Instant rock legend: Man pulled on Everett stage to save Loverboy concert
EVERETT, Wash. — It’s something we’ve all dreamed about.
You’re at a rock concert. The lead singer gets sick. The band can’t continue. They ask if anyone knows how to sing.
Suddenly, you’re on stage. A rock God. Like Judas Priest or Mark Wahlberg.
Steve Fournier, 44, went to the Loverboy and Survivor concert at Xfinity Arena Friday expecting to see one of his favorite bands. A blast from the past.
But the concert quickly took a turn. Loverboy lead singer Mike Reno told the crowd he couldn’t continue because he was sick. A back-up singer asked if anyone could sing Reno’s part. The minute that happened, all of Fournier’s friends pointed to him.
A singer for a Foreigner tribute band, Fournier was a perfect fit.
“The next thing you know, I’m kind of bum-rushing to the stage,” Fournier said.
Fournier stepped on stage and his mind stopped.
“At that time it was a complete blur,” Fournier said.
At first, the band seemed pretty worried about Fournier singing. Did he know the songs?
They moved to “Turn Me Loose,” one of their well-known hits. Reno, the lead singer, put a headband on Fournier.
“It was an amazing opportunity to play with Loverboy and get on stage,” Fournier said. “And pay respect to Loverboy. It was too unbelievable.”
Fournier sang a couple more songs. A back-up singer and one of Mike Reno’s friends also kicked in. Some people left, but many had a good time.
“Most of the crowd was embracing it,” Fournier said. “It could have went so many different ways.”
Afterwards, people asked him if he was a plant from the band. People asked for pictures. The sound manager told him not to take the headband off.
“It was surreal,” Fournier said.
A rock dream, to be sure.
For more on Fournier’s story, head to Yesterdaze News.
Fournier and his Foreginer coverband, Fever 103, will play at Tulalip Casino on Friday, Oct. 4.