In a new interview with “Thorn Of Rock”, WARRANT mastermind Robert Mason discussed Jani Lane saying:
“It fell together very organically. When we saw each other, it was kind of one of those ‘aha’ moments. Like, ‘Oh! Hey.’ I hadn’t seen the guys in a couple of years. Lane and I had stayed in touch, off and on, through the years. But everybody kind of goes their separate ways and does their own thing.
“Lane was in a very dark place, and I honestly couldn’t reach him and neither could anybody else, to help him.
“And they quickly realized, once they all got back together in ’07 to do those original-lineup shows… ‘Cause the band had been through a couple of changes — people left and came back; that sort of thing — but when it was all five original guys, I had championed that cause, really, and I had talked to a couple of them, via either text message or phone, about it. And then I bumped into them at Rocklahoma in, I guess, July of ’08, and it was pretty clear to see that Jani wasn’t doing well on the road. And as talented a guy as he was, it was to his detriment and the band’s that he was doing those shows and just not really being able to keep it together. And I felt bad for everybody involved. And I know that they thought it was the smartest thing for his health to not be a touring member of WARRANT. And that’s a rough thing, man. That’s the elephant in the room. I’ve talked about it a lot in interviews.
“From the band’s perspective, I saw four out of five guys that were kind of down in the dumps but really wanted to make it work. And when we bumped into each other, we had that little epiphany moment, like, ‘Wow!’ And Joey Allen [guitar] came to me and he [said], ‘Hey, man, would you ever consider singing for us, or do you wanna at least talk about it?’ I think Joey and I talked about it first, as I remember. Like I said, when they had to make that decision, it was not an easy one.”