Jani Lane
Singer-songwriter, musician
Jani Lane
Jani Lane, born John Kennedy Oswald, later changed to John Patrick Oswald, was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the hard rock band Warrant. From Hollywood, California, the band experienced success from 1989-1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. Lane left Warrant in 2004 and again in 2008 after a brief reunion.
Biography
Jani Lane's personal information overview.
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News
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Large home site for sale in Spring Valley area
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
An opportunity to own a double lot at 7627 Betty Jane Lane in Houston's Spring Branch area is available for $949,000.
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Janis Lane: Tea Party leader who says America would be better if women couldn't vote
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
'Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote. Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting,' Janis Lane, the leader of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, said,
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'Ex-Wives of Rock': Hello, Guilty Pleasure
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
As an ardent fan of fine programming such as "Rock of Love," "Rock of Love Bus" and "Married to Rock," I was more than a little excited about watching the first episode of the latest addition to the rock slut canon, "Ex-Wives of Rock." The show, as its name suggests, follows the lives of four former rock spouses: Athena Lee (ex of Scorpions drummer James Kottak, sister of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee); Sharise Neil (ex of Motley Crue singer Vince Neil); Bobbie Brown (ex of Warrant singer Jani Lane) and "Blue" (ex of Warrant bassist Jerry Dixon). Lost yet? Don't worry. Narrator Shannon Tweed walks viewers through a handy chart in the first episode, as well as plenty of nostalgic photos of the ladies in their smokin' hot '80s prime. (Watch out for some amazing '80s wedding photos with some of the biggest hair you'll ever see.) Back in the '80s, these four women were the shiz. They were blonde rock video goddesses who had their pick of the hair metal litter on the Sunset Strip. Now ...
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House Hunt: $699K Home for Sale on Towlston Road
Fairfax City Patch - almost 5 years
Real estate: The source of endless fascination at cocktail parties. A reason for otherwise normal neighbors to turn into peeping voyeurs as they check out the closets of their neighbor during an Open House. The cause for great angst, if a house is out of reach for a would-be buyer, or if it’s priced far below what a new owner just paid for a nearly identical house. To help keep you apprised of the local real estate market scene, Patch’s weekly House Hunt will highlight five houses that have come on the market in the past week, along with information about Open House schedules, if applicable. Okay, on to this week’s new listings: 10312 Towlston Rd, Fairfax, VA; $699,900; 5BR, 3.5BA; MLS: FC7818215 4028 Shaughnessy Ct, Fairfax; $479,000; 3BR, 4BA; MLS: fx7827762 4810 Christie Jane Lane, Fairfax; $859,999; 5BR, 4.5BA; MLS: fx7828086 11103 La Messa Dr, Fairfax; $419,000; 4BR, 2BA; MLS: fx7828943 10113 Blue Coat Dr, Fairfax; $534,888; 4BR, 3BA; MLS: fc7828252 (Realto ...
