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Warrant, Firehouse, L.A. Guns perform Friday at Penn's Peak

  • Special to the TIMES NEWS Warrant is one of three rock bands which will be in concert Friday night at Penn's Peak. The music mayhem gets underway at 8 o'clock.
    Special to the TIMES NEWS Warrant is one of three rock bands which will be in concert Friday night at Penn's Peak. The music mayhem gets underway at 8 o'clock.
Published March 27. 2012 05:01PM

Friday night at Penn's Peak, the metal bands Warrant, Firehouse, and L.A. Guns will be joining for a triple-header concert.

The music mayhem gets underway at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $24 in advance and $29 at the door.

Warrant, which has had numerous songs on the Billboard charts in the 80s and 90s, will headline the show.

Steven Sweet, the original drummer of the band, assured all those hits will be done at the Penn's Peak show.

"It's all about playing songs the majority of the people know," Sweet said in a phone interview. "We try to please the majority of the people the majority of the time."

Sweet said the band did just release a video on I-tunes, entitle "Home." He said things have changed a lot since the band first toured, with the internet being utilized more. Back when Warrant had such hits as "Cherry Pie" and "Heaven," MTV and radio stations were more influential. Today, for bands like Warrant, the internet is a more informing medium.

"Traditional radio doesn't exist in such a large force anymore," Sweet said.

Sweet said a highlight of his career was the first time Warrant was told by its management that they were being played on MTV "and on heavy rotation."

He said Warrant videos are still seen sometimes on VH-1.

Four of the five members of Warrant are long-time members, said Sweet. "It's a rarity to have four out of five members be around as long as Warrant," he noted.

Robert Mason took over as lead vocalist for the late Jani Lane, who quit the band in 2008 and died on Aug. 11, 2011.

Sweet admits the band has slowed down with its tour schedule as members got older. "We all have families we like to be with," he said.

He noted that Warrant generally does weekend shows. For example, Friday night they'll be at Penn's Peak and then on Saturday, they have a concert in West Virginia before returning home to Los Angeles.

Asked what he'd be doing if Warrant hadn't met with musical success, Sweet said, "I'd still be trying." He said music is his first love.

"I grew up in a musical family," he said. "There was always music in the house: classical, folk, pop."

He said his biggest influences were Simon and Garfunkel ("Their harmonies were tutorial."), The Eagles, Journey, "and I was always a big Rush fan."

FireHouse released their first album, FireHouse, in 1990 and the success kept on coming.

The album featured their first two Top 10 hits which garnered FireHouse their first double platinum status in the U.S. and gold in Canada, Japan and Singapore.

One of their signature ballads, "Love of a Lifetime", is the number one wedding song.

L.A. Guns has weathered many member changes over the past fifteen plus years, but they were born again with their 2001 release, "Man in The Moon."

They began in 1988 and have not stopped touring and producing albums since. Part of the reason they feel born again was because Phil Lewis, the original frontman, returned to their lineup for Man in The Moon after a seven year absence.

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