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Artist Spotlight
Q&A with Loverboy’s Paul Dean & Doug Johnson
THE 80s CRUISE: What are you most looking forward to on The 80s Cruise?
PAUL: Hanging out with the fans from all over the world, hearing the other bands perform, and, of course, ROCKIN OUT to our own songs!
DOUG: Getting to meet the other artists and hanging out with the fans.
THE 80s CRUISE: We will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the start of the decade on the 2020 sailing of The 80s Cruise. What were you up to in 1980?
PAUL: We were putting the final touches on our debut self-titled vinyl album and cassette. Remember those?
DOUG: Working on songwriting, rehearsing new material with the band.
THE 80s CRUISE: How did your personal 80s experience influence you as an individual and as an artist?
PAUL: It was the culmination of 15 years preparing for the BIG TIME. You never know if you’re going to “Get Lucky,” but you can’t ever give up.
DOUG: The 80s ushered in the MIDI, which then allowed sequencing, and ultimately being able to record with a desktop computer.
THE 80s CRUISE: What is your favorite 80s band, 80s fashion statement, and 80s movie or TV show?
PAUL: I’d have to say Loverboy is still my favorite 80s band ;-). My favorite movie, of all time, and released in ’86, is “Aliens.” I wasn’t a huge fan of 80s TV, but I thought MASH was pretty funny, and irreverent. Fashion statement wise, I was THE proponent of massive shoulder pads. Not saying I’m proud of it.
DOUG: JAPAN, acid-washed jeans, Star Wars.
THE 80s CRUISE: What would you like to bring back from the 80s?
PAUL: I’d like to bring back my Kramer Baretta guitar that was stolen out of Newark airport.
DOUG: My hair.
THE 80s CRUISE: What is around today that should have stayed in the 80s?
PAUL: Mullets?
THE 80s CRUISE: We know you are a great artist, what other amazing talent do you have that we don’t know about?
PAUL: Not to brag, but I make a pretty amazing barbecued steak. Medium rare, anyone?
DOUG: I don’t know about amazing talent, but I’m a marathon runner, scuba diver and not a bad chef of Indian food.