Ronni Le Tekrø (born Rolf Ågrim Tekrø, 5 October 1963) is a Norwegian musician best known as the guitarist and one of the founders of hard rock band TNT, as a solo artist and for his work with Vagabond and Terje Rypdal.[1] He has been described as "one of the foremost purveyors of melodic metal", with Guitar World ranking him as one of the ten best guitarists in the world in 1989 and one of 25 influential cult guitarists in 2009.[2][1][3] Le Tekrø resides in Nyhagen in Vestre Toten, where he also runs his own studio.[1][4] He has released thirteen studio albums with TNT and six solo albums.

Ronni Le Tekrø
Le Tekrø performing in 2009
Le Tekrø performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameRolf Ågrim Tekrø
Born (1963-10-05) 5 October 1963 (age 60)
Oslo, Norway
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1977–present
Member of
Formerly of

Early life


Le Tekrø was born in Oslo on 5 October 1963.[1] He moved to Raufoss in Vestre Toten at a young age and has lived there all his life, with the exception of a period between 1982 and 1985 when he lived in Trondheim.[1] At age twelve, Le Tekrø started playing guitar after being given the choice of joining the scouts or learning guitar by his grandmother.[1] He is a self-taught guitarist and his inspirations include Jimi Hendrix, Uli Jon Roth, Tony Iommi, Steve Hillage, Brian May, Jimmy Page, Brian Robertson, and Ted Nugent.[5][1][3][6]



Le Tekrø joined metal band Roquefire in 1977 and released his first recording with the band, the single "The Island of Marat / (Heavy) Boys Don't Cry", in 1981.[1] He formed TNT in Trondheim in 1982 along with vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dag Ingebrigtsen, bassist Steinar Eikum and drummer Diesel Dahl.[7] He is the only constant member of the band since its inception. TNT released their self-titled debut album in 1982 and has since released thirteen studio albums. Following the band's hiatus in 1992, Le Tekrø formed Vagabond with Morty Black and released two studio albums with the band until TNT reformed in 1996.[1] He later worked with the Norwegian guitarist and composer Terje Rypdal, releasing three albums and one live album during their collaboration in the 1990s and early 2000s. Le Tekrø released his debut solo album, Extra Strong String, in 1998. He toured with Rypedal and guitarist Mads Eriksen as part of the G3-inspired project N3 in 2009.[8] Since 2010, Le Tekrø has collaborated with Ledfoot and the duo released the album A Death Divine in 2020.[9]

Style and influence


Le Tekrø has been named as one of the best guitarists in the world and is noted for his influence as a cult guitarist, as well as his underground following.[2][3] He is known for his explosive playing style and signature "machine gun" technique, which he claims to have invented during the late 1970s with his then-band Roquefire, in addition to his ability to shift between different styles.[2][3] Among his admirers are Ozzy Osbourne, George Lynch, Nuno Bettencourt, Dimebag Darrell and Zakk Wylde.[2][10] Wylde has been an outspoken fan of Le Tekrø for many years and served as a guitar tech for the latter during a TNT performance in July 2023.[11][12][13][14]



Guitars and amplifiers


Le Tekrø is currently endorsed by ESP Guitars and Marshall Amplification.[15][16] His main live guitar is a light pink, stratocaster-shaped ESP from the early-eighties, dubbed the "Holocaster", with a Seymour Duncan bridge pickup. The headstock is signed by close friend Brian Robertson, formerly of Thin Lizzy and Motörhead. Le Tekrø uses a black early-seventies Fender Stratocaster as a back-up for live performances. On the Atlantis tour, he used an Epiphone 1959 or a Morgan stratocaster on the opening song "Hello, Hello". Le Tekrø has used Marshall 2204 heads and 1960 A cabinets during live performances.[17]

Tekrø performing at Norway Rock Festival 2008

Le Tekrø is known for pioneering the use of the quarterstepper guitar, which has twice as many frets as normal guitar, spread throughout the neck with quarter-tone intervals. The guitar was invented by Bernie Hamburger and Le Tekrø. The quarterstepper can be heard on the solo in the song "Wisdom" off the Intuition album, and several other recordings. Hamburger also built a 12-string hollow body guitar that Le Tekrø has used on various tours and recordings.


