Joel Hoekstra

Tue
12
Jul

Rat Pak Records Set To Release MICHAEL SWEET ‘One Sided War’

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In what promises to be Stryper front-man Michael Sweet’s most intense solo release to date, “One Sided War” showcases a full plate of hard rock & classic metal riffs from start to finish. One Sided War marks Michael’s 7th studio solo album and it clearly proves that he is still at the very top of his game! “I’ll tell you about it”, says Michael, “Musically it’s my heaviest solo album. It’s not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden / Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence to them. It’s a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks!”
 
Surrounding himself in the studio with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh, Michael began creating what would soon be known as “One Sided War”. Michael states “Originally I planned on showcasing my own guitar playing; I was going to do it all myself, but once I brought Joel & Ethan into the picture, things began to take a new direction and I am very happy with what we have accomplished”. Says Ethan Brosh about working with Michael, "He's one of those guys who have always been at the top of their game and has just never lost it and for me to be a part of this is very special". Joel Hoekstra comments "Michael and I actually go back to my time in Night Ranger when we opened for him when he was playing with Boston. Ever since then we've just been kind of collaborating and this is sort of a natural evolution getting to play on a few songs on his solo album".
 
The fast and furious opener “Bizarre” ignites the album’s pace with it's lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like “Can’t Take This Life”, “One Sided War”, "Golden Age", “I Am” and “Comfort Zone” keep the metal fires ablaze, while tracks like “Radio”, “One Way” and “You Make Me Wanna” bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront . “One Sided War” features only one ballad, “Who Am I?”, a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael’s talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it’s a different version of the song “Can’t Take This Life”, a duet with Michael and 16 year old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica. If you are a fan of Michael Sweet / Stryper or a fan of classic Hard Rock & Metal in general “One Sided War” is an absolute must have, you won’t be disappointed! Official release date is August 26, 2016
 
The CD was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.
 
TRACK LISTING:
Bizarre
One Sided War
Can't Take This Life
Radio
Golden Age
Only You
I Am
Who Am I
You Make Me Wanna
Comfort Zone
One Way Up
Can't Take This Life (*bonus track* featuring  Moriah Formica)
 

 
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Tue
12
Apr

JOEL HOEKSTRA Flags Project with MICHAEL SWEET (Stryper)

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WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra is to record an album with Stryper singer Michael Sweet.
Hoekstra announced the project on the current episode of the White Line Fever podcast, explaining he had built a strong relationship with Sweet while contributing to his solo album.

“I just got done laying down some solos for Michael Sweet’s solo album and actually he and I are also going to record a project album together that I’m going to write with him,” Hoekstra said.
“I’m doing some writing for that now and also three other things in total so I’m writing for four things total right now.
“A lot of my days are that.”

Hoekstra said he was a massive admirer of Sweet, 52, who is also an accomplished guitarist and producer.
“A lot of the guys from the scene are jaded, tired,” said Hoekstra, formerly of Night Ranger and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “Michael’s just a guy who’s got his life together and I think a lot of that is via how he goes about living his life on a daily basis.

“But yeah I think he is a really talented guy and a nice guy and him and I have always gotten on and wanted to work together.
“The timing didn’t work out for his last solo album so I ended up just kind of miming in a couple of the videos “I’m Not Your Suicide” and his duet with Electra Mustaine, the “Heart of Gold” cover.
“This time I got to play a little bit on the solo album and would have been happy to do much more but I think it would have been weird because we are going to do a whole album together.”

Whitesnake principle David Coverdale revealed in the wake of Deep Purple's Rock Hall induction he may retire in 2017
 
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Tue
22
Mar

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - SAXON, AXEL RUDI PELL, SANGUINE


INTERVIEWS WITH SAXON (BIFF BYFORD), ZAL CLEMINSON (SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND), AXEL RUDI PELL AND SANGUINE ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW

Listen now at:

https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-saxon-sensational-alex-harvey-band-axel-rudi-pellsanguine-interviews/

The show opens with Biff Byford discussing Saxon's 'Eagles and Dragons' 9 vinyl LP Box set, featuring all of their studio albums between 1991 ' 2009. Biff talks about the development of the band's sound as they returned to their Metal roots during this era, and chooses four songs from 'Eagles and Dragons', with one song selected as a tribute to his old friend Lemmy.

