Tis The Season For Ho-Ho Hoey!

December 4, 2019
JDS

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GARY HOEY     -     “HO HO HOEY”

 

After the guitar virtuoso’s success with a top 5 Billboard hit in 1993 with his cover of “Hocus Pocus”, Hoey transformed the world of Christmas music by applying his fiery guitar techniques to what would be the first Ho Ho Hoey album in 1995.  It was 23years ago that Gary recorded his first Ho Ho Hoey album on an eight track digital recorder in his bedroom after his mom said, “you need to record a nice Christmas album.” and he replied, "no mom, I need to record a rockin’ Christmas album."  Little did he know he would be the first to adapt instrumental rock guitar to Christmas Classics, creating a tradition at rock radio stations and homes around the world.  After selling hundreds of thousands of copies, what Gary is most proud of, is all the fundraisers, food drives, clothing drives, Toys for Tots, helping the Wounded Warriors and American veterans that’s what makes it special.

 

The 2003 release of  Ho Ho Hoey The Complete Collection is a two-disc set which includes 37 Hoey-ized holiday songs.  Some of Hoey’s holiday highlights include two songs featured in Hallmark’s musical greeting cards, “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”  “Deck The Halls” was featured in the movie, “Deck The Halls” starring Danny Devito.

 

 

2019  "Ho-Ho-Hoey Rockin' Holiday Tour"  -  Itinerary

Fri., Nov 29           Salisbury, MA                      Blue Ocean Music Hall

Sat. Nov. 30          Sellersville, PA                     Sellersville Thearter

Sun., Dec. 1          Pawling, NY                         Daryl's House

Fri., Dec. 6            Pawtucket, RI                       The Met

Sun., Dec. 8          Uncasville, CT                      Mohegan Sun Wolf's Den

Thur., Dec. 12      St. Charles, IL                       Arcada Theatre

Fri., Dec. 13          Detroit, MI                           The Magic Bag

Sat. Dec, 14          Blawnox, PA                        Moondogs

Sun., Dec. 15        Buffalo, NY                         Iron Works

Thurs., Dec. 19     Las Vegas, NV                    Boulder Station

Fri. Dec. 20           San Juan Capistrano, CA    The Coach House

Sat., Dec. 21         Ramona, CA                        Ramona Mainstage

Sun., Dec 22         Hermosa Beach, CA            Saint Rocke

 

Thurs., Feb. 27th   Ft. Lauderdale, FL               Rock Legends Cruise

 

 

GARY HOEY  -  Biography

 

At sixteen, Hoey often lingered outside Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music making friends and offering to pay for lessons. To devote more of his time to music, the prodigy would cut high school classes so that he could hone his guitar playing skills all the while playing Boston’s local clubs and teaching guitar to avoid a day job and keep the guitar in his hands.

 

Hoey’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne showed up in Boston looking for a guitarist. Osborne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition. The gig went to Zakk Wylde but Ozzy suggested Hoey move to LA seeing his talent.  He took Ozzy’s advice and with $17,000 he saved from teaching Hoey loaded the U-Haul and drove across country to LA. In 1992 Hoey released  “Heavy Bones” on Waner Bros. a rock vocal album with Frankie Banali on drums from Quiet Riot. Heavy Bones got caught in the grunge backlash and the album went unnoticed with a million dollar debt after album cost, promotion and video the band got dropped. 1993 Hoey asked Warner Bros. if he could record a low budget album for fun of instrumental rock.  He recorded the successful “Animal Instinct” album ($15,000 budget) which included a
cover of the Focus hit, “Hocus Pocus”.  Not only did the hit rocket into the Billboard Top 5, outpacing all other singles as the most frequently played rock song of the year, but the album went on to reach classic rock notoriety.  With a collection of 19 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

 

1994 Hoey scored the successful “Endless Summer II” soundtrack and had another radio hit with War’s “Low Rider.”   Other film clients have included Walt Disney films, ESPN, New Line Cinema, scoring the music to “California Screaming” (Disney Roller Coaster), as well as songs placed in movies such as “Office Space,” “Deck the Halls” (Danny Devito), and Beethoven III.

 

In 2012 Hoey produced and co-wrote The Queen Of Metal Lita Ford’s latest release “Living Like Runaway” for SPV Records to rave reviews. “It was a thrill to work with Lita… She is a true rocker and a pioneer for woman in rock. And lastly, she’s a kick ass guitar player”.

 

To this day the guitar aficionado continues to tour extensively, endorsing Fender guitars and Amp, Monster cable, GHS Strings, Rocktron to name a few.  He has been involved with the Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp as music director.  Hoey has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Joe Bonamassa, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Styx, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Peter Frampton, and Dick Dale.

 

 

GARY HOEY DISCOGRAPHY:

HEAVY BONES                                                                                                  (1992)

ANIMAL INSTINCT                                                                                          (Warner Bros. - 1993)

THE ENDLESS SUMMER II SOUNDTRACK                                             (Surfdog / Warner Bros. - 1994)

GARY HOEY                                                                                                       (Surfdog - 1995)

HO! HO! HOEY                                                                                                   (Surfdog - 1995)

BUG ALLEY                                                                                                        (Surfdog - 1996)

HO! HO! HOEY II                                                                                              (Surfdog - 1997)

HOCUS POCUS LIVE                                                                                        (Surfdog - 1998)

HO! HO! HOEY 3                                                                                               (Surfdog - 1999)

MONEY                                                                                                                (Surfdog - 1999)

THE BEST OF HO! HO! HOEY                                                                       (Surfdog - 2001)

WAKE UP CALL                                                                                 (Surfdog - 2003)

HO! HO! HOEY – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION  (2 CD SET)           (Surfdog - 2003)

THE BEST OF GARY HOEY                                                                           (Surfdog - 2004)

MONSTER SURF                                                                                                (Surfdog – 2005)

AMERICAN MADE                                                                                           (Surfdog – 2006)

UTOPIA                                                                                                (Wazoo – 2010)

DEJA BLUES                                                                                                       (Wazoo – 2012)

DUST & BONES                                                                                                  (Mascot – 2016)

NEON HIGHWAY BLUES                                                                               (Mascot – 2019)