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One of the Final Jani Lane Interviews To Air This Weekend (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
On Friday One of the Final Jani Lane Interviews To Air This Weekend was a top story. Here is the recap: (superLOUD.net) Jani Lane will be featured on this Saturday's episode of That Metal Show at 11 pm EST on Vh1 Classic. The episode features Michael
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Jani Lane: the Sad Decline of a Hair-Metal Icon - Spin Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
The August 11 passing of former Warrant singer Jani Lane reads like just another rock and roll tragedy. Lane, 47, was found alone — with no money or ID, surrounded by booze and pills — at a
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Nobody Wants to Touch the Body - TMZ.com
Google News - over 5 years
When Jani Lane's body was discovered at an LA hotel earlier this month, no one at the scene wanted to go near him... even to check if he was still alive -- this according to the 911 call obtained by TMZ. According to the caller -- a lady at the front ... - -
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Jani Lane's Final Recording Release Postponed (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
On Thursday Jani Lane's Final Recording Release Postponed was a top story. Here is the recap: (Rock News Desk) Justin Murr of Liberty n'Justice has postponed the planned release of Jani Lane's final recording, and apologised to friends and fans of the
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Jani Lane Tribute Concert to Feature Great White, Quiet Riot - Ultimate Classic Rock
Google News - over 5 years
A tribute concert celebrating the life of former Warrant lead singer Jani Lane will take place in Hollywood, Calif. on Aug. 29 and feature Great White, Quiet Riot, LA Guns and “many other guest stars.' Lane, who wrote and sang all of Warrant's biggest ... - -
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One Of JANI LANE's Final Songs 'Sin' To Be Unveiled Soon - KNAC.com
Google News - over 5 years
By Tokemaster General, Contributor LIBERTY N' JUSTICE were scheduled to release one of the last recordings from late WARRANT singer JANI LANE this week. This single 'Sin', was originally scheduled for release in early 2012 as part of a double CD from
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Jani Lane 'Killed By Only Friend' - Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Google News - over 5 years
Ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane's body was found beside a bottle of vodka and prescription medication, California police have said – leading Sebastian Bach to reflect: "His only real friend killed him in the end." An autopsy on the 47-year-old was ... - -
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Jani Lane, Heavy-Metal Lead Singer, Dies at 47 - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Jani Lane, the flaxen-haired former lead singer for the heavy metal band Warrant who wrote its 1990 hit “Cherry Pie“ and other anthems, was found dead on Thursday in a hotel room near his home in Los Angeles. He was 47. ... - -
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Warrant's Jani Lane dies; Bert & Ernie officially not gay - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
RIP, JANI LANE: Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, has died in Los Angeles. He was 47. Officer Sara Faden says Lane's body was found Thursday in a Woodland Hills hotel. She had no immediate information on the cause or
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Former Mötley Crüe Singer to Join 'Rock'n'Roll Rat Pack' - Newswire Today (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
BIG); Jimi Jamison; Jani Lane (formerly WARRANT); John Payne (ASIA); Kelly Keagy (NIGHT RANGER); CJ Snare (FIREHOUSE); Steve Plunkett (AUTOGRAPH); Jeff Scott Soto (formerly JOURNEY); and Kip Winger (WINGER). The SCRAP METAL live summer rock concert
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The Rockstar Ramblings: Back in Rehab - Metal Underground
Google News - over 5 years
Jani Lane (ex-Warrant) is expecting to have new music out this fall. This new album has been a slow build up after hitting what may have been the lowest point of his career. Should he pull this off it would have to be considered one of the greatest
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Great White sighting at Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Jani Lane, Russell's friend and previous frontman of the band Warrant, filled in for him until Great White finished their 2010 summer tour. At the beginning of this year, Terry Ilous, singer for the band XYZ, stepped into the role of lead vocalist for
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Six athletes sign NLI's with Michigan Tech - UpperMichigansSource.com
Google News - over 5 years
Jani Lane was an Alaskan state champion in both track and field and Nordic skiing during his career at Service High School. He recently finished 11th in the 800-meter run at the US Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jani Lane
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 47
    A public memorial concert for Lane – with performances by fellow rockers Great White, Quiet Riot and L.A. Guns – was held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at the Key Club in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details A movie is in the works about the life of Jani Lane. With Warrant Solo With Saints of the Underground With Liberty N Justice Soundtracks Songwriting Other Work As Jani Lane
    On August 11, 2011, Lane was found dead of acute alcohol poisoning at a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California.
    More Details Hide Details The cause of death at autopsy was recorded as undetermined; he was 47 years old.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    Lane was married a third time in 2010 to Kimberly Nash, to whom he remained married at the time of his death in 2011 despite no marriage license ever being produced and claims they were separated for almost 10 months.
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    In summer 2010, Lane toured with Great White, filling in for singer Jack Russell, who was recuperating from surgery after suffering internal complications.
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  • 2008
    Age 44
    Keri Kelli and Lane wrote a song for Alice Cooper, titled, "The One That Got Away." It was recorded by Cooper on his 2008 record, Along Came a Spider.
    More Details Hide Details Lane also finished work on his side project, Saints of the Underground. This project also consists of Bobby Blotzer and Robbie Crane (both from Ratt), and Keri Kelli (from Alice Cooper). Their album, Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner was released on April 22, 2008 by Warrior Records and was mixed by legendary producer/engineer Andy Johns, who worked with such bands as The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and also featuring additional bass work by Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords). The band was originally called "Angel City Outlaws" when they posted their first two promo singles: "Bruised" and "Exit".
