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White Lion was a hard rock/heavy metal music band of the 1980s and early 1990s. The band was formed in New York City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist Mike Tramp. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band.

Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo.

The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt.

In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find.

On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit.

The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour).

White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour.

While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart.

In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV.

White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits.

In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up.

As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made.

In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career.

Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. This statement was quickly denied by the other members.


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This statement was quickly denied by the other members. Today's skateboarders not only differ greatly from those only 10 years ago in terms of tricks and consistency, but also style, which is a very important aspect in the way skateboarders are marketed by skateboarding companies. Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. Throwing themselves down large stairs and handrails only ups the ante in the modern skateboarding world. In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career. All this from an object that was never designed to lock into grinds, flip in the air or do the tricks performed by today's skateboarders. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made. Many styles today are a mimic of Tom Penny, who is a pioneer and in the early 1990s was the first skater to catch his flip tricks in mid air.

As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. Recently his signature trick, the "900," was performed by an Italian skater named Georgio Zattoni and a Brazillian skater by the name of Sandro Dias. Also, Danny Way is considered by some to be the most innovative and daring skater, flying across the "DC Megaramps", and planning on jumping both the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up. In the vert world, some are surpassing the skills of Tony Hawk. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. Hawk has recently appeared in the MTV music video awards. In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. Examples include Tony Hawk (who has a series of video games in his name), Bob Burnquist, Rodney Mullen, Mike Vallely, Steve Caballero, Bam Margera and Josh Kalis (who has appeared in numerous television advertisements for DC Shoes).

The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. Very skillful skateboarders often become famous through sponsorship and endorsements. White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. The development of these complex tricks went from the street to the vertical tops of the half pipes (and other terrains). Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV. On the way the board can twist and flip, as can the rider, then to be united before hitting ground. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. No longer is the trick to fly from one place to another.

In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. The trick was reinvented by Rodney Mullen in the 80's, being transferred to the horizontal plane and used as a trick for freestyle skating (a style of skating popular in the 70's and 80's based on stationary maneuvers). Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart. It involves using your feet to press against the board in various complicated combinations, depending on the trick to be performed. While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. To ollie is to fly off the ground (flat or a wall) with the board, but without holding onto the board and then landing back on the board. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour. riding on only the front wheels (nose manual), spinning like an ice skater on the back wheels (a 360), high jumping over a bar, long jumping from one board to another (often over fearless teenagers lying on their backs), slalom, etc.) Around 1978 or so, street riding became transformed by the invention of the ollie or no hands aerial, the first modern skateboarding trick, by Alan "Ollie" Gelfand.

White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. Skating was originally basically two-dimensional tricks (e.g. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour). With the evolution of skateboard parks (or skateparks) and ramp riding, the skateboard began to change. The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. see: Skateboarding trick for detailed description of trick skating maneuvers. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit. The decks are still almost always maple plywood but interest in high technology materials has increased slightly after the cost of manufacturing them has dropped.

On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. In the early 1990's, the wheels were only marginally larger than the bearings they encased to make complicated flip tricks easier but that fad died in 1994 and wheels currently are around 50 to 58mm in diameter. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find. The wheel sizes are relatively small so that the boards will rotate more easily during flip tricks. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. The wheels have an extremely hard durometer so that they will slide better during grind and slide tricks. In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. The boards are all about 7.75" wide and 31.5" long.

A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt. The size and shape of the fourth and current generation of skateboards is dominated by one trick: the ollie. The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. The third skateboarding generation was killed by the global economical recession in the early 90's. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo. Manufacturers preferred maple plywood over more exotic composite materials almost exclusively. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. With vert skating being dominant decks were initially very wide with large and wide wheels, though as time progressed and skateparks became fewer in number, street skating was gaining popularity, causing a change in both deck shape and wheel size.

While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. The invention of the ollie made it possible for skaters to perform huge airs off vertical ramps. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. The focus was initially on halfpipe and vert ramp skateboarding. Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. The third skateboard generation, from early eighties to early nineties, was started by skateboard companies that actively promoted their sport. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band. In the end of 1980, skateboarding had died again.

The band was formed in New York City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist Mike Tramp. Many skateparks went out of business and the parks were torn down or bulldozed.
White Lion was a hard rock/heavy metal music band of the 1980s and early 1990s. This caused liability concerns and increased insurance costs to skatepark owners. For help, see How to Edit a Page and the Style and How-to Directory. Skateboarders, most notably the Z-Boys, started to skate the vertical walls of swimming pools that were left empty in the 1976 California drought. With increased control skateboarders could skate faster and perform more dangerous tricks. After the article has been cleaned up, you may remove this message. The skateboarders took advantage of the improved handling of their skateboards and started inventing new tricks.

This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of article quality. Manufacturers started to experiment with more exotic composites, like fiberglass and aluminium but the common skateboards were made of maple plywood. As the equipment became more maneuverable the decks started to get wider, reaching widths of 10 inches and over in the end, thus giving the skateboarder even more control. With the growing interest companies started to invest more in product development and many companies started to manufacture trucks especially designed for skateboarding. The improvement in traction and performance was so immense that popularity of skateboarding started to rise rapidly again.

In 1970 Frank Nasworthy started to develop a skateboard wheel made of urethane. Many skateboard manufacturers went out of business because of losing money on cancelled orders for the Christmas holiday season. This development caused the first skateboarding fad to die completely in the fall of 1965. This made skateboarding inherently a dangerous sport and after a few years many cities banned skateboarding because of liability concerns.

They had poor traction and would come to a dead stop when rolling over even small pebbles. These boards used wheels made of clay. The boards were from 6 to 7 inches wide. At the time there was a rapidly growing interest in skateboarding (sometimes referred to as sidewalk surfing) and soon many other similar products emerged.

Before this skateboards were home made pieces of wooden planks with roller skates attached to the bottom. The first commercial skateboard was the Roller Derby Skateboard that was introduced in 1959. Surfers are adapting skateboarding tricks into surfing, and the result is evolution in both sports. While surfing influenced skateboarding in it's early days, now the reverse is also true.

Skateboarding has its origins in surfing, and was originally called "sidewalk surfing". Improvements in skateboarding equipment have spurred advancement in skateboarding techniques and new techniques have required new equipment. The history of skateboarding goes hand in hand with the history of the skateboard. Skateboarding has been thought of by many as part of the extreme sports family, which also includes (but not restricted to) snowboarding, BMX, and surfing.

Like roller skating, skateboarding is often done for recreation and as a sport, but, more often than ice skating, it is a method of transportation. Someone who skateboards is a skater (or skateboarder or most fully skateboard rider), though the shortest term may also refer to someone ice skating or roller skating. Skateboarding is the act of rolling on or interacting with a skateboard. Danny Way.

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