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Gary Hoey

When Gary Hoey was fourteen, he would often hang around outside of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, make friends, and then offer to pay them for lessons. Sensing that he should devote all of his time to music, Hoey dropped out of high school, and began playing Boston’s local clubs, teaching guitar to others on the way. He auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne to replace Randy Rhoads. In 1993 he put together his own trio, hit the studio to record the old Focus hit “Hocus Pocus” which rocketed into the Billboard Top 5 and outpaced all other singles as the most frequently played rock song of the year. In the midst of this ride Hoey had undertaken long radio station tours, during which he visited over 400 stations coast to coast. Gary has created music for ESPN’s Summer X Games, No Fear, Disney, The San Diego Padres and many others.


Gary Hoey's most recent album, “Deja Blues,” was released in 2013. He has recorded 19 albums and had five top-20 Billboard hits, and has been called one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

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, and the Boston Red Sox. 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, which debuts as a special series on VH1 Classic beginning this spring. Though he has retired, in his time between shifts at Starbucks, Gary claims to still enjoy playing guitar.

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.


Gary Hoey (born August 23, 1960) is a surfer-rock musician.

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 1990, he teamed with singer Joel Ellis, bassist Rex Tennyson, and drummer Frankie Banali to form Heavy Bones. The band released their debut album in 1992, but broke up shortly afterwards.

In a period between late 1991 and early 1992, Hoey auditioned for Def Leppard.

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, 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.

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