  • OD-1 Overdrive
  • BF-2 Flanger
  • CE-2 Chorus
  • Roland RE-150 Space Echo Tape Delay,
  • Dunlop CryBaby
  • Digitech Whammy II

Religious beliefs


Le Tekrø has been practicing the nature religion Wicca since the 1980s and has a master's degree in Wicca Witchcraft.[18][19] He stated in an interview with Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 2007 that Wicca helps him deal with matters such as death and guilt, and that he prefers it to "fairytales from the Middle East which have thrown an entire world into war".[18][20]

Selected discography


With Rypdal & Tekrø

  • Rypdal & Tekrø (1994)
  • Rypdal/Tekrø II (1998)
  • The Radiosong (2002)
  • Vagabond (1994)
  • A Huge Fan Of Life (1995)

As a solo artist

  • Extra Strong String (1998)
  • Magica Lanterna (2002)
  • Kingdom of Norway (2007)
  • Mein Ampf (2014)
  • Mein Ampf II (2015)
  • Bigfoot TV (2022)

With Ronnie Le Tekrø & The Evil Elf band

  • Under the Misteltoe (2002)

With Ledfoot & Ronni Le Tekrø

  • A Death Divine (2020)
  • Limited Edition Lava Lamp (2023)

Collaborations and guest appearances



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Valle, Viggo (25 January 2011). "Ronni Le Tekrø". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d Lalaina, Joe (14 March 2019). "Norwegian Thunder: Ronni Le Tekro Breaks Down 'XIII,' TNT's New Album". Guitar World. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d di Perna, Alan; Gill, Chris; Grow, Kory; Lailana, Joe; Scapelliti, Christopher (26 May 2009). "Cult Leaders". guitarworld. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  4. ^ "RLT". Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Ronni Le Tekro Interview: Norwegian Steel | All Out Guitar | Magazine Archive". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012.
  6. ^ Sidwell, Jason (24 November 2022). ""He brought the elements of expression that a voice has: sliding, bending and the best vibrato anyone had heard in 1966. Guitar was NOT built to do that!" What Jimi Hendrix means to me – by some of the world's greatest guitar players". Guitar Player. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Tekstarkiv –". (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  8. ^ Darrud, Aud (13 March 2009). "Samlet de beste gitaristene". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  9. ^ " – Premiere: Ledfoot & Ronni Le Tekrø – Shut Up".
  10. ^ Jones, Michael. "- Vi er autentiske jævler". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  11. ^ "Keepin' It Sexy: 30 Minutes in Bed with Zakk Wylde". Collider. 11 September 2007.
  12. ^ "The Beatles or the Stones? With Zakk Wylde". 3 November 2009.
  13. ^ "An Interview with Zakk Wylde: In the Making | the Aquarian". 18 August 2023.
  14. ^ Hermanrud, Frode (2 July 2023). "(+) Ozzy-gitaristen overrasket Tekrø som scenearbeider". Oppland Arbeiderblad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  15. ^ "Norwegian Thunder: Ronni le Tekro Breaks Down 'XIII,' TNT's New Album". 14 March 2019.
  16. ^ Skogrand, Øyvind (8 September 2017). "Ronnie Le Tekrø – Jeg hører aldri på tungrock – Stereo+". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  17. ^ "Ronni le Tekro: TNT". 17 July 2017.
  18. ^ a b Lund, Joacim (25 September 2007). "Spiller på mange strenger" (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aftenposten. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2008.
  19. ^ Itter, Scott Itter (11 March 2022). "TNT's Ronni Le Tekro Talks About His Latest Solo Album Bigfoot TV, And How He Intends To Celebrate 40 Years Of TNT 3/10/2022". All Music Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  20. ^ Gravem, Dag F. (21 September 2007). "Metall-avhengighet" (in Norwegian). Oslo: Ny Tid. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2008.

Further reading

  • Østbø, Stein (2007). Hekta – Ronni Le Tekrø, et liv i rock. Cappelen Damm, Oslo. ISBN 978-82-04-13130-0