Loverboy

1979-
Paul DeanGuitar, vocals1979-
Doug JohnsonBass guitar1979-
Mike RenoLead vocals1979-
Ken "Spider" SinnaeveKeyboards2000-
Mike FrenetteDrums1979-
Scott SmithKeyboards1979-2000
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  • Paul Dean came up with the band's name while flipping through a fashion magazine in 1979. What started as "Covergirl" became "Coverboy" and, finally, "Loverboy."
  • The band maintained its original lineup until 2000, when original keyboardist Scott Smith died in a sailing accident.
  • The band's hit "Working For The Weekend" was featured in a Saturday Night Live skit. In the skit, Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze did an elaborate dance-off for a position as a Chippendale's dancer - "Working for the Weekend" was the backing music.
  • In our interview, Paul Dean explained that the first show the band performed was as an opening act for KISS. Said Dean: "We weren't tight. The bass player was looking at me, a little confused. And this was in front of 15,000 rabid KISS fans. But it was a good show."
  • Paul Dean credits Jim Kale, bass player from The Guess Who, with helping him learn to be a serious songwriter. The musician advised him to tie his lyrics together into something meaningful, rather than just string together phrases.
  • "Working for the Weekend," written by Paul Dean, was originally called "Waiting for the Weekend." Mike Reno suggested the change.
  • Loverboy released four Platinum albums - over a million copies sold for each.
  • The founding members were Paul Dean and Mike Reno. The pair met in a warehouse, where Dean was jamming with a new band. Reno stopped by with a mutual friend, belted out a few songs, and the two decided to collaborate formally on the spot.
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