This could be the night, & I’m Lovin Every Minute of it. LOVERBOY returned to Mississauga’s LAC Sept. 11th
Photo of Deb with Loverboy, taken by Sara Richardson, Marketer at Living Arts Centre.
The Living Arts Centre’s Hammerson Hall was just a-
I felt as if I was the Queen of the Broken Hearts as I allowed them to Take Me to the Top. This audience was explosive! Repeated standing ovations every chance they got and with each Jump, literally springing from their seats like being released from a tightly wound magical musical jack in the box. I stated backstage, that This Could Be The Night, a night to remember, as this show smoked every anticipation I had. After 9 studio albums, holding a Juno record of winning 6 Junos, sold over 10 million albums, hold 4 multi-platinum & a trio of double-platinum awards, who are the 1st Canadian group to ever earn Columbia Record’s exclusive Crystal Globe (an award for selling over 5 million albums outside 1’s native country), Loverboy remains 1 of the Top 5 grossing touring acts out of Canada to date.
Mike Reno stated, “this next song was the 1st song that started it all for us, there was no turning back.” The stage was on fire, man oh man The Kid Is Hot Tonight. Also, “Do you remember where you were, what you were doing & if you were caught doing it,” Reno said. The audience sang loud & proud along with Mike Reno, & the consensus was unanimous, we wanted this stellar show to go on all night & would be disappointed When It’s Over.
Reno asked, “how many men are here tonight” (crowd cheered) & the deafening roars when he asked, “how about the ladies,” & sure enough, there were more women to men ratio, go figure, once a hottie always a hottie, some things never change. When it comes to rock n roll music, it turns me inside out & I revert back to those 80s Hot Girls in Love instantly. Loverboy hasn’t changed, they are still chick magnets & man it was sweltering inside that 1,350-seat Hammerson Hall, I was ready to explode, so thrilled to be apart of the audiences responsive energy upon that magical Wednesday night. I felt young again, transported back in time into my teenage self as LB really did Turn Me Loose.
Paul Dean’s scorching guitar riffs elevated my heartbeat just as much as keyboardist Doug Johnson’s multi-instrumental prowess between synth to harmonica to sexy saxophone did. I was truly mesmerized by Matt Frenette’s stupendously hard & fast drum solo display that turned into a
Loverboy is touring in support of not just their most recent 2014’s Unfinished Business album but, their 2016 released singles Hurtin’ & Some Like It Hot, as well, their 2017 single Stop the Rain.
The audience would never know that Mike Reno turns 65 in a few months, or that Paul Dean turns 74 in Feb. 2020, or the incredibly energized drumming extraordinaire Matt Frenette is about to turn 65, or that bassist Ken Sinneave is 64 or that the youngest of the group at is keyboardist Doug Johnson who is 62, as Loverboy’s grandiose stage presence & their overpowering expression of their musical indentation never once revealed their ages. Never idle throughout their 2-hour performance as they projected their signature flavor, allowing their sea of fans to go ballistic as these rejuvenating forms of epic proportions, showed us how it’s done!! These Canadian Music Hall of Famers show no signs of slowing down, as they cranked out their classic rock staple to cement the evening’s last song of the set, their most famous hit, Working for the Weekend.
Age has no bearing on your passions. To best describe a Loverboy showcase is like capturing an infinite measure, both a creative workbook & an authoritative musical reference. Bodies jettisoned out of their seats with anticipation, the most reactive & responsive audience I have ever had the pleasure to be apart of.
If you missed my interview with award-winning singer-songwriter & iconic LB guitarist Paul Dean
The screams were deafening & the audience was even dancing in the aisles & sporting another proud standing ovation once again. Loverboy honorably strolled out, took the reigns & encored loud & proud leaving us Lovin Every Minute of It!
I think the coolest part of the evening for me, was the audience distinct eye contact with the stage all through the entire show, getting so pumped up, approaching those magical moments where a high note was coming & Mike Reno NAILED every single signature stratospheric highs, let me tell you, I was not the only fan to do a fist pump & a loud YESSSSS followed by deafening cheers of appreciation.
A few snippets from my interview with iconic award-winning LB guitarist Paul Dean. Deb Q) 12. What do you believe is Loverboy’s secret to longevity?
Reply from Paul Dean: ” I think the fact that we bring it, every show. Mike still has one the best voices in Rock, he’s funny as hell, & we’re a pretty tight band. We better be!“
Deb: Q) 14. What is next for Loverboy, perhaps a new album to complement the most current 2014 Unfinished Business Album?
Reply from Paul Dean: “Yeah, we still have a few riffs & hooks kickin’ around.”