News Segment


June 5, 2007

In response to the recent rumors surrounding White Lion and the Poison / Ratt summer tour, Mike Tramp responds:

“On behalf of myself and White Lion, I would like to clear up the many misperceptions and rumors that have been created by Live Nation’s decision to withdraw White Lion as the opening act of the summer 2007 Poison tour. While we are limited in what we can say about the issue because of pending litigation, we can inform everyone that Live Nation’s decision was not based on any controversy over whether Mike Tramp has the legal right to perform as White Lion.

Our information is that Live Nation’s decision was based upon a threatened lawsuit by former White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta. Even though Live Nation believed Vito’s lawsuit to be frivolous and had confirmed that Mike Tramp has the legal right to perform as White Lion, they did not want to spend ‘1 dollar’ on litigation. Faced with the cancellation of a tour that was to begin within weeks, our attorneys went the extra mile to work out a deal with Vito Bratta to drop his threatened lawsuit but even with the threat of litigation eliminated, Live Nation continued on their ill-informed course of dropping White Lion from the Poison tour.

Like myself, I know that there are many fans across the United States who are extremely disappointed by Live Nation’s decision and we intend to use all options to fight this arbitrary and misinformed decision. Hopefully, there will be a day when decisions about staging a rock n’ roll tour will be more about pleasing the fans and less about conservative and baseless corporate decisions. Unfortunately, as has been the case far too many times, instead of playing rock n’ roll as planned, we are going to end up in court.” – Mike Tramp

Regardless of not being part of the Poison tour, White Lion will still continuing touring and fulfill their many headline shows in the USA that were scheduled between the Poison shows, including the Rocklahoma festival. Mike Tramp is also confirming that the band has just finished recording their first studio album due to be released later this year. The album will be mixed by Dennis Ward and will be titled Return of the Pride. Stay tuned for exclusive updates on this.

Mike concludes: “White Lion just finished a killer show at Gods of Metal festival in Milan/Italy, and will appear on Sweden Rock June 8….It’s only just begun”

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