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Joel Hoekstra

REVIEWS

NIGHT RANGER

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"Brad and Joel proved with their performance that evening just how damn good they are at what they do! These two axe-masters slammed it home and took no prisoners from the very start"
-Jeb Wright, classicrockrevisited.com

 

"Joel works so well with Brad you’d think he has been in the band since the beginning and they came together as one so well for ‘Don’t Tell Me You Love Me’ and ‘Rock in America’ in both their individual solos and harmonies."
--Rich Catino, metalasylum.net

 

"I had to say that these new additions to the bands lineup were excellent.....Guitarist Hoekstra is also performing in the hit Broadway musical “Rock Of Ages”
--Ken Pierce, PiercingMetal.com

 

"Hoekstra stampeded through the band's twin guitar attack with original member Brad Gillis."
--Melissa Ruggieri, Richmond Times Dispatch

 

"The dual guitars of Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra were blazing throughout the set. Night Ranger was here in 2008 and they were one of the top requests to have back in 2009. They are the perfect festival band, with a lot of hit songs, smoking guitar and an excellent front man in Blades. By the time the show wrapped the crowd was crowning Night Ranger the kings of Rocklahoma. It was a superb show by a very talented and professional band that repeatedly blows away the competition."
--Erik Tweedy, classicrockrevisited

 

"New member, fantastic talent on guitar / backing vocals, Joel Hoekstra fits right in! I was actually thinking that the way Joel and original guitarist, Brad Gillis played harmony guitar solos off each other reminded me of Thin Lizzy back in the day."
-Alun Williams, about.com

 

"Brad Gillis rules and new guitarist Joel Hoekstra was also great. He is also in the Rock Of Ages show."
-Eddie Trunk, That Metal Show

 

"Keep your eye out for Hoekstra. He's playing in the Broadway hit Rock of Ages, and he's got a star-in-the-making quality about him."
-Mark Bialczak, syracuse.com

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"Then I was really impressed with Joel Hoekstra who did a fantastic acoustic guitar dual with Brad Gillis . They both showed that it’s not all amps, whammy bars and pedals; these guys really know what they are doing!"
-Steve Teets, concertwriter.com

 

"New member, fantastic talent on guitar / backing vocals, Joel Hoekstra fits right in! I was actually thinking that the way Joel and original guitarist, Brad Gillis played harmony guitar solos off each other reminded me of Thin Lizzy back in the day."
-Alun Williams, about.com

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"Hoekstra, Gillis, and Blades were all over the stage like madmen, and from the first moments, it was like Hoekstra had been a part of Night Ranger for years. Hoekstra pays complete respect to the band's legacy and does total justice to all of the riffs and guitar duels (with Gillis) that Night Ranger fans expect and love. No doubt, Hoekstra has had a tough and delicate slot to fill, replacing a fan favorite in Jeff Watson, but he makes it look easy without coming off as cocky."
--Matt Wardlaw, pitriff.com

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"guitarists Brad Gills and new guy Joel Hoekstra played tandem leads like few can."
-Dan Wall, classicrockrevisited.com