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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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Albums by
Loverboy

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    Rock 'N' Roll Revival

    10 songs

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    Loverboy: Extended Versions

    13 songs

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    Get Lucky [25th Anniversary Edition]

    11 songs

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    Wildside

    9 songs

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    Unfinished Business

    9 songs

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    Get Lucky

    9 songs

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    Lovin' Every Minute of It

    9 songs

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    Keep It Up

    14 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Loverboy

    15 songs

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    Turn Me Loose

    14 songs

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    We Are the '80s

    13 songs

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    Love Songs

    10 songs

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    Super Hits

    10 songs

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    Temperature's Rising [2003 Reissue]

    16 songs

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    Loverboy Classics: Their Greatest Hits

    14 songs

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    Big Ones

    14 songs

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    Setlist: The Very Best of Loverboy Live

    14 songs

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    Live, Loud & Loose: 1982-1986

    15 songs

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Loverboy

    10 songs

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    Just Getting Started

    9 songs

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    Loverboy

    16 songs

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    Real Thing: Greatest Hits

    19 songs

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    This Could Be the Night

    12 songs

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    VI

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Top Songs by
Loverboy

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    Popularity
  2.   Working for the Weekend
  3.   Turn Me Loose
  4.   Lovin' Every Minute of It
  5.   Almost Paradise
  6.   Hot Girls in Love
  7.   When It's Over
  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.   The Kid Is Hot Tonight
  14.   Queen of the Broken Hearts
  15.   Lovin Every Minute
  16.   Dangerous
  17.   Back for More
  18.   Boy Likes the Girl
  19.   Jump
  20.   Gangs in the Street
  21.   Just Getting Started
  22.   Your Town Saturday Night
  23.   Lucky Ones
  24.   For You
  25.   Ain't Such a Bad Thing
  26. See All Songs

Stations & Shows Featuring
Loverboy

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    Need More Cowbell: The Countdown

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    Euphoric Hits

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    '80s Rock

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    Cheap Trick: DNA

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    Classic Rock Deep Dive

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    '80s Hits

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    Classic Rock

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    Rock Ballads

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    Classic Hits

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Queen: DNA

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    Rockero


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