WHITESNAKE Guitarist Joel Hoekstra Featured On The Double Stop Podcast - "I Remember Begging My Mom To Let Me Drop Out Of High School So I Could Practice Guitar More"
October 13, 2014, 4 years ago
On the latest installment of The Double Stop Podcast (episode 34), Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, Rock Of Ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) shares his story - from early instruments and teenage bands to joining Night Ranger and eventually 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 album:
"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," states vocalist David Coverdale.
"Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also, his very agreeable personality and he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug’s replacement in Whitesnake.
We jammed together and 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 and understanding... and so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new Snake Brother... Joel Hoekstra... guitarist extraordinaire."
Read more about Joel at this location.