Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m.
One of the biggest hard-rocking bands to come out of the 1980s Sunset Strip musical renaissance, WARRANT launched itself to superstardom on the strength of the band’s powerful, soulful ballads along with a series of driving, devil-may-care exuberant rock hits soaring with melody and catchy hooks.
WARRANT was founded in 1983 by Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon and just four years later they were joined by Jani Lane, Steven Sweet and Joey Allen. This infamous line-up would go on to rule the airwaves and MTV in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. Over the course of its career, WARRANT has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with the song “Cherry Pie” taking on a pop culture life of its own.
Landing in 1989 with all the subtlety of a meteorite, the Hollywood, CA-based band quickly rose through the ranks of the local Sunset Strip scene to multiplatinum-selling, chart-topping levels of success. The band first came into the national spotlight with its debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. This album produced the radio and MTV hits “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” and “Heaven”, which became truly inescapable. “Heaven” soared to gold sales and the album eventually sold over 3 million copies. The band toured the globe in support of the album, performing 262 shows and closed the year with a platinum selling home video release.
Sophomore album, Cherry Pie launched Warrant into the stratosphere. The album, which spawned the massive MTV & radio hits “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “I Saw Red”, went on to sell 3 million copies in the U.S. as well as achieving platinum success in Canada and Australia. The band hit the road hard again and played 200 shows, and ended up being one of the top-grossing tour acts of 1991.
WARRANT has always been successful in carrying the torch. In September 2008, Robert Mason replaced Jani Lane (R.I.P.) as lead vocalist, joining the other four original members. In 2011, this line up released Rockaholic on Frontiers Music srl. Produced by the Grammy award-winning Keith Olsen, it has met with critical and fan acclaim, landing in the Top 25 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.
In 2017, the band returned with Louder Harder Faster, which landed in the Top 20, Top 30, and Top 100 on the Billboard Independent, Current Rock, and Top Current Albums charts, respectively. This year, the band also recorded a cover of Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” which has been named the official song of the Professional Bull Riding Association.
WARRANT's style of music—catchy, yet melodic hard-rocking songs—remains the band's signature sound today. Never losing stride, WARRANT keeps rocking.
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