Jani Lane Dead: Warrant Plays Tribute To Former Rocker (Video)

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 14, 2011

Just days after Jani Lane died, the current members of the band Warrant paid tribute to the former frontman at a concert on Friday night in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The current group of members of the American glam band — Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, Joey Allen, and Robert Mason — dedicated the song Heaven to him That was the same song that helped put the band on the map in 1989 much thanks to the help of Lane.

“The guy was loved and he wrote some amazing songs,” current frontman Robert Mason said about Lane. “Truth be told, I love singing them, I’ve always said that. If we do this one, can we dedicate this entire show to his memory? Let’s all do this together…can we have cigarette lighters and cellphones, can we all bond together?”

On Friday, the autopsy of Lane came back inconclusive, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s office. His cause of death will be determined after the toxicology results come in, which could take up to two months to complete.

While an official cause of death hasn’t been determined, when he was found in his Comfort Inn hotel on Thursday, a half-empty bottle of vodka was found near him along with prescription medication. The death is being treated as an “accidental overdose or possible death from natural causes,” according to TMZ.

Obi Steinman, a good friend of Lane as well as his manager, told E! that he “lost his battle over alcohol.” He also noted Lane’s well-documented past with alcohol, including hitting two different parked cars within two years and being given a three-year probation for the incident as well as being jailed 120 days when he did it again in 2010.

Steinman also talked about his past, including looking at the good times. “He was one of the great rock-and-roll frontmen and singers of all time. His music helped shape the ‘80s,” Steinman said.

Shortly after the death of Lane, Warrant issued a joint statement expressing their sadness about his death. “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jani’s passing,” the statement read. “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.”


  • Christinamagee22

    R.I.P Jani Lane you will be missed

  • Heavymetal92

    Goodbye Jani Rest In Peace and God Bless

  • Me, take it or leave it

    I think that the remaining original line up should quit making $$$$ off of what Lane wrote. That was a slaughtered version, of what was once a beautiful song. In other words, SOUNDED LIKE SHIT. For whatever reason, Lane was no longer in the band, find your own sound. Jani Lane made Warrant. You don’t leave your brother behind.

    • MetalWarrior3085

      Dumbass, have you even heard the new album? They have their own sound as you put it with Robert Mason. They’re great with him as the singer. You can’t pass judgment on a band through a YouTube video. I’ve seen them 3 times with Mason and the man can really sing as I already knew from the other bands he’s been involved with. It’s very sad to see Jani pass. He was out of Warrant after a show in 2008 where he was intoxicated and butchered everything. It was his fault that the full reunion didn’t last! They were great in the shows before the final one with him. RIP Jani. Sad to see you go.

    • Don

      Just so U know, Jani STOLE “HEAVEN” from friends of mine,…..a band called “Attica” from Sacramento, Calif. Both bans were recording at Westwood One & the engineer let Jani hear it after Attica left the studio. They settled the suit quietly for about 5 million. Word has it, they weren’t the only ones!!!
      So in essence, Jani made Millions off what my friends wrote!!!

      • Alkatrino

        oh shut the hell up your lying man your friend werent good enough to make it that is why they still havent made any noise

      • Alkatrino

        oh shut the hell up your lying man your friend werent good enough to make it that is why they still havent made any noise

      • Amber Acula

        I don’t believe a fucking word of that. Jani was one of the best lyricists in the 80’s, even now. You’re retarded as hell. Let Jani rest in peace. Why are we arguing over what happened 20 years ago? Get the fuck over yourself.

      • JET

        Completely true. Everyone in the music scene in Sacramento and surrounding areas  from back in the day knows about it. Because we all heard the song way before we ever heard of Warrant.

      • Guest

        I heard the same thing from someone else.  The pre-Warrant PLAIN JANE demo featured the song “Heaven” (look on Youtube) so that band stole it from Attica?  Really?  Why isn’t this ANYWHERE ELSE on the net???

      • Mrs H

        Damn, I am from Sacramento and used to go to Attica shows, I did not know that.

