Rock legend, Gary Hoey, is an extraordinary guitarist with a collection of 19 albums, and listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. He’s also a pretty funny guy and sent us his 2016 Saint Patrick’s Day photo which was taken at his studio in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Hoey is preparing a follow up to his, “Deja Blue”, album which was released in 2013 which brought him down the road of exploring the blues. His new album will be released on Mascot Records, a guitar driven label that has some of the greats like Warren Hanes, Joe Bonamassa, and Eric Johnson. Hoey will be featuring some surprise guests to play on his new album.
In 1987, Hoey got his first break when Ozzy Osbourne heard his audition tape and flew him out to Los Angeles to audition for Osbourne’s band. That gig went to Zakk Wylde. Osbourne was so impressed by Hoey’s perfomance, he suggested to Hoey to move out to Los Angeles to further pursue his career.
A collaboration with Frankie Banali, drummer for the band, Quiet Riot, produced a rock vocal album in 1992 on Reprise Records entitled, “Heavy Bones,” the only album for the band of the same name. They were a heavy metal glam band based in Hollywood, California with Hoey on lead guitar, Banali on drums, Scott Thunes on bass, and Joel Ellis on vocals. Another bass player, Rex Tennyson, appeared in their one and only music video 4:AM T.M.
In 1993, Hoey recorded the successful “Animal Instinct” album. His cover of “Hocus Pocus” made it onto Billboard’s Top 5 Rock Tracks. He went on to score, “Endless Summer II”, a soundtrack for New Line Cinema in 1994; and “California Screaming” (Disney Roller Coaster), picking up clients such as ESPN. Hoey’s songs have been featured in films such as “Beethoven III”,”Office Space”, and “Deck the Halls.” Recently, Hoey co-produced Lita Ford’s, “Living Like a Runway” for SPV Records.
To this day the Hoey continues to tour extensively, endorsing Fender guitars and amps, Monster Cable, GHS Strings, Rocktron to name a few. As Music Director for Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp, he’s worked with legends like Joe Perry, Roger Daltrey, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, blues icon Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Leslie West of Mountain, and KISS drummer, Peter Criss. Hoey has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Joe Bonamassa, Ted Nugent, Doobie Brothers, Joe Satriani, Foreigner, Styx, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Peter Frampton, and Dick Dale.
Hoey is currently touring, and just confirmed he will be on the 2017 Rock Legends Cruise, in January 2017, which leaves from Florida. Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo, The Marshall Tucker Band, Leon Russell, Rick Derringer, The Artimus Pyle Band, This Lizzy, and Don Felder have been confirmed.