Groove – Episode #58: James LoMenzo

James LoMenzo

When I first met James LoMenzo, I was a kid (like, in my teens). White Lion was racing up the charts with their debut album, Pride, and songs like “Wait,” “Tell Me,” and “When The Children Cry” were all over the radio, MTV and magazines (no Internet back then, kids). I waited outside of the Montreal Forum and snagged a picture with them (they were on the road supporting one of the bigger arena rocks bands at the time… and I was about 16 years old).

White Lion persisted through an era that many don’t like, but it was 1987 and hard rock was peaking (and I was “all in” on the music).

In 2019, James is still at it. He is one of the most in-demand rock bass players in the world. If you think there’s no life after glam metal, just listen to how James (a Brooklyn, New York native) went from being in White Lion to the bass player for Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Megadeth, Slash’s Snakepit, Lynch Mob (featuring George Lynch on guitar) and then, in 2013, he joined John Fogerty’s band. In between that, he was also a contestant on the 21st season of the reality television series, The Amazing Race. He truly leads an amazing life.

Enjoy the conversation…

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  1. MikeyM

    Great podcast Mitch. James’ basslines are absolutely amazing on the Pride and Glory recordings. Seems like such a cool guy as well. Totally enjoyed this one Mitch. Thanks again Sir!

  2. Dan

    Thanks for the interview, james is one of my main influence on bass since my teen years, and by the way i was too at the forum at that concert, and i did got a picture with them too…. ??

  3. Carlos Sanchez

    Pride is not White Lion’s first album. Fight To Survive is.