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White Lion was a band of the and early . Their manager, Mike Parente, also owned L’amour, a club in Brooklyn. Known for top 40 rock hits such as 1988’s “When the Children Cry” and 1989’s “Little Fighter”, the band was formed in New York City in 1983 by Danish-born vocalist Mike Tramp (born Michael Trempenau) and guitarist Vito Bratta, who wrote most of the band’s songs. The band’s other members were James Lomenzo (bass) and Greg D’Angelo (drums).

After moving from Denmark to New York in 1982, vocalist Mike Tramp (ex-Mabel and ex-Studs) met Brooklyn guitarist Vito Bratta (ex-Dreamer) and they decided to form a band. The two recruited drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson (formerly of Angel) and named the group ‘Lion’ before settling on ‘White Lion’. Local success caused talk of releasing an album.

White Lion was signed by Elektra records in 1983, and they recorded their debut album, Fight To Survive, shortly afterwards. However, Elektra was unhappy with the final recording, and, after refusing to release the album, the label terminated the group’s contract. This contributed to major turmoil in the group.

Both Capozzi and Robinson soon left the band. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D’Angelo, and Felix Robinson was replaced by bassist Dave Spitz (brother of Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz). Within a month of joining, however, Dave Spitz left to play bass with Black Sabbath and was replaced by James Lomenzo.


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  • agutainen4ad


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  • Alice_North

    amazing debut album :3

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DarrylShaffer76

    Pride ...awesome album

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • showmikhasan15

    Really an awesome band :)

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • deeparente

    Hi my name is diana PARENTE and i dont know who wrote this bio but you got a few thing wrong actually the band was managed by my UNCLE MICHAEL AND MY DAD GEORGE PARENTE... Just thought i should let you know..

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • VikyBls

    That's a real rock band

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • yrrejyopac


    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Lord_DeviL_

    .•*¨*•♫♪•<❤>_♪♫ॐ•_•ॐ♫♪+<❤>•♪♫•*¨*•.¸ ништяк

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    good playlist

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Infra_Red13

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • danielmedporp

    I mean, just listen to ''Leave Me Alone''! ahahahaha

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • danielmedporp

    Great band! I may be crazy, but sometimes Tramp's voice reminds me of Mustaine's hahaha

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    blue monday fantastic

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    V try Mane Attraction, it is my favorite White Lion album and I guess you'll dig it as well.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Antonionii

    new fan here, Pride is one of the greatest albums of the 80s. What LP should I try next ?

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    There are people who like speed metal and they also like Disney techno dance. Usually, they come from annual income of $100,000 U.S. Telling them to listen to "Radar Love" is a good idea because of how much they like to talk to the music community. I am trying to get this song firmly planted in metal history.

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • naturefirst

    yes Re- Kramer , Mane Attraction a pervect hard rock record

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • nodicenate

    Vito Bratta was amazing! That guy could make any band sound ten times better than they would without him.

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • meteliksiz3

    when the children cry <3

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • alfonzoloya

    Vito is the best!!

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
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