Warrant’s Erik Turner was recently interviewed by Shaggy of the KPKY / KZKY Classic Rock 94.9 / 104.5 FM radio stations. where he talked about how the rock and roll backstage party scene was starting to fizzle out:
“Yeah, probably 15, 20 years ago, I would say. We look forward to the after-show meal and then getting back to the hotel. A lot of times we only have a few hours to sleep before we’ve gotta get up and catch a flight or run to an airport.
”But it’s not crazy like the old days, I can tell you that. We still like to have a little wine, maybe a little tequila, some good food, good camaraderie, but none of the craziness that we used to do in our 20s exist anymore. And I don’t think we would survive if we acted like that, quite honestly.”
The radio host said that today’s bands don’t use to party like in the 80s anymore, which Turner replied:
“I don’t know. I first noticed that a long time ago. I went to see some friends of ours. I won’t say the name of the band, but they were extremely popular in the early 2000s. And we went backstage, and then we went and hung out on the bus.
”And quite frankly, they were just drinking sodas, smoking a little weed, and playing video games. And they were in their early 20s at the time. And I’m just, like, ‘What’s going on?’ It was very different than the ’80s when we were rockin’ and rollin’. It was a decade of decadence.”