White Lion is an American glam metal band from New York. It was formed in 1982 by Mike Tramp and Vito Bratta, and mainly active in the 1980s and early 1990s, with the release of a debut album, Fight to Survive, in 1985. The band achieved success with the songs Wait and When the Children Cry, from their second album, Pride, which will be double platinum certified. The group continues its path of success with its third album, Big Game, which is certified gold, and its fourth album, Mane Attraction. White Lion separated in 1992, shortly after the release of their compilation The Best of White Lion.
Mike Tramp reformed White Lion with new musicians in 1999, and failed to bring the original formation. The new White Lion releases a live album in 2005, and a new studio album, Return of the Pride, in 2008, before splitting again in 2013.
After moving from Denmark to Spain, then to New York in 1983, singer Mike Tramp (formerly of Mabel and Studs bands) meets Staten Island guitarist Vito Bratta (formerly Dreamer), and decides to form a group. They recruit drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson (formerly Angel) to form the band White Lion and named group White Lion.
White Lion signed on Elektra Records in 1984 and recorded a first album Fight to Survive. Elektra being unhappy with this final recording, the firm will refuse to release the album and terminate their contract. Capozzi and Robinson will then leave the group. Nicki Capozzi will be replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo and Felix Robinson will be replaced by bassist Dave Spitz (brother of guitarist Dan Spitz Anthrax). Less than a month after this reformation, Dave Spitz plays bass with Black Sabbath and is replaced by James LoMenzo. Fight to Survive reaches 151> Billboard 200> Place.