Keeping a band together for 33 years is an amazing feat. It’s even more extraordinary to achieve that longevity with limited turnover like Loverboy.
The Canadian rockers, performing with Night Ranger at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Friday, July 5, have changed bassists several times. Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve has been with Loverboy since replacing bass player Scott Smith in 2001, but the others, Mike Reno (vocals), Paul Dean (guitar), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Matt Frenette (drums), are all founding members.
“We’ve been together this long because we enjoy being a band together,” Reno said recently, speaking over the telephone from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. “There’s this magic blend. Everybody respects each other. We all kind of know what we’re going to do. It’s like a good football team or baseball team. If they all have a sixth sense about each other, then that’s the winning team.”
Many groups have a lone diva longing for solo stardom or band mate alliances to force out other members. That scenario has never been a problem for Loverboy.
“Most groups do that but we’re not one of those groups,” Reno said. “It’s hard to quantify or put a finger on what it is but we created something magical together and we’re still living the dream. We’re kind of in the golden years where we can do whatever we want. We’ve done our big deal. That’s actually the beauty of where we’re at now as a band. We sold millions of records. We don’t have anything to prove other than the fact that we can still do our job.”
According to Reno, Loverboy — the group behind 1980s hits like “Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” and “Hot Girls in Love” — is in top form.
“We’re actually getting pretty good with all the practice we’ve had over the last 33 years,” he said with a chuckle. “The band sounds really good, which inspires me to sing a little bit better every night. The other guys look at me like I’m out of my mind because I’m in my mid-50s and I still hit every high note. They go, ‘How do you still do that?’ And I don’t know. I don’t ask questions, I just do it.
“We’re all the same age so it’s this little competition,” Reno continued. “We’re up there for an hour-and-a-half, and we’ve got our knees and ankles taped up, but we’re kicking butt. It’s a big challenge to see who’s having more fun, us or the audience.”
Contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO GO
Who: 95.3 The Eagle presents Loverboy with Night Ranger at EagleFest
Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5
Cost: $32 lawn & terrace, $37 side orchestra (sections A&D)
More info: (937) 296-3300 or www.fraze.com; www.953theeagle.com
Artist info: www.loverboyband.com
Stop by the 93.5 The Eagle booth at the Fraze for a chance to upgrade your seat and meet one of the bands.