Video footage of L.A. KNIGHTS performing a cover version of the WARRANT hit “Heaven” this past Saturday, August 11 at a memorial show for late WARRANT singer Jani Lane at the Ripper Owens Tap House (owned by former JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim “Ripper” Owens) in Akron, Ohio can be seen below. The event, which also featured an appearance by CLEVELAND’S BREAKFAST CLUB, was hosted by comedian and metalhead Don Jamieson, who co-hosts VH1 Classic‘s heavy metal talk-show series “That Metal Show”.
CLEVELAND’S BREAKFAST CLUB features in its ranks Billy Morris, who played with Lane in WARRANT.
“I loved Jani,” Morris told The Plain Dealer. “He moved to Los Angeles to make it in music, but he never left his Ohio roots.”
He added, “You know, [Jani] was just as good of a songwriter as Kurt Cobain, but he got tagged with the whole hair-metal era that MTV and ‘Beavis And Butthead’ poked fun at, and it really bummed him out.”
Lane suffered from “acute ethanol poisoning” when he died at a Comfort Inn motel room in Woodland Hills, California.
The singer had battled alcoholism for years and also had a history of alcohol-related arrests.
“It’s sad. He always battled this demon, and it took its toll on him,” said Morris. “He was a regular guy who loved the Browns and playing music.”
Lane originally left WARRANT in March 1993 but rejoined the band in September 1994. The group went on to record the “Ultraphobic” (1995), “Belly To Belly” (1996) and “Greatest Latest” (1999) albums and issued and collection of covers, “Under The Influence”, in 2001. Jani quit WARRANT again in 2004 before reuniting with the group four years later.
Lane released a solo album, “Back Down to One”, in 2003, but shortly after was admitted to a rehab center for alcohol and drug-related exhaustion. He also appeared on VH1‘s reality series “Celebrity Fit Club”.
Jani is survived by his wife, Kimberly; a brother, Eric; three sisters, Marcine Williams, Michelle Robinson and Victoria Oswald; a daughter from his first marriage, Taylar Lane; a daughter from his second marriage, Madison Lane; and two stepdaughters, Ryan and Brittany.