  • 2007
    Age 43
    Lane lent his vocals to numerous tribute CDs during the 2000s and in 2007 Lane released a solo cover album titled "Photograph", featuring a collection of his tribute contributions.
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  • 2006
    Age 42
    In 2006 with the reissue and US release of "Back Down to One" Lane attempted to restart his own version of Warrant.
    More Details Hide Details Although "Back Down to One" was credited as a solo release the singer assembled a new touring band for the album subsequently titled "JANI LANE'S WARRANT". Unfortunately, his first batch of solo shows, in Michigan, would be stopped by legal action from his former band mates objecting to the use of the Warrant band logo on his posters. Lane continued touring without the Warrant name and logo.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    In 2005, Lane became a fan favorite on the popular VH1 series Celebrity Fit Club 2.
    More Details Hide Details The rocker's alcohol problems were highlighted during the show, and many viewers were rooting for his recovery.
    Lane contributed vocals on the track "Bastille Day" and "2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx" for the Magna Carta 2005 Rush tribute album Subdivisions.
    More Details Hide Details Lane had success with the "VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped" discs where the acoustic version of "I Saw Red" was included on disc 1, a new acoustic swinging version of "Cherry Pie" featured on disc 2 and a new acoustic version of "Heaven" featured on disc 3.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 40
    In Fall 2004, Lane contributed the lead vocals for the first ever theme song to a novel, The Devil of Shakespeare, by author, Billy McCarthy, along with JY from Styx, Ron Flynt 20/20, Chip Z'Nuff of Enuff Z'Nuff.
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    In August 2004, Lane withdrew from the Bad Boys of Metal tour after only eight shows.
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  • 2003
    Age 39
    Lane's official debut solo album, Back Down to One, was released on June 17, 2003 through Z Records and (2006) in the US on Immortal/Sidewinder Records.
    More Details Hide Details It carried a "power pop" sound which was more closely aligned with the sound of Warrant than the unreleased Jabberwocky project. Shortly after the album's release Lane was admitted to a rehab center for alcohol and drug-related exhaustion.
  • 2002
    Age 38
    In 2002 Lane decided to postpone the "Jabberwocky" project and instead release a brand new project as his debut solo album.
    More Details Hide Details The "Jabberwocky" project remained unreleased.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    Between 1997 and 2000, demos of Lane's solo material began surfacing on the Internet, with some bids on eBay reaching an estimated $US100.00 per copy.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    Lane got married again in 1996 to actress Rowanne Brewer, a former Miss Maryland USA, and the two welcomed a daughter, Madison, the following year. They ended their marriage in 2005.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    In 1993 Jani Lane started working on his first solo project, titled "Jabberwocky," the album represented a significant musical departure from previous work but continued to be pushed back.
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    Lane left Warrant in March 1993 to pursue a solo career but returned to the band in September 1993, helping the band to secure a new record with Tom Lipsky of CMC International.
    More Details Hide Details The band then recorded Ultraphobic in 1995, Belly to Belly in 1996, Greatest & Latest in 1999 and a cover album Under the Influence in 2001. Due to personal and business disagreements, Lane left Warrant in 2004. In January 2008, the band's agent, The William Morris Agency issued a new photograph of the band with Lane prominently featured, confirming his return to the band. It was the first time that all original members had been in the band since 1993. The band's first show with all original members was in May 2008 in Nashville. Warrant then performed a series of shows during the summer of 2008, but by September 2008, Warrant and Lane agreed to move forward separately, due to "too much water under the bridge." Warrant and Lane both continued to perform Lane's compositions live and Lane continued to write for himself and other artists.
  • 1992
    Age 28
    Lane also co-wrote and performed with Warrant the song "The Power" in the 1992 movie Gladiator.
    More Details Hide Details The band also released their third album in 1992, the critically acclaimed Gold record Dog Eat Dog which peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200.
