Reactivated '80s hard rockers WARRANT apparently played a less-than-stellar show last night (Saturday, July 5) at the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada, with one person who attended the concert describing vocalist Jani Lane's performance as "embarrassing" and "painful to watch."
The following are excerpts from two separate reviews of last night's gig:
Brad Kereszturi of Sleaze Roxx: "I could tell something was amiss before the show started when I noticed Jerry Dixon [bass], standing at the rear of the stage, looking bothered to be there. At one point I watched Jani walk up to him and Jerry shook his head and walked away. Steven Sweet [drums] was also there and wouldn't even look at Jani.
"Finally the music started with 'Down Boys'. The crowd was into it and the energy was intense. Then Jani came out. The vocals were out of pitch and about a half beat off the rest of the music. I thought, 'please, let there be some kind of delay in his ear monitors that's throwing him off.' Then I watched his right hand holding the microphone shaking badly. Shaking to the point I thought for sure he would drop it. Joey Allen [guitar] and Erik Turner [guitar] were trying to help Jani catch up by singing into his ear. This was painful to watch."
Mark Lewis of Rock Over America: "[Jani] was very obviously under the influence of something tonight, and I do not know if he even knew where he was performing. It tore me up to witness this, and I started to wonder what had happened to him to cause this. He was on 'Celebrity Fit Club' not too long ago and seemed to being doing really great, with all demons conquered. This was not the Jani Lane that I remember from the 'Cherry Pie' days. This was not the Jani Lane who recorded a new song a few years back called 'The Jones'. The was not the Jani Lane I was looking forward to see tonight. This is a side of Jani Lane that I never would have imagined I would see. As I sit here still shocked by what I witnessed tonight, I can only hope and pray that tonight is a wake-up call for him to deal with whatever has brought him to this point, so that he can once again regain his former glory as a great lead singer of a great band."
Watch low-quality, fan-filmed video footage of last night's concert: