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Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead At 47
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Posted on 08/11/2011 9:40:11 PM PDT by mnehring

TMZ is reporting that rocker Jani Lane, former singer of the band Warrant, was found dead this evening at a hotel in Los Angeles. He was 47.

The singer’s body was reportedly discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, CA. So far, no official cause of death has been released or any further details about Lane’s recent activities.

Lane was born John Kennedy Oswald in Akron, Ohio on February 1, 1964. The blond long-haired singer began fronting the hair metal band Warrant in 1986 and wrote some of their biggest hits, like 1990′s “Cherry Pie,” as well as “Heaven” and “Down Boys.” The band enjoyed great success with their first two albums, but eventually their popularity waned and in 1993, Lane left Warrant to pursue a solo career.

In 1991, he married model actress Bobbie Brown, who had appeared in the famous “Cherry Pie” video. The couple had one child together, a daughter, before divorcing in 1993.

In 2005, Lane was a member of VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club 2 reality television series where he competed against other celebrities in a weight-loss competition.

In 2010, he filled in on tour on vocals for Jack Russell for hair metal compatriots Great White.

Lane was known to have a history of substance abuse and was arrested for DUI in May of 2010 — his second DUI in a year — and was ordered to serve 120 days in jail.

While his history of alcohol abuse was well known and while on Celebrity Fit Club 2, it was obvious he had his problems, it’s hard to believe his life would come to an end like this. He was a talented singer, songwriter, and performer who seemed, like many fellow musicians, to have lost his way by first letting fame and fortune overcome him, and later let the lost of those things, along with substance abuse, destroy him.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: hairmetal; janilane; rock; warrant
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Another sad day for rock.

One of his better ones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1MeazrV2qk

1 posted on 08/11/2011 9:40:24 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Missed the “27 Club” by 2 decades.


2 posted on 08/11/2011 9:41:56 PM PDT by Harpo Speaks (Honk! Honk! Honk! Either it's foggy out, or make that a dozen hard boiled eggs.)
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To: mnehring

John Kennedy Oswald? I could have told you this wouldn’t end well..


3 posted on 08/11/2011 9:45:42 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: mnehring
Anyone named John Kennedy Oswald has got to be doomed from the start.
4 posted on 08/11/2011 9:46:23 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (CAIN/WEST 2012 - Because two bros are better than THE 0NE!)
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To: mnehring

A great song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIcHodH9XfQ


5 posted on 08/11/2011 9:49:32 PM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: To Hell With Poverty

Your last name is Oswald. Your son is born barely two moths after the assassination. How better to distance yourself and him from Lee Harvey?


6 posted on 08/11/2011 9:51:03 PM PDT by null and void (Day 931. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: RitchieAprile

His health took a bad turn for the worse when he started treating with Dr. James Earl Sirhan.


7 posted on 08/11/2011 9:51:13 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: mnehring
Comfort Inn hotel? I guess that's not living like a rock star.
8 posted on 08/11/2011 9:52:34 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: mnehring

9 posted on 08/11/2011 9:53:05 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Joe 6-pack

facepalm


10 posted on 08/11/2011 9:53:58 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: RitchieAprile
No doubt. It didn't work out too well for this John Kennedy either.

John Kennedy Toole wrote A Confederacy of Dunces, an hilarious novel, but committed suicide 11 years before it was published.

11 posted on 08/11/2011 9:54:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: mnehring
He was a talented singer, songwriter, and performer

Warrant? LOL. Too bad he didn't die before he started a band.

12 posted on 08/11/2011 10:04:35 PM PDT by Huck (Read Antifederalist Brutus and gain a new perspective on the Constitution.)
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To: mnehring
it’s hard to believe his life would come to an end like this.

No it isn't.

13 posted on 08/11/2011 10:08:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mnehring

There is this and there is that but be aware of that.


14 posted on 08/11/2011 10:25:09 PM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: TigersEye

I love that book...


15 posted on 08/11/2011 10:39:28 PM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: mnehring

RIP.


16 posted on 08/11/2011 10:40:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: mnehring

May he RIP. But IMHO, Hair Bands are lower than Disco.


17 posted on 08/11/2011 11:08:48 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Skip Ripley

Me too. It’s an amazing work. He couldn’t have been named after JFK though as JFK was only twenty when JKO’T was born. FWIW.


18 posted on 08/11/2011 11:10:03 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: mnehring

There was some smoking hot chick in “Cherry Pie”.

Wonder what ever happened to her?


