Loverboy – Lovin’ Almost A Minute Of It

Mike Reno of Loverboy in Orlando
Mike Reno of Loverboy in Orlando

Loverboy Concert Review

Without a doubt, they’re one of Canada’s most successful rock bands. Loverboy has earned the respect of rock fans everywhere with their straight forward rock ‘n roll and passionate live shows.  But, those days are in the past, and quite frankly, our memories of the band should have been relegated to those hazy 80’s memories.

The last time I saw Loverboy live was in 1982, a cozy venue with just 100,000 of my closest friends at JFK Stadium. That day they killed it and absolutely owned the crowd with one of the first great rock sets I ever heard. Unfortunately, that memory was sullied by what I witnessed this weekend. They played a free WMMO Downtown Concert last night in Orlando, and simply put, sounded like crap.  I felt like I was fleeced on my ticket price; yeah, I know it was free, but still…

The now rotund Mike Reno seemed sincere in his appreciation for the crowd, and put forth a decent effort, but he has lost his range and just didn’t sound sharp.  And, aside from original drummer Matt Frenette, he was one of the few band members who seemed to be playing with at least a mite of heart. The band features all of the original band members except for bassist Scott Smith, but they really didn’t seem to be interacting much with each other..

They played all of their hits, and some uber-mediocre more recent offerings, but most of them fell flat. “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonight were two of the few highlights.  The low point? There were a lot to choose from, but it was either Matt Frenette’s drum Slowlo (when the rest of the band likely went backstage to take some oxygen), or a horrible schmaltzy version of “Take Me To The Top;” which included a weak rendition of The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm,” that seemed like lame cruise ship fare. By the time they offered “It’s Over” in the middle of the set, we were all wishing it was.

I’ll need to go scour the web for some video proof of the fantastic live band they used to be, and purge the vision from last night from my mind.

Rock On!

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