TNT singer Tony Harnell has posted the following message on his web site:
"Hey everyone. Hope you had a great summer. It's been a crazy couple of years. I thought I would start off with a recap and bring you all up to date.
"In 2002 I released what will likely be the last of four WESTWORLD albums, the critically adored 'Cyberdreams'. We were all really proud of that album and Bruno did a great job on the production.
"I was then off to Norway for the first writing and recording sessions for the new TNT material in four years.
"2003 saw the release of TNT's 'The Big Bang', which went gold in Norway, TNT also released 'Taste/Give Me A Sign' worldwide to critical acclaim as we did numerous TV appearances, performed headlining tours of Scandinavia and an appearance at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany with DIO, TWISTED SISTER and DOKKEN for about 12,000 people. Then back to the studio....
"In 2004 TNT released its first full studio album in 5 years to wide critical acclaim. 'My Religion' has gone on to be our best seller in many years and has brought the band back to a strong worldwide position in the world of melodic hard rock. We supported the album with yet another successful tour. This time taking on more of the European continent with a show at the famed Sweden Rock festival where the band performed in front of 20,000 people along with metal veterans JUDAS PRIEST and many others, The Lorca Rock Festival in Spain where they were the opening act for the band Europe and played in front of 10,000 people and the Deep Impact festival in Munich, Germany where we were greeted with pouring rain right up until the end of the show when it cleared up and was beautiful for the rest of the evening.
"I also got to meet my longtime hero Rob Halford at Sweden Rock this year which was so amazing. I didn't have a lot of time with him, and I acted like a little school girl — no jokes please — but he was a true gentleman and signed my 'Metalogy' cover that I brought with me as did Glen Tipton. What a night.
"Unfortunately we also suffered a loss this year as long time friend and bass player Morty Black officially left the band. I for one hope that he returns someday, but until then we will push onward and upward.
"More good news for TNT as our wonderful label in Norway — Playground Records — will release the second single off of 'My Religion' in November. If it goes well at radio there a video will follow so keep your fingers crossed.
"Also, TNT will begin writing a new album this year for a 2005 release and another tour is forthcoming which will expand the band further out into Europe, Eastern Europe, S. America and likely return to one of the band's most successful countries — Japan and hopefully if the stars align, the USA.
"And this is just the beginning! I am in the studio right now working on a very cool project that I am really excited about. All details to be announced very soon.
"And as if all of this weren't enough, I finally have some songs I am happy with for that long-awaited solo album:) I really think I will get to it this year!
"Thank you all for your continued support and love now and forever. I love you all very much. Stay with me and I will continue to produce the best music I possibly can."