German guitar maestro Axel Rudi Pell, due to begin a European tour in April, talks about the writing and recording of his new album 'Game of Sins', which has hit the charts throughout Europe. Axel gives an insight into his songwriting method, and his relationships with band members Johnny Gioelli (vocals) and Bobby Rondinelli (drums), along with 3 songs from the new record.

In the second hour, Sensational Alex Harvey Band guitarist Zal Cleminson kicks off the first in a series of interviews celebrating the music of Alex Harvey, to coincide with the new career-spanning Alex Harvey box set 'The Last of the Teenage Idols', a 14-disk collection featuring all 8 SAHB albums and Alex's pre-SAHB solo albums, along with a wealth of unreleased material. Zal shares his recollections of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's career from beginning to end, and also reveals that he's putting together a new project with former Only Ones bassist Alan Mair.

The show concludes with an interview with innovative young metal band Sanguine, whose new album 'Black Sheep' blends melody and crushing heaviness to impressive effect

For the latest in Rock & Metal news, check out www.bravewords.com www.melodicrock.com www.metalshockfinland.com

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Tue
13
Oct

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - STEVE HACKETT, ROOM EXPERIENCE & JOEL HOEKSTRA


INTERVIEWS WITH STEVE HACKETT (ex-GENESIS/GTR) & JOEL HOEKSTRA (WHITESNAKE, ex-NIGHT RANGER) ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW

Two guitar heroes drop in on this week's programme, in the shape of former Genesis / GTR maestro Steve Hackett and Whitesnake axemaster Joel Hoekstra (ex-Night Ranger). The show is now available for streaming at this link

https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-steve-hackett-ex-genesis-gtr-joel-hoekstra-whitesnake-interviews/

Steve Hackett opens the show, discussing his new box set 'Premonitions-The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983', the writing and recording of his latest solo album 'Wolflight', his current 'Acolyte to Wolflight' tour, and the recently reissued debut album from GTR. Steve also picks tracks from each of these releases.

Room Experience's Gianluca Firmo introduces a song from the band's debut album, as part of an ongoing showcase of exciting new releases from Melodic Rock Records (www.melodicrockrecords.com)

And finally, Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra drops in to discusses his new solo project Joel Hoekstra's 13, and discusses the possibility of kidnapping the all-star line-up of musicians that played on the album (Jeff Scott Soto, Russell Alan, Tony Franklin and Vinny Appice) so that they can tour! Joel also chooses 2 songs from the 13 album 'Dying to Live'.

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Sat
19
Sep

One on One with Mitch Lafon - JOEL HOEKSTRA

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Whitesnake guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA joins Mitch on Episode 150 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. He discusses his new Joel Hoekstra's 13 'Dying To Live' album, working on new material with David Coverdale, joining Whitesnake, being at a crossroads in life, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his earlier solo albums and more. This episode also includes a quick interview recorded with WARRANT's Robert Mason & Erik Turner backstage at Heavy Montreal.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-150-joel-hoekstra-white

 
Quote from the interview: ""I never set out to make a super band album. It just fell into place."
For more about Joel visit: Online: http://www.joelhoekstra.com
Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13
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Twitter: @warrantrocks
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Tue
08
Sep

Double Stop Podcast - JOEL HOEKSTRA

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This week in the show - Joel Hoekstra is back on to talk about his new CD Dying to Live:

Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Night Ranger) discusses his new project - Joel Hoekstra's 13. He discusses how the new album (Dying to Live) came to be, and the process of recording it. He also provides an update from the last time he was on the show (Episode 34), and discusses the recording the Whitesnake Purple album as well as the Purple tour.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-74-joel-hoekstra-whitesnake-night-ranger-joel-hoekstras-13

On his audition for Whitesnake 1:38 "The first time I went out to meet with David, they had a pre-production of "Lady Double Dealer" for me to take a stab at playing a solo on. That was basically my audition. Pretty much what you hear on the album is what I wrote on my audition. And I also wrote the harmony solo that follows shortly thereafter."

