It’s a sad day for fans of the glossy rock band Warrant, former lead singer Jani Lane who fronted the hair metal band during their heyday was found dead on Thursday in a Woodland Hills, California hotel room, he was just 47-years-old.
Lani was responsible for penning some of the bands biggest hits in the 70′s and 80′s, including their biggest hit “Heaven” which debuted as the breakout ballad of 1989. Lani also penned “Down Boys” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” both big hits for the group earlier in their careers.
Lani wasn’t without his fair share of controversy, the groups 1990 video Cherry Pie is still considered one of the most sexist music videos of all time.
Lani left Warrant in 2004 after years of suffering from various addictions, he resurfaced in 2005 for a season of VH1′s “Celebrity Fit Club” and after sobering up he rejoined the band in 2008, only to leave again a few months.
In the last several years Lani has been arrested twice on DUI charges and he served some time stemming from his arrests.
After leaving the band he attempted to launch a solo career and also sang on the 2010 song “Once Bitten Twice Shy” for the band Great White.
Jani Lani should be remembered for his career which spanned six studio albums, including two album which went double platinum; “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” which charted in 1989 and “Cherry Pie” in 1990.
After their big success in 1990 the band was never again able to gain the type of success they had witnessed in years prior.