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One of the most popular North American rock bands of the 1980s, Loverboy scored a string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles with their canny blend of pop hooks and polished but energetic arena rock. Loverboy were formed in 1979 by vocalist Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean; both were veterans of Western Canada's rock scene (Reno had worked with the band Moxy, while Dean toured and recorded with Scrubbaloe Caine and Streetheart), and Dean was rehearsing with a new band in Calgary, Alberta. One of the musicians working with Dean invited Reno to stop by and jam with the group, and Reno quickly concluded he'd found the singer he'd been looking for. The two began writing songs together, and with the addition of Jim Clench on bass, Matt Frenette on drums, and Doug Johnson on keyboards, Reno and Dean's new band became Loverboy. After a few initial gigs (including a show opening for Kiss in Vancouver), Paul Clench left Loverboy, and Scott Smith became their new bassist, completing the band's definitive lineup. Loverboy's initial demos attracted no offers from American record labels, but Columbia's Canadian branch signed them, and the group shortly went into the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock. The result was Loverboy's self-titled debut, which was an immediate hit in Canada, selling over 700,000 copies in a matter of months. Columbia then signed Loverboy for the United States as well, and on the strength of hit singles like "The Kid Is Hot Tonight" and "Turn Me Loose," the album climbed the charts in America while the group toured hard in support. Released in 1981, Get Lucky, also produced by Fairbairn, was even more successful, spawning the band's signature tune "Working for the Weekend" and rising to the Top Ten of the Billboard album charts. Get Lucky also won an unprecedented six Juno Awards, the Canadian music industry's highest honor. Issued in 1983, Keep It Up maintained the multi-platinum success of Loverboy's previous albums, and the band launched an eight-month world tour in support. In 1984, Reno took time out from the band's busy road schedule to record a duet with Ann Wilson of Heart, "Almost Paradise," for the soundtrack to the film Footloose; it became a major hit, rising to number seven on the Billboard singles charts. For their fourth album, 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It, Loverboy aimed for a harder sound with the help of producer Tom Allom, best known for his work with Judas Priest. However, while the album still fared well, it didn't sell as well as the first three LPs, and 1987's Wildside, which reunited the band with Fairbairn, was their first album not to go platinum. With sales down and Reno and Dean experiencing creative differences, Loverboy quietly broke up in 1988. Reno and Dean both released solo albums, and the band staged a short reunion tour in support of a 1989 greatest-hits album, Big Ones. In 1991, Brian MacLeod of the venerable Canadian band Chilliwack was diagnosed with cancer, and Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi staged a benefit concert to help with his medical expenses. Loverboy, who had worked with both acts in the past, reunited to join the bill, and enjoyed the experience so much that they booked full tours for both the United States and Canada in 1992 and 1993. Changing tastes stalled the band's recording career during this period (Reno has told more than one reporter, "Nirvana killed my career"), but in 1997, Loverboy returned to the studio to record VI, their first studio effort in ten years, and the band continued to tour periodically until November 30, 2000, when Scott Smith died as the result of a boating accident. In 2001, the band launched a tour dedicated to Smith, with new member Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve (formerly with Tom Cochrane, Red Rider, and Streethear t) joining in on bass. The same year, the band released Live, Loud & Loose, a collection of concert recordings taped between 1982 and 1986. A 25th anniversary tour was staged in 2005, and in 2007, Loverboy issued their seventh studio album, Just Getting Started. Loverboy were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2012 the band reunited with engineer Bob Rock to record a pair of new songs, "Heartbreaker" and "No Tomorrow." These two tracks, along with a third new tune, were featured on the album Rock ‘n' Roll Revival, which combined the new numbers with fresh studio recordings of nine Loverboy favorites. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Loverboy

    Deep Classic Rock

    Deep Classic Rock
    3 songs

    Classic Rock

    Classic Rock
    4 songs

    Classic Hard Rock

    Classic Hard Rock
    4 songs

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    4 songs

    Power Ballads

    1 song

    Movie Tracks

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    3 songs

    Sailing Away

    1 song

    Love Songs

    1 song

    Classic Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Loverboy

Top Songs by
Loverboy

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Working for the Weekend
  3.   Turn Me Loose
  4.   Lovin' Every Minute of It
  5.   When It's Over
  6.   Almost Paradise
  7.   Hot Girls in Love
  8.   The Kid Is Hot Tonite
  9.   Heaven in Your Eyes
  10.   This Could Be the Night
  11.   Turn Me Lose
  12.   Take Me to the Top
  13.   D.O.A.
  14.   The Kid Is Hot Tonight
  15.   Jump
  16.   Queen of the Broken Hearts
  17.   It Don't Matter
  18.   Gangs in the Street
  19.   Lovin Every Minute
  20.   Lucky Ones
  21.   Ain't Looking for Love
  22.   For You
  23.   One-Sided Love Affair
  24.   Break It to Me Gently
  25.   Too Hot
  26.   The One That Got Away
  27.   Emotional
  28.   Notorious
  29.   Lady of the 80's
  30.   Stranded
  31.   Steal the Thunder
  32.   You Play the Star
  33.   The Real Thing
  34.   One of Them
  35.   Your Town Saturday Night
  36.   Sword and Stone
  37.   Read My Lips
  38.   Destruction
  39.   Meltdown
  40.   Strike Zone
  41.   It's Your Life
  42.   Destination Heartbreak
  43.   Dangerous
  44.   Lead a Double Life
  45.   Too Much Too Soon
  46.   Queen of Broken Hearts
  47.   Friday Night
  48.   Doin' It the Hard Way
  49.   What Makes You So Special
  50.   Slave
  51.   Ain't Such a Bad Thing
  52.   Countin' the Nights
  53.   Fire Me Up
  54.   Heartbreaker
  55.   No Tomorrow
  56.   As Good as It Gets
  57.   Lost with You
  58.   Back for More
  59.   Just Getting Started
  60.   Hometown Hero
  61.   Can't Get Much Better
  62.   Walkin' on Fire
  63.   Prime of Your Life
  64.   Chance of a Lifetime
  65.   Bullet in the Chamber
  66.   Watch Out
  67.   She Fine
  68.   I'm Alive
  69.   I Would Die for You
  70.   Fade to Black
  71.   Boy Likes the Girl
  72.   Don't Keep Me in the Dark
  73.   That's Where My Money Goes
  74.   Don't Let Go
  75.   Always on My Mind
  76.   Crack of the Whip
  77.   Come Undone
  78.   Rock 'N' Roll Revival
  79.   I Told You So
  80.   Wildside
  81.   Passion Pit
  82.   It's Never Easy
  83.   Teenage Overdose
  84.   Little Girl
  85.   Prissy Prissy
  86.   Love Will Rise Again