    • Alkatrino

      dude your a hater just shut the hell up

    • Alkatrino

      dude your a hater just shut the hell up

    • anonymous

      I agree that the sound of Warrant WAS Jani Lane. Their replacement singer is not what I’d call a replacement. He’s OK but Lane’s voice was unique. At the same time, I have to have sympathy for the other Warrent band members. They gave Lane many chances to stay in the band or come back to the band but he could not stay SOBER. That’s the beginning & ending of this sad story & that is what killed him–years of substance abuse. He could have sought help & remained in treatment but chose not to. I feel very sad that Lane is no longer alive, but it was his path that he chose & not the other members of the band Warrant. I’m sure they grieve for what could have been as well.

    • DeanneChristine

      what created it was people like YOU.

      • DeanneChristine

        aww crap ..that posted in the wrong area..sorry.

  • Rchsydny2

    Why do people get all sad about someone who wanted to die. Mr. booze and pill hound met his doom and he created it himself. what’s sad is people thinking he was something special when he wasnt. he died a broke stupid drunk.!!!! like a bum on the streets!

    • DL_Rocker

      Thats a fuckin horrible thing to say man. That guys lived thru the good times and the bad. Either way he lived a life you and I could never imagine. Maybe it gets overwhelming knowing that you once entertained audiences of 25 to 50 thousand people and now yer playing to 500. Maybe the fact that the things he accomplished when he was 26 were the only things he was recognized for when he was 46. I’m not trying to make excuses for his behavior or trying to be an enabler by all means because every vice he had was his choice.
      Im just saying who knows what was going on in his mind all this time.

      What if you saved someone from a burning building a the papers did a big write-up on you and the news had a story about it, Everyone in the town recognizes you as a hero… But what if you never did anything worth writing about (in the public’s eyes) the rest of your life and yer sitting there twenty years later and the only thing that helps drown your sorrows is the latching on to the fact “u saved someones life once” and maybe a bottle of vodka and some sleeping pills to get you to bed every night.
      +

    • Avengingangel74

      You seem like a very angry person, who can’t show an ounce of respect to a man who is (like all of us) NOT only a sum of his mistakes. He wrote and performed some of the best songs in the 80’s. I hope that you have only ever done positive stuff in your life so you won’t be condemned in death as you have done to Jani Lane. Thumbs down, man!
      P.S. kindly stfu so the rest of us can mourn the loss.

    • MUZIKTCHR

      It is unfortunate that Jani like many other people in show biz became addicted to alchol and drugs. There are millions of people struggling with some sort of addiction or another and we all should try to support and help those struggling instead of condemning them all.

      A loss of life is a loss of life… and his daughters and family members are the ones who will suffer the loss the deepest.

      R.I.P. Jani and God Bless your family.

      Prayers also for the 31 Members of Seal Team 6 and Joint AF/Army Support Staff for their sacrifice for our country.

    • Christinahayward

      Your comments are disgusting. Addiction is a disease, and those struggling with it are simply human beings, flawed and beautiful like everyone else. Jami Lane had daughters and people who loved him, show some respect for the loss of a talented human life.

      • jace

        Cancer is a disease.Addiction is not.It is self inflicted.No one chooses to get cancer, and you cant just choose to be rid of cancer.Every addict can choose to not use .It took me 22 years of kidding myself that I was a “victim” of a “disease” before I realised that there was I cure.Its called abstinence .
        You choose to use , you can choose to not use,either way its still a choice YOU make.

    • Alkatrino

      you are a jerk man if i see you in the streets i would kick your teeth in you cocksucking hating porch monkey

      • Beaver

        Ok just to clarify. I grew up listening, going to all the big concerts of all the Hair Bands and owning their timeless hits on LP and cassette, long before CD’s and MP3’s, so I feel that I can comment on this and know what the hell I am talking about. What Robert Mason done was out of respect in this clip and very classy. I thought that he did a great job on this song in this clip!!! Jani would and is proud that his music is living on, so don’t just close your ears and ignore a good front man when you hear one just because it is not the one that you are familiar with or grew up with!!! Bands change but the feel of the music and what it means to you does not. Jani had a great voice and was a talented songwriter, so let Jani live in the lyrics!!! This music brings all kind of memories back to me just like it does for all of you. Lets just enjoy them!!! I will always have a peice of you with me because of your songs!! RIP Jani

    • Revans972

      What a horrible thing to say about an accomplished musician. Jani Lane was the real deal. I can still remember some of the sights, sounds, and smells that were around me when I heard Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the first time. The musicianship that Warrant had was at the next level compared to the other acts of the time; which is probably why they had so many hits. RIP Jani.

