Mike Tramp Releases Christmas single - 2014: Australia & USA tourdates planned
Listen to snippets from the album Cobblestone Street: CLICK HERE.
November 27 2013
Mike Tramp plans 2014 USA tour.
Mike Tramp is currently planning his 2014 USA tour.
Some tourdates have already been added, more will follow.
Also there are two dates planned in Australia.
November 09 2013
Mike Tramp releases an Atypical Christmas song.
The year 2013 has been an eventful one for Mike Tramp, the former White Lion and Freak Of Nature frontman.
Since the release of his semi-acoustic solo album Cobblestone Street in April, Tramp has been touring constantly in Europe, Australia and in the States.
This year alone he has played over 100 shows.
To wrap up 2013 Tramp will be releasing the Christmas single The Way It Was Before, which is rather more serious than many other festive songs.
The Way It Was Before is actually a song that I have kept for many years.
The song would never have been written if it hadn't been for the events in New York City on September 11th 2001, although it doesn't mention what happened that day.
I experienced the tragedy from my home in Tasmania at the time and remember the emptiness and feeling of helplessness that I got.
New York City had meant everything to me. It was where I went to live out my dream and where my American history began.
New York City was the place that I had called my home for many, many years.
I even won a New York City Music Award as best rock singer.
September 11th changed everything.
Suddenly we all had to give up part of our freedom and learn to live with the chaos and the restrictions that came with it.
At Christmas time that year I sat with my guitar, and it was there that the song came to me.
A longing to return to the way that things used to be.
The Way It Was Before will be released in Europe via Target Records on November 11th.
October 27 2013
Mike Tramp is currently on tour in Denmark, Sweden and a show in Germany.
July 20 2013
The show on August 4th has been moved from Jammin Joes in Aravada to @ Cheers in Northglenn, CO.
A new show has been confirmed at The Peppertree in Idaho Falls on August 7th.
June 12 2013
Mike Tramp will be playing on the Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014.
Some Youtube live footage from the Europea tour has been added in the player below.
Mike will head out to the USA in July and August to finally give the fans there the chance to share his acoustic solo adventure with him.
So make shure you won't miss this.
CHECK THE TOURDATES..!
May 30 2013
The new Mike Tramp album "Cobblestone street" is now available in Americas favorite Record stores iTUNES, AMAZON amongst many others.
Also: Mike Tramp will tour across USA in July-August.
May 8 2013
A question for fellow fans:
Has anyone written down song lyrics from previous Mike Tramp albums?
If so, please drop me a line.
U can use the contact link on this site.
(Christa, Thanks for already sharing the Cobblestone Street lyrics.) Read it here
April 21 2013
New Danish tourdates for October and November announced.
April 20 2013
Mike Tramp Interview + Fansite Album Review
Mike Talks about White Lion, Cobblestone Street and future plans.
Also he plays some acoustic songs.
Check it out on this website: INTERVIEW + ALBUM REVIEW
March 24 2013
Mike Tramp announced several tourdates in the USA to support his new album release "Cobblestone Street" and to stay connected to the wonderfull fans out there!
Also several Turkish dates have been announced.
Check the tourdates section on this website
March 8 2013
USA release also:
Mike Tramp will release his new album "Cobblestone Street" in the USA on may 7, 2013.
March 8 2013
Feb 26 2013
Three Spanish Mike Tramp shows have been added to the tourdates.
Feb 24 2013
Mike Tramp will be supporting Beth Hart at 5 of her shows in France!
Feb 20 2013
All of Mike Tramp's and Freak Of Nature's backcatalogue is now available for digital dowmload.
It's availabe on Itunes, Spotify, Amazon, TDC, Wimp etc.
Australian fans can order the new album Cobblestone Street (out April 8) and other Tramp merchandice at Rock Lives Here.
All goods shipped from Australia!
