Loverboy is all about working for the weekend, even more than 30 years after that song was a hit - mind you the long-lasting hit on a platinum debut album. A lot of bands would have simply faded away, happy to have collected the paychecks from half a decade of radio domination as the power pop and hard rocking quintet out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Instead, enlivened by a surge in demand by a generation of fans approaching the empty-nest years, Loverboy tickets have been available for dates throughout 2012 as both a headliner and an opening act.
The last few concert dates are going to have Loverboy opening for both Journey and Pat Benatar. These are two more rock legends, something they have been doing since the end of July. Loverboy will continue on this quest through December 2012, even returning to native Canada for a final few dates before ending the year in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.
All this is not simply being done because of a knack for a late-life crisis. Loverboy is out with a new album. Rock ’n’ Roll Revival is a revival of the group’s greatest hits with the help Bob Rock to re-master the hits. There are three new songs on the record (“Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival”, “No Tomorrow”, and Heartbreaker”), but nine of those songs are rehashing of the chart toppers. This is minus Scott Smith, the original bassist and first to pass away. Instead, Mike Reno leading the arena rock vocals, Paul Dean tearing up the guitar, Matt Frenette driving the song on drums, Doug Johnson on keyboards, and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve the replacement on bass.
Loverboy tickets are a chance to relive those arena days, this time making the journey in an SUV owned by those dedicated fans and not the parent’s station wagon. This means local papers will be writing poorer puns than my own, built around “Turn Me Loose”, “Hot Girls in Love”, and “Heaven in Your Eyes”.