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By Martin Popoff
With respect to the next Warrant record, Jerry says that "right now, Lane has probably about six or seven Warrant songs written, and we'd like to get into the studio in the fall, and hopefully have something out by Christmas. Jani just did a solo record he's wrapping up right now. So hopefully after this tour, and after he works his record a little bit, we'll get in and do something with Warrant. Right now we're between labels and I think Jani, he just went and did his on his own. I think he's going to mix and then go shop it. I haven't heard the record yet, but I know some of the songs he did, and they're just phenomenal. He demoed them before. But he lives in Ohio now and I live in L.A. so it's hard to just jump over there and listen to the tracks (laughs)."
And what about the style or direction to the next batch of Warrant material? "It's hard to say right now. It's weird, because we don't live in the same town. I think what we want to do is try split the difference between our first two records and our last record, try and find a happy medium where it's poppy, but with an Uncle Tom's Cabin vibe. So that's the goal, but whatever comes out, you never know (laughs)."
Are you looking at this as being viable, that this brand of sweet sound can come back?
"You know, I would love that to happen," reflects Dixon, "but the reality of that is probably slim to none, just because the vehicles that make you a huge band aren't there any more for this kind of music. MTV is not going to play Poison. They're not going to play Warrant. They may have a little spot in a half-hour show, at midnight (laughs). The reality of it is that it isn't going to happen. And you need that. You need radio and you need the big stations in the L.A. market and New York to play your stuff to get big and I just don't see that happening. On the other hand, we are fortunate to be where we're at. And it's all good; people still come out, we still make a living, and it is what it is. And we're fortunate to have that. And in a way, the pressure is off, which is a good thing. When you're behind that big machine... we enjoy what we do at this point and it's all cool. But if it did come around, it wouldn't hurt my feelings (laughs)."
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