Green Bay, Wisconsin radio station 94.3 Jack FM recently conducted an interview with WARRANT guitarist Erik Turner. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked if he ever gets tired of performing some of WARRANT‘s biggest hits, like “Cherry Pie” and “Heaven”, Erik said: “We always play it in a different place, [in front of] different people. If there’s a lot of people there having a good time and you’re having a couple of beers, it never, ever gets old watching people sing your songs and lyrics and scream and shout when you’re done playing that song [‘Cherry Pie’]. Now, that said, if we rehearsed a lot, it would not be fun to play those songs in the room by ourselves — no, absolutely not. But you put yourself in that atmosphere and you get a response to, say, ‘Down Boys’ or ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, ‘Sometimes She Cries’… we’ve got a bunch of songs… ‘I Saw Red’ and ‘Cherry Pie’ and stuff like that. So it never gets old, no.”
Original WARRANT singer Jani Lane famously told VH1 in a 2006 interview that he hated “Cherry Pie”, explaining that “had no intention of writing that song.” He later dismissed his comments, claiming that he was caught “on a bad day” while he was going through a divorce and his mother had just passed away.
WARRANT‘s latest album, “Louder Harder Faster”, was released last May via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc was recorded with producer Jeff Pilson, a veteran bassist who has played with DIO, FOREIGNER, DOKKEN and T&N, among others, and was mixed by Pat Regan except for the song “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”, which was mixed by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, PRONG, LAST IN LINE).
Last year, Turner told Love Is Pop that he understands why so many of WARRANT‘s peers don’t bother releasing new music anymore and focus mostly on playing old hits. “We do it [because] it’s a labor of love,” he said. “It’s a lot of work [and] pressure. But I think that it also depends on what your expectations are. If you have a band that’s always sold 500,000 records and nobody’s gonna buy that many anymore, so they think, why do it? But for our band, every half a decade or so, we get the itch to make a record. We know we’re not gonna have a platinum album on our hands. The odds of that happening are not good.”