In a brand-new interview with Glam-Metal.com, WARRANT guitarist Erik Turner was asked if there is any truth to the rumors that vocalist Jani Lane left the band because Erik and bassist Jerry Dixon were so persistent about getting original guitarist Joey Allen back into the group. "No, there's no truth to that," Erik replied. "What happened between Jani, Jerry and me was basically Jani was always making comments from day one in this band, like WARRANT is just a stepping stone for my solo career. And he's always talking about his solo thing and he's going out doing solo shows. I think that he's half-heartily been into WARRANT for a while. But, you would have to ask him. I just know that every time something goes wrong he's quick to say that he would just take the year off and work on his solo project. So, he's been talking about it for a long time, so good luck to him. We spent 17 years together, we had a lot of good times, a few bad times. I'm sure one day we will look back and hopefully everyone will think that this was for the best."
With regards to whether it's refreshing to be in a band now in which everyone is fully dedicated and focused (Lane has since been replaced by Jaime St. James of BLACK 'N BLUE fame), Turner said, "Oh yeah. Jani liked to be in control as much as possible. All the great singers are kind of high-maintenance. (Laughs) I don't know, I just like to think that. But, the new line-up is definitely fresh and everyone is excited and gung-ho about what we are doing. We want to sound and look the best that we can. We want to play the songs that the fans want to hear. Jani was always very reluctant, for whatever ever reasons to play certain songs that the fans were always asking us to play. So, we put together a set that's really fan friendly. We want to play the songs that people, which are paying to see us, want to hear. It's a lot of fun for us too. We were getting tried of playing the same set basically for the last seven to eight years. It's fun playing live, but after a while you get tried of playing the same songs over and over and over and never changing the set and making it fresh. Before we hardly rehearsed, I think that we properly rehearsed five times over the last five years. We would just show up and play. But, it's nice now, we are putting a lot of TLC into the songs and the set. Hopefully, it will show."
Erik Turner's interview with Glam-Metal.com can be read in its entirety at this location.