Mike Tramp: Return of The Lion
By Keith McDonald, Contributor
Friday, April 26, 2002 @ 2:05 PM
MIKE: It is truly a great album. In the USA you can only get it at miketramp.com at this moment. In Europe it's out in the shops. My website will have all the info. KNAC.COM: What are your tour plans? Where will it take you?
MIKE: Australia & Indonesia in June. In July-August USA and Canada. Miketramp.com will have all info. KNAC.COM: What about the Freak of Nature Box Set. When will that see the light of day?
MIKE: It's going to be awhile, but it will happen. KNAC.COM: Are you planning on releasing a DVD? Will it contain solo material, White Lion material or both?
MIKE: White Lion belongs to Atlantic, and it's the past. Hopefully the 4th CD in the F.O.N box set will be a DVD of the band. KNAC.COM: What do you think of the rap/metal scene that seemed to replace the hard rock/metal genre?
MIKE: If the people chose to let it replace rock'n'roll, then it's their own fault. I stick to my rock'n'roll, and don't follow the fashion, which is what this is. KNAC.COM: How do you feel about the lack of respect bands like White Lion received in the early '90s?
MIKE: I didn't bother fighting that fight. I have a new album today that speaks for it self and what I am and where I've been. No interest in going back. KNAC.COM: Why did White Lion break up anyway?
MIKE: I made the decision. We had lost track of our own destiny and times were changing, and record companies needed new blood. KNAC.COM: What do you think caused the end of the '80s Glam rock? Was it MTV, the record labels or a little of both?
MIKE: An overload of the same. Too many clones, that every time they were cloned got worse and further away from the original. KNAC.COM: What's up with Vito Bratta? It seems he has disappeared. Would you ever consider working with him again?
MIKE: I will always be here for Vito. But he has chosen to stay out of everything regarding music. KNAC.COM: It seems you and Vito had a great chemistry when it came to writing music that so many other collaborators fail to find.
MIKE: I loved writing with Vito. It was our happiest time and we never disagreed there. KNAC.COM: Does the White Lion catalog still sell well to this day?
MIKE: Sure does, but not as much as Led Zeppelin. KNAC.COM: Weren't you going to do a "Mike Tramp Presents White Lion Tour"? What ever came about with that? How did the album sell?
MIKE: I would have done a tour based upon the Mike Tramp Remembering White Lion album. But Cleopatra records screwed the album up and the rest isn't worth history. KNAC.COM: Would you consider getting the original members of White Lion back together for a tour or just to record another album? What about a possible VH1 Behind The Music?
MIKE: It will never happen. KNAC.COM: What's the future for Mike Tramp?
MIKE: I will tour and record till I can't any longer. Check out miketramp.com it will all be there.
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