Feb 14 2013
New cool Mike Tramp merchandice available at the official Mike Tramp webshop like two new T-shirt designs and a Tramp logo army cap.
Also the in April to be released album "Cobblestone Street" can be pre-ordered there.
Jan 23 2013
In April Mike Tramp will release the album he has always dreamed about
The new album Cobblestone Street is a departure from the sound that most people would expect from a singer, that has been around since White Lion crashed on to the Hard Rock scene in the 80s. Rock fans have gotten to know Mike Tramp as a legit rock singer and frontman that looked like he was born to be just that.
Therefore many might find it surprising that Tramps roots and musical upbringing, lie deeply buried in folk music. Heavily influenced by fellow Danish artists with acoustic guitars and international stars like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, Tramp says that all of his songs through 35 years on the music stage, have always come from sitting with the old faithful acoustic guitar playing and singing. That White Lion songs like When the Children Cry, Broken Heart and Wait, and Freak Of Nature's Rescue Me later have ended up as epic rock classics is just a question of arranging them in that way with the band in the rehearsal room, but all songs have always been fit to play around the campfire or in the back of a shady bar.
What seems like the most natural thing for an artist, can sometimes be the opposite for both fans and critics! Still Mike Tramp has full confidence in the fans that have followed and grown with him through the past 25 years and know that they will stand by his side and enjoy his new solo album, although they might be in for a big surprise from the former White Lion and Freak of Nature frontman.
Tramp says that he is so at home with the new album, and in lack of better words, its really like coming home after a long journey that has taken him around the world over the past 30 years.
"I am not lost, I am not confused, I am not taking a break. This is the album I have waited a long long time to record, because I didnt have the guts to do it earlier on. Still it's not just a matter of doing an album like this and then returning to the screaming Marshall amplifiers, thundering bass and drums like canons," Tramp says. "This is where I am, and this is where I am going to stay as a solo artist, and anytime the urge to play loud rock n roll awakes in me, it will be some kind of band project where I am just the singer and part of the package."
Last year Tramp traveled across Europe playing 40 shows, while driving and doing everything by himself.
"This is the most rewarding and fulfilling tour I have ever done, and that coincides with an album that represents all of that, and is just real completion to what I have worked so hard to accomplish."
Cobblestone Street was recorded over a week in Medley Studio, Copenhagen-Denmark in summer of 2012, with just Mike and his good friend engineer/Co-producer and multi-instrumentalist Soren Andersen.
"Some of the songs I wrote 20 years ago, and some songs just the week before I recorded them, but they are all a 100% representation of who Mike Tramp is."
Tramp says, he hadnt really planned to do an album, but one day called up Soren Andersen and said he had a lot of songs that he wanted to hear come out of the speakers.
"I showed up in the studio and Soren said, why don't you just sit down with the guitar and mic and recorded the songs the way you wrote them, kinda like your big hero Dylan did long time ago? At the end of the day we had recorded the first four songs, with Soren adding some keyboards and percussion. It was a wonderful feeling sitting there in the couch listening to the songs that were rough and naked, but at the same time so complete".
Tramp says he feels that Cobblestone Street, is like a movie, a movie about his own life in great details. Once it ends, you will know who Mike Tramp is.
Cobblestone Street will be released by Target Records on April 8th.
Jan 20 2013
Tourdates have confirmed in the following countries:
Keep checking for more updates!
Jan 18 2013
The title of Mike's forthcoming acoustic album is: "Cobblestone Street".
The album will be released on April 8th, 2013.
The songs on Cobblestone Street are:
2.Caught In The Storm
4.Ain't The Life I Asked For
6.We'll Be Alright
7.Angel Or Devil
8.Find It In Your Heart
9.What Are You Gonna Do
11.More To Life Than This (Bonus track)
12.'92 (Bonus Track)
Oct 16 2012
Mike Tramp - My Generation (coversong)
Sept 11 2012
Twenty-five years ago, White Lion released their breakthrough album, Pride.
