Quit Working for the Weekend and head on down to Fremont Street Experience for “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s” music festival featuring a free concert by Loverboy, Saturday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. on the 1st Street Stage.
After countless sellout stadium tours, three multi-platinum albums and a string of hit singles that have since become the party anthems of an entire generation, Alberta, Canada’s Loverboy stands today as one of the most beloved rock acts in modern history. The band was formed in Calgary in 1980 and is comprised of vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (who INSERT d original bassist Scott Smith after a tragic boating accident in 2000 claimed his life.)
The group’s 1980 eponymous debut featured the rock singles “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonite,” collectively propelling the release to gold status in both the band’s native Canada and the United States. It was the anthemic “Working for the Weekend” (from 1981’s Get Lucky) however which truly delivered Loverboy mega-rock attention, earning the group a staggering eight Juno Awards by the end of the year, the most received by a single group or individual to this day. With the momentum of such a feat, the group continued their success with 1983’s Keep It Up (featuring the smash hit “Hot Girls in Love”,) 1985’s Lovin’ Every Minute of It (whose title track and follow-up single, “This Could Be the Night,” led to the album’s double-platinum status) and 1987’s gold-certified Wildside. Loverboy embarked on several successful Canadian and American tours and released several hit albums throughout the 1990s (including 1998’s gold-certified Loverboy Classics,) and their first live album, Love, Loud and Loose, was released in 2001. The band continues to tour extensively.
For complete information on the headliner concerts and nightly entertainment, visit www.vegasexperience.com to plan an awesome experience that will take you back to the ‘80s. You can also become a Facebook fan of Fremont Street Experience to get the latest insight and buzz about “Nina Blackwood’s Absolutely 80s.”
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience features Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen which is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue which includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on two stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at www.vegasexperience.com.