In January 1988 Warrant signed a contract with Columbia Records, and released their debut album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”.
The band’s second record, Cherry Pie, was released in March 1990, and spawned the hits “Cherry Pie”, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “I Saw Red”. It reached the Top Ten in the United States, and went on to sell 3 million copies.
In 1992, Warrant released “Dog Eat Dog”. The record, an attempt by the band to evolve in the face of changing musical trends, received critical acclaim but achieved only moderate commercial success.
After this, the band would begin a long string of member changes, including even singer Jani Lane leaving the band briefly.
He would then return to release “Ultraphobic” in 1995, and “Belly to Belly, Vol. 1” in 1998. These were released on a smaller label, as well as featured a new darker sound. Neither album would remotely come close to the success of the earlier albums. A live album, an album of re-recorded classic tracks, as well as an all-covers disc “Under the Influence” followed these.
Jani Lane would once again leave the band in 2004. Ironically, all the other original members would return to the band the same year. Black ‘N’ Blue singer Jaime St. James would take over as singer.
In 2006, Warrant released “Born Again”, the first album to not have Jani Lane on vocals.
On March 4, 2008, Warrant announced that Jani Lane had returned to the band. Lane toured with the band through 2008, but left the band again soon after.
On August 11, 2011, former Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, California. He was 47.
2) Warrant is an 80s Heavy / Speed Metal band from Germany.
Warrant is a German speed metal band that formed in 1983 in Düsseldorf. The band’s original line-up was Jörg Juraschek (vocals and bass), Thomas Klein (guitar) and Lothar Wieners (drums). Oliver May (guitar) followed shortly afterwards.
In early 1985, Warrant released the EP First Strike and the LP The Enforcer. They went on tour with Warlock later that year. The band soon split up, with Juraschek and May going on to form Punchline and Wieners forming Monroxe.
In 1999, the band (with Jörg and Oliver) briefly reunited and recorded two new songs. Both of Warrant’s albums were reissued on a single disc in 2000, with the new tracks included.
In 2010, First Strike and The Enforcer are being re-released with a new cover, layout and including some live recordings. They will also be performing several live shows with Necronomicon and a few festivals.
In August 2010 they signed a deal with PSR and are currently working on a new album, which is expected in 2011.
Edited by FreddyHalford on 25 Sep 2013, 23:43
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