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12th August 2011


Jani Lane, vocalist of 80s glamrockers Warrant, was found dead in an LA hotel last night.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced that Jani, 47, was pronounced dead at the Comfort Inn Hotel, LA, by the Fire Department, who responded to a call shortly before 5.30pm yesterday.

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Although no official cause of death has been pronounced yet, it is evident that 47-year-old Jani had a history of alcohol-related issues.

Jani was probably most famous for writing the glam classic, 'Cherry Pie'. The double entendre-filled video for the song, packed with a bevy of beauties, was an MTV favourite when it was released in 1990.

Jani was born John Kennedy Oswald on 1st February 1964 in Akron, Ohio, youngest of five children. Learning to play drums at the age of 4, he was bashing skins in clubs by the age of 11 under the name 'Mitch Dynomite'.

After vocal training, Jani (a reference to his German grandparents' pronunciation of his real name, 'Johnny') sang in various bands before being spotted by Warrant's Erik Turner, who asked him to join the band in 1986.

Many of Jani's peers have expressed their condolences via Twitter, including Slash, Tommy Lee, Steven Adler and Stephen Pearcy. Poison's Brett Michaels said:

"We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI."

And Nikki Sixx tweeted:

"I just heard the sad news about Jani Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP."

Warrant, meanwhile, are on the bill for this October's Firefest in Nottingham, with ex-Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason, who's been fronting the band since 2008 (pic below).




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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