The middle of a yearlong tour wasn't the most convenient time for a wedding between a rock star and a model, but as Warrant guitarist Erik Turner says, "Love has no time schedule."
Turner's band leader Jani Lane took time two weeks ago in Las Vegas to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend Bobbie Brown and the tour still rolls on, stopping at Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight with Firehouse and Trixter opening the show.
"They're going to wait until the whole thing is over for the honeymoon," said Turner, who is Warrant's lead guitarist. "Strange stuff happens on the road."
The band has been on the road almost non-stop since the spring of 1989 when their "Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich" made them just that with sales of more than $2 million and a pair of top-10 hits, "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries."
But it has been their follow-up, "Cherry Pie," released last fall and featuring "I Saw Red" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin," that has moved them into headlining status when other bands of the soft-metal genre have been struggling at the turnstiles.
"Bands are canceling tours all over the place so we're happy to be out here working," said Turner. "People said we were crazy for coming out but things have gone well so far. We're eating well."
The three-band "more bang for your buck" touring scheme, along with a semi-discounted price of $20, has helped the show sell more tickets, but Merriweather's spokeswoman Amanda Julian called sales for tonight's show "sluggish." The next metal package to roll through is the Ratt, L.A. Guns and Bang Tango show next Wednesday, and despite a $13.50 ticket, sales are poor.
Warrant won't slow down, ending this tour in early September and heading back into the studio in January for album number three with producer Michael Wagner (Skid Row, Extreme, White Lion) at the boards.
"We're not the kind of band that takes a year off from work to sit around and do nothing," Turner said. "We have 21 new songs written and we'll probably have about 30 by the time we get into the studio. We're excited about this material and we want to just keep the ball rolling."
The concert calendar:
Coming to the Arena, ZZ Top and Extreme (Sept. 14). Tickets are $22.50 and go on sale tomorrow morning at 9 through all Ticketron outlets.
Merriweather Post Pavilion also has Michael Bolton (Saturday), Tom Jones (Aug. 15) and Mel Torme and Cleo Laine (Aug. 16).
Pier Six Pavilion welcomes the World Beat Tour with Ladysmith Black Mambazo (tonight), John Hiatt and Richard Thompson (tomorrow), Sharon, Lois and Bram (Saturday), Al Jarreau (Sunday) and Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach (Wednesday).
Max's On Broadway hosts Lowen and Navarro and The Samples tonight), Dave Koz and Phil Perry (Aug. 15) and Koko Taylor (Aug. 22).