On his new project Joel Hoekstra's 13 11:54 "It basically just sounds like a rock album. I had this weird dilemma because do I call it a solo album?  I can't really call it a band, because I did all of the writing on it - I wrote all of the words and melodies, and the whole nine yards. So I thought the most appropriate thing would be to give it a project name. So Joel Hoekstra's 13 is the project, and the album is Dying to Live".

 
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2015
 
Tue
16
Jun

JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 To Release Debut Album on Frontiers in October

 
Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the signing of Joel Hoekstra's 13!
 
We've had the pleasure of working with Joel for many years while he was in Night Ranger and of course, now in Whitesnake and greatly look forward to releasing this latest project of his. Joel Hoekstra's 13's debut album will be out this October.
 
More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but for now, feast your eyes on this stellar lineup of musicians appearing on the album!
 
Joel Hoekstra - guitars, backing vocals
Jeff Scott Soto - lead vocals, backing vocals
Russell Allen - lead vocals, backing vocals
Vinny Appice - drums
Tony Franklin - bass
 
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian - keyboards
Chloe Lowery - vocals
Charlie Zeleny - percussion
Dave Eggar - cello
 
 
In an interview with Ken Tomczak to be pubished shortly, Joel says this of the album: "I did all of the writing...words, melodies, the whole nine yards. It's melodic hard rock that I describe as being Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest. It's scheduled for an October release."
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Wed
10
Jun

WHITESNAKE - The Purple Album (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
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Burn
Lady Double Dealer
Mistreated
Holy Man
Soldier Of Fortune
You Fool No One
Produced By: 
David Coverdale, Michael McIntyre, Reb Beach
Running Time: 
66
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
89
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Frontiers
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Whitesnake return with their latest lineup (adding the fresh blood of Joel Hoekstra on guitar and the return of old ‘Snake Tommy Aldridge on drums) for this new album of classic Deep Purple material.
But not any old Purple tunes – the classic songs of the David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Richie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice lineup, known infamously as the Mk. III and IV lineups. Mk IV was the one album Come Taste The Band featuring Tommy Bolin in place of Blackmore.
 
Fans seem split into two very distinct camps on this one. There’s the older fans who grew up with Deep Purple who are calling for Sir Coverdale’s head for committing the sacrilege of taking on these tunes; then there are the newer, generally younger fans that are not as familiar with the legacy of the Purple ones and don’t have the same reverent ownership or knowledge of these 70s classics.
Me? At the risk of getting splinters in my ass, I’ve got one foot in both camps. I love Deep Purple. There’s simply no band like them and they remain one of the founding artists of this whole genre.
If one loves the history of rock music, you can’t help but to have discovered Deep Purple somewhere along the path. And I also love Whitesnake. Even more so. I’m of the age that I grew up with the 80s Snake. Slide It In, the monumental 1987 and those records that followed.
 
So with my fanboy credentials for both aspects of this release established and my admiration of current guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, it’s onto the music at hand.
First of all – the production is huge. Loud, big, rocked up into a more obvious Whitesnake guitar driven feel over the more guitar groove/Hammond organ sound of the originals.
Hoekstra and Beach play all over this record, adding new solos in a couple of parts and their own take on the dynamics of what Deep Purple would sound like under a duel guitar attack.
 
The biggest issue and perhaps the one that many are tiptoeing around is the vocal capacity of Mr. David Coverdale – Lord of the Snake and truly one of the finest vocalists in rock history.
His dulcet tones are still unrivalled. That deep, sultry voice is every bit as enticing as ever.
The same can’t be said of his higher range and the trademark Coverdale scream. Both have weakened considerably over the years, but fair play to David for doing a still commendable job at the grand age of 63. Yes, 60-bloomin-3!!! I can’t envision half the people of this world doing what David does at age 30, let alone 63.
So the vocals are hit and miss on occasion, but that’s not getting in my way of enjoying this album.
 
