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Below is our complete TNT news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Vocalist Tony Harnell Rejoins TNT

Vocalist Tony Harnell (Starbreaker/Westworld) announced that he has rejoined Norwegian melodic hard rock act TNT. Harnell fronted the band from 1984-2006, singing on the band's more popular albums "Knights of New Thunder" (1984), "Tell No Tales" (1987), "Intuition" (1989) and more. He replaces the outgoing Tony Mills, who left the band to pursue other musical projects after fronting the band for the last six years covering three studio releases.

TNT will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the "Intuition" album with a tour. Harnell's statement reads:
"After much discussion and lots of soul searching I'm happy to officially announce that I'll be back behind the microphone with TNT. I'm very proud of all we accomplished over the years and proud to have written and recorded all those great songs with my brother from another mother, Ronni Le Tekro. Sometimes it's just time to give the fans what they're asking for. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the successful Intuition album and we thought it would be a good time to get out and re-launch this little machine for you guys! Can't wait to see you all on tour!" More...

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TNT Posts New Music Video Online

European hard rock act TNT has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Refugee" and can be viewed in the player below.

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TNT Keyboardist Passes Away

Dag Stokke, the keyboard player of Norwegian heavy metal veterans TNT, passed away this morning after a struggle against cancer. He was 44 years old. A statement from the band's drummer Morten "Diesel" Dahl reads as follows:

"He was simply a wonderful human being. Positive and with a very good life."

Former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell also commented on Dag's passing, saying: "I can't believe I am writing these words. Sadly, this morning I have to say goodbye to Dag Stokke, my long time friend and keyboardist for TNT, who has left us today way too young. He fought a hard battle with dignity, courage and optimism. I will always see him in my mind, smiling at me from across the stage. A gentle giant, a huge spirit, truly an angel on this earth. I loved him very much as did so many that he touched in his brief time here. My thoughts are with his son Jonathan and his family and friends. Have a good journey my friend. I will miss you dearly."

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TNT Reveals New Album Tracklisting

European hard rock act TNT has announced the tracklisting for its new album, "A Farewell To Arms", which is set for release in Japan on December 15 via Avalon/Marquee. The CD will be released in Norway at the end of December.

"A Farewell To Arms" tracklisting:
1. Engine
2. Refugee
3. Ship In The Night
4. Take It Like A Man - Woman!
5. Come
6. Barracuda
7. A Signature On A Demon's Self-Portrait
8. Don't Misunderstand Me
9. A Farewell To Arms
10. Someone Else
11. God Natt, Marie
12. Not Only Lonely (Japanese bonus track)

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TNT Singer Suffers A Heart Attack

TNT vocalist Tony Mills suffered a heart attack last Saturday at Oslo airport on the way to perform a concert. He is now in recovery and is expected to be moved from the intensive care unit today. Mills has stated that he wishes to thank the staff at the airport and the hospital in which he's staying for their help, as well as the fans for their support.

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TNT Confirm New Tour Date

Norwegian rockers TNT have confirmed a new live date, on March 21st at Norway Rock Cafe in Oppdal.

Upcoming information for TNT:

April
- Some live dates
- Pre-production new album in Spain

May
- Some live dates in China
- Recording at Studio Studio

Stay tuned for updates.

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TNT Announce Norwegian Dates

Norwegian/British hard rockers TNT have scheduled the following dates:

Feb. 29 - GB Baardshaug - Orkanger, Norway
Mar. 01 - Norsk Rock Cafe - Brekstad, Norway
Mar. 07 - Køff Arena - Løten, Norway

More shows will be announced soon.

TNT will enter the studio in May to begin recording its new album for a late 2008 release. More...

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TNT Plan New Album For Next Year

In a post on the band's official fan forum, TNT vocalist Tony Mills (ex-SHY) has stated that the band is planning to start work on a new album in April of next year, with a tentative release around October. As previously reported, Mills is also working on his upcoming solo release that has been delayed due to his current work load with TNT. The album is expected by spring of 2008.

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TNT Confirm New Live Dates

TNT have confirmed a few new date for their upcoming live schedule. Upcoming TNT live dates now include:

May
26 - Lillehammer, Norway at Classic Rock Festival

June
1 - Oslo, Norway at Rockefeller
8 - Trondheim, Norway at Trondheim Rock Festival
30 - Jæren, Norway at Helgaa Festival

July
7 - Kongsvinger, Norway at Festningskonserten 2007
14 - Kvinesdal, Norway at Kvinesdal Rock Festival
20 - Bremanger, Norway at Bremanger Rock Weekend
21 - Brønnøysund, Norway at Brønnøysund Roots Festival

August
4 - Bergen, Norway at Lost Weekend Festival

TNT are set to release their new studio album, The New Territory, with vocalist Tony Mills, who replaces original singer Tony Harnell.

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Ex-TNT Singer Slams Former Bandmates

Former TNT frontman Tony Harnell has issued the following update:

"This email applies mostly to Norwegian fans who I love with all my heart and soul, as of course I do ALL my fans around the world.

"In reference to the lyrics my former band [TNT] has allowed a rapper to add to our classic song '10,000 Lovers (In One)', I decided to post the lyrics here so you can decide what you think of them.

"My questions are as follows:

"What does taking sexual advantage of a young girl who grew up with no father, who has had struggles in her life, who apparently sells her body and who in the end resorts to doing cocaine (mutha fuckin' powder), if all else fails, have to do with '10,000 Lovers in One'? If anyone out there can enlighten me, please do.