The album, which featured two Top 10 hits, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard charts and sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. Pride became one of the most-heralded pop-metal albums of the 1980s with Vito Bratta s signature melodic guitar work and the heartfelt lyrics and vocals of Mike Tramp.
From his days in White Lion and Freak of Nature right up to his most recent project, Stand Your Ground with Mike Tramp and The Rock n Roll Circuz, the man who was the voice of a generation with hits like Wait, Tell Me and When The Children Cry continues to make great music.
But one thing you may not know about Tramp is that his musical roots lie heavily in folk. And this fall, Mike, accompanied only by his guitar, will celebrate those roots by embarking on a vagabond tour of Europe. Tramp will be crossing the land, performing hits from his catalog and, along the way, telling stories that get to the core of his songwriting.
I was fortunate to catch up with Tramp from his home in Denmark to discuss the milestone anniversary of Pride, his European tour, next album and why he thinks the music industry should be run more like a hardware store.
GUITAR WORLD: When someone mentions the Pride album, whats the first thing that comes to your mind?
To me, Pride represents the coming together of White Lion. It is the band at its core and the purity of the band. It is the only album where we are the true White Lion.
The Pride album everyone is familiar with was not the original version, though.
Yes. Back in 1986, shortly after the Fight To Survive album, we recorded a version of Pride over in Germany. But after coming back to America and giving it a listen, we were not satisfied. So Vito and I started re-writing and went to LA to record it again.
I wouldd like to ask you to discuss three songs from Pride. Just tell me what comes to mind. -Wait-.
There is almost no origin to that song. The story goes, Vito started playing the riff and the very first word out of my mouth was -Wait-. It is one of the simplest lyrics I have ever written, but it is also the perfect American FM song. Right up there with Journey, Foreigner and all those other classic songs. -Wait- was just one of those songs that worked really well in the studio and for the video.
-When The Children Cry-
Even though the words are simple, it has a very powerful lyric. Imagine being a kid from Copenhagen, Denmark, sitting there in Staten Island and writing, -No more Presidents, and all the wars will end- at the time when Ronald Reagan is the president. But it was how I felt at the time. That song began by just sitting around and playing. Then Vito changed it to the fingerpicking style. Even the way I play it now is different; it sounds new to me.
Another classic, radio-friendly song. Those three songs together are what made Pride such a strong package, and it just proves that the album is timeless. Those songs will live on forever.
Your most recent album with The Rock n Roll Circuz, Stand Your Ground, is another great record.
My sound is still very much Americanized, but there is no mystery to it: it is just rock and roll!
The chorus to the song -Straight From The Look in Your Eyes- is one of those ones that give me chills when listening to it.
I think years ago, that song would have been a massive hit in the States. But now, the music business is more of a bureaucracy. It is like trying to get an application through 50 offices. The reality is, the music business should be a little bit more like a Home Depot. When you come through the door, there is plumbing to the right and gardening to the far left and you separate those things. You can have different departments with different things in them. The problem is, when you start having one thing that comes in that completely replaces something else, that is when everything goes wrong.
Tell me a little about your upcoming record.
The new album was one of those things I actually had not planned. I had just gone into the studio with the guitar engineer from Stand Your Ground, and we would up recording an entire album. The songs are very much departed from what most people know me from. But to me, these are my roots. In White Lion, some of the songs came from the Vito world and others came from mine. I come from the Bob Dylan world. I grew up heavily influenced by folk music and that way of playing guitar.
I use high-gauge strings because I like to play big chords. I have never evolved out from that. I live in the first three frets. My songs all start from there. That is where I lay the foundation and the main guitar will then come in later and fill it out.
Do you have a release date for the new record?
Not yet. When the time is right, I will announce it.
You are also about to embark on a new tour.
