RIP : Jani Lane

Jani Lane former singer & songwriter for rock band Warrant was found dead on the  evening of August 11, at a Los Angeles-area hotel. He was 47 years old. His body was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California. So far, no official cause of death has been released.

On July 23, Lane took part in a taping of an upcoming episode of the “That Metal Show” alongside Michael Sweet (STRYPER) and Taime Downe (FASTER PUSSYCAT). The program featuring Lane is scheduled to air on October 1 on VH1 Classic.

Lane was the frontman for successful band Warrant during their heydays, releasing the multi-platinum albums DRFSR (1989) & Cherry Pie (1990). Fame, fortune, world tours, top 40 & top 10 singles and the glamourous lifestyle followed. Despite 1992’s critically acclaimed & much darker record, Dog Eat Dog, Warrant would be pushed to the backburner in the onslaught of grunge and the fans & money soon became less. The band then recorded Ultraphobic in 1995, Belly to Belly in 1996, Greatest & Latest in 1999 and a cover album Under the Influence in 2001.

Jane left at this point, citing personal & business difference with the rest of Warrant and until 2008 distanced himself away from the rest. For a brief summer tour of 2008 the original members of Warrant all reunited (they’ve been having lots of members join & drop out) and performed a summer tour but by September Jani left again, mutually agreeing with the band to leave. He continue to do solo shows and writing songs for other artists. He has two solo albums Jabberwocky & Back Down To One (2003)and one with the side project Saints Of The Underground. In the summer of 2010, Lane went on tour with Great White, filling in for singer Jack Russell, who was recuperating from surgery after suffering internal complications.

You will be missed a lot Jani.

Jani Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald, February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011)

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