A message from Warrant guitarist Erik Turner, as sent to and reported by SleazeRoxx.com:
“It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with Warrant. From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original Warrant show to our fans and friends. We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.
We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason (LYNCH MOB), an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself…we don’t think you will be disappointed!”
Well, I can only assume this has to do with Jani’s forever ongoing battle with the bottle and his (drunken) performances at the reunion shows. I really had high hopes for a reunited Warrant. The St. James lineup did fine with Born Again, but Warrant without Jani just isn’t Warrant, IMO, and I think they could’ve delivered a kick@$$ album.
At least they have another singer lined up (Was Jamie St. James busy?) and I hope this means they are still on track for a new album. At this point though, I think it may be time to put the Warrant name to rest and for them to soldier on as a new band and not be tied to the nostalgia/hair metal label (which I think only works if Jani is singing).