Liberty n’Justice make Jani’s final track Sin available as band members pay tribute to “Vincent Van Gogh of hard rock”

Last word: Jani Lane

Supergroup Liberty n’Justice have released what they believe to be the last recording made by former Warrant singer Jani Lane before his death at the weekend.

Lane, 47, was found in a California hotel room with a bottle of vodka and prescription pills. Cause of death has not been confirmed although he’d been fighting alcoholism for many years.

Now the band, featuring former Alice Cooper guitarist Keri Kelli, King Kobra’s JK Northrup and Bill Leverty of Firehouse, have released a track called Sin featuring Lane’s vocals.

Liberty n’Justice say in a statement: “We are deeply sorry for the untimely passing of Jani. Like many stars, his light burned very brightly but too quickly.

“We have one of, if not the last, recordings he finished in the studio. Having witnessed an outpouring of emotion from the world’s music community regarding Jane’s death we feel obligated to his family, friends and fans to share one of his last artistic endeavours.”

Guitarist Leverty says: “The song’s lyrical content is very timely and shows Jani in an extremely vulnerable and honest light, where he bears his soul in an uncanny way.”

Northrup adds: “Sin wasn’t intended for release until 2012 but all involved felt the importance to get the song out. I know he’ll be smiling when it’s heard.”

Firehouse singer CJ Snare says he found it difficult seeing his friend struggle with alcoholism. “Jani was the Vincent Van Gogh of hair-band melodic hard rock – a brilliant artist wrestling with himself.”

Lane’s last media activity was an appearance on VH1′s That Metal Show, which was due for broadcast on October 1 but has been brought forward to August 27. Co-host Don Jamieson says: “I found him bright, interesting and an easy guy to root for. He seemed like he’d turned the corner on his personal problems – so I’m really bummed out.”

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