Watch Vito Bratta bring the house down at New York's Ritz club with White Lion in 1988

Vito Bratta performs onstage with White Lion at the Ritz in New York City in 1988
(Image credit: Vito Bratta Forever/YouTube)

You know Eddie Van Halen, you know George Lynch, you know Warren DeMartini... One name you might not be quite as familiar with, though, is Vito Bratta.

For those who followed Bratta's glam-metal band, White Lion, in their mid- to late-'80s heyday, Bratta is right up there even with those significant figures in '80s rock guitar.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.