(Submitted) Loverboy have reunited with their original engineer, producer Bob Rock [Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cure, Bon Jovi], who worked under Bruce Fairbairn at the time.
The band recorded two new songs with Rock, "Heartbreaker" and "No Tomorrow," which could to be a prelude for a new album.
"He phoned Mike and me out of the blue and told us he had a song that might work for us that he'd love to produce," says Dean. "He sent it over and we just flipped out. It's a great, kick-ass Loverboy song.
"It was just fantastic to be on the same page with everybody else in the band again. We had been through several false starts recording-wise over the years. Mike was really inspired this time. It was a great experience. I think these tracks are some of the best work we've ever done."
The group still includes original members Doug Johnson on keyboards and Matt Frenette on drums, with Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve (a former member of Dean and Frenette's pre-Loverboy band Streetheart), who replaced the late Scott Smith on bass, and continues a healthy touring schedule around the world.
"I look at our concerts as a 100-minute experience," says Dean, who still claims to be able to fit into the same pair of red leather pants he wore on the "Queen of the Broken Hearts" video in 1983. "I'm a normal guy up until 10 minutes before we hit the stage. Then the heart rate goes up and I consciously step into the bubble. And I don't come out of it until 30 seconds after that last cymbal smash and I walk off-stage. It's a great stress release, better than riding a Harley."