Mike Tramp and his Rock’n’Roll Circuz band have created a beautiful tribute of epic proportion, to the late Ronnie James Dio. The song, clocking in at almost 9 minutes long, takes you through a magical journey of RJD’s life, and you will be left breathless at the end. The track is available exclusively through the Eddie Trunk website at this link.
“Mike Tramp & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Circuz”, the new album to be released October 5th 2009, promises to be the most profound musical statement by Mike Tramp yet. “With this album no stone has been left unturned, no compromises made, this album is complete in every way”. The album will be first only released in Denmark via Kick music/Sony Music, but also made available via http://www.miketramp.com so that loyal fans around the world can purchase the album Tramp refers as “my best ever, my masterpiece.”Co-produced with guitar player Søren Andersen, the term “Rock N Roll Circuz” refers to the atmosphere created by Tramp around the band in the studio when recording the album. “It made us visualize this old fallen apart circus, from there we built certain things into the songs and into the album.” The album was recorded and mixed in the same studio in Copenhagen.Having now returned home to Copenhagen, Denmark, the road that Tramp has traveled in his 32 years of rock n roll is uniquely his own.
The stories of which can be heard throughout his 5 studio solo albums, his latest no exception. “This album is even deeper and more personal than ever before. People should get ready for “All Of My Life”, a song that lyrically speaks for itself, with many describing it as “Classic Tramp”.First rising to stardom over 30 years ago with “Mabel”, Tramp earlier this year re-emerged as a public figure in Denmark via his appearance on the TV show “All Stars”. “It was a great chance to show and tell an entire country my life story of 32 years in rock’n’roll”. In October 2009, Tramp will be embarking on his first big tour of Denmark ever and early next year will venture out into the world, step by step.As someone who has gambled his life and given his heart and soul to rock n roll, Tramp is philosophical when pondering what rock n roll has given him in return. “To me it is my lifestyle, a pair of glasses that I view life through, a pair of boots that take me to where I want to go and a religion that allows you freedom to follow your heart and do what you want.”Mike Tramp – “a life of no limits, rules or compromises”.
Oct 3 20098:00PSkraaenAalborg, DENMARK
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While bands like Twisted Sister and Whitesnake are celebrating the 25th anniversary of some of their hit releases this year, they aren’t the only bands with big anniversaries in 2009. Believe it or not, it has already been 20 years since the release of White Lion’s Big Game. “Big Game” turned the big 2-0 this month.
The songs on “Big Game” hardly need any introduction at all if you are classic hard rock fan. “Little Fighter”, “Cry for Freedom”, “Radar Love” and “Goin’ Home Tonight” have all been released as singles, and have been staples in White Lion’s live sets for years.
White Lion’s cover of Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” has probably gotten more radio air play than the rest of the songs on this disc since its release. While I still prefer the original song, I thought this was a pretty good cover.
Mike Tramp’s vocals on “Big Game” are very good, and Vito Bratta’s guitar work is absolutely incredible. Every time I listen to “Big Game” it makes me wish Bratta would rejoin White Lion, or another band and start playing live again. He is such a talented guitarist, it is a crying shame that we can’t hear him play these songs.
Although some may disagree, I thought there was at least one or two low points on “Big Game”. I didn’t care for the ballad, “Broken Home”. It just didn’t work for me. I tend to skip past this song. I am also not fond of “If My Mind Is Evil”. Bratta’s playing on this tune makes it listenable for me.
Even with a couple of clunkers, there are a bunch of really good songs on “Big Game”. “Dirty Woman” and “Let’s Get Crazy” could have easily been singles. Both of these are really fun tunes. “Baby Be Mine” is quite infectious as well.
Even though this album didn’t top the charts, it is still my second most favorite release from White Lion. (“Fight to Survive” is still my favorite). “Big Game” rocks harder than “Pride”, but not quite as hard as their debut. It is worth picking up, especially if you haven’t checked out White Lion before.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Goin’ Home Tonight
2. Dirty Woman
3. Little Fighter
4. Broken Home
5. Baby Be Mine
6. Living On The Edge
7. Let’s Get Crazy
8. Don’t Say It’s Over
9. If My Mind Is Evil
10. Radar Love
11. Cry For Freedom
White Lion is:
Mike Tramp – Vocals
Vito Bratta – Lead Guitar
James Lomenzo – Bass
Greg D’Angelo – Drums