A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a full day of activities in Sunbury (about 15 minutes north of 270 on 71). The event is being presented by Nationwide Insurance and will feature a late afternoon performance by my favorite ’80s hair metal band, Warrant (“Cherry Pie”, “Heaven”, “Down Boys”, “Sometimes She Cries”, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, etc).
Live music should start around 4:30 with country-rockers Kicking Dixie getting the crowd warmed up. Warrant will go after that – not sure of the exact set time. Admission is FREE.
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.
(Warrant rolls into Columbus on Friday night for a gig at Screamin Willie’s (1921 Channingway Center Dr.))
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the 17-year-old me can’t believe that I’m trading e-mails with Warrant guitarist Joey Allen. Warrant was an integral part of my rock n’ roll journalism career hobby as one of the first articles I wrote for my high school paper was a concert review of a pre-record-release Warrant in which I predicted big things for the L.A. band.
Five years ago I had an opportunity to speak with Joey for the first time as anything other than a fan and he couldn’t have been nicer or more down to earth. He even gave me his cell phone number and said I could call whenever I wanted to chat. Continue reading →