Loverboy lead singer Mike Reno is a Vancouver native and a huge fan of the city’s NHL team the Canucks, who just finished taking an incredible seven-game playoff series against their rivals the Chicago Black Hawks to move onto the next round.
After winning the first three games, the Canucks dropped the next three, only to capture the series with an exciting overtime victory on their home ice, inspiring Reno and his producer Ben Karlstrom on local station Classic Rock 101’s top-rated morning program The Bro Jake Show, to come up with “Flying High,” a song they hope can carry the home team all the way to their first-ever Stanley Cup.
“It’s been a roller coaster of emotions for sure,” acknowledged Reno, who says several members of Loverboy are huge ice hockey fans, including drummer Matt Frenette, a Montreal Canadian follower.
Karlstrom came to the studio with the complete song he had written for the team, awaiting only Reno’s vocals. “We found an empty room and turned it into an impromptu recording session,” said Mike. The result is “Flying High.”
“Anything you can do to take it to another level during the playoffs,” said Mike. “Hopefully, the song can follow the Canucks all the way to the championship.”
Reno premiered the song on air during Monday’s broadcast after it was posted on the Vancouver Canucks website at
The Canucks are now playing the Nashville Predators in the second round of the playoffs. For 30 years, Loverboy has been Canada’s leading rock export, “Working for the Weekend” and delighting audiences around the world since forming in Calgary, Alberta, when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar hot shot Paul Dean, both veterans of several bands on the scene.
The group has recently been in Bryan Adams’ Warehouse Studios in Vancouver recording several new songs with original engineer Bob Rock [Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cure, Bon Jovi], who worked under Bruce Fairbairn on Loverboy’s very first album. The band cut two brand-new songs with Rock, “Heartbreaker” and “No Tomorrow,” which could to be the prelude for a new album.Loverboy’s pop culture credibility still remains intact. A recent 30 Rock episode featured Scott Adsit’s amateur musician Pete Hornberger revealing he was actually Loverboy’s original bassist, showing him inserted into vintage ‘80s footage of the band wailing away on “Working for the Weekend,” which you can see at
The same song was also featured on a recent episode of Cartoon Network’s popular Regular Show, now posted on YouTube
As for whether we might hear “Flying High” at an upcoming Loverboy show, Reno admits. “You never know. We might just play it in concert. Why not?”
Especially if it helps the Vancouver Canucks hoist the Cup this spring.