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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Former Warrant singer Jani Lane dead; Smashing Pumpkins to play 9:30 Club; Steve Reich changes controversial album cover; Juggalos gather this weekend


Former Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead in an L.A. hotel room. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
- Jani Lane, former lead singer of hair metal band Warrant, was found dead in a Los Angeles Comfort Inn on Thursday. He wrote hits such as “Cherry Pie” and “Heaven.”

- Billy Corgan is bringing the latest version of The Smashing Pumpkins to 9:30 Club on Oct. 17. It is one of 12 stops on a club tour in advance of the 2012 release of the band’s new album, “Oceania.”

- Composer Steve Reich and label Nonesuch Records have decided to change the cover art to his upcoming release, “WTC 9/11,” as performed by Kronos Quartet. The original cover featured a photo of the second plane about to hit the World Trade Center on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. “When the cover was being designed, I believed, as did all the staff at Nonesuch and the art director, that a piece of music with documentary material from an event would best be matched with a documentary photograph of that event ... To have this reaction to the music usurped by the album cover seemed completely wrong. Accordingly, the cover is being changed,” Reich said in a statement.

- The summer’s wildest music festival takes place this weekend in the middle-of-nowhere Illinois — the Gathering of the Juggalos. The Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Ice Cube, George Clinton, Busta Rhymes, Bobby Brown and Vanilla Ice are among the performers. And Charlie Sheen was just added as Sunday’s “host.” That should be fun.

- The International Songwriting Competition released its panel of judges for 2011 and it includes Tom Waits, Tori Amos, My Morning Jacket, Kelly Clarkson, Trombone Shorty, Robert Smith, Amadou & Mariam, Darryl McDaniels and many more.

Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Friday morning:

- Fleetwood Mac, “Sara”

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