Mike Tramp reports that he has a long-term relationship with Vito Bratta and all things settled
It appears that former White Lion bandmates Mike Tramp (lead vocals) and Vito Bratta (guitar) are friends again. In an interview with Mitch Lafon for the Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon podcast back in September 2017, Tramp had indicated that he hadn’t spoken to Bratta in years and was not interested in doing so.
Tramp was recently interviewed by Andrew Catania for All That Shreds and he was asked whether he has had any contact with Bratta to which he replied (with slight edits):
“Yes! We have a longterm relationship; It depends on many times we talk. We just shared some emails last week, and we spoke about the current situation with COVID-19.
It’s great that all issues have been settled, and nobody’s going to be talking wrong about each other….
We’re both are 100% in agreement. That there will never be a continuation or White Lion reunion.”
In terms of the report that Bratta can’t play guitar anymore due to an injury to his hands, Tramp indicated:
“You know, that has never really been proven. A lot of people say that, but it hasn’t been confirmed, and he hasn’t said anything to me about it.
At the same time, people say Mike Tramp can’t sing as he did in 1987-88. The White Lion songs are sung very, very high. I have a different way of singing these days as we get older we can’t be like we were 30 years ago.”
With respect to Bratta‘s interview with Eddie Trunk back in 2007 where the former indicated that he couldn’t play [guitar] due to hand issues, Tramp stated: “I remember that. In Vito’s defense, he’s always come out with some excellent answers. When Vito and I have spoken, he’s always had the right answers and statements.
Vito has said to me, ‘Why is it so crucial for people to think I should go on?’ And the thing is like, he says, do you know why? Why is it so vital for people to feel that I should go on? People think rock “stars” should go for the rest of their lives, singing, etc. I see some rock singers that should’ve stopped because they sound like shit. I don’t want to be like that. Vito doesn’t want to be like that. We want White Lion to remain on the album.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Mike Tramp at All That Shreds‘ website.