LOS ANGELES, MAY 13th, 2016
LOVERBOY, Canada’s greatest rock export, continue to be just as relevant to today’s audience as they were 37 years ago, when vocalist Mike Reno was first introduced to guitar legend Paul Dean, both veterans of bands on the local Calgary scene, eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth “Spider” Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000.
Looking forward to another full slate of concert dates in 2016 – including three shows reprising last year’s successful stint with Rick Springfield – LOVERBOY are releasing a brand-new single, “Hurtin’,” digitally, which also can be streamed
Paul Dean says the song’s genesis came from a series of instrumental beds provided to Mike Reno by co-writers Mick Mahan, the bassist in Pat Benatar’s band, whom they met while touring with them, and his songwriting partner, Nashville-based Gregg Montante, which were originally intended to be the theme song for a national football broadcast.
“I took what they gave him, changed it up a bit, and came up with a melody and a couple of hooks,” said Dean. “The idea was to create an anthem for the home crowd to sing about putting a ‘hurtin’ ” on the other team.”
Instead, it transformed into a song about a relationship gone awry, and the inevitability of a conversation turning bad, leading to “Some hurtin’ tonight”.