Erik Turner, guitarist and founding member of Warrant, had a phone interview with SweetwaterNOW to talk about taking the main stage in Sweetwater County on Wednesday.
ROCK SPRINGS — Erik Turner, rhythm guitarist and founding member of Warrant, says that the craziest thing that’s ever happened to him on tour is the time his tour bus accidentally left him in the middle of Joplin, Missouri at 1 AM with no shoes.
“I had to bum a ride with a stranger to the airport and he took me through all these fields I was like ‘Man, are you sure this is the way?’ The driver was a Southern guy and was like, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not taking you out to some field somewhere,’” said Turner with a laugh.
“That was before cell phones.”
Turner has been on the road touring the nation and the globe for 30+ years with the glam rock band known for hits like Cherry Pie and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Warrant will take the main stage tonight at Wyoming’s Big Show at 8:30 PM.
Even though he’s been on the road so song, Turner said that he never gets sick of music.
“So many beautiful places on this earth and so many great rock’n roll fans out there.”
Warrant has been playing since 1984. The band first came into the national spotlight with their 2× platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.
One of its singles, Heaven, hit #1 in Rolling Stone and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The band followed up in the early 1990s with the 2× platinum album Cherry Pie, which included the hit album titled song and music video.
The band recorded a recent album in 2017, called Louder Harder Faster.
“It’s got that Warrant sound, melodic rock anthems with catchy hooks along with some hard rock rifts. There is one ballad on the record called You in my Life. It’s a little more blues-based rock. Kind of like what we all grew up on in the 70’s when we were teenagers,” said Turner.
The set usually includes their classics and some newer songs, including Turner’s favorite song to play – Uncle Tom’s Cabin. ”It’s very dynamic and it starts out real quiet and then it gets real heavy and loud and powerful. It’s got that contrast,” said Turner.
Turner said that playing is Wyoming is always a good time and invites everyone out to “Come party with Warrant.”