    • DeanneChristine

      what created it is people like you!

  • Violet Crush

    Jani will be missed, he was iconic to the 80’s. May he find peace in his new journey. Bless you Jani, you will be missed.

  • Msonyxjr

    he should NOT have been singing that song! he RUINED it! that’s Jani’s song & only JANI should sing it! there are many other ways they could have done a tribute for him!

    • Don

      That’s “Attica’s” song & only Attica should sing it!!! Just so U know, Jani STOLE “HEAVEN” from friends of mine,…..a band called “Attica” from Sacramento, Calif. Both bans were recording at Westwood One & the engineer let Jani hear it after Attica left the studio. They settled the suit quietly for about 5 million. Word has it, they weren’t the only ones!!!
      So in essence, Jani made Millions off what my friends wrote!!!

      • Thomps92

        Attica is a thrash band who consisted of past Nirvana drummer Aaron Burckhard aka “Boo Boo”, guitarist Jim Lingnau aka “Liggy”, and Gary Kohler aka “The Gimp”. Formed around 1988, they played mostly keggers and local Grays Harbor area shows, with a few shows in Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle. Their hits were “DHT, “Crack Attik”, “Crypt to Casket”, and “Chopping Onions”.The band broke up around 1991 due to members’ personal technical difficulties.

        • alkatrino

          cause they sucked that is why they broke up

    • DeanneChristine

      i totally agree with this with my whole heart. It was low class. They should have remembered him with their hearts.. in a better way..not some half baked cheap form tossed together real quick( for their own benefit most likely ). Jani Lane had his own demons like so many of us..he isnt a loser because he was dealing with pain and sadness and didnt know how to deal with it correctly ….he tried..and he was human… things happen..i wish they didnt happen like that :(  PS:  i cant imagine what it would be like to be an artist or anyone in the public eye of any means and having to deal with fake people, not knowing if relationships are true, having people make fun of you or lash out at you publically with stupid opinions one minute bc you messed up and then having everyone think youre great the next and back and forth… as if anyone is perfect.. xox Jani.. you ARE missed and loved by genuine people!

  • A fellow musician

    Seriously? Obvious troll is obvious. Just ignore the shit head and stop feeding him. The rest of us know the truth so what he said means nothing. The rock-n-roll lifestyle has claimed soooo many lives, (or nearly claimed some who were lucky enough to break free like Nikki Sixx). Addiction is tough and everyone has their demons to deal with. Sadly he wasn’t able to overcome his and appreciate the true artist he really was. He contributed good music that will always be remembered as part of the big machine that made the late 80’s rock scene what it was, and that’s a fact that nobody can deny whether you liked Warrant or not.

    From one musician to another, R.I.P. friend

  • Don

    Just so U know, Jani STOLE “HEAVEN” from friends of mine,…..a band called “Attica” from Sacramento, Calif. Both bands were recording at Westwood One & the engineer let Jani hear it after Attica left the studio. They settled the suit quietly for about 5 million. Word has it, they weren’t the only ones!!!
    So in essence, Jani made Millions off what my friends wrote!!!

    • Tony

      Elvis also recorded songs by other artists, and they often sounded better too. Awesome to hear the early demos and how hard Jani worked to improve his talent. There is no shame in using another mans material that otherwise would have been lost and forgotten. Imagine the music Elvis, Jani and others are making together while awaiting the resurrection.

  • Melanie

    Rest In Peace, Jani. Sure will be missed. glad I grew up listening to the 80’s.

  • Micwalt

    Hey, I dug Warrant as much as the next hair metal enthusiast, but the Attica story is true. I came up in the Sacramento music scene in the late ’80s-early ’90s. I heard an Attica demo a year or two before Warrant broke that had “Heaven” on it. When I heard Warrant’s album, I was like WTF???

  • Deannechristine

    i think this sucks .. for many reasons.