|Born||August 23, 1960|
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock|
|Labels||Surfdog, Wazoo Music Group, Warner, Reprise|
|Oral History, Gary Hoey reflects on the heroes he met and endorsements he gained at NAMM shows. Interview date August 16, 2010, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library|
Early life and early career
Hoey was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States. At fourteen, Hoey often lingered outside Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, making friends and offering to pay for lessons. To devote his time to music, he dropped out of high school and began playing Boston's local clubs and teaching guitar to other young players. He auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne in 1987, when Osbourne was searching for a replacement for Jake E. Lee, but the job went to Zakk Wylde.
In 1993, he recorded the successful Animal Instinct album, which included a cover of the Focus hit "Hocus Pocus". The single reached the top five on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and the album was also commercially successful. The successful Endless Summer II (1995) soundtrack soon followed. He went on to record around twelve instrumental albums, all electric guitar oriented. His 1996 release, Bug Alley, displayed added vocal ability that he has expanded on more recent albums. He continues to tour extensively.
As writer, producer, and guitar player, Hoey's clients have included Disney, ESPN, and No Fear, and he has performed the National Anthem for the New England Patriots, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Bruins. Hoey was featured in VH1 Classic’s documentary Aftermath, and guest starred alongside Michael Anthony, Ace Frehley, and Dave Mason, among others, at the 2010 Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, a special series that aired on VH1 Classic.
His popular “Ho! Ho! Hoey!” series of Christmas CDs and on-air station visits during the holiday season have become an annual staple at hundreds of radio stations nationwide. Moreover, his live annual interpretation, "Ho Ho Hoey's Rockin' Holiday Show," gains new fans each year. Hallmark's musical greeting cards feature two of Hoey's "Ho Ho Hoey" classics.
In addition to touring as a headline act, Hoey has toured and/or recorded with Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple, and Lita Ford. Hoey supported Jeff Beck on the US leg of his Spring 2010 tour. Hoey played on and co-wrote a few songs on Lita Ford's Living Like a Runaway album in 2012, as well as toured with her in support of that album. His 2008 release Fade to Blues saw a shift in emphasis and style towards blues rock in his own work.
Hoey endorses and primarily plays Fender guitars, favoring multiple different Strat models, while simultaneously endorsing Breedlove acoustic guitars. He also uses guitars by other makes including Hamer, Gibson and Ovation. Additionally he is also an endorser of GHS strings, EVH amps and Fishman pickups.
- Get A Grip (1991)
- Heavy Bones (with the band Heavy Bones) (1992)
- Animal Instinct (1993)
- Endless Summer II Soundtrack (1994)
- Gary Hoey (1995)
- Ho! Ho! Hoey (1995)
- Bug Alley (1996)
- Ho! Ho! Hoey II (1997)
- Hocus Pocus Live (1998)
- Money (1999)
- Ho! Ho! Hoey 3 (1999)
- Best Of Ho! Ho! Hoey (2001)
- Wake Up Call (2003)
- Ho! Ho! Hoey: The Complete Collection (2003)
- Best Of Gary Hoey (2004)
- Monster Surf (2005)
- The Official Album of the Disneyland Resort (2005) (California Screamin' , with George Wilkins)
- American Made (2006)
- Fade to Blues (2008; re-released 2012)
- Utopia (2010)
- Deja Blues (2013)
- Dust & Bones (2016)
- Neon Highway Blues (2019)