Harnell, lead singer of TNT and one of the best vocalists in the business,
talked with Hardrock Haven’s Derric Miller.
to the interview . . . WMA
discussed some of the issues behind TNT bassist Morty Black leaving the band,
the success of their new album, My Religion, how and why he can sing with
a such an expansive range, tour plans in Europe and the States, working on
future TNT albums, his other bands Westworld and Morning Wood, and even more.
from the official TNT
website: Go anywhere in the world and mention the name TNT to anyone with
even a slight interest in hard rock and you’ll likely get a very positive
reaction. Throughout it’s illustrious career TNT has garnered respect
the world over by pioneering a genre known as melodic hard rock.
ranging from Queen to Journey to Black Sabbath, The Scorpions and even the
Beatles, TNT has created their own unique sound that is at once recognizable.
With the incredible and unlikely pairing of guitarist Ronni LeTekro and singer
Tony Harnell you get a powerhouse team easily comparable to Plant/Page or
Mercury/May. In other words, a hard rock fan’s dream team. A songwriting
and performing combination that has produced some of the classiest hard rock
moments of the past two decades. Add to the mix the groove driven rhythm section
of newly departed bassist Morty Black and Diesel Dahl and you have one hell
of a machine.
the original line up in 2002 the band released two highly acclaimed CD’s.
The Big Bang (Universal), a greatest hits collection that toped the
charts and received gold status in Norway, and Give Me A Sign (MTM),
an ep that was a taste of things to come.
With the success
of the two CDs the band headed out on the road for a successful summer tour
of Northern Europe. Upon returning home the band continued work and eventually
completed their new opus entitled My Religion. An album packed with
sizzling guitar and emotionally driven vocals that soar through your ears
like the best candy you’ve ever tasted. Melody, harmony and big arena
energy fill this incredible disc. A true classic and perfectly executed hard
rock masterpiece that acknowledges the roots of hard rock and yet brings it
into a new era with contemporary style and sophistication.
From the '80s
era TNT sounding "Lonely Nights," "Everyone’s Got a Secret"
and "You’ll Be There" to the more contemporary "Invisible
Noise" and title track "My Religion," TNT drive through these
amazing songs like young kids out to prove something. And they just might!
It would be hard to argue that this band is not THE best of it’s kind.
It’s the originality of their compositions and performances that set
them apart from their peers. Just as you think you understand what kind of
band they are out comes a beautiful, heart-wrenching ballad, as in Perfectly,
or glammed up 70’s style Brit popper Satellite. Tony Harnell’s
lyrics smile in their vulnerability and yet are strong willed and real.
guitar playing is a shining star unto itself. Lyrical, imaginative, eclectic
and magical. A modern day wizard and an icon in the world of hard rock, he
can hold one note and make you cry or blaze faster than any human on this
earth and leave you breathless. His rhythm guitar, though often ignored is
equally stunning and important to the TNT sound.
voice is a marvel. An inhuman ability channeled into a very human and personal
delivery. Clear as a bell, raw as hell and everywhere in between, Tony pours
his soul out on every note drawing the listener in to his world. Many know
of this man’s bizarre range that leaps from a whisper to a scream, but
it’s the subtleties in his voice, the little details that are most important.
It’s not so much the extreme full voice high notes that strike you,
(and they are some of the best and most powerful in the business) but the
power and clarity in his entire instrument. There is a beautiful, almost angelic
quality that seems to cut through almost anything. Even when delivering an
angry, edgy song, that quality is still prominent. His is a voice you’d
Religion has everything a TNT fan would want, but it has more. It has the
ability to bring new fans to the party and to give the long time TNT fans
something new to get addicted to.
With the resurgence
of melodic metal, TNT is poised to reclaim their throne as the masters of
a genre that they helped to create.
One listen to
My Religion and you too will be worshipping TNT!