The 2007 version of WHITE LION (a.k.a. TRAMP’S WHITE LION), featuring original member Mike Tramp (vocals) alongside Claus Longwood (bass), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Jamie Law (guitar), and Henning Wanner (keyboards), has inked a North American management agreement with with the California-based Jeff Keller Management LLC (management home for STEPHEN PEARCY, HERMAN RAREBELL, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, and OMEN, among others).
“Having been a longtime fan of WHITE LION, I am extremely pleased to be working with the band,” stated Keller. “Mike Tramp’s passion for the band is inspiring, and I look forward to working closely with him to build something strong in North America.”
WHITE LION is planning a small European tour starting with an appearance at Italy’s Gods of Metal festival on June 2 and including dates in Turkey, Italy and Sweden (where the group will perform at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8). The band is also planning on releasing a new WHITE LION album late summer with a possible U.S. tour to take place mid-summer.
Tramp recently made an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM to respond to an interview with ex-WHITE LION guitarist Vito Bratta in which Vito expressed interest in reuniting with his former band. While Tramp didn’t rule out the possibility of a collaboration with Vito, he made it clear during his appearance on “Friday Night Rocks” that he wanted Bratta to take the first step and stop making excuses for why he has remained musically inactive for the past 15 years.
WHITE LION’s “The Definitive Rock Collection”, a two-disc compilation featuring the band’s hit 1987 single “Wait”, plus “When Children Cry”, “Tell Me”, and several rare rehearsal recordings, came out on January 23 via Rhino.
Tramp recently stated: “After much thought and consideration, I have decided to give TRAMP’S WHITE LION a second shot and make it a good one. I never felt good about giving up after our last agent messed up our plans for 2006 and we were left with nothing. So together with [the fans'] many requests and the band wanting to do it, we’re already off and running and this time will be taking it one step further!”
The cover artwork of the forthcoming U.D.O. album, “Mastercutor”, has been posted online at the A Tribute to U.D.O web site.
Due on May 18 via AFM Records, “Mastercutor” will feature the following track listing:
02. The Wrong Side Of Midnight
03. The Instigator
04. One Lone Voice
05. We Do – For You
06. Walker Of The Dark
07. Master Of Disaster
08. Tears Of A Clown
10. The Devil Walks Alone
11. Dead Man’s Eyes
12. Crash Bang Crash
As previously reported, U.D.O. will release a new EP, entitled “The Wrong Side of Midnight” (cover), on April 27. The EP will include two versions of the title track as well as three non-album tracks.
U.D.O. supported LORDI on September 28, 2006 at the Live Music Hall in Cologne. Dirkschneider makes an appearance on the song “They Only Come Out At Night” on LORDI‘s latest album, “The Arockalypse”.
U.D.O.‘s last album, “Mission No. X”, was issued in September 2005 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2004’s “Thunderball” marked the recording debut with the group of new drummer Francesco Jovino. Jovino joined the band in 2005 as the permanent replacement for Lorenzo Milani, who left the group for “personal reasons.”