19 posted on 08/11/2011 11:42:35 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: buccaneer81

LOL... never cared much for the hair bands either (cept for Bon Jovi back in the day) however, I never understood what people hated about disco so much. There are some tunes that really make ya feel like dancing:)It was the “dance” music back in those days. I was too young to know what all the negativity was about.


20 posted on 08/11/2011 11:45:00 PM PDT by kelly4c
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To: Huck
Word to that!

Warrant SUCKED.

21 posted on 08/11/2011 11:49:27 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
Comfort Inn hotel?

It was the second hand smoke and weak coffee that did him in.

22 posted on 08/11/2011 11:55:01 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: kelly4c
I agree. The "music" of today with Katy Perry and such is far more vacuous than disco. Disco actually had some great performances.

The Bee Gees, Brick, Heatwave, The Commodores and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack will be remembered and and played long after Katy Perry and her ilk are forgotten. Anyone heard Gwen Stefani lately aside from lipstick commercials?

23 posted on 08/11/2011 11:55:20 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: mnehring

Donut gets you a dollar it was a cocaine-related heart attack.


24 posted on 08/12/2011 12:18:59 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mnehring

25 posted on 08/12/2011 12:25:03 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The same old games being played by the same old crowd in the formerly grand old party.)
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To: Rome2000
But with the miniaturized blueberry muffins, ya gotz no complaintz.
26 posted on 08/12/2011 12:36:12 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: EternalVigilance

A great picture, and a beautiful couple. Very sad. RIP.


27 posted on 08/12/2011 12:42:52 AM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: Vendome

In 1991, he married model actress Bobbie Brown, who had appeared in the famous “Cherry Pie” video. The couple had one child together, a daughter, before divorcing in 1993.


28 posted on 08/12/2011 3:11:23 AM PDT by hattend (The SEALs got Osama. The only thing Obama killed was our childrens future - NoLibZone)
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To: kelly4c

People hated disco for the same reason they hate hip hop: it wasn’t “authentic” because it was created for DJs and not for sweaty arena performances, and because it tore up the charts and relegated most of the rock bands of the time to commercial irrelevance.


29 posted on 08/12/2011 4:15:59 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: hattend

That’s her. She was smoking hot in that video.


30 posted on 08/12/2011 7:23:15 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: mnehring

Sad news. I saw him once in a store in Akron. A hometown boy, but his lifestyle caught up with him.

I enjoy Warrant.


31 posted on 08/12/2011 7:28:56 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: Vendome

He married her.............


32 posted on 08/12/2011 7:32:23 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Vendome

I heard a story this morning that Jani hated that song, and that it wasn’t even going to be on the album, until the record company told Warrant they didn’t hear a single, so he quickly wrote the song, and the band forever became linked to it.

Can’t say I blame him for feeling that way.


33 posted on 08/12/2011 7:32:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mnehring

Excellent tune. Warrant is very underrated IMHO.


34 posted on 08/12/2011 7:43:26 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

Good point...I never made that connection when I’d heard his real name before. He was born 3 months after Kennedy’s death. Almost like his parents had a sick sense of humor or something.


35 posted on 08/12/2011 7:44:07 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

I believe he’d long since blown the money he made during their heyday.


36 posted on 08/12/2011 7:45:12 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: kelly4c

I don’t get the hate of the hair bands. Some were pretty bad, but most of them at least were good instrumentalists and had a stage presence. Warrant was pretty good, but the “late” hair bands were generally less talented than the “early” ones like Motley Crue, Ratt, and Dokken.


37 posted on 08/12/2011 7:51:51 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: mnehring

38 posted on 08/12/2011 7:56:01 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Did you hear?


39 posted on 08/12/2011 8:03:44 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: cripplecreek

For the ping list.


40 posted on 08/12/2011 8:06:50 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: RockinRight

Thanks, RockinRight.

I just pinged you on another thread about Jani Lane that Perdogg pinged me on.

Sad, sad news...


41 posted on 08/12/2011 8:08:47 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: dfwgator

Oddly, the song I remember them most for was “Heaven”. I was a teenage girl, so it’s one of those songs that always gave me butterflies.


42 posted on 08/12/2011 8:16:09 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

LOL.


