Warrant Lead Singer Jani Lane Dead at 47
Former Warrant lead singer Jani Lane, known for popular 80's hair metal songs like "She's My Cherry Pie" and "Heaven," died yesterday in Los Angeles. According to LAPD, his body was found at a Comfort Inn Hotel in Woodland Hills.
No cause of death has been determined, though Lane had long struggled with alcohol problems, and had appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club."
At the band's peak, Warrant was arguably one of the most popular and visible leaders of the hair metal movement. Known for his flowing mane and high-octane screeching pipes, Jani Lane was the key to the band's chart-busting success.
The video for "She's My Cherry Pie," for example, is a veritable masterwork of hyper-masculine butt-rockality, and "Heaven" was most probably the hard rock love-ballad theme song for approximately 76.75% of high school dances in 1989.
Lane had a troubled relationship with his band, leaving them three separate times, in 1993, 2004, and 2008. Outside of Warrant, he had continued writing and singing, releasing an album "Back Down to One" in 2003.
Tributes have been pouring in from fellow 80's rockers via Twitter:
Brett Michaels of Poison said: "We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss."
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue said: "I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP"
Slash of Guns and Roses said: "Just heard about Jani Lane. What a shame. RIP man."
RIP Jani. "Heaven isn't too far away," indeed.
Watch the videos for Warrant's "Heaven":
Watch the video for "She's My Cherry Pie":
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