Loverboy is a Canadian rock band that accumulated numerous hit songs, earning four multi-platinum albums and selling millions of records. After being rejected by many American record labels they signed with Columbia/CBS Records Canada and began recording their first album with Mike Reno on lead vocals, Paul Dean on guitars, Scott Smith on bass guitar, Doug Johnson on keyboards, and Matt Frenette on drums. The band's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend", have become arena rock staples and are still heard on many classic rock radio stations across the United States and Canada. They are currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Originally rejected by all the major record labels in the United States, the band signed with Columbia Records of Canada, and in March 1980, Loverboy went into the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock to record what would be their self-titled debut album. The album made its American debut that November and would go on to sell two million copies. The band went on a touring spree that year putting on over 200 shows with bands such as Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Kansas, and Def Leppard.
The band's follow-up album, Get Lucky, released in 1981 when they were opening for Journey, included the hit tracks "Working for the Weekend" and "When It's Over". It became their best selling album in the U.S., reaching #7 on the Billboard album charts and selling over four million copies. In the same year Loverboy received six Juno Awards in one year, a record that still stands today. The band would later receive an additional three Juno Awards, bringing their total to nine, which is the most received by a single group or individual.
Loverboy released their third album, Keep It Up, in 1983. Its first single "Hot Girls in Love" became their most successful to that date, reaching #11 on the U.S. charts. The video for the song as well as for the follow-up single "Queen of the Broken Hearts" were hugely popular on MTV, and the band embarked on its first tour as headliners.
In 1984, they recorded the United States Team theme for the 1984 Summer Olympics, "Nothing's Gonna Stop You Now". The song appeared only on The Official Music of the 1984 Games not on any of their albums or compilations. Also in 1984, Loverboy recorded a song called "Deconstruction" which appeared on the 1984 soundtrack of a re-edited version of the 1927 film Metropolis.
In 1985, Lovin' Every Minute of It, the band's fourth album, was released with the title single written by Mutt Lange and "This Could Be the Night" co-written by Journey's Jonathan Cain becoming their first U.S. Billboard top 10 hits respectively. In 1986, the band recorded "Heaven In Your Eyes", a song featured in the movie Top Gun, which peaked at #12 on the Billboard charts.
The 1987 release of Wildside followed. While the band scored a minor hit with "Notorious", co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, the album sold relatively poorly and the band broke up in 1988 due to the departure of Johnson and creative and personal differences between Dean and Reno. A greatest-hits album, Big Ones, was released in 1989. The group briefly reunited in late 1989 to tour to promote it, but broke up again at the tour's conclusion.
In 1991, the band re-united to join fellow rockers Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi to help raise money for a friend and fellow recording artist Brian MacLeod of Chilliwack who was fighting cancer. The band reportedly recalled that the concert was the most fun that they had had in years and decided that they wanted to do it again. The band went on another live touring spree in Canada the following year before launching a 64-concert tour in the United States in 1993. Following the releases of Six and Super Hits in 1997, the band continued touring until November 30, 2000, when bassist Scott Smith was declared dead after being lost at sea.
In 2001, the band went on to release their first live album, Live, Loud and Loose, which consisted of refurbished early live concert recordings from the band's intense touring years from 1982 to 1986.
Loverboy celebrated 25 years together in 2005, and began to perform in selected cities to commemorate this milestone. In 2007, Just Getting Started was released with a clip of the first single "The One That Got Away" available on the band's MySpace page. The band continues to tour throughout Canada and the United States and they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2009 Juno Awards.