LOVERBOY continues to work, not just for the weekend but every day of the week, offering a free download of their brand new single, “Stop the Rain,” as well as the opportunity for their fans to produce their own video for the track, with the winning entry earning a black Fender Squire guitar (seen below) autographed by the entire band. The single is now online (February 9) at the Loverboy website (www.loverboyband.com), where it can be downloaded for free, then will be available tomorrow, February 10, for streaming at all major sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Tunecore and Deezer, among others.
The video entries can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and shared on Facebook tagging Loverboy. The deadline is February 24, after which the contest will be closed. The band will announce the winner, which will then become the official YouTube video for the song.
“Stop the Rain” represents the latest previously unreleased Loverboy song following last year’s, “Some Like It Hot.”
Doug Johnson, who wrote the new song, says it was inspired by living in Vancouver. “The wet weather was the original inspiration, but on a deeper level it’s about perseverance and hope,” says the band’s longtime keyboardist. “I hope it inspires some excellent contest entries.”
“It’s the kind of hopeful song I could never write before, about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel… Mike really sings the sh*t out of it.”
Added Reno about the single: “Coming from a city like Vancouver, ‘stop the rain’ means… ‘stop the rain.'”
The band is hoping the guitar giveaway motivates the fans to put their best filmmaking foot forward.
“We’re excited to see who makes the best video for the song,” says Paul Dean. “We’ve seen a few of our songs get the fan ‘treatment’ over the years, but this is the first time we’ve had a contest. Just download the song from our website and happy editing!”
Loverboy’s almost four-decade-long career began in Calgary when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar legend Paul Dean, with the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth “Spider” Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000.
LOVERBOY has four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s Keep It Up and 1985’s Lovin’ Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem “Working for the Weekend,” such staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “Heaven In Your Eyes,” “Turn Me Loose,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “When It’s Over,” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”