It’s been quite a while since the Canadian rock band Loverboy played any headlining dates in Southern California but this past weekend they more than made up for it with 3 rocking shows!
Loverboy had a packed schedule with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The 80’s hit makers began by playing to a capacity crowd at the legendary Canyon Club in Agora Hills on Friday and ending their 3 day stay in SoCal with a blistering performance at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Last night, at The Saban Theatre, the band played like their live’s depended on it as frontman Mike Reno worked his trademark headband into a dripping sweat and the crowd into a frenzy. By mid-set the crowd finally caught the band’s wave and from “The Kid Is Hot Tonite” until the end of the show the whole audience was on its feet and dancing.
The original band members more than held their own last night with drummer Matt Frenette hammering his massive drum kit into pop rock submission, Doug Johnson keeping the 80’s vibe alive with his synth keyboard mastery and guitarist Paul Dean who was solid throughout whether he was soloing or just strumming out a chunky rhythm. Long time bassist Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve might have been having more fun than anyone as he held down the low end while grinning from ear to ear throughout the performance.
As for the set list, it was jam packed with hits including 7 songs from the iconic multiplatinum “Get Lucky” album. Highlights of the show included the band graciously backing lead singer Mike Reno on the hit “Almost Paradise” which was originally performed with Ann Wilson of Heart and featured on the “Footloose” soundtrack. For last night’s performance, Reno was joined by his wife, vocalist Cathy St. Germain, for a rendition that had couples swaying to the beat and maybe stealing a quick kiss too.
To say the audience was “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It” would simply be a bad pun but to be honest I just can’t think of a better way to sum up the feeling after last night’s show!
Drumroll please… 9 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
– Saban Theatre Set List –
Queen of the Broken Hearts
Take Me To The Top (with “Riders On The Storm” interlude)
It’s Your Life
Almost Paradise (Duet with Cathy St. Germain)
The Kid Is Hot Tonite
When It’s Over
Hot Girls In Love
Turn Me Loose
Working For The Weekend
Lovin’ Every Minute Of It
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.