American singer Tony Harnell has left Norwegian rockers TNT a little over a year after he rejoined the band.
Says Tony: "This was an amazing year for me and for all the TNT fans who were lucky enough to be at the concerts. Many of the shows were the best TNT shows ever, in my opinion. Sadly, it's not possible for me to continue with the band.
"I won't bore you with all the details... It's nothing mindblowing and it's certainly nothing new and it's also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that's my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul.
"I had really high hopes that it would last this time and that we would continue for years to come, but it is a very volatile little machine. It's a really great band with a wonderful catalog of music and I'm proud of all the work we've done and all we've accomplished over the years.
"I love our crew and appreciate all their hard work and dedication.
"I wish the other guys in the band well in life and in all their future endeavors.
"To the wonderful TNT fans... I know you feel deep disappointment right now, and truly, so do I... more than you could ever know.
"My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I'm really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.
"To all those who's cities we didn't reach, I apologize. It wasn't for lack of desire on my part to get to you this time.
"Onward and upward! Love you all!
"P.S. This is my statement, I won't elaborate."
Back in November, TNT guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø spoke about the band's plans for a new studio album, telling Metal Express Radio: "We're working constantly, making new plans, trying to find a period for songwriting before April, and hopefully going into the studio next fall." The guitarist added that TNT fans could expect to hear "strong songs… We already wrote three songs we're satisfied with. So I'm excited. [We're] trying to maintain the TNT sound."
Le Tekrø said the next TNT album would be recorded with the entire band playing together in the studio and not by sending each other files via the Internet. "I refuse to do that," he said. "I've never done that. The producer's gotta be there and the musicians, in the same room. Otherwise, I wouldn't call it an album. Then it's a project. There's no spirit in those albums. Maybe in electronic music you can do it. If you're working with rock and roll, the people have gotta be there, and rehearse and play."
TNT released "30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra" on September 8, 2013 in Norway and on September 29, 2013 in the rest of Europe. This unique document of the band's three-decade career was captured on June 2, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. The group performed a special setlist while accompanied by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester). Also making special appearances with the band were Hank Von Helvete, Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), TNT's original singer, Dag Ingebrigtsen, and Harnell.
British singer Tony Mills appeared on three studio albums from TNT: 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's"Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms".