Matt Frenette of Loverboy Answers Your Questions – Tulalip Resort Casino

Matt Frenette of Loverboy Answers Your Questions – Tulalip Resort Casino


What is the craziest thing a fan has thrown
onto the stage? It is a rock band that did tour in the ‘80s, OK everybody? Right, so?
Do we want to let that cat out of the bag tonight? Hi I’m Matt Frenette with the band
Loverboy. I’m here at Tulalip, and I’m going to answer some questions form some fans.
You guys ready? I need my readers. Alright, first question. And it’s random! They’re
in a bowl. What is your secret for looking so young? Hahaha. Playing the drums for 50
years. How’s that? That’s how I keep this girlish figure. Um, like to work out, stay
in shape, cause we do 60 to 70 shows a year. Um, so ya, that’s what I try and do. Thank
you. Question number two. What is your most favorite moment or memory as a band? I guess
I’m speaking for everybody. I would say in 40 years, possibly the six Juno win in
Toronto in 1982. We were nominated for six Juno Awards, which in America would be like
a Grammy Musical Award. And we were nominated for six and won all six, so we won Group of
the Year, Single of the Year, Band of the Year, Producer of the Year, Writer of the
Year, and one more. I think maybe Engineer of the Year of something like that. So that
was a pretty special night. What is the craziest thing a fan has thrown onto the stage? Oh
wow. This is a family show so I’ll keep it clean. Um, we have had a lot of underwear
from women and um sometimes there’s phone numbers attached, room keys, things like that
over the years, decades. Once, there was a guitar that came on stage. Wanted everybody
to sign the guitar and throw it back in the audience to the owner. So that was pretty
cool. I think Paul picked it up and air guitared with it for a little bit or something like
that. Question number four. How did you get the name “Loverboy?” Well, that goes back
to 1979. I would think that Paul Dean came up with the name Loverboy, and I think it
has something to do with him sitting in like a dentist office waiting to go in and was
looking at magazines in the office. And he was thinking like “cover girl” and those
kinds of things, and then he was just doing like name relation. “Cover girl,” “cover
boy,” and then he went to “lover boy.” Something like that. And I know the story
has probably changed over the years, but I think that’s where we came up with the name,
and it was the late ‘70s going into the ‘80s, so kind of one of those things. What
do you do for fun besides performances? Well, me specifically, when we do have time off,
I like to relax and I like to drive my 1975 TR6. It’s a Triumph. It was made in Britain
in 1975. I still have this car. It’s French Blue and it actually as a little trivia for
you Loverboy fans … it was in one of our videos. Can anybody guess? This “Could Be
the Night,” the ballad. And it was filmed in Vancouver, and I was driving it over a
bridge in Vancouver called the Cambie Street Bridge. And they actually hadn’t even opened
it yet, and we got access to it at night. And I drove my car. I like to do that on my
time off. Do you still wear leather pants? Well, me specifically, no. And I think this
question is probably for Mike. I mean we all wore leather pants in the ‘80s for videos
and what not. But um, no, I do not. I wear a stretch nylon pant on stage, and I think
Mike’s leather pants are probably in a Hard Rock Café somewhere – maybe Vegas or Orlando
or something. Here we go. How often do you get together and practice? That’s a good
question, whoever sent that one in. The answer is not very often. We’re all in different
cities, for one now, but usually when we practice is when we’re on the road, and we meet up
at a concert and if we get a venue the day before the show or during a soundcheck in
the afternoon the performance. But we generally don’t practice very much. We play 60-70
shows a year, every year, year in and year out, so when we get time off, we basically
just take time off and guys go on holidays or whatever and spend time with family. If
we’re working on new material, we want to put something new in the set, like that or
a new song, or change the set, we usually just do it on the road and when everybody
is together. It’s just more economical that way, rather than flying everyone to a city
in Canada – cause we’re all spread out all over the place, and our road crew is spread
out all over the place in Canada – we usually just do our practicing on the road while we’re
traveling. That was a good question. We’re getting down to the end of the questions kids.
If each of you had to pick one song that was your favorite, what song would it be and why?
So I don’t think I can speak for everybody else, but for me, my favorite song is probably
“Take Me To The Top” from the Get Lucky album. And we do play that every night. And
I like that song, I like the grove in that tune. And I especially like Doug’s keyboard
solo and his Sax solo. You know, he get’s the chance to do some breakout playing. And
he has a beautiful piano solo after his saxophone solo in that song. And it’s early in the
set, and it kind of just really sets a nice heavy funky groove for the night. What is
your favorite thing to do in the summertime? Well, I think I kind of almost- Well I didn’t
answer that one. The summertime is spent with us on tour. So my favorite thing to do in
the summertime, and probably all of ours, is to play our songs for the people in North
America. And it’s cool, we’re going to Australia this fall, in October. So that will
be a first for us, which will be great. But our summertime are spent pretty much on the
road travelling, playing festivals and playing outdoor concerts. And the last question! Dog
or cat? That’s good! Uh, for me both. Most of my life it’s been both, since I was a
kid growing up in Vancouver. Uh, at this time right now, neither. But um, it has been Dog
and Cat for most of my life. Hey Folks, that’s all the questions I have. Thank you, they
were great questions you guys! So um, we’re going to have a great concert tonight and
we’re really looking forward. This is our hood, the Pacific Northwest, we love coming
back here all the time. The band’s from the Pacific Northwest and we love you! Take
care!

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