Warrant back on the road and Rockaholic on the charts.

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Warrant back on the road and Rockaholic on the charts.
Jani Lane found dead in California Hotel.

Story: Bill Delingat

Jani Lane, 47, former lead singer (1986-1993, 1994-2004, 2008) of So Cal heavy rock band Warrant, was found dead Thursday evening, August 11, 2011. The Los Angeles Police Department reported. Lane was officially pronounced dead by fire department personnel who responded to a call shortly before 5:30 p.m. at a Comfort Inn hotel on the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California.

No official cause of death has been released. Lane born John Kennedy Oswald joined the rock group, in 1986. It would, over the years, have a revolving lineup. Lane left the band in 2004, but rejoined briefly in 2008, before leaving again. Warrant's biggest hit was the double-entendre-fest "Cherry Pie" in 1990.Bret Michaels of the band Poison commented about Lane’s death late Thursday night. "We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully: Bret and all at [Michaels Entertainment Group Inc.]."

Lane, who appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2005, had a history with alcohol-related arrests. In 2009 he pleaded no contests to misdemeanor DUI and was put on probation for three years. In 2010, he was arrested for another alcohol-related incident and jailed for 120 days.

The band Warrant posted this on their web site while starting their Rockaholic Tour of Canada “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jani’s passing. Our Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Jani was a very important part of our lives for a long time. We will always be incredibly proud of the music we created together. He was a true talent and will be missed by all of us.”

Warrant was rooted in the Hollywood scene  and great success from 1989-1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, and one of its singles, "Heaven," reached #1 in Rolling Stone .The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the 2x Platinum album Cherry Pie and the gold album Dog Eat Dog, both albums providing more charted singles. Warrant was formed in Los Angeles by guitarist Erik Turner July 1984 with Jerry Dixon on Bass, Josh Lewis on guitar and max Asher on Drums. Adam Shore was one of the original lead singers and was replaced by the blond fireball Jani Lane in 1986, who soon took over not only the stage but most of the song writing.

Steven “Sweet” Chamberlin took over on the drums, and guitarist Joey Allen came on board as well, completing the revamped line-up in March 1987. In January 1988 Warrant signed a contract with Columbia records  and in April they began recording their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich which gave them 3 hits: the #2 power ballads "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries", and the rock anthem "Down Boys", which is now Warrant's alias. Image-wise, Warrant slotted right into the trend for big-haired, leather-wearing hard rock bands, and their promo videos made much of their look. Warrant rode on the crest of the metal wave up to 1992.

The 1990s were characterized by frequent changes to the band's line-up. In 1992, Warrant released   Dog Eat Dog to mixed reviews and poor sales. While the record suffered poor sales performance in America, the band snared a European touring slot, playing a number of shows on the "Monsters of Rock" festival, headlined by Iron Maiden.

Later that year, vocalist Lane temporarily left the band, which was then dropped by Columbia, following the arrival of new music scene of Grunge and the death of Warrant's long-time manager Tom Hulet. In January 2008 the bands agent released a new photo of the band with Lane prominently featured confirming his return to the band. This new line up was scheduled to play Rocklahoma with Cinderella in 2008 however the tour was cancelled when lead singer Tom Keifer hemorrhaged his vocal chords and could not perform. Warrant had other shows booked besides the tour, including two in Canada. It was a teeter totter of who’s in and who’s out as band members including Lane seemed to come and go.On September 10, Rock Report confirmed that Jani Lane was out of Warrant  due to song writing disagreements, but offered no further details on replacements or the band's future. Robert Mason lead vocalist of Lynch Mob eventually agreed not only to finish the tour but also to become a permanent member of the band.

On January 27, 2011, Joey Allen announced that the bass and drums tracks for fourteen songs for Warrant's next album had been completed, with the rhythm guitar parts for seven also completed. The new album, titled “Rockaholic” was eventually released on May 13 in Europe and May 17 in North America on Frontier Records peaked at number 22 on the Hard Rock Album chart. Of course this meant a tour to support the album and Canada was on the list with dates in the west coast starting in Victoria BC on August 26th at the Western Speedway and in Kelowna BC on the 28th at the Sapphire nightclub but so far there have not been any dates scheduled for the Toronto area.