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    Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:27:32

    Warrant Guitarist Says Band Tried to Keep Jani Lane Sober - The singer died of alcohol poisoning in August

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    Warrant guitarist Erik Turner spoke about former singer Jani Lane's recent death from alcohol poisoning, saying the band tried, in vain, to keep the singer sober during their brief reunion in 2008.

    Lane led Warrant to the glam metal promised land as their frontman from 1986 through 2004 and during a brief reunion in 2008. He was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room in August and toxicology tests showed he suffered "acute ethanol poisoning." He battled a drinking problem for much of his adult life.

    Turner has revealed that the band did everything it could to help him during their 2008 comeback.

    Warrant even hired an addiction expert to help Lane during their tour and banned alcohol while they were on the road, but "it was so bad that the sober coach quit. He said there was nothing that he could do." Perhaps Lane had been on this collision course for quite some time, tragically so.

    Turner revealed to RockMusicStar.com that Lane's "old demons popped up again, and it made it impossible for us to function as a band. It was a huge disappointment because we were all very excited about the reunion… It was frustrating during that reunion time with Jani. We tried to be supportive; we would visit him in rehab as much as possible. The band paid for a sober coach to come on the road and try to keep Jani sober. We took all of the alcohol off of the tour rider. None of us were drinking…But he would just sneak off and disappear, and show up intoxicated later, or sometimes, he wouldn't even show up. And he would have a hard time performing in his state. It was very stressful and disappointing for the band."

    Lane and Turner did not speak much after 2008, but he was still crushed to hear of Lane's passing, saying, "It's very sad and disappointing. Anytime that someone has all of that talent, and everything to live for, and for whatever reason, I just don't know, he just couldn't stop. It's awful. It's horrible for his kids and his family. I hadn't spoken with him since 2008; we weren't close anymore. But it was still very hurtful to hear."

    R.I.P., Janie.

    What is your favorite Warrant song?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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