Founding Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean‘s 1989 debut solo album, Hard Core, has just been turned loose on all major streaming services for the first time. The album features a variety of interesting guest collaborations, including a harmonica solo by Jon Bon Jovi that appears on the song “Under the Gun.”
Among the other tunes on Hard Core is “Sword & Stone,” which KISS members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick co-wrote with Desmond Child, and originally was intended for KISS’ 1987 album, Crazy Nights. In addition, the album features “Draw the Line,” which was co-written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and previously recorded by Ted Nugent. Also present is “Action,” which Dean co-wrote with his Loverboy band mates Matt Frenette and Kenneth “Spider” Sinnaeve.
Hard Core was produced by Dean’s friend Brian “Too Loud” MacLeod, a founding member of the Canadian band Chilliwack, who died in 1992 from complications of brain cancer.
“What an amazing cat,” says Dean of MacLeod. “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.”
Dean also is planning to release a variety of new, original solo material soon.
Meanwhile, Loverboy has a handful of North American tour dates lined up in the coming months, spanning from a November 24 concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, through a March 8, 2018, show in Windsor, Canada.
Here are all of the band’s confirmed dates in the U.S. and Canada:
11/24 — Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center
11/25 — Easton, PA, State Theater Center for the Arts
12/3 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Riptide Music Festival
12/8 — Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
12/29 — Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget
12/31 — Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
2/16/18 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
3/8 — Windsor, ON, Canada, Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
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