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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. He is probably best known today as the performer of the theme song for Monday Night Football, based on All My Rowdy Friends, and also for recording the "unofficial theme song of Operation Desert Storm", Don't Give Us A Reason, whose most well-remembered lyrics were, "Hey Ol' Saddam you figured wrong, when you thought the whole world would back down/You can take your poison gas and stick it up your sassafras.". Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. By the end of the decade, however, the hits had dried up, with his last major success being There's a Tear in My Beer, a duet with his father created using electronic dubbing techniques. 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. He didn't reach the charts again until the late 1970s, with I Fought the Law (Bobby Fuller), Family Tradition and Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. During the 1980s, Williams became a country music superstar known for catchy anthems and hard-edged rock-influenced country. 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. Upon his recovery (which took two years), Williams worked with Waylon Jennings on The New South.

As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. In 1975, he was severely injured in a mountain-climbing accident in Montana. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up. Moving to Alabama, Williams began playing with Southern rock musicians like Toy Caldwell, Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. While recording a series of hit songs, Williams began abusing drugs including alcohol and eventually tried to commit suicide in 1974. In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. The song signalled a move to rock and roll and other influences as he stepped from the shadow of his father, and he became best known for hits like Family Tradition and Born to Boogie.

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. After recording the soundtrack to Your Cheatin' Heart, a biography of his father, Williams Jr hit the charts with one of his own compositions, Standing in the Shadows. White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. He began performing when eight years old, and in 1963 made his recording debut with Lone Gone Lonesome Blue, a staple of his father's career. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV. Born Randall Hank Williams in Shreveport, Louisiana and known by the nickname Bocephus, he was raised by his mother Audrey after his father's death in 1953. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. and father of Hank III and Holly Williams.

In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. Hank Williams, Jr. (born May 26, 1949) is a country singer, son of country music pioneer Hank Williams, Sr. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart. 2003 - I'm One of You. While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. 2002 - The Almeria Club Recordings. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour. 1999 - Stormy.

White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. 1996 - AKA Wham Bam Sam. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour). 1995 - Hog Wild. The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. 1994 - The Real Deal. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit. 1993 - Out of Left Field.

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. 1991 - Pure Hank. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find. 1991 - Maverick. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. 1990 - Lone Wolf. In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. 1988 - Wild Streak.

A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt. 1987 - Born to Boogie. The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. 1986 - Montana Cafe. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo. 1985 - Five-O. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. 1984 - Major Moves.

While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. 1983 - Strong Stuff. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. 1983 - Man of Steel. Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. 1982 - High Notes. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band. 1981 - The Pressure Is On.

The band was formed in New York City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist Mike Tramp. 1981 - Rowdy.
White Lion was a hard rock/heavy metal music band of the 1980s and early 1990s. 1980 - Habits Old and New. For help, see How to Edit a Page and the Style and How-to Directory. 1979 - Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. After the article has been cleaned up, you may remove this message. 1979 - Family Tradition.

This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of article quality. 1977 - The New South. 1977 - One Night Stands. and Friends. 1976 - Hank Williams, Jr.

1975 - Bocephus. 1974 - The Last Love Song. 1974 - Living Proof. 1973 - Just Pickin', No Singin'.

1973 - After You/Pride's Not Hard to Swallow. 1972 - Finders Are Keepers. 1972 - 11 Roses. 1970 - Sunday Morning.

3. 1970 - Luke the Drifter, Jr., Vol. 1969 - Songs My Father Left Me. 2.

1969 - Luke the Drifter, Jr., Vol. 1969 - Luke the Drifter, Jr. 1968 - My Songs. 1967 - My Own Way.

1966 - Country Shadows. 1966 - Blues My Name. 1965 - Ballads of the Hills & Plains. 1964 - The Era of Hank Williams.

1963 - Songs of Hank Williams.

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