Jani Lane - 'Catch A Falling Star'


THE BAND:
Jani Lane - vocals
band members - listed below


TRACK LISTING:
1.) "I Want You To Want Me" (Ryan Roxie-guitar) - is a song by the American rock band Cheap Trick from their second album 'In Color', released in September 1977. It was the first single released from that album, but it did not chart in the United States.
2.) "Panama" (George Lynch-guitar, Tony Franklin-bass, Greg Bassonette - drums ) - is a song from Van Halen's album '1984'. It was the third single released from that record and is one of their most recognized songs.
3.) "Photograph" (Tracii Guns-guitar, Erik Turner-guitar, Jerry Dixon-bass, Randy Castello-drums) - is a song performed by English hard rock band Def Leppard and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. It is the lead single from the band's third studio album, 'Pyromania' (1983).
4.) "The Ocean" - (Tim Orrahood-guitar) is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, from their 1973 album 'Houses of the Holy'. "The Ocean" refers to the sea of fans seen from the stage at Led Zeppelin concerts, to whom this song was dedicated.
5.) "Doctor, Doctor" - (Billy Sherwood, Lou Molino)is a single by the British hard rock band UFO, written by the band's, at the time, new guitarist, Michael Schenker and original singer Phil Mogg. Released in 1974, it was extracted from the album 'Phenomenon', but it did not enter the UK Singles Chart.
6.) "Electric Eye" - (John Morris-guitar, Eric Cassidy )is a song by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, from their 1982 album 'Screaming for Vengeance', and released as a single later that year. It has become a staple at concerts, usually played as the first song.
7.) "Free For All" (Jake E. Lee-guitar, Chuck Garic-bass, Randy Castello-drums, Matt Thorne-add. bass) - 'Free-For-All' is the second solo release from American guitarist Ted Nugent and his first album to go platinum.
8.) "No Surprize" (Chris Holmes-guitar, Bob Kulick-bass, Bruce Boulet, Steven Riley) - Taken off of 'Night in the Ruts' it was the sixth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on November 1, 1979, by Columbia Records. Guitarist Joe Perry left the band midway through its recording.
9.) "Lay Your Hands On Me" (Erik Turner-guitar, Jerry Dixon-bass, DJ Asba-lead guitar, James Kottak-drums, Danny Wagner-keyboards) - "Lay Your Hands on Me" is a song written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and recorded by the American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released in August 1989 as the fourth single from the band's 1988 album 'New Jersey'.

 

"Jani Lane was a Great Songwriter and showman!
He has so many fans that miss him and his music lives on!
- Erik Turner of Warrant


    Jani Lane was born John Kennedy Oswald in Akron, Ohio on February 1, 1964. His name was a nod to former President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated the year before. His parents soon changed his middle name to Patrick.
Throughout the early years of his musical career, he played the drums.  Jani played drums for his first band called Cyren.  For several Cyren's shows they opened for a band called Risque'.  Risque's bassist Al Collins noticed the talented drummer/vocalist, he convinced Lane to form a new band that would eventually be call Dorian Gray.  Dorian Gray was designed to bring Jani out from behind the drums to the frontman position and perform original material.  After making a name for himself in Ohio, Jani relocated to Florida in 1983 with Dorian Gray. He eventually formed Plain Jane in FL with future Warrant bandmate Steven (Chamberlin) Sweet and longtime friend/bassist Al Collins.  It was at this time he adopted the stage name Jani Lane.  This was around 1983.  It was a round this time the band changed their name from Dorian Grey to Plain Jane.  A couple of years after adopting the stage name Jani Lane, he relocated from Florida to Los Angeles.
By 1985, Plain Jane had become a regular feature in the L.A. club circuit and opened many shows for a band called Warrant. Coincidentally, Plain Jane's bassist and guitarist left the band on the same day Warrant's singer and drummer quit. It seemed as though the stars were lining up to for the camps to merge into one monster of a rock band. Plain Jane's songwriting and vocal performance impressed Warrant's guitarist Erik Turner and he invited Lane and Sweet to jam with his band at Hollywood's db Sound in September 1986. Impressed Erik Turner, asked Jani and Steven to join Warrant. 
    After generating notoriety on the club circuit, Warrant began to attract the attention of record labels. Following an abortive deal with A&M records over a contribution to the soundtrack for the motion picture Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the band signed with Columbia Records. The Columbia deal came via the partnering of Warrant and manager Tom Hullet (known for working with The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and others). Tom became Lane's mentor and friend until his death from cancer in 1993.
    As lead vocalist with Warrant, Lane wrote all of the band's material including four Top 40 hit singles: "Down Boys", "Sometimes She Cries", "Big Talk" and the number 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Heaven" for Warrant's debut double platinum album 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich' in 1989, which peaked at number 10 on The Billboard 200.  Lane also wrote another four Top 40 hit singles: "Cherry Pie," "I Saw Red," "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Blind Faith" for the second album, the double platinum 'Cherry Pie' in 1990, which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200.  Lane also co-wrote and performed with Warrant the song "The Power" in the 1992 movie Gladiator. The band also released their third album in 1992, the critically acclaimed Gold record 'Dog Eat Dog' which peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200.
    Lane left Warrant in March 1993 to pursue a solo career but returned to the band in September 1993, helping the band to secure a new record with Tom Lipsky of CMC International. The band then recorded 'Ultraphobic' in 1995, 'Belly to Belly' in 1996, 'Greatest & Latest' in 1999 and a cover album 'Under the Influence' in 2001.
    Due to personal and business disagreements, Lane left Warrant in 2004. In January 2008, the band's agent, The William Morris Agency issued a new photograph of the band with Lane prominently featured, confirming his return to the band. It was the first time that all original members had been in the band since 1993. The band's first show with all original members was in May 2008 in Nashville. Warrant then performed a series of shows during the summer of 2008, but by September 2008, Warrant and Lane agreed to move forward separately, due to "too much water under the bridge." Warrant and Lane both continued to perform Lane's compositions live and Lane continued to write for himself and other artists.
    Jani's solo career is unrelated to this review except for the fact the song was recorded after Jani left Warrant.
    On August 11, 2011, Lane was found dead of acute alcohol poisoning at a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California.  The cause of death at autopsy was recorded as undetermined; he was 47 years old.
   A public memorial concert for Lane – with performances by fellow rockers Great White, Quiet Riot and L.A. Guns – was held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at the Key Club in Hollywood.


   From Jimi Hendrix who past on September 18, 1970 to Jani Lane on August 11, 2011 the world has lost too many great musician's to the demons of drugs and alcohol. 
   'Catch A Falling Star' is a set of nine songs Jani recorded after leaving Warrant for several different tribute CD's.  Of the nine tracks 'the Bon Jovi tribute "Lay Your Hands On Me" is the only one that features former Warrant members Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon.  Jani never lost his voice and sounds for the most part on this CD as great as he did while he was with Warrant. The downside to 'Catch A Falling Star' is if you have these tribute releases as I do then there really isn't much meat on the bone to buy the CD.  However if you do not own any of these tributes and you are a fan of Jani Lane's then this would be a great addition to your music collection.