Yes. I am going out and touring Europe completely solo. Just me and my acoustic guitar playing more White Lion and more Freak of Nature songs than I have ever done before. It is brought back to my world. But it is not going to be a guitar exhibition; it is a singer-songwriter show where I will be playing these songs a little differently and talking more about the essence of the core song. I like people to get deeper into the music.
Are you nervous at all about going out alone?
Not at all. I love the fact that I can do anything I want. It is just going to be me and a few acoustic guitars and it is actually where I feel the most at home. The further down on the ground I can get, the better.
July 31 2012
Mike Tramp Man & Guitar Tour update:
At this moment shows in the following countries already have been confirmed:
July 23 2012
Mike Tramp 2012 acoustic solo tour.
Check the tourdates section.
More dates will follow.
July 17 2012
Summer greetings everyone!
Well the new album is done, and I must tell you, I am both pleased and proud. It has been such a comfort to finally be able to make this album, the kind of album I have never done before, and I am so looking forward to hear what you all think about it when the time comes. At this moment I don't have a release date, and I know it will be awhile, but I'll let you know the second I have the official date. In the mean time, and also a first time. I am venturing out across Europe, all alone with just my guitar. I have never done this before, but again looking very much forward to bring all these old songs down to the purest and simple form, like they were when they were written. I hope to cover as many countries and cites as possible, and this journey will carry on into 2013, actually it might never stop, after all this is what I am. So there you have it, something new to chew on. And yes I will do my absolute best, to bring this vagabond show to both the USA and Australia.
All the best
June 05 2012
MESSAGE FROM MIKE TRAMP:
Hello to all of you.
First of all sorry that I don't write everyday, like so many others in my business do.
But I personally feel that my relationship with you, is about my music and not about my dirty laundry or what I do in my free time.
I do feel I have lot to say and express through my music and it is how I prefer to communicate to you all.
Therefore to get back to my opening statement, I don'...t feel it is interesting to tell you that I discovered some new vitamins or use red-earth clay from Africa as a night cream, and we can go on and on.
But I do want to tell you, before my trusted friends open their mouth ( and that's almost too late). That I am almost done with a New SOLO album.
An album I have had in me for over 20 years but never had the guts to do.
But now as my knees are starting to ache and my beard shows signs of grey, and while my heart at times are on the verge of breaking. This album is my salvation and I am very excited about it, and it feels like i've really come home in a sort of way, and I am very proud.
Now i don't have any info yet about when the album will be released or how. And when I say how, I mean that it might end up being a special limited kind of thing. And that is because, besides writing these songs as an extension of my soul.
These songs are also for you.
You who have followed me and stood by me for decades, no matter the haircut, no matter the band.
So now you know it from me, the only one who should give you that kind of info.
April 25 2012
Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz wil do a three day tour starting tomorrow.
Check the tourdates for more details.
March 19 2012
In the new AOR Classic Rock Magzine (Issue 6) there's an big article with Mike Tramp.
You can buy the AOR issue here.
March 15 2012
On March 14 2012 Colton Dixon performed White Lion's song "Broken Heart" on American Idol.
It was the first song Mike and Vito wrote together back in 1983 and they are both very proud to see the song performed on American Idol.
If you want to hear Colton's studio version of the song you can use this link.
February 28 2012
Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz will rock Sweden and Denmark in April.
Check the tourdates section on this website for more details about this gig.
November 19 2011
ALL SPANISH SHOWS CANCELLED
It is with much regret that the band has to inform you that they are forced to cancel the Spanish dates.
Mike has been suffering from a lung infection since the Turkish tour started
He is now unable to both travel or sing and have completely lost his voice with much concern to the band.
He will not recover in time for the Spanish shows and is still stuck in Turkey.
As of this moment It is unshure when or if any re-scheduling will happen.
November 16 2011
LAZYROCKER.COM has posted a great review from the show in Holland:
Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz sadly had to announce that two shows in Turkey have been cancelled.
The Shows in Izmir and in Antalya will sadly not take place.
