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I'm not saying they're kick-ass, I'm just saying they're 80Z!

Swatches were cool too.

 

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Hey, any of you guys into Vito Bratta's guitar playing? I always thought he was even better than Eddie tbh.
 

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Hey, any of you guys into Vito Bratta's guitar playing? I always thought he was even better than Eddie tbh.
From what I remember Vito stop playing for a while because he had some kind of problems with his hands or something ?!
But yeah he was the talent in the band phenomenal guitar player!
 

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Hey, any of you guys into Vito Bratta's guitar playing? I always thought he was even better than Eddie tbh.
First and foremost, back in the 80's, there were a lot of us that referred to him as Vito Van Halen, an obvious comparison to Eddie, even though he really didn't sound or play that much like Eddie. Vito was a hell of a player. I always liked White Lion, but from a talent perspective, he was FAR better than anyone and everyone else in the band. The guy was oozing with talent.

When White Lion broke up (originally), Vito just kind of went into seclusion. He was always the quiet one in the group before that, and he would do the interviews, but for the most part, he was pretty quiet and reserved. I've read multiple reports, commentaries, etc regarding his time after White Lion. One thing that I've read a few times is that he didn't get into any other band because he felt he didn't have anything else to offer, musically (or something like that). I know that about 8-10 yrs ago (maybe more) he finally did an interview with Eddie Trunk or maybe it was That Metal Show (which is also Eddie Trunk) where he said that he had spent several years taking care of his father who had some health issues. I don't remember many more details other than that. Also, as @Trickster pointed out, he did have some hand or wrist injury that prevented him from playing the way that he wanted to play.

So, I think it was a combination of things that caused him to step away and stay away.
 

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^^^ I was just reading an article with Mike Tramp and i guess Vito and Mike do not get along!

“The thing is that I would not wanna play with Vito Bratta for anything in the world, I wouldn’t wanna spend any time with him… We have not talked for many, many years. There’s nothing to talk about. He has nothing to add to the table, and I will let him rest in peace. Because I don’t need him and I will not go back and do that."

I also read that Vito took Tramp to court and Vito owns the name WHITE LION.
 

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^^^ I was just reading an article with Mike Tramp and i guess Vito and Mike do not get along!

“The thing is that I would not wanna play with Vito Bratta for anything in the world, I wouldn’t wanna spend any time with him… We have not talked for many, many years. There’s nothing to talk about. He has nothing to add to the table, and I will let him rest in peace. Because I don’t need him and I will not go back and do that."
yeah, I've heard that as well. Maybe not this exact quote, but something similar.


I also read that Vito took Tramp to court and Vito owns the name WHITE LION.
Yep, Vito owns the record label that owns all of White Lion's first few albums. I think this is part of where Tramp and him don't get along because Tramp has wanted to either buy back some of his rights and Vito wouldn't do it, or something like that. Tramp sold his rights back in the 90's
 

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I totally agree with you! Grunge didn't just lead to the death of hair metal. It led to the death of melodic hard rock and heavy metal in general, and took hard rock from a widely popular and diverse fanbase to a niche market. Today, in 2019, rock songs almost never get anywhere close to the top 10, whereas from the 70s to about 1993, hard rock regularly topped the charts. Rock music in the 80's/early 90s was awesome!
 

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I'm not saying they're kick-ass, I'm just saying they're 80Z!

Swatches were cool too.

People act like in retrospect "Hair Metal" was this cringeworthy, horrid thing that NEEDED to die.

But I grew up on "Hair Metal". I was a metalhead as a teenage girl. From early 1988 until early 1994. My favorite bands were Cinderella, Poison,Guns N Roses, Warrant, Winger, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Slaughter, Skid Row, Ratt, FireHouse, Motley Crue and Aerosmith. My older sister( 4 years older than me) was into hard rock and Heavy Metal so i always heard things around the house like Ratt , Motley Crue , Def Leppard, Quiet Riot , Dokken , Judas Priest , W.A.S.P., etc. .

So i started listening to bands like aforementeioned , as well as bands like Bon Jovi, Poison , Cinderella , Whitesnake ( i absolutely loved Jon Bon Jovi when i was 11 year old). Alot of teenagers were into Heavy Metal back than so it wasn't hard to turned onto new bands all the time. I went to my 1st Motley Crue concert with my older sister when I was 14. You can call me old all you want but these kids today will never know what it's like to see your favorite band for 11bucks in a sold out stadium or the thrill of buying your favorite album. loved Sebastian Bach and still do he’s a bombshell, and had a life like poster on my door in the bedroom yummy, I also was in love with Vince Neil, Bret Michaels , Axl Rose, Mark Slaughter , Jon Bon Jovi , Kip Winger , Tom Keifer , Jani Lane ... .

Grunge didn't just lead to the death of hair metal. It led to the death of melodic hard rock and heavy metal in general, and took hard rock from a widely popular and diverse fanbase to a niche market. Today, in 2019, rock songs almost never get anywhere close to the top 10, whereas from the 70s to about 1993, hard rock regularly topped the charts. Rock music in the 80's/early 90s was awesome! There were great bands with awesome talent like Guns n Roses, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, etc. The music was fun and full of energy! Bands actually knew how to play their instruments well.


The "Hair Metal" era, roughly '83 to '92 or so, represents the last time Heavy Metal was truly relevant. It represents the last time rock was culturally 'dangerous' and also fun as a genre - when rockstars still roamed the Earth. I can see the negative thoughts you have about it - being too corporate and gimmicky. But It was a period when rock was good (for me anyway) and then by like 93 and on rock became depressing sounding with snarling growling singers who were depressed.
 
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