Despite the November death of bassist Scott Smith, who was washed overboard from his sailboat by a huge wave off the coast of San Francisco, Loverboy will continue their winter tour.
The remaining members of the rock band, which formed in 1979 and recorded such radio hits as “Workin’ for the Weekend,” are auditioning new bass players, according to a tour spokesperson. The group has five shows booked for February and March, including two nights at the Sunset Station Casino outside Las Vegas.
Smith, whose body was never found, presumably drowned after his 37-foot sailboat was overturned by a wave just south of the Golden Gate Bridge on November 30 (see “Loverboy Bassist Presumed Drowned” ). The 45-year-old Maple Ridge, British Columbia, native was traveling with fiancée Yvonne Mayotte and friend Bill Ellis, who both survived the accident.
Loverboy — Smith, vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, drummer Matt Frenette and keyboardist Doug Johnson — disbanded for a time in the ’90s but regrouped to release 1997′s VI and tour North America for several years.
The band’s singles included “The Kid Is Hot Tonite,” “Turn Me Loose,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” and “Heaven in Your Eyes,” which appeared on the “Top Gun” soundtrack. Loverboy’s greatest-hits package was certified gold in 1998.
A Loverboy live album, tentatively titled Live, Loud and Loose, completed with producer Al Quaglieri last summer, is scheduled for release this spring on Sony/Legacy, according to band manager Lou Blair. The album will also include remastered performances from 1981 to 1986.