I advice fans who don't want to miss them to quickly buy tickets for one of the other Turkisch shows.
October 13 2011
Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz have kicked off the Stand Your Ground tour!
Some youtube live footage can already be watched in the videos section on this website (thanks to F.Klement).
October 07 2011
Venue details of 4 Turkish gigs are confirmed.
Also the show in London on Okt. 13th has been moved from The Underworld til The Purple Turtle Camden.
Check the tourdates section on this website for details
September 30 2011
SHOW JEVENAKER NORWAY POSTPONED
The show in Jevenaker, Norway on Oct. 7th has been postponed.
No new date has been set yet.
As soon as i know i will post an update
September 22 2011
New venue found for November the 3rd:
Mike Tramp & The Rock N Roll Circuz managed to find a gig for November the 3rd thanks to White Lion II keyboard player and our good friend Henning Wanner.
The show will be at Die Boerse in Wuppertal.
Besides Mike Tramp & The Rock 'n' Roll Circuz and Crimes of Passion, Henning's band Earthmover will also be playing.
This is a rescue gig, after the band got left out in the cold by Ballroom in Osnabruck and already sit with Flight tickets and so much more.
Mike Tramp & The Rock N Roll Circuz (& support acts) really appreciates it if you could support this gig and they will try to make an extra special music night out of this.
September 16 2011
THE MIKE TRAMP MOBILE FANSITE:
Times are changing!
More and more people are using smartphones worldwide.
So from today on you can visit THE MIKE TRAMP MOBILE FANSITE on your smartphone.
Add the following url to your favourite smartphone websites: http://miketramp.webs.com/
September 15 2011
The show in Osnabruck, Germany on November the 3rd has been cancelled.
The venue is closing the doors.
The band is looking for a new show on the same date and area, we'll update with news when available.
August 15 2011
Also check the site on Myspace and Hyves.
Check it here: Myspace Hyves
August 14 2011
Melodicrock.com has reviewed Stand Your Ground and
rates the album with 92 out of 100 points: CHECK THE REVIEW HERE!
July 30 2011
Mike Tramp will Rock Italy too.
Two shows have been added
July 06 2011
THE PARIS SHOW NOV 5TH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
June 19 2011
A new Danish concert has been added to the Mike Tramp European Tour.
For shows click here.
More gigs still to be announced so keep checking for updates
June 02 2011
Mike Tramp 2011 European tourdates:
Mike Tramp & The Rock N Roll Circuz will be on tour in Europe this fall.
For shows click here.
More gigs still to be announced so keep checking for updates
May 30 2011
www.melodic.net placed our Stand Your Ground album review on their website too.
May 10 2011
I added an amazon "Stand Your Ground" playlist link in the "album review" and in the "albums" sections of the site
There you can listen to "Stand Your Ground" song snippets while reading the review and buy official mp3's or the complete album Mike Tramp & The Rock N Roll Circuz - Stand your Ground.
Ps: I would though suggest you buy the whole album so you can enjoy the nice cd artwork & booklet too.
May 3 2011
MIKE TRAMP & THE ROCK N ROLL CIRCUZ guitarist SOREN ANDERSEN (Glenn Hughes, Oliver Weers, Artillery) will release his debut full-length solo album, CONSTANT REPLAY on Target records in June.
April 28 2011
The Mike Tramp Fansite now has a cool music playlist.
This way you don't have to wait untill you are at home or in the car.
Now you can listen to a lot of Mike Tramp songs online while you are behind your Desktop at work.
Have you ever listened to Mike Tramp - Born to Run (Bruce Springteen cover) before?
April 06 2011
Mike Tramp did an interview for the greek website Heavy Paradise.
He answers questions about his solo stuff, The Rock 'n' Roll Circuz,
White Lion, Freak Of Nature etc. Read the interview.
