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White Lion

Of all the glam/pop-metal bands that crawled out of hair salons coast to coast during the mid- to late '80s, one of the more talented acts was New York's White Lion, led by singer Mike Tramp (originally from Denmark) and guitarist Vito Bratta. The group originally formed in 1983 and despite several bassists and drummers coming and going (including future Black Sabbath and Great White bass player Dave Spitz), the group managed to issue a debut, Fight to Survive, on the independent metal label Grand Slamm in 1984. With Tramp's pinup good looks and Bratta's Eddie Van Halen-esque six-string work, the group seemed destined for success (especially with such similarly styled outfits as Mötley Crüe and Ratt storming the charts), but it would be several years before their next album would appear. Finally finding the right rhythm section (bassist James LoMenzo and former Anthrax drummer Greg d'Angelo), White Lion inked a major-label recording contract with Atlantic, issuing Pride in 1987.

The album took a while to catch on, but when MTV latched onto the quartet's melodic rocker "Wait," the floodgates opened for the band and Pride raced up the charts. Landing prime tour opening slots with the likes of AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Ozzy Osbourne didn't hurt matters either and the group toured for the better part of 1988, resulting in Pride holding steady on the charts. But it was more than a year after the album's release that White Lion enjoyed their biggest success, with the gentle acoustic ballad "When the Children Cry," which would eventually push sales of Pride over the two million mark (in addition, Bratta was being recognized for his instrumental talents by racking up Best New Guitarist awards with several guitar-based magazines). But like numerous other young bands that enjoy big-time success early on in their career, White Lion felt the pressure to deliver once more on their follow-up recording, which they decided to write and record directly after coming off tour rather than taking time off to re-focus.

The decision would ultimately prove to be a detrimental one for White Lion, as proven by the lackluster chart performance of 1989's Big Game. Although the album spawned a pair of videos that racked up substantial MTV airplay (the Greenpeace tribute "Little Fighter" and a cover version of Golden Earring's classic rock standard "Radar Love"), Big Game stalled on the charts and quickly faded away after being certified gold shortly after release. Down but not out, White Lion regrouped for 1991's Mane Attraction, which saw the group slightly toughen up their sound on such tracks as the politically charged "Warsong." But with hair metal's audience quickly drying up (and such Seattle bands as Nirvana and Soundgarden waiting in the wings), the album fared even worse than its predecessor. To add insult to injury, both LoMenzo and d'Angelo left the band shortly thereafter, replaced with newcomers Tommy "T-Bone" Caradonna on bass and future Megadeth member Jimmy DeGrasso on drums. But before the new lineup could record, Tramp and Bratta came to the realization that their best days were behind them and quietly laid White Lion to rest.

After White Lion's split, both Lomenzo and D'Angelo reappeared in Pride & Glory, a Southern rock outfit headed by Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist, Zakk Wylde (although D'Angelo would exit the group before their self-titled 1994 release was recorded). Despite all the accolades he received for his playing, Bratta failed to resurface after the group's breakup. Meanwhile, Tramp released several hard rock albums with Freak of Nature and later issued a solo effort, Capricorn, before reforming White Lion in 1999. The band's lineup was markedly different, however, with Tramp serving as the only original member. A live album was issued in 2005, and White Lion presented its first batch of original material in seventeen years, Return of Pride, in 2008. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Big Game

1. Goin' Home Tonight

2. Dirty Woman

3. Little Fighter

4. Broken Home

5. Baby Be Mine

6. Living On The Edge

7. Let's Get Crazy

8. Don't Say It's Over

9. If My Mind Is Evil

10. Radar Love

11. Cry For Freedom

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Track List: Pride

1. Hungry

2. Lonely Nights

3. Don't Give Up

4. Sweet Little Loving

5. Lady Of The Valley

6. Wait

7. All You Need Is Rock N Roll

8. Tell Me

9. All Join Our Hands

10. When The Children Cry

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Track List: Fight To Survive

