Mike Tramp not interested in playing or spending any time with ex-White Lion bandmate Vito Bratta
Former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp was recently interviewed by Mitch Lafon on the podcast Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon and he spoke at length about his ex-White Lion bandmate Vito Bratta.
The following are excerpts from the interview by Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon as transcribed by Blabbermouth.
“The thing is that I would not wanna play with Vito Bratta for anything in the world, I wouldn’t wanna spend any time with him… We have not talked for many, many years. There’s nothing to talk about. He has nothing to add to the table, and I will let him rest in peace. Because I don’t need him and I will not go back and do that.”
“I’m performing a major amount of White Lion songs with the Band of Brothers in a modern version, and the fans are embracing it because they feel it’s real and they understand that this is Mike Tramp up on stage — fifty percent of the White Lion songwriting [team] — performing the songs in 2017 his way. And that makes sense. It’s not Mike Tramp up there being White Lion and stuff like that.”
“I have finally gotten to that moment where I really cherish and enjoy playing those songs — it just feels like it’s real and it’s natural in where we are today…. This is not a rehashed version of a band featuring the bass player and the logo.”
“I don’t know what was so special [about the musical chemistry between Vito and me], except for when you listen to the songs, of all the bands we were competing against in the ’80s, if you can call it that, when you now go back to the catalog and you listen… And the fans will do this, and they will say, ‘White Lion has its own place,'” he said. “I don’t think you can compare White Lion to Warrant or Ratt. They have their own place, except for maybe the look and the hair and how we all got boxed together.”
“Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp had no friendship together except for [the fact that] we played in the same band… We had nothing that we shared except for the songwriting we accomplished when we sat down and looked at each other, like almost two chess players or something like that. But when that song was written, Vito went home and I went out into the real world and shared my life with people — [whether] it was riding my Harley, playing baseball… whatever it was. So we had nothing, absolutely nothing in common except for we knew when we had written a great song.”
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