Jani Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald), former lead singer of the rock band Warrant, was found dead at a hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (August 11th, 2011) according to TMZ. He was 47 years old. Lane’s body was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, CA. So far, no official cause of death has been released. I met Jani Lane a few times, as my friend Mike Fasano was Warrant’s drummer for a number of years, and he never seemed like a very happy guy. It’s sad that someone with a lot of talent couldn’t get the help that he needed to overcome his problems. RIP Jani.
On This Date, August 11th In 1966: John Lennon apologized at a press conference in Chicago for his comment that “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus.” I love Jesus and everything, but if I could find a reasonably priced, high quality T-shirt that says “The Beatles: More Popular Than Jesus” on it, I would buy it in a heartbeat.