Burn simply rips your ears to shreds. As it should. Heavier than the original (as are all tracks on the album), the Snake version covers the same ground as recent rocked up versions by Glenn Hughes. It remains one of the greatest hard rock songs ever.
You Fool No One and Sail Away are silky smooth; while The Gypsy keeps one foot on the brake before Lady Double Dealer sees the pedal to the metal.
A seven minute Mistreated is as epic as is required while the fabulous Holy Man retains much of the original’s spirit.
On the downside, Might Just Take Your Life drags a little while You Keep On Moving fails in comparison to the Glenn Hughes versions.
The Joel Hoekstra constructed acoustic guitar delight of Soldier Of Fortune is much better as is the authentic 70s groove of Lay Down Stay Down.
 
The controversial Stormbringer closes the album with a raucous flurry of guitars and rhythm, but the vocals are so far back in the mix, they are almost washed out. I can see why purists were up in arms over this one and there’s far better within the album.

The Purple Album is a long record. It took me a few listens to better appreciate it and some songs were more instant than others, but if you are going to do a tribute album, you may as well do it well.
Not everyone is going to appreciate this album, but it is by no means as bad as some have made it out to be. I’m sure we’d all prefer an all-new studio album, but this will keep many fans happy while we wait.
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Tue
21
Apr

One On One With Mitch Lafon - WHITESNAKE

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In episode 105 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by the Voice of Rock and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale as well as Art Alexakis Of Everclear.

In my exclusive 47 minute interview with David Coverdale, he talks about the different guitarists he's worked with over the years including Jimmy Page, Doug Aldrich, Joel Hoekstra, Ritchie Blackmore, Glenn Hughes and more. His plans for a Deep Purple reunion. The planning, making and execution of their brilliant new The Purple album. Doing the rounds with Madonna. The Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame. Remembering Jon Lord. What is next for him and Whitesnake and much much more.

DAVID COVERDALE quotes:

1. On the Future of Whitesnake: "This might be my fond farewell to the big arena rock stuff."
2. On his time with DEEP PURPLE: "I did the best I could for the three years I was involved."
3. On a Deep Purple Reunion: "It would be a lot of fun and I certainly would be down for that."
4. On the 1987 Whitesnake album: "I thought it was a bomb. And not a bomb in a positive sense. I thought my career was over."
5. On his various guitarists: "I didn't want to go into guitar-hero land." And "Whitesnake is a great guitar gig."
6. Comparing Doug Aldrich to Adrian Vandenberg: "Adrian is a much better chef."
7. Is he interested in doing new music? "I have a feeling that my career has come full circle. I'm not competing with the young David Coverdale, but I do have a feeling that I don't want to challenge myself anymore. It really is exhausting."

In the episode's second interview, Mitch is joined by Art Alexakis who discusses EVERCLEAR's new album Black Is The New Black and much more.

This episode is co-hosted by FIREHOUSE guitarist, Bill Leverty.

For more about DAVID COVERDALE & WHITESNAKE visit: http://www.whitesnake.com and on Twitter: @davidcoverdale
For more about ART ALEXAKIS and EVERCLEAR visit: http:// www.everclearmusic.com, on TWITTER: @artalexakis & @EverclearBand
For more about BILL LEVERTY visit: http://www.facebook.com/LevertyMusic and on Twitter:   @Leverty

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit: http://www.heavymontreal.com

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Wed
08
Apr

WHITESNAKE Debut New Song / Static Video 'Laydown Staydown'

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Available Today Along With first single "Burn" and "Stormbringer" when You Pre Order 'THE PURPLE ALBUM'

'The Purple Album' release dates: Europe: May 15  // North America: May 19

Order "The Purple Album" NOW from iTunes and get "Lay Down Stay Down", "Burn" & "Stormbringer" instantly: http://geni.us/WSPurpleDlxiTunes (Deluxe)
 
Physical formats (CD, CD/DVD, 2xLP) available from Amazon:
Deluxe - http://geni.us/WSPurpleDLXamz
Standard - http://geni.us/WSPurpleREGamz
LP - http://geni.us/WSPurpleLPAMZ
 
WHITESNAKE RETURN WITH THE PURPLE ALBUM
 
First New Studio Album In Four Years Set For Release in May Via Frontiers Music SRL.

