Joel Hoekstra Interview – Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cher, Night Ranger – Everyone Loves Guitar #225

“Career-building takes just as long as building your playing…”

Joel Hoekstra Interview – Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger – Everyone Loves Guitar #225

Joel’s had incredible success playing for top-shelf bands and in settings all over the musical map. Most people know him for his work with Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger, Cher, and Foreigner. But he’s literally played with a “who’s who” list of artists, including Dee Snider, Jeff Scott Soto, Don Barnes (38 Special), Joan Jett, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Tommy Shaw (Styx), Alan Parsons, Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), 
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Sebastian Bach, Ted Nugent
, Glenn Hughes, Wyclef Jean, Debbie Gibson, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and literally hundreds more…

Joel talks about getting the gig with Whitesnake… how his work ethic has helped him throughout his career… a funny story about Alice Cooper’s snake shitting all over Reb Beach’s pedalboard… having confidence (or NOT having it)… and what he learned from his mom. This was a GREAT conversation with an incredibly successful player who is equally humble regarding his accomplishments…

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Craig Garber

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