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June 24, 2014

VIDEOS: ‘Down Boys’ ready to rock Coushatta

KINDER, La. — Three bands which all made an impact on the world of music are joining together for a special show this Saturday.

Rock groups Dokken, Warrant and Firehouse will perform at The Pavilion at Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, La. Tickets are $30 for general admission seating at all Ticketmaster outlets for ages 16 and older. Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Warrant exploded on the U.S. music scene toward the end of the decade in the 1980s with its debut album, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich,” and captured the hearts of fans with MTV staples such as “Down Boys” and “Heaven.” The band’s sophomore album, “Cherry Pie,” cemented the group’s legacy and platinum status with the highly popular title track, and other hit singles like “I Saw Red” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Warrant’s most recent studio album, “Rockaholic,” was released in May 2011 and features the single “Home.” The bandmembers, which include original members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet and Joey Allen, along with vocalist Robert Mason who joined the band in 2009, continue to tour on a regular basis.

“We’re just five guys who love what we do,” said vocalist Robert Mason in a telephone interview. “It’s all about having fun. We are in our element and doing what we do best when we are on stage.”

Although it has been three full years since the band last released a new music, Mason said the band is not resting on its laurels and relying solely on nostalgia to get a paycheck.

“Our last album really exposed the band for who we are now and validated my position in the band,” Mason explained. “Our real fans have embraced the album and the songs. Some fans have complained about it because our sound has changed over the years, but who are they today? Who were they 20 years ago? Are they the same person? No. Nobody is. Everyone grows up, and so has Warrant.”

Mason said Warrant has been working on new material for its next CD and said modern technology has helped the band during the process.

“We put as much of the music together as we can while we are apart,” he added. “Thankfully the Internet makes that possible. Then we get together a few times and go over everything and work things out before we record. We are actually looking at studio and producer options now. The new record is loosely scheduled to be out next year.”

The current trends for bands has been to do acoustic tours and perform an album in its entirety for a tour. Mason is not so sure that will be in the cards for Warrant.

“We’ve never done a full acoustic tour. It’s cool for a couple of songs or maybe a show or two,” he said. “I’m not against it, but I love the sound of the electric guitars and to hear Steven (Sweet) pounding on the drums behind me.

“We change our set list around quite a bit from run to run,” he continued. “We do a “best of” every night we play. We have considered doing that with an album in its entirety, but its really hard for a band like because we have so many popular songs people want to hear.”

Warrant has nearly every weekend from now through September and there are no plans to halt the “Down Boys” touring machine anytime soon.

“I’ll never gripe about my job,” Mason said with a laugh. “I still love what I do and being on stage is what we live for. We’re just older and wiser now. Well, maybe not wiser, just older.”

Visit www.warrantrocks.com for more information on the band and tour dates.

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