|Birth name||Joseph Michael Rynoski|
January 8, 1955 |
New Westminster, BC, Canada
|Genres||Rock. hard rock|
|Associated acts||Loverboy, Moxy, Ann Wilson|
Joseph Michael John "Mike" Reno (né Joseph Michael Rynoski; born January 8, 1955) is a Canadian drummer/musician and is the lead singer of the rock band Loverboy. He is reported to have played the guitar, being self-taught. He has also fronted other bands prior to helping form Loverboy, including Moxy. Reno has a son from his first marriage, Alex Reno, who was born January 23, 1988.
While still in school in the early 1970s, Reno joined a cover band called Morning Glory where he still played drums and eventually found his way to the cover band Synergy. At an unknown point in time, Reno moved on to a band called Spunk with guitarist Jack Stoltz. After graduating from Penticton Secondary School, Reno moved to Calgary, Alberta after which he briefly joined the band Moxy for a single album. This album, Under the Lights was released in 1978. It was somewhat of a departure from the previous Moxy albums partially due to changes in band members as well as Mike Reno having a different singing style than the previous lead singer thus sales slipped when compared to the band's earlier releases. Eventually he was introduced to Paul Dean in 1979 at a nightclub called "The Refinery"  and they immediately got together for a jam session, which led to the formation of the band Loverboy shortly thereafter. Loverboy released its first album in 1980 and the band went on to tour extensively as well as release 3 more multi-platinum albums in a short 4 year span from 1981-1985. The last full album of original material by Loverboy in the 1980s was Wildside (1987) though they included 3 new original songs on the compilation album Big Ones (1989).
Reno has also contributed to various film soundtracks. In 1984, he performed a duet with Ann Wilson of Heart, "Almost Paradise", for the movie Footloose. With Loverboy, the band contributed "Heaven in Your Eyes" for the movie Top Gun, in 1986. Reno contributed the song "Chasing the Angels" for the soundtrack to Iron Eagle II in 1988  along with the song "Whenever There's a Night" for the movie Dream a Little Dream in 1989. He also is reported to have recorded a cover version of "Never Been To Spain". This song was originally written by Hoyt Axton and was previously recorded by the band Three Dog Night for their Harmony album in 1971. The Three Dog Night version went to #1 on the charts. In a 2003 release, artist Tim Feehan released a solo album Tracks I Forgot About containing a song that features Mike Reno on vocals. It's track #3, "Call of the Wild".
In 2002, Reno released his first solo album titled Renovation. The album is composed of ten tracks closely resembling the sound of his work with Loverboy though some discs contain a bonus track depending on the source. The album was apparently recorded in the early 1990s (reportedly 1992) and was supposed to be released by Sony but they chose instead to indefinitely shelve the project due to changes in the music industry... the changes touched on by Reno in his previously mentioned VH1 interview. Reno eventually proceeded to release the un-mastered recordings from his own archival tapes on his now defunct website but went on to release the album widely on a variety of sources. The main complaint amongst critics and fans is a lack of mastering, overall production and polishing commonly found on finished albums... but hard core fans and critics seem to feel the album is more than worthy of attention in spite of this.
Loverboy had a headlining spot at the 2007 Grey Cup party in Toronto. At the 2009 Juno Awards Reno was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of Loverboy. Loverboy also played as a part of the 2010 Olympic ceremonies in Vancouver on Sunday February 21, 2010. This night, otherwise known as "Nunavut night", was co-headlined with the band Trooper. The live medal presentations were in short track speed skating (ladies’ 1,500 m and men’s 1,000 m), men’s 1,500-metre speed skating and men’s freestyle skiing ski cross.
As of 2013, Reno continues to tour and play live shows with Loverboy (see the band's official website for currently scheduled concert dates ) and has dates already scheduled for 2014. The band's latest full album of all-new material, Just Getting Started, was initially released exclusively through Wal-Mart on October 30, 2007 and is now available on iTunes and through various other sources for physical copies such as those on compact disc. The last album released by the band that contains new songs is Rock 'n' Roll Revival (2012) and it is widely available.
- Demalon, Tom. "Biography: Mike Reno". AMG. Retrieved 17 May 2010.