 

Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition (http://geni.us/WSPurpleREGamz), a deluxe edition (http://geni.us/WSPurpleDLXamz) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

 
'It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,' states Coverdale. 'As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn't have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can't wait to play these songs in concert!'
 
From the opening notes of the classic track 'Burn,' to album closer 'Stormbringer,' Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like 'Lady Double Dealer,' 'Soldier of Fortune' and 'Sail Away' are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake lineup featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.
 
The tracklisting for The Purple Album is:
1)Burn
2)You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3)Love Child
4)Sail Away
5)The Gypsy
6)Lady Double Dealer
7)Mistreated
8)Holy Man
9)Might Just Take Your Life
10)You Keep On Moving
11)Soldier Of Fortune
12)Lay Down Stay Down
13)Stormbringer
 
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
14) Lady Luck
15) Comin' Home
 
DVD Content:
Lady Double Dealer - Music Video
Sail Away - Music Video
Stormbringer - Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune - Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK
 
Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as 'Slide It In,' 'Here I Go Again,' 'Still Of The Night' and 'Is This Love.' Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.
 
Stay up to date with Whitesnake & David Coverdale:
Official Site - http://www.whitesnake.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official?fref=ts
Twitter - https://twitter.com/davidcoverdale
 
"The PURPLE Tour" Ticket Link - http://bit.ly/17PUWWB
 
Editor & Visual Effects: Tyler Bourns
 
Video Production Company: Bourns Productions Inc.
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Wed
25
Mar

WHITESNAKE Debut New Track 'Burn' From 'The Purple Album'

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Here is the premiere of "Burn" from the upcoming WHITESNAKE  album, THE PURPLE ALBUM

If you pre-order from iTunes, then both "Burn" and "Stormbringer" will download automatically! http://geni.us/WSPurpleDlxiTunes

'The Purple Album' release dates: Europe: May 15 // North America: May 19

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Thu
19
Mar

WHITESNAKE Launch The Purple Album EPK

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Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.
 
The band has now launched an EPK for the album, which can be viewed here:
 

 
 
The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon – Standard Edition (http://geni.us/WSPurpleREGamz), Deluxe Edition (http://amzn.to/17Xxc2P) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a behind the scenes featurette on the recording of the album, and in a double LP vinyl format.  Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise.  All details will be announced soon.
 

 
"It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale. "As I said to Richie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The university of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert."
 

Photo Credit: © Ash Newell
 
From the opening notes of the classic track "Burn" to album closer "Stormbringer", Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like "Lady Double Dealer", "Soldier of Fortune" and "Sail Away" are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.
 
 
Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as "Slide It In," "Here I Go Again", "Still Of The Night" and "Is This Love". Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.
 
 
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Mon
16
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - SOTO & STYX

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Lawrence Gowan of STYX and Jeff Scott Soto of S.O.T.O. join Mitch on this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon. WHITESNAKE's Joel Hoekstra co-hosts (and briefly discusses the band's new The Purple Album).

In our first interview, Gowan discusses the band's upcoming AXS-TV and Blu-Ray live concert event: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAST VEGAS, the progress of the next STYX studio album, their 2015 summer tour with DEFF LEPPARD and TESLA, the battle against cancer that his wife won, the Juno awards, his involvement with select charities including The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and  McDermott House Canada (serving veterans).

In our second interview JEFF SCOTT SOTO discusses his new band S.O.T.O., his new album Inside The Vertigo, his future, his time with JOURNEY. Select quote: "S.O.T.O. is my life right now. If I have to live out the rest of my career doing somebody else's legacy - to me it would be like being in a cover band and that's just not me."

