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August 23, 1960|
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, heavy metal|
|Labels||Surfdog, Wazoo Music Group, Warner, Reprise|
|Associated acts||Heavy Bones|
|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|
Gary Hoey (born August 23, 1960) is an American hard rock guitarist.
Early life and early career
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 1988, 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". Not only did the hit rocket into the Billboard Top 5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, outpacing all other singles as the most frequently played rock song of the year, but the album went on to reach classic rock notoriety. The successful Endless Summer II 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.
Gary Hoey's most recent album, Dust & Bones was released in 2016. He has recorded 20 albums and had five top-20 Billboard hits. 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 has been featured on VH1 Classic’s documentary, “Aftermath,” and recently 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 Gary’s “Ho Ho Hoey” classics.
In addition to touring as a headline act, Hoey has toured and traded licks with Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepard, 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 album Living Like a Runaway album in 2012, as well as toured with her in support of that album.
- 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)
- American Made (2006)
- Fade to Blues (2008)
- Utopia (2010)
- Deja Blues (2013)
- Dust & Bones (2016)