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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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