Dying To Live

Joel Hoekstra’s 13 have released a  video for their 3rd single ‘Long For The Days‘ taken from ‘Dying To Live

‘Long For The Days’ is a song about reflection and regret over a relationship gone badly,” explains Joel.  “It’s a good old-fashioned, classic-rock style track that captures elements of some of my favorite bands (I’ll let you figure them out!). Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) lay it down while Derek Sherinian (keys) provides the right sounds and parts with tasteful perfection. Russell Allen delivers one of my favorite vocal performances EVER and Jeff Scott Soto sings some amazing backgrounds to support them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!”

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Long For The Days” as well as “Until I Left You” and “Anymore” (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here:

iTunes – http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes

AmazonMP3 – http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

Dying To Live will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.

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Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live

Frontiers (2015)

Reviewer – Aaron Chatfield

Current Whitesnake axe-man, Joel Hoekstra is one of those guys that has an undeniable aura of rock star around him. Best known for his tenure with US rock powerhouse, Night Ranger, he’s has a number of solo albums under his belt as well as guest appearances for artists such as Jeff Scott Soto.

Dying to Live rides the coat tails of his current success in Whitesnake and is ideally times to take advantage of that new exposure. Not surprising, as Frontiers appear to know exactly what the melodic rock marketplace are searching for every time.

Joining Hoekstra is the awesome drummer, Vinnie Appice and ex-Blue Murder bassist, Tony Franklin. That some power-trio right there. Topping that off is a dual vocal approach from Symphony X pipesmith, Russell Allen and one of the best known voices in melodic rock, Jeff Scott Soto. There is a host of special guests including keyboards from Derek Sherinian and backing vocals from Toby Hitchcock

From the get go, this album rocks. ‘Say Goodbye To The Sun’, comes blasting out of the speakers, flexing it’s rock muscles and pushing it’s way to the bar. Allen is on the mic for this one and he is in exceptional form. If you missed his solo album, Atomic Soul, then you should pick it up. Despite being known for his prog-metal roots in Symphony X, he has a wonderful rock voice, rich, melodic and big. Hoekstra delivers a blazing solo, full of flash. Great opener.

‘Anymore’ is a little more melodic and a little less bombastic. Some great keyboard embellishments and a wonderful chorus drive this along. A cracker.

Jeff Scott Soto takes over the vocal duties for ‘Until I Left You’ and the track suits him perfectly, sounding like it could have been lifted from a JSS solo album. It’s a good track, taking the album down a notch on the heaviness scale.

‘Long For The Days’, slows us down a again, building through a chugging survivor-esque verse in to laid back chorus, before ‘Scream’, turns up the tempo again. Jeff is back up front. It’s a fine album track, not problems, but not a standout track.

After a short classical guitar intro, ‘Never Say Never’, kicks in. Good riff and reasonable chorus. Easy to sing along too. ‘Changes’, is the albums power ballad, which is a standard affair. Jeff Scott Soto is back in fine form, reminding me of his Malmsteen days (especially in the bridge and chorus) on ‘The Only Way To Go’. It’s a well crafted song, with a wonderful acoustic middle and a big chorus.

The album title track ‘Dying To Live‘, is a rumbling beast of a track. Like a tiger hunting, the verse and bridge, stalk around the speakers, waiting for the right time to attack with a high speed chorus that takes no prisoners. Very interesting track indeed.

‘Start Again’, reminds me of Joel’s Night Ranger days. Solid melodic rock.

The standard album (there is a 12th track on the digital version) closer is a power ballad duet with JSS and fellow Trans-Siberian Orchestra singer, Chloe Lowery. You can tell these two have worked together before, their voices intertwine through the music, creating an almost hypnotic effect. The track is ambitious musically, changing tempo, dropping in acoustic and electric parts, it’s great album closer.

Joel is getting a lot of press these days and appears to be a very respected musician amongst his peers, which he is wholly deserving of. This album has clearly been a work of passion for him and the final product is a quality release. My only criticism, and its nit picking really, is the inclusion of two singers. I’d rather hear a single voice on the album, making it a little more cohesive from end to end, but as I say, I am just being picky, as the album is a great release.

I hope we get to hear what Joel can do with Reb Beach in Whitesnake, when not bound by the limits of Deep Purple material, because I believe he has not reached his full potential yet and has lots more to offer to rock!


Joel Hoekstra's 13

Joel Hoekstra’s 13 have released a new video for the track ‘Until I Left You‘, from the upcoming release ‘Dying To Live

Joel will be a Special Guest on next week’s Rockposer’s Roulette Radio Show, discussing the new album, Whitesnake & TSO.

‘Dying To Live‘ will be released on Frontiers Records on October 16th. The track ‘Anymore‘ is available now from Amazon.

Dying To Live

Joel Hoekstra, best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages, is proud to announce the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album ‘Dying To Live‘ from his side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday October 16th.

The new album features an all-star cast of rock musicians at the top of their game, including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and more!

Says Joel, “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. That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13”.

Joel handled the bulk of the creative process on the album by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics). The pedigree of musicians on the album is second to none.  The new album showcases the best rock ensemble that contemporary rock music has to offer. Joel’s astounding, versatile guitar playing raises the bar to a new level.

Joel Hoekstra


Album Tracklisting:

  1. Say Goodbye To The Sun
  2. Anymore
  3. Until I Left You
  4. Long For The Days
  5. Scream
  6. Never Say Never
  7. Changes
  8. The Only Way To Go
  9. Dying To Live
  10. Start Again
  11. What We Believe
  12. Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)

Joel Hoekstra's 13

Joel Hoekstra today announced details of his ’13’ project.

“I’m happy to announce the signing of Joel Hoekstra’s 13 to Frontiers Music. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Frontiers for many years while in Night Ranger and of course, now in Whitesnake and am looking forward to releasing this latest project with them. Joel Hoekstra’s 13 debut album will be out this October. More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but for now, feast your eyes on this stellar lineup of musicians appearing on the album!”

Joel Hoekstra – guitars, backing vocals
Jeff Scott Soto  – lead vocals, backing vocals
Russell Allen lead vocals, backing vocals
Vinny Appice – drums
Tony Franklin – bass
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian  – keyboards
Chloe Lowery – vocals
Charlie Zeleny – percussion
Dave Eggar – cello


Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. “The Purple Album” will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL“The Purple Album” is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.

The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition (http://amzn.to/1EQjry0), a deluxe edition (http://amzn.to/17Xxc2P) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” says Coverdale. “As I said to Richie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert.”

From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn” to album closer “Stormbringer“, Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer“, “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

Whitesnake 2015 © Ash Newell Photography
Whitesnake 2015 © Ash Newell Photography

The Purple Album – Track Listing:
1)            Burn
2)            You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3)            Love Child
4)            Sail Away
5)            The Gypsy
6)            Lady Double Dealer
7)            Mistreated
8)            Holy Man
9)            Might Just Take Your Life
10)          You Keep On Moving
11)          Soldier Of Fortune
12)          Lay Down Stay Down
13)          Stormbringer

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
14)          Lady Luck
15)          Comin’ Home

DVD Content:
Lady Double Dealer – Music Video
Sail Away – Mix Music Video
Stormbringer – Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune – Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK


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