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Gary Hoey

Just as alternative rock was signaling the death knell for many of the "guitar shredders' of the late '80s, a few instrumentalists were able to sneak in under the radar, such as Gary Hoey -- who attracted some attention via his 1993 debut, Animal Instinct. Hailing from Boston, MA, Hoey was first a music fan before picking up the guitar -- following such renowned rock bands that hailed from the area (Aerosmith, J. Geils Band, Boston, etc.). It wasn't long after that Hoey decided to give the guitar a try, initially inspired by the usual guitar greats (especially Jimi Hendrix, whom he dug initially because of his "cool clothes"). Hoey was not entirely self-taught, however, as he would often hang around outside of Boston's renowned Berkelee School of Music, make friends, and then offer to pay them for lessons. Sensing that he should devote all of his time to music, Hoey dropped out of high school and began playing Boston's local clubs, making ends meet by teaching guitar to others.

Hoey's big break appeared to come his way in 1982, when Ozzy Osbourne began looking for a replacement for his recently deceased guitarist, Randy Rhoads. Despite a series of auditions (including Hoey being asked to fly out to Los Angeles), Hoey failed to land the gig, but in the process, he decided to relocate permanently to the West Coast. Packing up all his belongings into a U-Haul, Hoey arrived with $17,000 in his pocket (saved from his playing and teaching gigs). Years later, Hoey eventually came to the attention of manager Dave Kaplan, who helped get the guitarist's career moving forward. Although it wasn't the best of times to launch a career for a "guitar hero" in 1993 (with Nirvana and Pearl Jam being all the rage), Hoey did just that and, surprisingly, scored a sizeable MTV/radio hit with his cover of the early-'70s prog rock gem "Hocus Pocus" by the Netherlands-based group Focus. The album it was taken from, the aforementioned Animal Instinct, also featured contributions from a few notable names of '80s hard rock -- bassist Tony Franklin (ex-Firm), keyboardist Claude Schnell (ex-Dio), and drummer Frankie Banali (ex-Quiet Riot).

Hoey never managed to scale the same heights commercially, but it didn't prevent him from carving a niche for himself, as his albums got progressively more surf-based and rootsy. A friendship with surf guitar great Dick Dale soon blossomed, with Dale going as far as declaring Hoey as one of his all-time favorite players, alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and Andrés Segovia (in Guitar Player magazine), which led to the two working together. The two talented guitarists went toe to toe on a remake of "Miserlou" (titled "Miserlou '97") for the 1997 benefit album M.O.M., Vol. 2: Music for Our Mother Ocean, which also saw Hoey produce and play on another track for the collection, "V-12 Cadillac," by a then still unknown Jewel.

Hoey continues to issue solo albums on a regular basis (including a series of Christmas-themed releases), as well as being a regular guest on several nationally syndicated radio shows (Mancow, Mark & Brian, etc.). He also has worked with various musical instrument and electronics companies creating his own signature gear for retail. In 2006, Hoey released American Made on Surfdog Records. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Love his take on diff sounds he makes it his own and that's not easy nowadays. Ten bears running.
Holy s**t this mf rocks Keep on jamming Gary. The rock gods commend u.
Check out quientin Sullivan
Electric blues he's 16 years old
Been in omaha 20 years . Grew up w/tommy bolin, M.L.Firkin!! ! In Soo City, his bro, pug used to werk 4 me , BOLINS ALLEY!!!
Gary is the MAN
Whoever said this guy is a hack need to GET THEIR DAMN EARS CHECKED. He's one of the most underrated guitarist out there. Nobody tears up the classics quite like Gary.....pri m e example " HOCUS POCUS.
great to see live, excellent concert
ed.beard2
Sounds Like the same 80s stuff. Not as original as the bio says. Also many soloist made it in the 90s such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
tnyavena
Failed to mention his short stint in a band called Heavy Bones
he, along with Jr. Brown, is one of the guitar Giants.. very sweet 6 string sound.
Jaymoon1976 i totaly agree with you brother gary hoey is a six string wizzzzzard and jaymoon you have great tast in guitar riffs and if any one questions this post then just listen to the remix low rider
ohop70
like him ...blueezy bottom sound. but edgy...very nice
He is boring. First time I heard a song by him here I could anticipate the next few notes before he even played them. Technically talented, but not a composer.
The guy who said Gary Hoey is a hack ! Man you need to listen to some of his other stuff the guy is a guitar pickin genius and you obviously haven't got a clue what a good guitarist should sound like he is one of the top ten guitar players of all time along with Bonamassa ,Via,and satriani and dare I say Hendricks ,Rhodes , dimebag Darrell ! Get a clue if your gonna flap them lips son!!
Aloha!

