LOS ANGELES, MAY 13th, 2016 – LOVERBOY, Canada’s greatest rock export, continue to be just as relevant to today’s audience as they were 37 years ago, when vocalist Mike Reno was first introduced to guitar legend Paul Dean, both veterans of bands on the local Calgary scene, eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth “Spider” Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000.
Looking forward to another full slate of concert dates in 2016 – including three shows reprising last year’s successful stint with Rick Springfield – LOVERBOY are releasing a brand-new single, “Hurtin’,” digitally, which also can be streamed.
Paul Dean says the song’s genesis came from a series of instrumental beds provided to Mike Reno by co-writers Mick Mahan, the bassist in Pat Benatar’s band, whom they met while touring with them, and his songwriting partner, Nashville-based Gregg Montante, which were originally intended to be the theme song for a national football broadcast.
“I took what they gave him, changed it up a bit, and came up with a melody and a couple of hooks,” said Dean. “The idea was to create an anthem for the home crowd to sing about putting a ‘hurtin’ ” on the other team.”
Instead, it transformed into a song about a relationship gone awry, and the inevitability of a conversation turning bad, leading to “Some hurtin’ tonight”.
Says lead singer, Mike Reno: “We worked really hard to get it just right for all our Loverboy friends and fans.”
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,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”
LOVERBOY’S TOUR DATES
Are as follows with three
Rick Springfield dates, including the
Historic Greek Theater in Los Angeles on July 16th.
May 28 – Diamond Jack’s Hotel & Casino – Bossier City, LA
June 4 – Old Shawnee Days – Shawnee, KS
June 19 – Porkapalooza – Edmonton, AB
June 25 – Back Porch on the Creek – Knoxville, TN
July 1 – Tisdale Town Square – Tisdale, SK
July 3 – Grand Victorian Casino – Elgin, IL (with Rick Springfield)
July 4 – Flower Mound Independence Festival – Flower Mound, TX
July 9 – HaveROCK Revival – Havelock, ON
July 16 – Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA (with Rick Springfield)
July 17 – Harrah’s SoCal – Valley Center, CA (with Rick Springfield)
July 22 – Moondance Jam – Walker, MN
July 24 – California State Fair – Sacramento, CA
July 27 – Shorefest at Celebration of Light -Vancouver, BC
July 28 – Washington County Fair – Hillsboro, OR
July 30 – Rockin The Fields – Minnedosa, MB
August 10 – Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis, SD
August 12 – Rock The Lake – Kelowna, BC
August 14 – Rockin The Rivers – Three Forks, MT
August 21 – Rock The River – Saskatoon, SK
August 26 – Casino Nova Scotia – Halifax, NS
August 27 – Molson Canadian Centre at Casino New Brunswick – Moncton, NB
September 10 – Grand RockTember IV Music Festival – Hinckley, MN
October 7 – Seven Feathers Casino Resort – Canyonville, OR