davidcoverdale andjoelhoekstra600 Whitesnake has officially announced their new guitar player, New York’s own, Joel Hoekstra.

Whitesnake frontman, David Coverdale has posted the following message:

“Ladies & Gentlemen…Boys & Girls…Your Attention, Please…:)

One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band, was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona.

Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also, his very agreeable personality & he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug’s replacement in Whitesnake.

We jammed together & were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014.

Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with Night Ranger.

We sincerely thank you all for your patience & understanding…& so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new Snake Brother…

JOEL HOEKSTRA…Guitarist Extraordinaire

~David Coverdale’

Hoekstra is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the band, is looking forward to rocking with you all soon. To read about all the band’s he has worked with, please click here.


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  • yuko_niji on

    He looks like Tommy Bolin !

  • Lee on

    Night Ranger is an add on to Journey/Foreigner tours that draw 15,000 with joke line-ups. They performed better but short set. It is a step down. Both headline indian casinos.

  • Mr. Scary on

    I was hoping George Lynch would of gotten the job :/

  • Robbie on

    Reb still does double time as he is still in Winger,perhaps Joel will do the same. The Winger cd from like 3 years ago,KARMA,wow!! Some of their heaviest work to date.

  • Gregg on

    Hey all! Happy birthday, Dana! Congrats to Joel For being the new guitarist
    in Whitesnake. As far as Doug Aldrich goes, Doug also has residency in Las Vegas
    at the Las Vegas Hilton in an 80’s Hard Rock/Metal show called
    Raiding the Rock Vault. My friend, Andy Freeman is in the show with Doug,
    along with Howard Leese (from Heart), Paul Shortino (from Quiet Riot), and
    I also believe Robin McAuley (from MSG) is in the band as well.

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