Jani Lane Dead: Ex-Warrant Singer Was 47

Jani Lane, who fronted the glossy rock band Warrant during the salad days of hair metal, was found dead in a motel room in Woodland Hills, Calif. Thursday evening of undetermined causes, police have confirmed. He was 47.

Details are scarce, but Lane was reportedly discovered at a Comfort Inn near Los Angeles. The death was first reported by TMZ.

Known for his golden boy looks and a voice that hearkened back to the 1970s era of arena rock wailers, Lane penned many of Warrant’s huge hits, including “Down Boys,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the band’s biggest charter, the 1989 ballad “Heaven.”

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Aerosmith announces 18 city U.S. tour

Aerosmith on Tuesday announced an 18 city U.S. tour starting in July in California after putting their differences behind them and warming up with seven dates in South America.

The Grammy-winning rock band, which spent much of last year in disarray after a public spat between frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, said they were bringing their “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour” to the U.S. after touring Europe in June for the first time in three years.

The band plays the last of seven South American dates in Costa Rica on Tuesday, and a previously announced Aug 14 date at professional baseball’s Fenway Park in their home town of Boston sold out in 23 minutes.

“I thought it was time to get my mojo back, by rockin’ South America and Europe with a little home run at Boston’s Fenway Park thrown in and then off to the rest of America to do what we do best! We’re gonna rock you into the middle of next week!,” Tyler said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Ronnie James Dio Remembered At Pearl Jam, Kiss Concerts

Kiss’ Paul Stanley cupped the microphone in his hand and stood in the middle of the stage, pointing toward the sky. “Let’s make sure he can hear us up there,” the guitarist said, leading thousands of fans in a chant during a Kiss concert in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday night.

“Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie! We love you and we miss you!”

It was one of many tributes paid to legendary heavy-metal singer Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday of stomach cancer. He was 67. A number of metal artists and their fans sent condolences to the former Black Sabbath singer. Widely regarded as one of the most recognizable voices in metal, Dio also performed with Rainbow, Elf and his own solo band.

“We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio,” Kiss bandmembers said in a statement. “In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him.”

Other groups, like Pearl Jam, let Dio’s music do the talking. About 45 minutes before their concert was to begin in Boston, house speakers blasted music spanning Dio’s career, and during a performance of Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” the band closed the song with riffs from Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” single.

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