March 28 2011
Mike Tramp & The Rock N Roll Circuz new album: Stand Your Ground
February 3 2011
Here is a video teaser from the new album "Stand Your Ground" first single
The album will be released on Target Records on March 28th. The first single "Distance" will be on iTunes on February 7th.
February 2 2011
"Hymn To Ronnie" The Tribute song for Ronnie James Dio which sadly past away last year will be a bonus track on the Danish version of Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz" upcoming album Stand Your Ground.
Go to www.reverbnation.com/miketramp to listen to "Hymn to Ronnie"
January 30 2011
MIKE TRAMP & THE ROCK 'N' ROLL CIRCUZ
NEW ALBUM: "STAND YOUR GROUND"
The release date for the upcoming Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz album "Stand Your Ground" has been set for march 28 2011.
Mike Tramp wrote all the songs and the album was recorded almost live in Medley Studios in Copenhagen with Soren Andersen and Mike Tramp as producers.
Mike Quotes that "Stand your Ground" is a much more powerful album than the previous one, without getting away from what the band stands for.
The album was mixed by Jacob Hansen (known for his work with Volbeat, The Storm, Surfact and others).
The cover artwork was made by Karsten Sand (he has worked with Volbeat on their album covers).
Stand Your Ground tracklist:
01. Don't Let Them Put It On You
02. Alright By Me
04. Gotta Get Away
05. Straight From The Look In My Eyes
06. Got Me Crazy
07. Wish You Well
08. World Is Changing
09. Prettiest Thing
10. Say What You Will
11. The Soldier Never Started A War
Labels releasing "Stand Your Ground" include:
Rest of Europe, Japan, Australia: Edel/EarMusic
USA, Canada (Different release date April 19): Cleopatra.
There will be a "Stand Your Ground" CD-release party/concert at The Rock - Copenhagen Denmark on March 24th.
(this was previously set om March 25th).
January 20 2011
A photo gallery has been added to the website.
If you have good quality pictures of Mike Tramp, freak of Nature, White Lion or mabel, please use the contact link on this website and i will try to get back to you asap.!
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Music - Biography
Mike Tramp (born: Michael Trempenau January 14, 1961) grew up in Vesterbro - Denmark.
Still in his youth Mike Tramp loved to play soccer and discovered Hardrock.
Mike Tramp joined the band Mabel with whom he later represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978 with the song Boom Boom.
Mabel continued in Spain where the band was very popular as a rockband. They even played a support act for Van Halen.
Mike Tramp packed his bags and went to New York in 1983 With mabel but the band slowly fell apart.
Vocalist Mike Tramp met guitarplayer Vito Bratta (ex-Dreamer) and decided to form a band. They recruited drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson (formerly of Angel) and named their band White Lion.
White Lion was signed by Elektra Records in 1984 and records their debut album Fight to Survive. However, Elektra was unhappy with the final recording, and after refusing to release the album they terminated the contract.
Soon after that there is some bad news. Both Capozzi and Robinson decide to leave White Lion . But sometimes bad news is in fact good news beacause soon the new bandmembers are being presented: 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 there again is news about the bandmembers, Dave Spitz left to play bass with Black Sabbath and was replaced by James Lomenzo The steady band line up has finally be found. White Lion is born.
White Lion records Fight to Survive all over with the new bandmembers . After that the news came that the band is picked up by RCA for a release in Japan in 1984. The small US independent label Grand Slamm records finally releases Fight To Survive in the US on November 9, 1985. White Lion released one single from this album: Broken Heart .
Early in 1987 there is even better news , White Lion signs with Atlantic Records (which ironically is a sister label to Elektra) which on June 21, 1987, releases their breakthrough album Pride . All songs on this album were written by Mike Tramp and Vito Bratta . The first single, Wait was released on June 1, 1987, but did not hit the charts for nearly seven months.
