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White Lion's Vito Bratta says “it hurts” to not be playing shows anymore

'But a lot of things would have to change around here for me to be able to walk out of the house,’ he says

White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta hasn’t given many interviews over the past few decades – this being one of the few – but he recently opened up about what he’s been up to since he left White Lion in the ‘90s.

Regarding the wrist injury that he experienced in 1997 and that hampered his ability to play, he told Matt Wake of Guitar World that sometimes he “can’t figure out some of my own stuff” on guitar.

“For the longest time I said I’m not gonna learn that ‘Wait’ solo because I don’t remember what I did,” Bratta said. "But it came back to me.”

Elsewhere, Bratta points to several instances that led him to quit the music business, including the fact that he felt White Lion’s 1991 album, Mane Attraction – which he calls his favorite – didn’t get a fair shake at the dawn of the new decade.

“I knew what decades mean to people,” Bratta said. “I know that the ‘60s ended and the ‘70s came in, then the whole ‘80s thing came in. So I knew that was coming down the pipe.”

He also recalled a “record company guy” once telling him, “ ‘You know what your problem is? You play too good. You need to start playing sloppy because that’s what the kids are into nowadays,’ and I took that as my exit. You gotta be kidding. You want me to suck?”

As for whether he might play live again? In the article, Wake reports that Bratta is currently providing full time care for his aging mother, as well as looking after another family member. Says the guitarist, “Everybody out there is like, ‘Come on, you could do tours.’ Put my mom in a home just so I could go on tour? I’m not gonna do that.”

That said, he does leave the door open – if just a drop – to perhaps playing a one-off show one day.

“I couldn’t ever, ever say no to that,’ he said, “because it hurts not doing it. But a lot of things would have to change around here for me to be able to walk out of the house.”

Bratta added, “I’m just happy that I left it all out on the field. Sometimes I really feel like I exceeded my ability.”