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Leads exit two major rock bands

Two major hard rock bands have undergone significant personnel changes, each suffering the departure of their lead vocalist.

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and Warrant’s Jani Lane have both departed their platinum sales-level groups, each citing the traditional desire for a change of direction and solo career.

Both groups plan to continue with new singers. Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris said the group would seek a British singer to fill Dickinson’s slot, although some sources say the group is considering ex-Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna.

Dickinson said in a statement released by Iron Maiden label Capitol Records that he wanted to devote time to solo work, his writing career and family. He recorded 10 albums with Iron Maiden, including an upcoming release on Capitol, “A Real Live One.” Among the group’s most successful albums are “Number of The Beast” and “Powerslave.”

Dickinson will finish the remaining leg of Iron Maiden’s European tour, which runs through May 25, before beginning work on a second solo album, his third book and a film screenplay. Lane, who was the founder and chief lyricist of Warrant, is seeking a more mainstream career, according to sources. Warrant achieved double platinum on its first two Columbia releases (“Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” and “Cherry Pie”) before hitting a rut with “Dog Eat Dog.”

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