So jetzt wieder so weit und wir haben ein neues Interview. Diesmal hat sich der Gitarrist von Night Ranger JOEL HOEKSTRA die Zeit genommen einige Fragen zu beantworten. Neben NIGHT RANGER ist Joel auch im Broadway Musical "Rock of Ages" Lead-Gitarrist und war auf der Tour von TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA mit dabei. Aber hier nun das Interview.......
The Night Ranger-Foreigener-Journey U.S. tour has just started. We'll be out July 18 - Oct 22'ish.
2. The new NIGHT RANGER Album was released on 17th June. Could you take us through the excellent new album “Somewhere in California“ and some of the ideas/stories behind the songs please...
Well, Jack, Brad and Kelly got together and started coming up with song ideas. Eventually, as the process went on they brought Eric Levy and myself in and it was an absolute blast! We were all set up in Jack's live room just like a teenage band, with the amps cranking, etc… I know that the mindset for the album was to do what we do best, to have fun and to be ourselves. I think we came away with a really nice representation of where we are as a band right now.
3. Where does the band get their song writing ideas from and who musically is an influence on you all?
Definitely from the core of the band: Jack, Brad and Kelly. That being said, they are extremely cool and considerate about letting Eric and me get a creative say-so in things. Those guys keep us on the right path and Eric and I create some scenery along the way, if you will…haha! As far as influences, we all have our own. The list goes on and on for me...
4. I think you are very busy at present. Besides NIGHT RANGER you are the lead guitarist of the musical „Rock of Ages“ and you toured with the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Please tell the readers of melodic-rock-inside something about the „Rock of Ages“ musical such as: How do you got the job? What do you feel when you play at the broadway „Rock of Ages“? What are you thought about „Rock of Ages“?
I met the music supervisor for Rock of Ages through the NYC scene. I was subbing on guitar in the show Tarzan (that Phil Collins wrote the music for) and he was the keyboard player for that show. We both felt that I would be a good fit for Rock of Ages and it has been a total blessing to be a part of. I love playing in the show. It's different from the "real" rock world, but if you haven't been to see Rock of Ages yet, I guarantee you that you will have a good time when you do. It's a FUN show and that's coming from a guy who isn't really into theater…..I'm into rock. But this show is geared towards people who enjoy a good time and not a stuffy night of boring dialogue, etc.
5. In June 2012 the movie of the „ROCK OF AGES“ is scheduled. Are you involved in the movie?
Yes, I just got back from Miami where the movie is shooting. They put Sebastian Bach, Nuno Bettencourt, Kevin Cronin, Debbie Gibson and myself together in a scene. We also got to play an impromptu concert for the cast/crew. The actors were all so respectful. It was really quite mind-blowing. Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta Jones, Mary J Blige were all there and were first class all the way.
6. What ist the difference between this three jobs/projects in your eyes? And what is your favorite?
They all offer something different. I really don't want to pick a favorite.
Night Ranger gives me an opportunity to be a part of a BAND. Recording/releasing Somewhere in California has taken that to new heights. They are my true rock n roll brothers.
Rock of Ages is like having the world's best day job. It just blows my mind that I come home to NYC from touring and still get to play 8 shows a week of music that I love and keep my playing and performance chops up.
Trans Siberian Orchestra is wonderful in that it is a very challenging gig musically and certainly playing for 10,000 people 8 shows a week is incredible. They also have a very dedicated fan-base that blew me away when I came onboard and certainly an amazingly unique, talented, visionary leader in Paul O'Neill.
7. Also in June you had the „Rock the Nation Tour 2010“ in Germany. How did the recent Germany tour dates go for you? What were the highlights?
Oh, Germany was fantastic! The highlights were the enthusiastic fans at all the shows. We were blown away by the reaction and how we were embraced because the band hadn't been there since the 80's. We can't wait to return!
8. On this Tour you played with JOURNEY, FOREIGNER and KANSAS. How was the time with the guys from the other bands?
They are all great guys. Truly. For me, it's an honor to be in the same building with them and musically they all sound better than ever in my opinion. I mean, those are some MONSTER musicians to be on tour with.
9. What were the highlights of NIGHT RANGER in the past? Looking back if you could change anything what would it be and why?
Certainly my first gig with the band stands alone as one of the best times I've ever had on a stage. Each time in Japan with the band was very special and certainly recording Somewhere in California, but really the highlight is every show because we get to do what we love for a living. We are all so blessed.
10. What's in the pipeline now?
4 months of Night Ranger-Foreigner-Journey baby!
11. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?
I have been playing over 400 shows a year for the past few years between Night Ranger, RoA and TSO and people still refer to me as an unknown. haha! I know that might be kinda petty and egotistical, but it's the truth.
12. What do you like doing with your spare time outside of music?
I love sports. Being from Chicago, I'm a big Bulls/Cubs fan and I also LOVE chilling out and watching a good movie.
13. Message to your fans...
I am so glad to be doing what I love to do for a living. There is nothing better in life. All the support is TOTALLY APPRECIATED. Thanks so much!
Thank you Joel and I wish you much success with the new NIGHT RANGER album “Somewhere in California“.