Mike Tramp: Why I won’t go back to White Lion
Mike Tramp has ruled out working with White Lion again for two reasons – he doesn’t think founding guitarist Vito Bratta will get involved, and he doesn’t want to sing like he once did.
The singer – whose last outing with the hard rock band was 2008′s Return Of The Pride – is currently promoting his solo album Cobblestone Street, released on May 8. He accepts it’s a departure from what fans might expect – but believes they’ll have to get used to it.
Tramp tells Rock Meeting: “The thing that’s been difficult is you have to answer a question that Vito should be answering. And the answer is ‘no.’ He’s not going to get back up on stage.
“I didn’t want to do White Lion after the band broke up. The sound of White Lion represents who Mike Tramp was at that time.
“Even though I’m out now playing some acoustic versions of White Lion songs, it’s different – I’m a completely different person.”
That doesn’t mean he’d refuse the offer of a new project with Bratta, however. “I would not say ‘no’ if Vito called me up to do a project or something like Page And Plant.
“But the second you call it White Lion you want Mike Tramp to sound like he was in 1987. I can’t be like that. We have our times.”
He believes more people should share his feelings on the matter: “There are some artists who don’t understand that. They keep trying to be the same. But you do change as you grow older.”