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Thu
22
Mar

PAUL DEAN Debuts New Solo Single 'Be With You'

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LOVERBOY guitarist PAUL DEAN starts Spring with his own renewal, digitally releasing a new song and accompanying video, 'Be With You' his first solo material in more than 20 years, since 1994’s album, Machine. The single will be available digitally on March 21st for streaming at all major sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer, as well as for download on iTunes and Amazon Music and viewing on YouTube.
 
 
“Be With You” is based on a song Paul reveals “has been kicking around since Loverboy’s “Just Getting Started” album, but its current iteration offers a “mariachi, south-of-the-border Mexicali blues” flavor, marked by Dean’s acoustic and twangy electric guitars – in large part thanks to his trusty Floyd Rose whammy bar. The result sounds like it could have come straight from a Traveling Wilburys’ album, or a Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie. “It was originally intended as part of a soundtrack to a screenplay I’m working on”, says Dean. It is the first of 11 new songs, many recorded at co-producer Mike Pisterzi’s Dallas-based Maximedia Studios with Loverboy mates Matt Frenette and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve. Loverboy singer Mike Reno even contributes lyrics to one track.
 
“It’s a huge change musically for me from what I do with the band,” said Dean. “It reminds me of Loverboy’s debut album in its stylistic diversity, because each of the songs is so different. I just wrote what I was feeling and what I loved to hear and perform. It’s totally meant to be danced to, especially ‘Be With You’.”
 
Indeed, the video is a “celebration” of Loverboy and its fans, featuring Dean today (“My wife talked me into being real, owning up to who I am,” he says) playing over footage shot more than three decades ago with the band. The object of desire is an alluring woman, (who is featured in the cover band at the beginning of the band’s “Lovin’ Every Minute” video), whooping it up on stage in a display of self-empowerment, the unaware object of the narrator’s obsession.
 
“I like that kind of juxtaposition of really positive music with ambiguous lyrics,” says Dean, referencing such Loverboy classics as “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonight,” the latter warning about the perils of fame. “Taken at face value, you could say “Be With You” is simply a love song.”
 
The new video comes on the heels of last year’s digital release of Dean’s 1989 solo debut, Hard Core, with it’s accompanying re-released videos of “Sword In Stone”, and “Draw The Line.” Dean says, “This is not a break from Loverboy. It’s meant to augment what we do as a band - to continue the dialogue, the conversation, with our fans, and keep them invested in us, individually and collectively.”
 
LOVERBOY's four-decade-long career began in Calgary when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to guitar legend Paul Dean, the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve, who replaced the late Scott Smith in 2000. The band’s releases include the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and three double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It, including the hits "Working for the Weekend," "Lovin' Every Minute of It.
 
 
Tue
14
Nov

PAUL DEAN's 'Hardcore' Solo Album Arrives At Digital

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Paul Dean's debut solo album, Hard Core, originally released in 1989 on Columbia Records, is now available for the first time digitally on all major online streaming outlets, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Google Play, among others.
 
Hard Core spotlights Dean's fiercely distinctive guitar work on a series of songs that rock hard and show off classic influences like Duane Eddy, Luther Perkins, Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix. The album's first single, "Sword & Stone," a mythic tale of King Arthur and Excalibur written by Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Desmond Child, was originally slated for KISS' Crazy Nights album. The video for the track can still be seen on YouTube. Desmond originally pitched the song to Dean during the New Jersey sessions where Paul co-wrote "Notorious" with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, (with additional contributions from Mike Reno and the late Todd Cerney), which appeared on Loverboy's Wildside album in 1987.
 
Another track on the album, "Under the Gun," features a Jon Bon Jovi harmonica solo, which took place while Dean was mixing his album at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound Studios with Bob Rock, while Bon Jovi were making New Jersey in an adjacent room with producer Bruce Fairbairn.  "Draw the Line," written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, was previously recorded by Ted Nugent for his 1984 Penetrator album, with vocals by Brian Howe, who was Paul Rodgers' replacement as lead singer in Bad Company. Coincidentally, when Dean went out on tour to promote Hard Core, his band opened for the same Bad Company, fronted by Howe. Other tracks include the rocking, self-penned "Doctor," the raucous fan favorite "Black Sheep", "Action" (co-written with Loverboy rhythm section, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth "Spider" Sinnaeve and dedicated to Kenny Shields, who recently passed away) and the very timely "Politics," which was originally a stab at a well-known Canadian pop singer's hypocritical stance. With a grin, it is still someone Dean still refuses to identify by name.
 
After Hard Core, Dean went on to record two more "solo" albums, including Machine, released in 1995 by Strawberry Records in Canada, and Blackstone, featuring singer Marc LaFrance, in 1997.
 
"Hard Core" was produced by Dean's pal, Chilliwack/Headpins member, Brian "Too Loud" MacLeod, who died just over three years after its release. "What an amazing cat," Dean reminisces. "He was so high-energy, always up.  I never heard a negative word from him about anyone. He was a total recording nerd, a pioneer at splicing together different bits from the multi-track."
 
The digital release of Hard Core is just a prelude for Paul Dean's long-awaited new material, which he has been working on, promising an ongoing series of single releases described as "pop tunes, a couple of ballads and some 'balls to the wall' metal stuff."
 
LOVERBOY's almost four-decade-long career began in Calgary when Paul met vocalist Mike Reno, with the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000. The band 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," "When It's Over" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."
 
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LOVERBOY TOUR DATES
November 11- 18 - "80's In The Sand" / Breathless Resort & Spa - Punta Cana, DR
November 24 - F.M. Kirby Center - Wilkes Barre, PA
November 25 - State Theater Center For The Arts - Easton, PA
December 3 - Riptide Music Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
December 8 - Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Welch, MN
December 29 - Golden Nugget - Las Vegas, NV
December 31 - Emerald Queen Casino - Tacoma, WA
February 16 - Thunder Valley Casino - Lincoln, CA
March 8 - Colosseum at Ceasar's Windsor - Windsor, ON
March 17-24 - The 80's Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL
 
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