In 1980 LOVERBOY introduced themselves to the world with their self-titled debut album. They quickly became one of America's and MTV's most popular rock bands. From 1980 through 1987 LOVERBOY garnered four multi-Platinum albums and numerous international Gold albums. Their tours sold out arenas and stadiums nationwide. Their hit singles came one after another, and went on to become the anthems and party songs of an entire generation of rock concert going fans. LOVERBOY's red leather pants, bandannas, and big rock sound defined the band's trademark image and high-energy live show.
LOVERBOY, driven by the powerful vocals of Mike Reno, the relentless rock groove of lead guitarist Paul Dean, bassist Scott Smith, keyboardist Doug Johnson and drummer Matt Frenette, built its reputation on-stage, bringing the energy from their radio hits to coliseum rousing excitement.
LOVERBOY's inception began in Calgary, Canada, when Mike Reno was introduced to Paul Dean at The Refinery Night Club. Dean was rehearsing a new band out back in a warehouse with a friend of Reno's and Mike stopped by to jam. Dean heard him sing a couple of songs and that was that! Over the next few weeks, Dean and Reno began writing songs on guitar and drums. Doug Johnson who at the time was in another Canadian recording band began to hang out and jam with Dean and Reno. It was during one of those jam sessions with Reno on drums and Dean on bass that Turn Me Loose and LOVERBOY was born.
LOVERBOY's intense touring years of 1982 - 1986 titled " LIVE, LOUD & LOOSE". Joining Sony/Legacy's best-selling "Live from the Vaults" series that has unearthed live recordings by Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Cheap Trick, Carole King, Ted Nugent, Santana and others, LOVERBOY's "LIVE, LOUD & LOOSE" is a collection of live recordings captured on tape from some of their most exciting concerts. Recorded for Westwood One's syndicated radio series at concerts in Pittsburg, La Crosse and their hometown of Vancouver, the cd contains 14 previously unreleased live concert recordings featuring LOVERBOY's mega hits which include: Working For The Weekend, Lucky Ones, Lady Of The 80's, Take Me To The Top, Jump, This Could Be The Night, Dangerous, Lead A Double Life, When It's Over, Queen Of The Broken Hearts, Lovin' Every Minute Of It, Hot Girls In Love, Turn Me Loose and The Kid Is Hot Tonite.
In conjunction with the release of "LIVE LOUD & LOOSE" LOVERBOY toured the US and Canada in support of their latest collection. The tour was dedicated to the memory of their friend and late bassist Scott Smith, who was declared lost at sea on November 30th 2000. With the cd also dedicated to Smith," LIVE LOUD & LOOSE" serves as a special memory for the band that has been together since 1980.
LOVERBOY celebrated 25 years together in 2005 by performing in selected cities throughout the US and Canada to mark this milestone.