WARNING: My 1st Comment Written via Pandora - (truthfully, didn't know comments available to write and/or read...)

Here it goes...
I'm a 3rd Generation Huntington Beach, CA local (AKA: Surf City USA)...

And Gary Hoey possesses an amazingly unique talent; the sheer ability to audibly capture the beach/ocean- l i f e vibe, which living in HB, I've heard it all, but have always preferred his stuff music most.
Luckily, with my family sharing their vast range of the "good, chill, kickback" Su
linus and lucy .....and leather....
I wouldn't ever say that this guy is a hack - I like him - but he's clearly not on the same level as Vai and Satch. I just saw Steve Vai two nights ago and if you had been there you would never say that his playing has no soul. Have you even heard Tender Surrender or For the Love of God?
I cannot believe a comment posted below saying this guy is a hack. What? I suppose he would recommend Satriani or Vai over Hoey...In my experience as a guitarist and a fan, I have realized that the technicians like Vai & Satriani who have studied music theory endlessly fall short. They have no soul. Sterile. Robot-like. Have you ever noticed that most of the timeless endeared guitar gods never had a lesson in their lives?
9/10 times, I love it when this guy's work shows up on one of my many shred stations. As has been said, he doesn't show off the most technical skill, or whammy things about like that wonderful madman Vai, but his riffs are always SO catchy, for lack of a better word. There is clearly that classic rock influence, which I just love. Good stuff, I gotta say.
I got to know his stuff from the movie soundtrack Endless Summer 2 Surfing movie.
kvons1
Gary Hoey----Lowe l l , Mass. from my (original) neck of the woods. Great guitarist!
Wow, I don't know how this guy escaped my attention all these years! Good for him for sticking to his classic rock roots in the modern rock era. I was a classic rock musician who didn't even start joining bands until the mid-90s. Too late by then!
1st time hearing him, he shreds, has a great sense of humor, chops are 'caffeine' hack fun! Want to hear more!
1st time sounds good to me.
Gary's playing is accessible to a very wide audience. Sure, he may not shred as fast or technically as others in the instrumental genre, but his melodies tend to have a catchier feel. As many others have noted, Gary is very gracious of his fan-base; he stayed after a live show I attended, spoke to fans, and provided autographs without hesitation.
Seen Gary in June. Great show and a great band. The band come out after the show, got to talk with them and Gary. Love the new cd. Truely a guitar god!
1 of rocks great guitarst and 1 really nice guy went on a cruse with his band all good people and they rock n rolled that ship
tincrown
A guitarist I sometimes play with recommended Gary. I can see why. Also dig the cool fretless bass laying down the groove.
Love all of his stuff including his Christmas CDs, Great music!!
cool dude, although i like steve vai & satriani's style better.
sccytogal
Great stuff...righ t from the heart! He is def in the top Luthier Echelon!!! Great Live sound!!!
great great great whay else can be said
killer job on this one
:o)
I LIKE HIS STYLE!
khloedog17
We have seen Gary live several times and he never fails to give a great show. Love his music.
I take that back. He is really good.
He is pretty good. But he is "underground " after all.
Wow hack he's got the best xmas music. try it my friend.
Please...thi s guy is a hack...I can name 5 solo guitarists worth a grain of salt, and Hoey is not even close.
ttbeaster
Great instrumental rocker. His version of Misirloo is pretty sweet. Would love to see him tour with Joe Satriani!
Monster Surf is one of best albums ever for those who love instrumental rocking! Gary Hoey is awesome!
Description is sadly lacking. Doesn't even mention the soundtrack to Endless Summer II.
dankruer
Have heard a few of his radio interviews - seems to be a real "down to earth" guy. Just a "regular guy" who can flat out tear up a guitar. Love to hear him play. Wish he would tour through the midwest. Would definately go to see him live.
Hoey is awesome. Been a fan for some time. Got his autograph when he was making the rounds for his album Money. He was indeed very gracious. I wanted to take his picture, and he insisted that I join him and someone else took the shot of the two of us together. Class act + great music.
Thanks Pandora... I would have never discovered this amazing guitarist!
HAHAHA i just heard Linus And Lucy live. WAY better than the origanal.
dirtyfonzie
Hmmmm...must be that same 'thin line' between having internet access and thinking you're a comedian, musician, psychologist , lawyer, etc...
Come up to Southern NE area jcoct.

He plays all the time.
A thin line between playing guitar and masturbation . He passed it miles ago.
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