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  • Writer's pictureBill Hernandez

Joel Hoekstra/Whitesnake Interview

Joel Hoekstra is an amazing, talented guitar player. Currently on tour with Whitesnake, Hoekstra also has roots with Night Ranger, Cher, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Hoekstra will be performing live this Thursday night with Whitesnake at the Hard Rock Event Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.


Hoekstra took time out of his busy touring schedule to talk with In this interview, Hoekstra talks about his musical influences, the 40th Anniversary Tour with Whitesnake, and a long list of things happening this year. Click on the video box to hear the interview in it's entirety.

Here is a brief history about the man, Joel Hoekstra, provided by

A prolific and genre-defying guitar player in the vein of six-string virtuosos like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Nuno Bettencourt, Chicago-born, New York City-based Joel Hoekstra is one of the hardest working players on the hard rock circuit.

An in-demand session musician and touring member of Night Ranger, Whitesnake, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Hoekstra has also appeared on Broadway with the hit musical Rock of Ages (he made a cameo appearance in the big screen version as well).

Hoekstra issued his debut instrumental solo album, Undefined, in 2000, followed in 2003 by the jazz fusion-driven The Moon Is Falling and the artful 13 Acoustic Songs in 2007. In 2014 he formed the largely instrumental, melodic hard rock side project Joel Hoekstra's 13, which featured an all-star cast of hard rock heavies including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian(keyboards). The project's debut album, Dying to Live, was released via Frontiers Records the following year.

For more information about Joel Hoekstra, log on to his website at

For a list of upcoming shows at the Hard Rock Event Center, please visit


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