By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
If you live in the Western New York area, one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the summer is the Erie County Fair. This year, the Fair kicks off on Wednesday, August 10th, and
will be celebrated with one of the biggest concerts in the 100-year-plus history of the fair - "ROCKFEST 2016". This event will feature three of the most popular bands from 1980's hard rock/glam-metal era - Bret Michaels, WARRANT, and Lita Ford. Tickets are available for sale by clicking here.
The multi-platinum selling band, WARRANT- from Hollywood, CA- dominated the radio airwaves and rock music charts with such hits as,"Heaven," "Cherry Pie," and, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin," from
their first two releases, 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich'(1989) and, 'Cherry Pie' (1990). The band, which at the time, consisted of Erik Turner - guitar, Jerry Dixon- bass, Joey Allen- lead guitar and Steven Sweet- drums and vocalist, Jani Lane. Unfortunately, by the time WARRANT released their third record, 'Dog Eat Dog,' the music scene was drastically changing from the feel-good party rock of the 80s, to the depressing grunge music movement.
However, WARRANT battled this adversity, and continued on. While band members came and went through the 1990s and early 2000s, the original core of Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon remained committed. In 2008, the classsic line-up reunited, to the excitement of many hard rock fans. Unfortunately, vocalist Jani Lane's addiction to alcohol caused many problems. Reluctantly, the band had to ask him to leave only months after the reunion.
Lane's battles with substance abuse continued on, and ultimately lead to his death on August 11, 2011, at the age of 47.
After trial and error with Black 'n Blue vocalist Jamie St, James fronting the band, WARRANT eventually replaced Lane with vocalist, Robert Mason, who was a member of the band Lynch Mob, led by former Dokken guitarist, George Lynch during the early 1990s. With Mason, WARRANT released, 'Rockaholic,' in 2011. This release proved that the band could indeed carry on without Lane. 'Rockaholic' is a 14-track throwback to the style of music that made the band mega-stars during the 1980s.
Since then, WARRANT has played shows every year, rocking the masses anywhere they perform.
What follows is an exclusive interview with WARRANT's - Erik Turner. For full interview, Click here.