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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. Kim continues to juggle family life, music life and gardening life, enjoying success and fulfillment in all areas. Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. New music also followed: in 2001 she recorded a new track ("Loved") for a compilation album which became a surprise hit in Belgium, and in 2003 she had pan-European success with "Anyplace, anywhere, anytime", a duet with another 1980s Pop icon: German singer Nena. 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. Since November 2001, she has toured the UK in three times in the Here & Now Tour, an Eighties revival concert series together with artists such as Paul Young, Human League and Howard Jones. 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. This sparked her interest in performing live again.

As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. On January 13, 2001 she performed live for the first time in years, as a guest star in a show by Abba tribute band Fabba for a local charity. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up. A year later she started a two year commitment with the BBC, recording two seasons of Garden Invaders. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. She was spotted by talent scouts of Channel 4, who asked her as a designer for the program Better Gardens. In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. During her first pregnancy an old interest in gardening resurfaced, and she attended the famous Capel Manor college to learn about horticulture, so as to create a garden for her children.

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. Two years later, on January 13, 2000, Rose Elisabeth was born. White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. On January 3, 1998 she gave birth to Harry Tristan. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV. On September 1, 1996, Kim got married to her co-star in this musical, Hal Fowler, and wanted to have children as soon as possible. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. Adding a new dimension to this highly successful career, Kim appeared in London's West End production of the musical Tommy from February 1996 to February 1997.

In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. Kim has undertaken five solo tours and has performed as opening act for Michael Jackson in 1988 and for David Bowie in 1990. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart. Also, she has received numerous silver, gold and platinum records from all over the world. While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. Kim received the Best Female Vocalist Award from the British Phonographic Industry in the United Kingdom in 1983 and has subsequently received two further nominations in this category. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour. This same period corresponded with Kim's development as a songwriter having written or co-written the majority of the songs on the MCA albums including many of the above hit singles.

White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. Seven subsequent albums for MCA Records have included international hits such as "Another Step (Closer to you)", "You came", "Never trust a stranger", "Four letter word", "If I can't have you" (a cover of the Bee Gees song from the movie Saturday Night Fever) and a remake of the Supremes classic "You keep me hangin' on" - which gave Kim her first USA Number 1 single in 1987 - all of which have contributed to total worldwide album and single sales in excess of 7 million and 12 million respectively. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour). Most of the songs, including all her major hits, were written by her father Marty and brother Ricky Wilde. The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. Kim recorded a total of three albums for RAK Records before signing to MCA Records in the summer of 1984. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit. The debut album Kim Wilde followed later that year and spawned a further two hits, "Chequered love" and "Water on glass".

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. 85. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find. 25 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100, and in their year-end Hot 100 chart for 1982, it ranked at no. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. In the US, the single peaked at no. In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. 2 in the UK singles chart and ending up in the top 5 all over Europe.

A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt. It was an instant success, reaching no. The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. Kim was signed to Mickie Most's RAK Records in 1980 and released her first single, "Kids in America", in January 1981. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo. She moved with her family to Hertfordshire at the age of 9 where she was educated at Presdales School, Ware, before completing a foundation course at St Albans College of Art & Design in 1980. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. Kim Wilde (born November 18, 1960) was born in Chiswick, West London as the first child of 1950s Rock & Roller Marty Wilde and Joyce Baker, formerly of the British singing group the Vernons Girls.

While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band.

The band was formed in New York City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist Mike Tramp.
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