Loverboyis a Canadian Rock band which played throughout the 1980's and have still been performing off and on clear up to the present. The band was formed in 1980 and the group consists of Mike Reno (lead vocal), Paul dean (guitar), Scott Smith (bass), Doug Johnson (keyboard), and Matt Frenette (drums). The group is currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band began after Mike who was formerly of the band, Moxy, was introduced to Paul Dean, who was formerly from the Sweetheart band. They were introduced at the Refinery Night Club. Dean was rehearsing with a friend in a warehouse with a friend of Renoís, and Mike stopped in to jam with them. Reno and Dean wrote songs together and in the meantime, Doug Johnson joined with them and this brought about the arrival of Loverboy.
The group was rejected by all of the major recording labels in the United states. They signed with Columbia Records in Canada. In 1980 they recorded their debut album, Loverboy, and in that summer the record made a big hit. There were over 700,000 records sold in Canada alone. This made the Columbia Records of the United States to take notice and they signed them for release in the United states. The album hit the shelves in the United States in November and by May of the following year it sold over 2 million copies. The band also had their next two hit tracks, Working For the Weekend and When Itís Over while they toured and did opening acts for other well known artists. They received 5 Juno Awards (Canadaís highest award for music), in one year, for these and later received three more Juno Awards. The total of eight Juno Awards put the group as the most awards ever given in the history of Canada for one group. They still hold that title today. The group continued to release hit albums and singles. Their song Heaven In Your Eyes was also featured in the movie, Top Gun. In 1987, the group released their final album in that decade. It was called, Wildside, and it brought them their most success.
In 1989 the group took a break and in 1992 they re-united to join Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi to help raise money for a recording artist and friend, Brian MacLeod of the group Chilliwack. Brian was fighting cancer. The group had so much fun they decided to do it again. The group celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2005. This was the beginning of continued success for the group. They are releasing another album in 2007.
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