The Danish-born singer hasn’t played with his former songwriting partner and bandmate, guitarist Vito Bratta, since WHITE LION performed its last concert in Boston in September 1991.
Speaking to “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon”, Tramp said that he has “zero regrets” about the way WHITE LION came to an abrupt end.
“I don’t wanna go back and change something, because nobody can go back and change anything,” he said (hear audio below). “There are silly photos; there are great photos; there are great songs; there are some songs that maybe aren’t as great. But we got to taste and we got to live that life, etcetera etcetera.
“These days, Vito and I talk once in a while, and we have great conversations,” he continued. “And we both have gotten to a place that it’s important for us to reminisce and go back and talk about these days. And maybe we bitch a little here and there, but we know one thing for sure, and we’re one hundred percent in agreeance that none of us will do anything in the name of WHITE LION. That we are one hundred percent sure, and it gives an incredible amount of peace and comfort.
“I already said — I cannot go out and be ‘Mike Tramp 1987,'” he added. “Listen, I still believe I could go out and do a good job, but I still don’t wanna go out and try to be something I don’t feel in my heart. Vito also feels the same way.”
In the 28 years since WHITE LION broke up, Bratta‘s public profile has been virtually nonexistent, while Tramp has remained active, recording and touring as a solo artist and with the bands FREAK OF NATURE, THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CIRCUZ and, more recently, BAND OF BROTHERS. Tramp also attempted to revive WHITE LION with the 2008 album “Return Of The Pride”, featuring new members. Two years later, Tramp ceded ownership of the name WHITE LION to Bratta in an out-of-court settlement.
Mainly active in the 1980s and early 1990s, WHITE LION released its debut album, “Fight To Survive”, in 1985. The band had its breakthrough with the double-platinum-selling “Pride” album, which produced two Top 10 hits: “Wait” and “When The Children Cry”. The band continued its success with the third album, “Big Game”, which achieved gold status.
By the time WHITE LION released its final album, 1991’s “Mane Attraction”, alternative rock was in the ascendancy, leading to a swift decline of the so-called “hair metal” scene in terms of sales, popularity, radio play, and most importantly, relevance.