Theatre Performances - Loverboy
Showtime: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Location: Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre
Tickets: $60.00 and up (HST included, service fees extra)
With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, LOVERBOY has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, 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 include, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend,” arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “Notorious”, “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”
Unfinished Business is the latest Loverboy album released in 2014. More recently, LOVERBOY has released a trio of singles. These include 2016’s “Hurtin,” and “Some Like It Hot,” as well as 2017’s “Stop the Rain.” In 2016, LOVERBOY and Rick Springfield toured together, culminating in a sold out show at L.A.’s iconic Greek Theater. Additionally, LOVERBOY’s 2017 tour includes headlining events such as the United States’ M3 Rock Festival, Canada’s CannaFest, and the UK’s Rockingham Festival.
“When we do live shows these days, I notice the songs have come to a better place,” says Reno. “We’re playing them a little differently, but the catalyst is still the same. We live these songs—they’re part of our DNA, and they’re part of a lot of people’s DNA. They send us a lot of love and we end up loving them back, so it’s just a big love-fest, really.”
For more than 30 years, LOVERBOY has been “Working for the Weekend” (and on weekends), delighting audiences around the world since forming in 1978. Being rejected by all the major U.S. record companies didn’t hold them back – after signing with Columbia Records Canada, their self-titled debut album went on to sell more than 700K records in Canada, more than two million in the United States, and four million worldwide. Soon the band found themselves playing on mega tours with Journey, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Kansas and Def Leppard, to name a few. They quickly became MTV darlings, being one of the first bands ever featured on the music channel. LOVERBOY went on to win a still-record six Juno awards in 1982, and until a three-year sabbatical in 1989, were one of the Top 5 grossing touring acts in the world, performing in over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES:
- Six JUNO Awards (1982)
- Columbia Records’ Crystal Globe Award
- Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2009)
MIKE RENO: Vocals
Mike Reno (born January 8, 1955) is a Canadian drummer/musician and the lead singer of the rock band Loverboy. He fronted other bands, including Moxy, before helping form LOVERBOY. While still in school in the early 1970s, Reno joined a cover band called Morning Glory, in which he played the drums and eventually found his way to the cover band Synergy. Later, Reno moved on to a band called Spunk with guitarist Jack Stoltz.
Eventually Reno was introduced to Paul Dean in 1979 at a nightclub called The Refinery and they immediately got together for a jam session, which led to the formation of LOVERBOY shortly thereafter. LOVERBOY released its first album in 1980 and the band went on to tour extensively as well as release three more multi-platinum albums.
Reno has also contributed to various film soundtracks. In 1984, he performed a duet with Ann Wilson of Heart, “Almost Paradise”, for the movie Footloose. With LOVERBOY, the band contributed “Heaven in Your Eyes” for the movie Top Gun, in 1986. Reno contributed the song “Chasing the Angels” for the soundtrack to Iron Eagle II in 1988 along with the song “Whenever There’s a Night” for the movie Dream a Little Dream in 1989.
PAUL DEAN: Guitars
Dean’s first bands included The Twilighters (playing bass and sax), Kentish Steele and the Shantelles, Canada, Cannonball, and Scrubbaloe Caine.
Dean then joined the Great Canadian River Race (with Matt Frenette), and shortly after the two combined forces with Streetheart in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1976. In 1978, Dean left Streetheart and re-settled in Calgary where he formed LOVERBOY with singer Mike Reno. LOVERBOY has since produced eight studio albums, including their latest, Unfinished Business (2014) – plus compilations and live albums, and a number of worldwide hit singles. In 1982, Dean won the “Composer of the Year” Juno Award along with Reno for writing “Turn Me Loose” from LOVERBOY’s self-titled 1980 debut album. The album Get Lucky garnered Dean, along with the late great Bruce Fairbairn, a Juno for Producer of the Year – one of 6 Junos, a record that still stands today.
In 1989, Dean released his first solo album called Hard Core. The album is composed of nine tracks with songs co-written with other 80′s artists such as Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Paul Stanley (of Kiss fame). His second solo album, 1995′s Machine, featured a blues sound with guest appearance from Reno, with Dean also playing fiddle and harmonica. He released a third non-Loverboy album in 1997 titled Blackstone, featuring Marc LaFrance on lead vocals.
MATT FRENETTE: Drums
Matt’s love of music started at the age of 5 while playing the bongos and listening to records with his parents. By the age of 10, Matt was learning his rudiments in a marching and concert band. Some of Matt’s influences include Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, Michael Shrieve, Keith Moon, Billy Cobham, and Manu Katche.
Matt Frenette joined Streetheart in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1977. Matt, along with singer Kenny Shields, keyboard player Daryl Gutheil, bassist Ken Sinnaeve and guitar player Paul Dean, released their debut album Meanwhile Back in Paris in 1978. In 1979, Frenette and Dean left Streetheart and returned to Calgary where they formed LOVERBOY with singer Mike Reno.
Matt’s solid groove and his visually exciting performance has created a demand for his appearance in many different artists’ recordings, videos and tours. ie: LOVERBOY, Streetheart, Tom Cochrane, Bryan Adams, Kim Mitchell, Colin James and many other talented musicians. His ability to remain current and “hip” is only paralleled by his passion and energy for performing on the drum kit.
DOUG JOHNSON: Keyboards
Doug spends equal time on the road as a founding member of the iconic 80’s rock band LOVERBOY (providing keyboards, sax, vocals and harmonica) and at his home studio in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada.
His original compositions are heard around the world on TV shows, radio stations, movies and on the internet. Doug recently composed the soundtrack for the critically-acclaimed documentary RiverBlue.
Doug’s diverse musical capability includes live performance in rock, jazz, and classical concerts. His many awards include induction in the Canadian Musical Hall of Fame, Leo Awards nominations, and ARCT Silver medal status.
KEN “SPIDER” SINNAEVE: Bass
Ken ‘Spider’Sinnaeve is a well-known and respected bassist who lives in Winnipeg, Canada. A seasoned road warrior, his credits as a band member and sideman include some of the ultimate Canadian and international recordings with Streetheart, Tom Cochrane, The Guess Who, Kim Mitchell, Doc Walker and now LOVERBOY. Spider has done numerous TV, Film and radio recordings and does frequent studio work in Winnipeg. He is also a songwriter and co-produced and wrote songs on several Streetheart recordings.
Ken has won numerous awards for his playing including 2 Juno awards (Canadian Grammy’s) and the Technics Award for Bass Player of the Year, as well as two Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductions with legendary Canadian bands Streetheart and LOVERBOY. He has recorded with renowned musicians including drummers Anton Fig (David Letterman Band) and Mickey Curry (Hall and Oates, Bryan Adams), and also written columns on bass playing for the magazines Music Express and Canadian Musician. In 1994, he was interviewed by Peter Murray for a feature article in Canadian Musician Magazine.