  • 1991
    Age 27
    During the shooting of Warrant's "Cherry Pie" video, Lane met model Bobbie Brown, who starred in the video, and they wed a couple of months later in July 1991. They were married for three years and had a daughter, Taylar, in 1992 before divorcing in 1993.
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  • 1990
    Age 26
    Lane also wrote another four Top 40 hit singles: "Cherry Pie," "I Saw Red," "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Blind Faith" for the second album, the double platinum Cherry Pie in 1990, which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200.
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  • 1989
    Age 25
    As lead vocalist with Warrant, Lane wrote all of the band's material including four Top 40 hit singles: "Down Boys", "Sometimes She Cries", "Big Talk" and the number 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Heaven" for Warrant's debut double platinum album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich in 1989, which peaked at number 10 on The Billboard 200.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 20
    Erik Turner, who had founded Warrant in July 1984, was impressed by Plain Jane's songwriting and vocal performance, and invited Lane and Sweet to jam with his band at Hollywood's db Sound in September 1986.
    More Details Hide Details After generating notoriety on the club circuit, Warrant began to attract the attention of record labels. Following an abortive deal with A&M records over a contribution to the soundtrack for the motion picture Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the band signed with Columbia Records. The Columbia deal came via the partnering of Warrant and manager Tom Hulet (known for working with The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Prince and others). Tom became Lane's mentor and friend until his death from cancer in 1993.
  • 1982
    Age 18
    He graduated from Field High School in 1982 with many options available to him in the immediate future, including football scholarships at Kent State and Ohio State, drama scholarships, etc.
    More Details Hide Details He was an Honor Roll and above-average, intelligent student from kindergarten through high school. He chose his passion much to the chagrin of his parents, who wanted him to continue his education. He idolized his father, and both parents were torn with Jani's decision. Although the rift remained for many years, his father was his biggest supporter and fan, often being the sounding board for his original music written before recorded. Shortly after graduating from high school, Lane joined the band Cyren, featuring vocalist Skip Hammonds, guitarist John Weakland, bassist Don Hoover (and later, Rusty Fohner), with Lane on drums. Many of Cyren's shows were opening for a popular local band called Risque'. When their bassist, Al Collins noticed the talented drummer/vocalist, he convinced Lane to form a new band that they would eventually call Dorian Gray. The new band also included Steven Chamberlin on drums and Dave Chamberlin on lead guitar. Dorian Gray was designed to bring Jani out from behind the drums to the frontman position and perform original material. Not long after putting the band together, Lane decided he wasn't ready to be the lead singer and moved to drums. They then hired Billy Denmead to sing lead vocals and play rhythm guitar. After only a few shows, Al Collins left the band. He wanted Jani to be the lead singer and when this didn't happen, they parted as friends but vowed to put a band together when Jani was ready to come out front.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 0
    Lane was born John Kennedy Oswald (later changed to John Patrick Oswald), on February 1, 1964 in Akron, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details The youngest of Eileen and Robert Oswald's five children, John grew up just east of Akron in Brimfield, along with his older brother (Eric) and 3 older sisters (Marcine, Michelle and Victoria). Eric was an accomplished guitarist and Lane himself learned to play drums, guitar and piano by ear at age 6 with his brother, Eric and sister, Vicky, guiding, teaching, and participating with him. Lane grew up listening to Cleveland rock station WMMS (100.7 FM, "The Buzzard"), and was introduced to all types of bands and music by his brother, Eric. With his sister Vicky's connections in the music scene with many bands and with his parents Bob and Eileen's aid, he quickly made a name for himself at a very young age. Lane played drums under the name "Mitch Dynamite" in clubs by age 11, again with the prompting of his sister and her boyfriend's band "Pokerface", he started his climb to bigger and better things. ("Mitch Dynamite" is listed as the drummer in the credits for Warrant's Latest and Greatest CD). Throughout the years, Lane would sometimes jump behind the kit to play with his band, and he had played the drums in various formats and gigs, always enjoying "jam sessions" at home and in public with his brother and sister as back-ups.This was an often occurrence during hometown visits "gigs" and with other various fellow professional musicians.
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