Ex-TNT Vocalist TONY HARNELL Discusses Early Influences - "My First Hero Was GLEN CAMPBELL"; New Audio Interview Posted

January 4, 2013, 4 years ago

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RockEyez' Brian Rademacher has issued a new audio interview with former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell, in which he discusses his early influences, among other things. Listen below:

TONY HARNELL & THE WILDFLOWERS FEATURING BUMBLEFOOT, the act featuring Tony Harnell and GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, have scheduled their live debut, on Friday, January 18th.

A message from Harnell states: "New show, new venue, new band name! We're proud to announce the first official show of Tony Harnell & The Wildflowers Featuring Bumblefoot, at the newly and beautifully renovated The Cutting Room in New York City.

This is our first show at this new venue and we'd love a sell out! I can guarantee EVERYONE will have a seat at a table... and have a perfect spot for the show, there isn't a bad seat in the house!

Plus, they have great food there! French chef in a beautiful kitchen!! Get your tickets today and bring friends :)."

Tickets for the show are available at this location.

Harnell and Bumblefoot teamed up for a charity acoustic show in Las Vegas on November 16th for the victims of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast. Fan-filmed video is available below:

Since leaving TNT in 2006 Harnell has continued recording both hard rock, metal and acoustic rock albums and has been performing his entertaining acoustic set to sold out crowds around the New York City circuit with his current line up which features guitarist Jason Hagen, Amy Harnell (vocals/percussion) and newest member Cassandra Sotos (TSO, MARK WOOD), on 7-string electric violin.

Harnell and Bumblefoot met 20 years earlier when Tony was forming a new band after TNT took a break in 1992, and in January 2012 Ron and Tony were reunited at the NAMM convention in L.A. where the two started discussing the possibility of working together.

After Ron attended one of Tony’s recent performances in August, which Thal proclaimed was “the best acoustic show he had ever seen”, Tony, being a fan of Ron’s other-worldly and original fretwork asked if he’d like to join him on the project and contribute to his EP which was already underway. Harnell states, “in addition to Ron’s superhuman and beautiful guitar playing, he also happens to have a great voice and writes amazing songs which will greatly add to this project both live and in the studio. Thal has also been a longtime fan of Harnell's songwriting and vocal artistry, so the new coalition seems more than natural.

With the new lineup and EP on the way, the group will tour nationally and internationally as a foursome featuring Harnell, Thal, Harnell (Amy) and Sotos under the name, Tony Harnell & The Wildflowers Featuring Bumblefoot. Hagen will remain an integral part of songwriting and recording and will be appearing with the group for local performances. Harnell also states, “Ron’s live appearances with this project will be subject to his schedule with GN'R but he’ll be with us for the live shows whenever possible.”

Harnell and Thal have also been discussing other plans for a full electric band and have already started to reach out to some well-known musicians to join them. “That’ll manifest after the acoustic EP which is due out in early 2013.”

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