43 posted on 08/12/2011 1:19:03 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: dfwgator
I heard a story this morning that Jani hated that song, and that it wasn’t even going to be on the album, until the record company told Warrant they didn’t hear a single, so he quickly wrote the song, and the band forever became linked to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yZb4w7ead8

44 posted on 08/13/2011 12:13:44 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: RockinRight

Didn’t “hate” hair bands (except for Poison and Warrant) the latter because I preceived them as being perverted due to their hit Cherry pie video lol. The 3 groups you mentioned I didn’t even think of as Hair bands but yeah now that I picture them you’re right. I was thinking of the bands like Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Cinderella etc. I kinda liked a heavier rock like Metallica, AC/DC as opposed to them. But you’re right, the early ones weren’t bad at all. But I know some of the guys used to make fun of their girly hair and makeup and couldn’t take them seriously as performers because they looked funny:)


45 posted on 08/13/2011 12:28:06 AM PDT by kelly4c
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To: kelly4c

Perverted? Eeh, lighten up, rock and roll was never supposed to be church lady music!

But seriously, like most musical genres, they start out good and then fade out as the copycats come aboard. Motley Crue, Ratt, etc. were “hair bands” by today’s standards, but back then they were just metal. The way they dressed got them a lot of flak, but back then, it was definitely more acceptable for a guy to like the Crue or Dokken than Poison, Winger etc...the latter of which catered to a more female audience (I’m male BTW). Only when that music became “nostalgic” did it become more acceptable for a guy to listen to it.

Warrant, Poison, etc. were less serious bands, but still put on a good show of “fun” type music. Not as good as the earlier stuff as far as songwriting or musicianship, though.

Although I mentioned Motley Crue as the first commercially successful hair band (their first “real” album was released in 1981), what we know today as “hair metal” developed in the late 70s and early 80s from a convergence of 70s glam and hard rock (Kiss, Alice Cooper, Gary Glitter, Queen) and British Metal (Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard). In fact, it may be more accurate to say that Kiss was the “original” hair band. By the release of “Lick It Up” in 1983 (without makeup), Kiss was changing their sound to be more like the very bands they themselves had inspired.

I like Metallica and AC/DC too by the way, but I’m pretty eclectic in my tastes.

I have Sirius Satellite Radio, and my presets range from 80s pop, to hard rock, to “Hair Nation” (self-explanatory) and even a country channel. About the only thing I don’t like is rap and hip hop, but even there, I can tolerate the older (80s) stuff like Run-DMC.


46 posted on 08/13/2011 7:10:01 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: dfwgator

He said that the kind of music he really wanted to write was more like “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, itself a great song, but not as commercially viable, although it was also a hit.

He did eventually admit that he liked what Cherry Pie did for his success.

I know people from Akron (my hometown) who knew him personally, and most agree that he was a nice, but troubled, guy.


47 posted on 08/13/2011 7:12:17 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: RockinRight

I can tell you’re a music lover and know quite a bit about it:) Ha, I know I need to lighten up lol and have come a long way but as a teen I had quite a few insecurities and all the hot video chicks didn’t help ease those any:) I couldn’t relate to guys singing about a girl’s butt but I could relate to the spiritual undertones in some of the heavier rock. For the last 10 years or so I find myself listening to talk radio a lot more than I listen to music, Nothing excites me in music anymore, or maybe I’m just old lol, but I remember it felt so good when we walked the neighborhood with our “boom boxes” blaring out Shout at the devil, Foolin’, Round & round and so on...Okay and I LOVED Cinderella’s “Nobody’s fool.” Saw them open for Bon Jovi. But I think it was the British glam rock like you said Bowie and Queen etc. and then Kiss melding that into hard rock that made it acceptable and even cool to do the hair/makeup. Like you, rap and hip hop is the only genre I don’t enjoy. Eh I can’t get into country either but there are some goodies here and there and it’s at least non-offensive to my ears.


48 posted on 08/14/2011 1:01:03 AM PDT by kelly4c
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To: buccaneer81

Vacuous...perfect word for it. People make fun of the 80’s and say it was the worst decade for music but I think they’re way off...the 90’s sucked imo and today? What are the hits of today? Lady Gaga...I’ve heard some of her stuff at the office and a couple tunes might be good for dancing but it too lacks that something “fun” to it. The 80’s had some fun, upbeat and optimistic songs while a lot of the stuff now seems anxious and depressing. And why oh why are middle class and wealthy white kids into the hard core inner city driven rap noise?


49 posted on 08/14/2011 1:13:18 AM PDT by kelly4c
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To: kelly4c
What are the hits of today?

My boys & I have been watching the Little League World Series playoffs this week and the announcers often tell of one of the young player's favorite band...and it's almost always a band from the 80's. (mostly heavy metal). My kids rarely listen to anything from the past 10 years.

50 posted on 08/14/2011 1:34:46 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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