They had killer songs, they had the attitude, a very talented guitarist but all they needed yet was the contract with the record company. They managed to sign with Elektra Records in 1984 and recorded their debut album which was titled "Fight To Survive". A raw sound, catchy choruses and some killer riffs and solos by Vito Bratta. Both Capozzi and Robinson soon left the band. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo, and Felix Robinson was replaced by bassist Dave Spitz (brother of Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz). Within a month of joining, however, Dave Spitz left to play bass with Black Sabbath and was replaced by James LoMenzo.
Atlantic Records and on June 21, 1987 their album Pride was released. The first single, "Wait", was released on June 1, 1987, but did not reach the charts for nearly seven months. A more polished sound this time with some really memorable tracks and till' now the "Pride" album is a classic release in the White Lion catalogue. The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. The next year and a half was filled with constant touring, opening for such bands as Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Stryper and KISS. In January 1988 White Lion landed the opening slot for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video American tour. In August 1988, the album's second single "Tell Me" reached #58. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. The show was filmed and later aired on MTV. "When The Children Cry" reached #3 on the charts with heavy MTV airplay, making Pride one of about 20 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits.
They toured a lot, and when they finished they took a lot more time to create the material for another record. During 1991 they finally released "Mane Attraction", the album that brought them back on position #1. This time they had the mighty Richie Zito as a producer of the album. A solid album, heavier at moments and perhaps the best White Lion release, along with "Pride", to date!
Unlike most bands of their genre, White Lion recorded occasional songs that addressed social or political issues such as apartheid ("Cry for Freedom") and the effect of divorce on children ("Broken Home"). The song "Little Fighter" was about the Rainbow Warrior, a ship owned by the environmental group Greenpeace that was destroyed by operatives of the French intelligence service. This concern for political and social issues was also hinted at in the cover art to their album Big Game, which featured a lion's head hidden in tall grass with the White House in the background.
Atlantic Records to help produce an album for CPR, and later tried to form a new music group that never panned out. Despite a dedicated worldwide following of guitar aficionados, Vito disappeared from public view from 1994 until his interview by Eddie Trunk live on February 16, 2007.
A great band, a unique sound and some timeless tracks......
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sources : http://www.returnofthepride.com/ , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Lion