"Further, the saddest thing of all with this is that my former band would allow these lyrics to degrade a song that is so dear to our fans. This song that was written for someone I cared about when I was very young and this is what it has come down to?

"I am posting these lyrics in response to a recent TV show where two band members are appearing to laugh when reading a statement from my management that expresses our issues with the lyrics. This statement was supposed to be read as the band's statement and not my management's statement. They offered to read it as a sort of settlement and to avoid a lawsuit over the song based on European Driot Morale laws and formal agreements made between the band and myself — for more details, read my blog 'Art Degraded, Imagination Denied'.

"I don't think any of the fans have read or seen the lyrics and I think you all should so maybe you can understand my views. If there is a positive interpretation that I am missing, please enlighten me.

"As I have said before, I wish my former bandmates all the best for the future and will always hold a special place for them in my memories. My time with the band obviously played a huge role in my life and career and there is no way I could ever disclaim that. I truly care about the fans with all my heart. It is why I work so hard to be as good as I can be and why I get upset whenever I feel I have let the fans down. I live to bring my best to people who want to hear me and will always strive for that for the rest of this lifetime.

"As was stated, any royalties I receive from this song will go to a treatment center for young girls to be determined soon.

"Here are the lyrics, judge for yourself."

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.

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Early Brazen Abbot Albums To Be Reissued

SPV Records has set an Augut 22, 2005 release date for the reissues of the first three BRAZEN ABBOT albums: "Live and Learn" (1995), "Eye of the Storm" (1996) and "Bad Religion" (1997). The albums have been out of print since USG Records went out of business in 1999. No bonus tracks are planned for these re-releases, but they will feature new cover art. You can check out the new artwork at this location.

BRAZEN ABBOT's latest album, "My Resurrection", was released in June via Frontiers Records. The CD features guest appearances by the folliowing singers: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Göran Edman (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, GLORY), Tony Harnell (TNT, WESTWORLD, STARBREAKER) and Erik Mårtensson.

BRAZEN ABBOT released a live CD/DVD package, entitled "A Decade of Brazen Abbot", last November via Frontiers. The set includes footage from the band's shows in Bulgaria in support of the group's last studio release, "Guilty as Sin".

The lineup featured on the album and the DVD is as follows: Nikolo Kotzev on guitars; Joe Lynn Turner on vocals; Wayne Banks on bass; Lars Pollack on keyboards and Thomas Broman on drums.

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TNT Vocalist Issues Update

TNT vocalist Tony Harnell has posted this message on his official website:

Hello friends,

I realized I needed to stop by and say hi more often even if I have nothing to say! Of course I always do:)

Anyway, the election is over so I guess we can all move on now. If you know me, you know how I feel about the result.

I'm flying to California on Friday to do some business, hang out with some friends and see my family. It'll be nice to feel that good old California air again. It's been way too long!

I will be making an announcement soon on a new project, I think you¹re all going to love it! Stay tuned.

Also, I am going to Finland in December to record three songs for the new Brazen Abbott CD with my buddy Joe Lynn Turner. Really looking forward to that. Nikolo Kotsev is a cool guy and this should be a lot of fun to do.

In TNT news, we are planning to start up again as I said before so after Finland I will be stopping off in Norway for a week long writing session with Mr. Le Tekro. We're looking to get a bit heavier on this next album which is exciting.

That¹s about it. I will check in again when I get back to New York!

Peace and love,
Tony

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TNT Announces Departure Of Bassist Morty Black

TNT have posted this message on their official website:

TNT announces the departure of long time bassist Morty Black! After 21 years as the bass player for TNT Morty has decided to move on into other musical interests. The band is of course sad to see him go but wishes him the best of luck with all future endeavors. Morty will play his final show with TNT on August 7th in Trondheim.

MelodicRock.com has posted Morty Black's statement regarding his departure:

Dear fans and music lovers! I want to use this opportunity to thank all of you a lot for supporting TNT and me these 21 years I've been a member of the band. It's with a sad heart I'm leaving the TNT camp! I will miss all of you a lot! All your passion and devotion for our music, has given us the strength and possibility to continue on this journey, and because of you we have achieved many of our goals.

The people I've met along the way, will always be with me, and to perform, record and present the music for you has been a pleasure beyond belief! I have been able to see the world through our touring, and I have learned a lot about people and the different cultures you have. I am on my way to another path in life. Where it will lead me I don't know, yet, but I take my chances and hopefully I will see you on my way. One thing is for sure, I will be touring a lot, because that's what I love to do!!! I will also finish off my solo album, which I hope you will check out! Please, check in on me at my website www.mortyblack.com to see where I'm off to.

Finally I want to thank my fellow swordsmen, friends, colleges; The big happy family; Ronni, Tony, Diesel, Dag Stokke, John, Morten, Frode and Dag Ingebrigtsen for giving me the opportunity to play with you, and for all these precious moments we've shared! The crew (no one mentioned, no one forgotten), managements and everyone that has been working with the band. Love and respect, Morty!!!

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After Forever Confirmed For Lorca Rock Festival

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group After Forever have has been confirmed for the Lorca Rock Festival, set to take place August 14 at Antiguo Cuartel de Infanteria in Lorca (Murcia), Spain. Other groups scheduled to perform at the festival include Europe, Magnum, TNT, Dream Evil, Axel Rudi Pell and the all-girl KISS cover band Kissexy. More acts will be announced soon.

For more information on the Lorca Rock Festival: www.lorcarockfestival.com

After Forever's latest album, "Invisible Circles," was released in March through Transmission Records. "Invisible Circles" is the follow-up to "Decipher," which was issued in 2001.

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