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http:// www. heavymontreal.com

For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13
For more about STYX visit:  http://www.facebook.com/styxtheband
Follow STYX on TWITTER: @STYXtheBand
DOWNLOAD Gowan's exclusive charity performance for McDermott House Canada here: http://mcdermotthousecanada.org/gowan-in-kilt-tonight/

Follow S.O.T.O. on Twitter:  @jeffscottsoto and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial

 
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Thu
26
Feb

WHITESNAKE'S Purple Surprise Due May 15

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Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.
 

Photo Credit: © Ash Newell
 
The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon – Standard Edition (http://geni.us/WSPurpleREGamz), Deluxe Edition (http://amzn.to/17Xxc2P) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a behind the scenes featurette on the recording of the album, and in a double LP vinyl format.  Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise.  All details will be announced soon.
 

 
"It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale. "As I said to Richie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The university of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert."
 

Photo Credit: © Ash Newell
 
From the opening notes of the classic track "Burn" to album closer "Stormbringer", Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like "Lady Double Dealer", "Soldier of Fortune" and "Sail Away" are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.
 
 
Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as "Slide It In," "Here I Go Again", "Still Of The Night" and "Is This Love". Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.
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May 29th
Tacoma, WA
Emerald Queen Casino
June 4th
Las Vegas, NV
The Joint
Juen 5th
Scottsdale, AZ
Talking Stick Pool Amp
June 6th
Pala, CA
Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
June 9th
Beverly Hills, CA
Saban Theatre
June 11th
San Francisco, CA
Regency Ballroom
June 17th
Shawnee, OK
Grand Events Center
June 19th
Biloxi, MS
Hard Rock
June 22nd
Grand Prairie, TX
Verizon Theater
June 23rd
San Antonio, TX
Majestic Theater
June 25th
El Paso, TX
Socorro Event Center
June 27th
Greeley, CO
Greeley Independence Stampede
June 30th
Milwaukee, WI
Summerfest
July 2nd
Rama, ON
Casino Rama
July 3rd
Sterling Heights, MI
Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
July 5th
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock
July 10th
Mahnomen, MN
Shoot Star Casino
July 16th
Oshkosk, WI
Rock USA
July 18th
Merrillville, IN
Star Plaza
 
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED INCLUDING UK, EUROPE
AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. STAY TUNED!
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Mon
10
Nov

One on One with Mitch Lafon - JOEL HOEKSTRA

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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-67-joel-hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake joins Mitch for Episode 67 of One On On With Mitch Lafon. During the interview Joel discusses working with David Coverdale, the nearly completed new Whitesnake album, the band's upcoming tour and more. Joel also talks about working with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and their current tour that runs until January 2015, his time with Night Ranger and being part of the hit Broadway show, Rock Of Ages.

Talking Metal's Mark Strigl co-hosts this episode.
Listen to the One On One With Mitch Lafon Podcast on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, TuneIn and Stitcher.
For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13

For more Mark Strigl visit: http://www.talkingmetal.com and follow him on Twitter: @Strigl and @talkingmetal

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One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch

And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

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Thu
06
Nov

JOEL HOEKSTRA All-Star Side Project With Russell Allen

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Newly annointed Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra (TSO, Night Ranger, Rock Of Ages) is also working on a side project that he plans to complete a full length album with for 2015 release. 

The lineup is:

Russell Allen - vocals
Joel Hoekstra - guitar
Vinny Appice - drums
Tony Franklin - bass
Derek Sherinian - keyboards
Jeff Scott Soto - background vocals

 
So far there are 7 songs are fully tracked, which are being mixed and a negotiation with a prominent label is underway to make it a full length release, to be released by the 2nd quarter or 2015.

