The Music World is saddened today to learn about the death of Jani Lane. He achieved fame in the late 1980s as the lead singer for the glam metal band, Warrant. Lane was found dead in his hotel room in Los Angeles this morning and no cause of death has been released.
Lane, a native of Ohio, started as a drummer at a young age. By age 11, he was already playing live gigs in clubs. He was a talented athlete and excelled as a football quarterback. He actually turned several college football scholarships to pursue his musical career.
Warrant was formed in Los Angeles in 1984. It wasn’t until two years later that Jani Lane joined as lead vocalist, replacing Adam Shore. They became very successful in the club scene in the L.A. area. In 1988, they signed with Columbia records and their first album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, was released later that year. The album produced three top 40 hits, Heaven, Down Boys and Sometimes She Cries. Jani Lane wrote every song on that stellar debut album, still considered a staple among glam metal fans.
During the 1990s, Warrant had success but also hit some bumps. In 1992 Lane actually left the band for a period but returned. In 1994, Lane left Warrant one more time and, except for a couple reunion shows in 2008, would not be a part of Warrant again.
Today I will pay tribute to Jani Lane during my set. I will play the following 4 songs; all sung by Lane and, except for We Will Rock You, all written by Lane.
Cherry Pie, 1990Heaven, 1988
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1990
We Will Rock You, 1992