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THE BAND

MT: I wish I could tell you a big story, but I can’t. Vito has not done anything since September 2nd when White Lion played their final show. It is his own fault, many have asked to do projects with him, and I of course have asked him many times to do White Lion, but with no luck. Now I am just carrying on, and he is bitter but has no excuses anymore. TNT: White Lion has inspired a generation with songs like ‘When the Children Cry’, ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ , ‘Broken Home’, ‘Little Fighter’, ‘Lady of the Valley’ and ‘You are all I Need’, my question is who inspired you to write these songs in the first place? MT: My influences really come from life. I don’t really go searching for it, all I have to do is look inside my heart and it’s all there. Mike Tramp is a man who understands that there is a world full of people with many different cultures, and that it is important that we find harmony and respect for each other, and that we take care of our children as they are the ones who will build and protect the future. TNT: Your influences and early childhood? MT: I grew up with all the great British bands. Stones and Beatles, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen and Thin Lizzy. At the same time I am very folk music inspired as that is really what I started out playing. So Bob Dylan,
August 08

THE BAND

For years they have rocked us and in a once in a life time opportunity The Northeast Today has managed to get an exclusive oneon-one with the frontman and lead vocalist of the multi-platinum band the White Lion. A straight from the heart account about the big bad world of rock from Mike Tramp himself. In this exclusive interview with the Editor of The Northeast Today...

TNT: Hi Mike, a big hello to you from India, we would like to know where you have been all these years? We missed you guys. MT: Thank you we miss you too… TNT: Well, we all agree that the grunge revolution took the stuffing out of good old rock music in the nineties, but don’t you think that newer bands which are coming out today (Daughtry, Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Hinder, David Cook –American Idol 2008, etc) are heavily influenced by your genre of music? MT: Yes, the nineties were the alternative to the strong decade the eighties had been, because of
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MTV’s big part of the eighties visual side. I think at the end people needed a change; it all looked and sounded the same, all though it isn’t true when you listen to the individual bands. Now, today, people are hungry again for great rock ‘n’ roll and the new bands look and steal much from the bands of the eighties. I guess we should be proud that we created all of this. TNT: Mike what happened we all heard that Vitto Bratta (the guitarist) disappeared and then came back recently out of the blue? Is he doing well? Did he try to do an ‘Axl Rose’ by disappearing?

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