On Saturday night, August 4, Loverboy made its way back to Boise. The Canadian quintet kicked off an explosive show with Journey at The Idaho Center in Nampa. This represented the only show on the tour so far not to feature Pat Benatar sandwiched between both bands. Because of that, Loverboy fans were treated to an extended set.
In 1981, Loverboy released its second album, “Get Lucky”, and embarked on a massive tour with none other than Journey. Three decades later both bands brought all those memories back to us. The line-up remains the same as it did all those years ago with vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, keyboardist Doug Johnson and drummer Matt Frenette. Only bassist Ken Sinnaeve is new — if 12 years in the band counts as new. He replaced the late Scott Smith who was lost at sea in 2000. Ken performed with Frenette and Dean in their pre-Loverboy band, Streetheart.
The band kicked off the night, appropriately enough, with “Jump”, a song Reno and Dean penned with fellow Canadian rocker, Bryan Adams. This was a track only Boise fans got to hear this tour. The band ripped through a set of hits which included “Queen of the Broken Hearts”, “Hot Girls in Love”, “The Kid Is Hot Tonight”, “When It’s Over”, “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It”, “Turn Me Loose” and “Working For The Weekend”. Also slipped into the set for Boise were, “Lucky Ones” and “Take Me to the Top”.
The most impressive part of the show was how well not only the songs stand up after three decades, but how well Loverboy perform them. Mike Reno’s voice sounds as good as ever, and the band was incredibly tight. The guys worked it for the weekend, and at the end of the set, Reno walked to the edge of the stage and wrung a bucket of sweat from his trademark bandana. It was a 90 degree night, but Loverboy gave us their all for a solid hour.
Loverboy is set to release a new album, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival” on August 14, through Frontiers Records. The record will feature three new tracks and nine re-recorded classics.