makes You So Special

War Bride

Doin' It The Hardway

You Play The Star

Crack Of The Whip

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Tue
06
May

LOVERBOY KEYBOARDIST DOUG JOHNSON'S NOTES TO SELF

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Indie release available on iTunes, CDBaby and his own website is an homage to Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel featuring pieces he composed and arranged himself.

Los Angeles, April 30, 2014-The distance from "Working for the Weekend" to classical composers like Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel might seem like a long way, but Loverboy keyboardist Doug Johnson has proven there is a connection on his new CD, Notes to Self. Recorded in Vancouver with classical musicians from the Vancouver Opera Symphony, the CBC Radio Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the album is available digitally on iTunes and CDBaby as well as in physical form on his own website (www.dougjohnsonmusic.com/CD.html) via PayPal.
"If you listen, the keyboard parts for many of Loverboy's songs were very much informed by my classical training," says Johnson, who started taking piano lessons at four years old, then received his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T) degree when he was 18, with a silver medal. "This has been a lifelong passion for me."
Recorded in Vancouver on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano with a variety of classical musicians-most prominently violinist Mark Ferris, who helped with the arrangements, and flautist Lorna McGhee-Notes to Self was inspired by "my physical and emotional connections to the places and people in my life."
The album ranges from solo pieces like the playful "Sucrose," a number that reflects the deleterious effects of a birthday cake-induced sugar rush on his visiting granddaughters to a quintet featuring violin, viola, cello, flute and his own keyboards on the opening four-part "The Crescent Suite," a grand vision of four seasons as seen from running on the beach near his Surrey home in West Canada.

"It goes from the fall, when the storms start coming in ('Con Brio') through all four seasons, ending with the summer ('Maestoso'), when all the tourists arrive and life is more laid-back," says Johnson, who also captures the brooding, overcast nature of the area's weather in "Waltz of the Grey Days," a duet with piano and cello.
"Zoe" and "Emily" are dedicated to his nieces, the former "beautiful, capricious and brave," the latter "a methodical, persistent problem-solver," both painting vivid pictures by capturing those personalities in sound. "Two Versions of a Visit" is another piano/cello duet that reflects the very different personalities of his two grandsons. "Warsaw" is his tribute to Chopin, whom Johnson considers "the best composer of piano music who ever lived... I've always had a special place in my heart for him."
Johnson, an outspoken believer in music education, hopes that Notes to Self will simply make people feel good. "I'm hoping it will energize them, and allow them to reflect," he says. "Music is inspired by the things around us and our experiences, our interactions with others," adds Johnson. "I wanted to let people in on that process, how this album came about."

And while he has already performed some of this music recently in a live setting, Johnson isn't about to ignore his "day" job, playing with Loverboy, who for three decades have entertained several generations of fans with hits like "Working for the Weekend," "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "When It's Over," "The Kid is Hot Tonite" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."
"Playing with Loverboy is just a great deal of fun," he says. "We're like brothers. We get to stand up before thousands of fans, and when you look out into the crowd, you see them smiling, laughing, dancing and having a great time. Our songs seem to have stood the test of time. They're not only relatable to our old fans, but their kids."
Catch Loverboy on tour this summer: www.loverboyband.com/tours.html.
 

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