LOVERBOY Return With New Single Inspired By Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey; Official "Release" Video Streaming

January 15, 2022, 3 days ago

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LOVERBOY Return With New Single Inspired By Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey; Official "Release" Video Streaming

Canadian rockers Loverboy have returned with a new single entitled "Release". Check out the official video below.

According to a report by 1430 WCMY, Loverboy guitarist Paul Deanbegan writing "Release" for a heavy-metal band that wanted him to collaborate with them, but when the project fell through, he decided that the song could work as a tune for his own group.

"It started out as a frustrated call to action, after months of lock down, and morphed into a metal anthem about the loyalty and commitment of that audience," explains Dean, who says the lyrics were inspired by the 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. "The communal aspect of heavy rock is almost like a religion. I’ve always been a big metal fan; my son and I have seen many of those bands in concert." 

It’s been four years since legendary rockers REO Speedwagon and Styx joined forces for a summer co-headlining tour. While the world has changed since then, fans’ desire to rock out hasn’t. Styx and REO Speedwagon are telling you to close those laptops and get out of your sweatpants, because they’re set to once again bring their rock & roll classics to the masses, this time with special guest Loverboy for the Live & UnZoomed tour that kicks off May 31 in Grand Rapids, MI at the Van Andel Arena.

Below you can find the complete routing, as well as a video with more info about the tour.

Tickets for various cities of the trek, produced by Live Nation, will go on sale starting Friday, December 10 at 10 AM local time on Styx and REO Speedwagon are offering VIP packages via their own exclusive pre-sales at and

Citi is the official presale credit card of the US Live & UnZoomed tour dates. As such, Citi cardmembers have access to purchase presale tickets now through Thursday, December 9 at 10 PM local time through Citi Entertainment. For complete presale details, visit

Canadian fans who are American Express Cardmembers can get Front Of The Line presale access to purchase tickets to the Toronto show before the general public, here.

Styx’s Tommy Shaw agrees, “I can’t think of a better way of touring the USA next year than with good friends we’ve known for years and performed with on many a stage. What a great night of music this will be!”

REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin said, “Tommy (Shaw) and I have done a number of Zoom performances together during the pandemic, and REO and Styx are ready to go get UnZoomed, and out on the road for our fifth U.S. tour together. Add our great friends Mike Reno and the Loverboy guys, and I am totally psyched. If I wasn’t performing in it, I would totally come out to see this show. See you all, LIVE and UNZOOMED!”

Loverboy’s Mike Reno proclaimed, “We can’t wait to take the stage and rock this summer, it’s gonna be awesome. These are all the groups I grew up with, and I’m there too. Best tour of the summer…guaranteed.”

Tour dates:

31 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena

1 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
3 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amp.
4 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amp.
7 - Milwaukee, WI - American Family Insurance Amp.
8 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center
11 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
13 - Rogers, AR - Walmart Amphitheatre
14 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
17 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
18 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.
19 - West Palm Beach, FL - iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

8 - Denver, CO - Ball Arena
9 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatr
12 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
13 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amp.
15 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
16 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
19 - Chula Vista, CA - North Island Credit Union Amp.
20 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
22 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amp.
23 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
24 - Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

5 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amp.
6 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
8 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
10 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park
12 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
13 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
16 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
17 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
19 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
20 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
21 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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