Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dies
Warrant lead singer Jani Lane was found dead last night in a California Hotel Room. Best known for singing the 80’s hair band anthem ‘Cherry Pie’ died from unknown causes at the age of 47. It is a sad day in rock when we lose one of a rock genre. Jani Lane was recruited to join the band Warrant in 1986 and released their major-label debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, in 1989, spawning the hits “Heaven” and “Down Boys.” The song that really catapulted them into rock history was 1990’s Cherry Pie selling three million copies, making them hair-metal superstars and heavy rotation on MTV.
He left the band numerous times afterwards as the Grunge era took over from hair bands. He released a solo album, Back Down to One, in 2003. He also tried acting, appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” in 2005 and toured with Great White in 2010 as a fill-in lead vocalist.
Though a cause of death was not known at press time, Lane struggled with alcohol over the years, pleading no contest to misdemeanor DUI in 2009 after an arrest for reportedly crashing into a parked car. A similar incident sent him to jail for 120 days in 2010.