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Like Lover gearing up to return to the stage for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the Canadian rock veterans have released a brand new single, “Release”, which they recorded remotely during lockdown.

The ’80s-influenced hard-rock song is now available via streaming services, while a video for the song has premiered on Loverboy’s YouTube channel. The clip features the band performing the song together, mixed with archive footage of the band performing at various gigs.

loverboy guitarist Paul Dean started writing “Release” for a heavy metal band that wanted him to collaborate with them, but when the project fell through, he decided the song could work as a song for his own band.

“It started as a frustrated call to action, after months of confinement, and turned into a metal anthem about the loyalty and commitment of this audience,” explains Dean, who says the lyrics were inspired by the 2005 documentary. Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.

Paul adds, “The community aspect of heavy rock is almost like a religion. I’ve always been a huge metal fan; my son and I have seen many of these bands in concert.

Dean enlisted his Loverboy bandmates to help complete the song, including the frontman. mike reno, who contributed some lyrics as well as lead vocals.

Paul also praises Loverboy’s drummer Matt Frenette, who sent him seven different drum takes to choose from for the track.

“It was amazing,” enthuses Dean. “It totally blew my mind.”

Loverboy will perform their first concert in nearly two years on January 23 in Ridgefield, Washington. The band have a variety of other headlining shows planned ahead of their upcoming Spring/Summer tour with Styx and REO Speedwagon, which kicks off May 31 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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