In 1982, these Canadian rockers were the right band at the right time. Their debut early in 1981 suffered from an almost fatal album cover and virtually no promotion, but working late one night in my ROCK 103 Memphis office, I found that first Loverboy album in a throwaway pile and stumbled onto “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid is Hot Tonight”. The first time we saw them later that year live at the Orpheum Theater opening for Point Blank, Loverboy started their tightly rehearsed set with a great song about “…everybody’s workin’ for the weekend…”, but it had not appeared on that first release. I rushed backstage immediately after their set to inquire,”What was that great song you opened with?” And who then could have possibly imagined that over thirty years later, “Working for the Weekend” would be the soundtrack to the popular Radio Shack Super Bowl tv ads seen and heard by over 100 million?
So when their sophomore effort Get Lucky came out in November 1981, North American rock radio was waiting in anticipation for it, along with “When It’s Over”, “Jump” co-written by fellow countryman Bryan Adams, “Gangs in the Street”, and “Take Me to the Top”. Lead singer Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean recall how nice guys don’t finish last in this In The Studio classic rock interview. –Redbeard
Loverboy 2012 with( l-r) Paul Dean, Matt Frenette, Mike Reno, the late Scott Smith’s replacement on bass, & Doug Johnson
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