The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. The next year and a half was filled with being constantly on tour, White Lion was opening for bands like Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Stryper, KISS and in January 1988 White Lion hits the opening slot for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video American tour. While being on tour with AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally hits the charts, due in no small part to MTV airing the "Wait" music video in regular rotation - nearly seven months after the single's release. "Wait" hits #8 on the singles chart, while Pride hits #11 on the album charts. Pride would remain on the top 200 Billboard album charts for a full year.
In August 1988, White Lion releases the second hit single from the album entitled Tell Me , which hits at #58. Around the time this single was released, White Lion plays at the Ritz club in New York City. Like Guns N' Roses , Great White and a few others before them, the White Lion show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV.
The Pride album third single, a gentle acoustic ballad titled When the Children Cry , becomes the biggest of all White Lion hits at #3. with heavy MTV rotation, making Pride one of about 20 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits and to this day the most succesfull White Lion album.
The success of When the Children Cry would eventually push sales of Pride over the two million mark. In addition, guitarist Vito Bratta was recognized for his talents as a guitarplayer by racking up Best New Guitarist awards with both Guitar World magazine and Guitar For The Practicing Musician magazine and Mike Tramp was recognized in having one of the most unique voices in hardrock.
In the spring of 1989, the Pride tour finally ended, but rather than take a break, White Lion instead chose to record the next album, this under pressure of the record company. A decision the band later came to regret due to the effects of fatigue from heavy touring on the final product.
In August 1989, The news comes with the release of the third White Lion album Big Game , a musically eclectic follow-up to Pride that featured the singles Little Fighter , Cry for Freedom (A great song against violence, hunger and rascisme), and a cover of the Golden Earring song Radar Love . Big Game quickly went gold, but without a big hit single, slowly declined, with a peak of #19 on the album charts .
After two years of writing and recording, there is finally some news , White Lion releases its fourth album , Mane Attraction . During the recording sessions for this album , their record company allowed White Lion to make exactly the album they wanted to. As a result, the album is the most mature of all, but, not really picked up by the label for massive promotion. Mane Attraction finally charts at #61. This may also be due to the general hardrock public's shifting tastes towards grunge, which was up and coming at that time.
Terrible news stikes the bend when both Greg D Angelo and James Lomenzo decide to leave the band soon after the european tour, citing "musical differences". Mike Tramp and Vito Bratta carried on with White Lion , recruiting Tommy T-Bone Caradonna and Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth,Alice Cooper, Suicidal Tendencies, Y&T, Fiona).
This however was the swansong for Mike tramp & Vito bratta. After briefly doing a tour in the USA in support of Mane Attraction The Final news about White Lion hits all fans worldwide in the face: Mike Tramp and Vito Bratta decide to end White Lion , their last show being held in Boston at the Channel in September 1991.
The Mane Attraction USA tour was very poorly promoted in advance by the record company, while the European tour just before that was completely sold out.
Unlike most bands of their genre, White Lion recorded occasional songs that addressed social or political issues such as apartheid (Cry for Freedom) and the effect of divorce on children (Broken Home). The song Little Fighter was about the Rainbow Warrior, a ship owned by the environmental group Greenpeace that was illegally destroyed by operatives of the French intelligence service. This concern for political and social issues was also hinted at in the cover art to their album Big Game, which featured a lion's head hidden in tall grass with the White House in the background. These lyrics were mostly written by Mike tramp .
Mike Tramp went on to form Freak of Nature . Freak of Nature releases three albums, Freak of Nature , Gathering of Freaks , and Outcasts . Freak of Nature also fell apart because of differences within the band .
After Freak of Nature Mike Tramp went on as a solo artist. Tramp has released four studio albums and one live album so far; Capricorn , Recovering the Wasted Years , More To Life Than This , Songs I Left Behind and Mike Tramp & The Rock N Roll Circuz as studio albums, with Rock n' Roll Alive as his sole live album .
