My good friend in Hollywood land, Los Angeles Daily News rock and sports writer Gerry Gittelson, has been a big supporter of Warrant since the group's early days on the Sunset Strip. Gittelson says he is thrilled singer Jani Lane has rejoined the band.
Gittelson hung out with the Down Boys on Wednesday in Los Angeles while the band was doing the Rockline radio show with legendary D.J.Bob Coburn.
"I haven't seen Warrant sounding this good and being this fired up since their first arena tour backing-up Motley Crue way back in 1990 or 1991," Gittelson reports. "It felt like we all fell into a time capsule. Everyone in the band looks great and is well-fit: Jani Lane, guitarists Erik Turner and Joey Allen, bassist Jerry Dixon and drummer Steven Sweet. Jani's voice sounded amazing. Listening to 'Heaven,' it sounded so believable it was like the band had wrote the song that afternoon!" Gittleson added.
Lucky Gerry is working on a Warrant feature for the Los Angeles Daily News and offers up a few quotes he jotted down.
From Jani: "I feel excellent. It was a little uncomfortable coming back after all this time, but once we had our first rehearsal a month or two ago, it just clicked. It was awesome. ... There was a part of me that thought this would never happen again, but I think we've all grown up. Eventually, we saw it was just a matter of time..."
From Erik Turner: "It's great to have all the guys together. This is the authentic Warrant. I used to dread going to rehearsal, but now I actually like going to rehearsal again. ... I started the band when I was 19 and I' m 44 now, so there are a lot of good memories and few blurry ones, too!"
Remember the 1991 Blood, Sweat and Beers tour? Yeah, I don't either, but it featured Warrant, Firehouse and Trixter. Thinking about the reunited Warrant led me to - where else? - YouTube to hunt down some of that concert footage. At the end of one of the shows, all the bands gathered on stage for a jam session to perform "Fight for Your Right" by the Beastie Boys (great tune)!
I believe this was shot in Lafayette, Indiana but I'm not sure. If you were in the crowd and saw this live - leave me a comment!
By the way...you can read Gerry's article in the coming weeks in both the print and online editions of the Los Angeles Daily News.