Former White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta threatened to sue the band over rights to its name, Tramp said in a posting on MySpace, and Live Nation got cold feet.

“Even though Live Nation believed Vito’s lawsuit to be frivolous and had confirmed that Mike Tramp has the legal right to perform as White Lion, they did not want to spend ‘1 dollar’ on litigation,” Tramp said.

“Faced with the cancellation of a tour that was to begin within weeks, our attorneys went the extra mile to work out a deal with Vito Bratta to drop his threatened lawsuit but even with the threat of litigation eliminated, Live Nation continued on their ill-informed course of dropping White Lion from the Poison tour.”

Live Nation would not comment on the allegations, and calls to White Lion’s representatives by were not immediately returned.