Today, Mike Tramp continues his solo career, making albums and being often on tour . Through his website www.miketramp.com , fans can find media from the Mike Tramp solo career, as well as White Lion & Freak of Nature .
James Lomenzo joined Zakk Wylde's band Pride & Glory. Pride & Glory released one album, then James Lomenzo left the band. He went on to record and tour with ex-Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth and toured with Zakk Wylde's band Black Label Society. In February 2006, James Lomenzo joined the legendary thrash band Megadeth on a permanent basis. Greg D Angelo was the drummer for the band AntiProduct in 2006. Greg D Angelo was also filling in on drums for Britny Fox on 2007 US/European tour since their drummer Johnny Dee was unable to tour.
Vito Bratta stayed briefly with Atlantic Records to help produce an album for CPR, and later tried to form a new music group that never panned out. Sadly, despite a very dedicated worldwide following of guitar aficionados, Vito Bratta was not seen or heard from publicly since 1994 until his interview by Eddie Trunk live on February 16, 2007.
In 1999 Mike Tramp with new musicians released Remembering White Lion also released as The Last Roar and Ultimate White Lion which featured new versions of some of the most classic songs White Lion ever made.
In 2005 Mike Tramp organized a group of talented musicians and named the act Tramp's White Lion. 'Tramp's White Lion' plays only White Lion songs, goes on tour and releases a double-live CD entitled Tramp's White Lion : Rockin' The USA. In November and December 2006, Tramp's White Lion played several dates in Europe including Sweden, Norway, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.
A White Lion Definitive Collection album was released in 2007. Summer of 2007 Tour featuring Tramp's White Lion opening up for Poison and Ratt was canceled after threatened legal action by Bratta caused them to be dropped by the promoter.
Mike decides to change the name back to White Lion and shortly after that White Lion plays at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Ok on July 13, 2007 with Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Y&T, amongs others...,. After this tramp & co also tour in the USA.
Mike Tramp pushed on with the new White Lion and releases a complete new studio album entitled Return of the Pride on March 14, 2008. This was followed up by a tour which took White Lion to grounds they'd never seen before such as South America. Also a White Lion live DVD was released on December 5th, 2008 entitled, " White Lion at Bang Your Head Festival 2005 ".
White Lion played in India and played to perphaps their biggest crowd after they reformed, at JN Stadium, Shillong, Meghalaya where 42,000 fans turned up to watch Mike Tramp play with White Lion. They also played to a 30,000 plus capacity crowd at the Dimapur stadium in Nagaland. White Lion was invited to India by the Current head of the Tripura Royal Family Maharaja Kirit Pradyot Deb Burman.
In 2009 Mike Tramp released a new solo Album with a new band around him under the name Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz.
Mike tramp decides to spend more time in Denmark and following the Danish release of the album with a tour with his band The Rock N Roll Circuz in his country.
summer 2010 Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz headed out on tour again doing many festivals and clubs in denmark.
Mike tramp quotes that he has not forgotten his international fans and will try to tour outside Denmark in the future too.
Summer 2010 Mike tramp also tells the world that recordings have been done already for a next year album release for Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz.
Mike Tramp & The Rock n Roll Circuz have just released their latest album on march 28 2011 entitled "Stand Your Ground".
Following the Stand Your Ground album Mike tours Europe with his band.
2012 was the time for Mike Tramp to try something new so a European tour completely solo with just an acoustic guitar around his shoulder began.
In 2012 Mike Tramp also started recording his new solo album "Cobblestone Street".
Cobblestone Street was April 2013 and is an acoustic driven album which departs from hardrock.
This album is much more singer songwriter Bob Dylan style and lyrically the most personal album Mike has done so far.
Mike has come to a point that he wants to connect with what he is doing very much and also with the fans that are loyal.
Mike Tramp is heading out on tour again all by himself, with no band to support him to bring the music naked and pure like they were originally written.
MIKE TRAMP ONE MAN ONE GUITAR....!
WILL BE CONTINUED...!
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