The current lineup of WARRANT paid tribute to its former frontman, Jani Lane, last night (Friday, August 12) during the band's concert at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. WARANT singer Robert Mason eulogized Lane on stage by saying, "The guy was loved and he wrote some amazing songs. 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?"
Fan-filmed video footage of the "Heaven" song dedication can be seen below.
Guitarist Erik Turner who co-founded the band told earlier in the day on Friday, "We never thought that when the song 'Heaven' was written we would be playing it some day in the memory of Jani's untimely death." He added, "This is a very sad day for rock and roll.
"One of the great things about music is that it lives on forever."
Lane penned three Top 40 hit singles from WARRANT's debut album, "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" (1989): the smash hit "Heaven", "Down Boys" and "Sometimes She Cries". The band's follow-up record, "Cherry Pie" (1990) featured another trio of Billboard Hot 100 tracks: "I Saw Red", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the smash hit "Cherry Pie". Widely considered WARRANT's best-known release, VH1 named "Cherry Pie" the 56th best hard rock song of all time.
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