 
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Mon
13
Oct

Double Stop Podcast - JOEL HOEKSTRA (Night Ranger, Whitesnake)

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This week Joel Hoekstra shares his story - from early instruments and teenage bands to joining Night Ranger and now nabbing one of the most sought after gigs for a guitar player - the mighty Whitesnake. He fills in the blanks from how he got the gig in Night Ranger and managed to juggle it with Rock of Ages on Broadway, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra - all at the same time. Plus, he goes into detail on how he got the gig in Whitesnake and his part of the recording process on the new cd.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-34-joel-hoekstra-night-ranger-whitesnake-trans-siberian-orchestra-rock-of-ages

http://thedoublestop.com/ep-34-joel-hoekstra-night-ranger-whitesnake-trans-siberian-orchestra-rock-of-ages/

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-double-stop/id818189359

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvwoHxjlRBk

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Fri
05
Sep

NIGHT RANGER Continue Quest For Next Guitarist

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Night Ranger continue looking for a permanent replacement for departed guitarist Joel Hoekstra, who has joined Whitesnake.
Jack Blades sent this message out:
 
"We wanted to give a shout out to Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper Band), who has been playing with us until we make an official lineup announcement.  Keri has been rockin' the past few shows, like only he could! He's a bro and rock n' roll family to us. Getting hit by lots of great guitar players for the spot. No one is officially locked in as of yet. We have received so many amazing messages from our fans and thank you for supporting Night Ranger!"
 
Meanwhile, Joel has spoken to Guitar World about his new job: http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-joel-hoekstra-discusses-his-new-gig...
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Fri
22
Aug

NIGHT RANGER Guitarist Joel Hoekstra Departs To Join WHITESNAKE

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NIGHT RANGER guitarist Joel Hoekstra is leaving the band to join WHITESNAKE.
 
Night Ranger will be playing one of their last shows with Joel tonight as they take the stage in Boston with 38 Special.
The band released this brief statement:
Joel Hoekstra has just announced he will be departing the band to pursue other creative opportunities. We couldn't be happier for Joel. The last 8+ years have been a blast and we wish him nothing but the best.
Night Ranger will be announcing Joel's replacement shortly. We are looking forward to the next chapter of Night Ranger, and traveling to Japan, Hawaii and venues across the United States, Europe and the UK in support of our new album HIGH ROAD.”
 
David Coverdale likewise released a statement:
 
"Ladies & Gentlemen...Boys & Girls...Your Attention, Please...:)
One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band, was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona.
Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also, his very agreeable personality & he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug’s replacement in Whitesnake.
We jammed together & were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014.
Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with Night Ranger.
We sincerely thank you all for your patience & understanding...& so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new Snake Brother...
JOEL HOEKSTRA...Guitarist Extraordinaire"
 
So Night Ranger has started talks with potential candidates to replace Joel. A decision is expected to be made in the next couple of weeks.
 
Whitesnake are in the process of writing and recording a new studio album for release in 2015 - the band will undertake a worldtour throughout 2015.
 
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Mon
23
Jun

VHF PROJECT DEBUTS FIRST VIDEO

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NOW AVAILABLE ON CDABY AND ITUNES
 
 
 
Here is the complete video for the first single, "Whispers of the Soul" from VHF, 
 
 
CD "Very High Frequency" will be released in 3 weeks on iTunes, CD Baby. 
 
Tony Franklin: "I'm digging the completed VHF CD (Todd Vinny Vinciguerra, Joel Hoekstra, Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster)... Wow, actually! And it's crazy how this thing came together. Vinny approached me with the idea. He wanted to lay down some song-oriented drum grooves and then have me play bass over them... it was wide open, whatever I wanted. So I did it, and had a blast. I put some time into it to come up with something creative, heavy, a little edgy and different, while still maintaining a 'song-type' format. Vinny's parts were great to play over - groove wise and idea wise. I was definitely inspired. Next we handed the tracks over to Joel Hoekstra who was totally on board and in tune with the concept. He took it to a whole other level. When I listen to the tunes, they sound like we sat in the same room together, created the riffs, grooves and changes as a band, which couldn't be further away from the truth! Haha. I've always maintained that nothing beats playing and recording in the same room together... but sometimes there are exceptions to the rule!! https://www.facebook.com/VHFtheband"
 
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