WHITESNAKE/Ex-NIGHT RANGER Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA To Release JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 Debut 'Dying To Live'
July 29, 2015
Joel Hoekstra will release "Dying To Live", the new melodic hard rock studio album from his electrifying new side project JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13, on October 16 via Frontiers Srl. The currrent guitarist for WHITESNAKE, Hoekstra is best known for his work with NIGHT RANGER, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and the show "Rock Of Ages".
"Dying To Live" features an all-star cast of rockers, including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals),Russell Allen (vocals),Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums),and Derek Sherinian (keyboards).
Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, songwriting and arranging (music and lyrics). The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is DIO-ish at its heaviest and FOREIGNER-ish at its lightest.
"Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock," explains Hoekstra. "That's when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13."
"Dying To Live" focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be. The CD was conceived before Hoekstra joined WHITESNAKE, whose lead singer, David Coverdale, gave the album his full blessing.
"David wants his players to spread their wings and fly, and, of course, be ready to rock when WHITESNAKE needs them, which obviously won't be an issue," says Hoekstra.
Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. "I hope everyone will give it a listen," he says. "I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in essentially the same genre. The lineup of musicians is stellar! I want to thank everyone for any support in advance. Life is good!"
"Dying To Live" track listing:
01. Say Goodbye To The Sun 02. Anymore 03. Until I Left You 04. Long For The Days 05. Scream 06. Never Say Never 07. Changes 08. The Only Way To Go 09. Dying To Live 10. Start Again 11. What We Believe 12. Kill or Be Killed (bonus track digital download)
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the album is available below.
* Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE) - Guitar, Backing Vocals * Jeff Scott Soto (JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals * Russell Allen (ADRENALINE MOB, SYMPHONY X) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals * Vinny Appice (Black SABBATH, DIO) - Drums * Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) - Bass
Special Guest Musicians:
* Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) - Keyboards * Chloe Lowery (TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) - Vocals * Toby Hitchcock (PRIDE OF LIONS) - Additional Backing Vocals * Charlie Zeleny (JOE LYNN TURNER) - Percussion * Dave Eggar (AMY LEE, COLDPLAY) – Cello