TMZ is reporting that ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead in a hotel room in L.A. this evening. Unfortunately, Lane’s been battling drugs and alcohol for so many years that this doesn’t come as a surprise but it’s still a shock.
Warrant was one of the first bands I ever wrote about and I had the opportunity to meet Jani many times over the years. He was always a cool guy to his fans and I’m just at a loss for words right now.
If you happened to catch the clip on YouTube of Great White singer Jack Russellfalling on stage earlier this summer (fast forward to 2:12), you know that Russell’s in pretty bad shape following a number of health issues.
At the end of August, it was announced that ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane (most recently in the news due to a DUI) would be filling in the rest of Great White’s tour dates for 2010. The biggest question was which Jani Lane would show up – the drunk one who was booted from Warrant’s reunion tour in 2008 or the sober, top-of-his-game one that I saw perform a great show at the Alrosa in 2007?
You be the judge. Here’s Jani Lane singing “Face the Day” with Great White on October 1.
Here are the remaining tour dates for Great White in 2010.