1. Broken Heart

2. Cherokee

3. Fight To Survive

4. Where Do We Run

5. In The City

6. All The Fallen Men

7. All Burn In Hell

8. Kid Of 1000 Faces

9. El Salvador

10. The Road To Valhalla

11. Hungry (Live)

12. Don't Give Up (Live)

13. Lonely Nights (Live)

14. Sweet Little Lovin' (Live)

15. Broken Heart (Live)

16. Fight To Survive (Live)

17. Tell Me (Live)

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Track List: Mane Attraction

1. Lights And Thunder

2. Broken Heart

3. Leave Me Alone

4. Love Don't Come Easy

5. You're All I Need

6. It's Over

7. Warsong

8. She's Got Everything

9. Til Ldeath Do Us Part

10. Out With The Boys

11. Blue Monday

12. Farewell To You

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I like this whole album how may people can say that they like every song on album mean it?
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metallicagur l 1 8
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Awesome band !!! ❤️
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I remember when Vito Bratta was being compared to Edward,& other legends -& when I saw White Lion open for AC/DC in '92 - He ripped it up - Sadly,A buddy in NYC said Vito is now working @ the family deli in Manhattan - Easy Come - Easy Go,I guess
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86 through 89 were my junior high and high school years.....su r e does take me back.
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The hair bands make me miss my Jr and Sr high school years terribly ❤️
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Awesome band !!! ❤️❤️
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cathyl198511 1 4
Tell Me...come on, tell me...
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cathyl198511 1 4
Wait wait, I never had a chance to love you....
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seanfillingi m
I saw them open for KISS in 86's Crazy Night's tour in P'cola Florida. It's a shame music sucks now
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❤❤❤❤❤
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Ahhhhh Vito my paisano where did you go we miss you dude
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"Tell me" is another great song from Pride. Love the Lion baby!!!
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Hey
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cathyl198511 1 4
I was your biggest fan...
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cathyl198511 1 4
I never had a chance to love you
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This on album really one my favorites.
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Baby Baby please be mine!
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Born in 77. I watch these guys on mtv, I was like 10 years old. Kick-a** guitarist!!!
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Michael Tramp and Vito Bratta!!! Awesome talent!!
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The soft side of Rock and Roll
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Vito was so under rated!
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r8erscamp
Yea....I had to sacrifice and throw myself upon this song to get to third base.....I'm ashamed of myself now.....
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Well, we all must admit..... the 80's had its share of LAME sh*t... and yes, this is some of it !!
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Badass guitarist ever!!!!!
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I always liked White Lion. Vito Bratta is an amazing guitarist.
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cathyl198511 1 4
Til death do us part, RD❤
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cathyl198511 1 4
Am I all you need??
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Just got to see Mike Tramp perform last week in Texas awesome experience of the evolution of his growth in music
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lpaulae
Hairband music was amazing, like disco got labeled.
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Awesome live version of Wait.
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Babygirl your all i need....stil l loving you
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Wait before you decide to walk away...
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Great band they deserve so much more credit. Love this song. Wait
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Sup april.agreed great song great cd.
And like my bud april says rock on!
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Wait,,, good song haven't heard much on Pandora from White Lion, they were a big part of the 80s. Great memories. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Mike Tramp is gorgeous!! He8 song
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Love this song!!!!!��
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Ohhhhhh!!
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Omg! Blast from the past...crank e d it loud and sang in shower, car, doing dishes...;)
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Hey Lesia, you can say 'great song' all you want, but nobody has any idea what song you're talking about and all you're doing is just adding to the rash of stupid posts.
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Great song ....
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I love White Lion, ballads make the world go around
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Love this song ....
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Love this song ...
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Love this song even makes me cry ..
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Pride is the best they ever maid!
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Does it matter why da f**k you left?!?!
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Agreed vikingsfan16 9 . . This was one of there better songs.
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