Loverboy, Sweeney Todd coming for Classic Rock weekend

Western Financial Place in Cranbrook will be hosting one of Canada's most iconic rock bands — Loverboy.

Top: Loverboy. Bottom: Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd.

Top: Loverboy. Bottom: Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd.

For the Townsman

Western Financial Place in Cranbrook will be hosting a Classsic Rock Music weekend on Saturday, Feb. 28, featuring one of Canada’s most iconic rock bands — Loverboy.

With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound, and high-energy live shows Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four million-selling, Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983s, Keep it Up, and 1985s, Lovin’ Every Minute of It. Their incredible string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem, “Working for the Weekend”, “Every Minute of It”, “This Could be the Night”, “Hot Girls in Love”, “Heaven In Your Eyes”, “When It’s Over”,  “Queen of the Broken Hearts”, “Almost Paradise”, and of course one of the greatest rock anthems of all time “Turn Me Loose”.

Loverboy went on to win a still-record six Juno awards in 1982, and until a three year sabbatical in 1989, were one of the top five grossing touring acts in the world, performing in over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Their success made them the first Canadian group ever to earn Columbia Records’ exclusive Crystal Glove Award, celebrating the sale of over five million albums outside their native country. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in March of 2009 at GM Place in Vancouver, where they joined the likes of Neil Young, David Foster, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Adams.

Loverboy  consists of original members, vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, Doug Johnson on keyboards,  and Matt Frenette on drums. Ken Sinnaeve  has replaced the late Scott Smith on bass.

The band continues a healthy touring schedule around the world and will make Cranbrook one of their stops on Feb. 28 at Western Financial Place.

The opening act for the night of Classic Rock will be none other than Nick Guilder and Sweeney Todd. Earning multi-Juno and No. 1 platinum status, the band’s songs continue to enjoy considerable radio play, with their rock classics, including “Roxy Roller”, ”Hot Child in the City” and “Here Comes the Night”. Having toured with The Cars, Cheap Trick, Peter Gabriel, Foreigner, Styx, Journey, New York Dolls, and Chuck Berry, Guilder and the band deliver a memorable powerhouse performance each and every night.

Chris New, Leisure Services Director at WFP, said,  “We have been looking to do an event such as this for quite some time now, and it just made sense for us to combine our resources as we have for past events, with local promoter, F.J. Hurtak of the Kootenay Concert Connection, who had talked with us about doing something similar.  A weekend of Classic Rock in a half concert bowl setting, (1,350 capacity) featuring some of the songs which became the soundtrack for many of our lives with the original bands that actually performed them — how cool is that?”

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, November 14, at Western Financial Place at 10 a.m. sharp. All seats are reserved and priced at $61 (plus tax and service charges).

Tickets will be available at the box office or by phone at 250-426-SEAT or online at tickets.cranbrook.ca

Loverboy live, with Special Guests, Nick Guilder and Sweeney Todd, Saturday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook…Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

This night of Canadian Classic Rock is sponsored in part by the Drive 102.9 and the Daily Townsman in Cranbrook.