Whitesnake Announce Joel Hoekstra as New Guitarist

Night Ranger axeman confirmed as replacement for Doug Aldrich.

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Whitesnake have officially announced Joel Hoekstra of Night Ranger as their new guitarist following the departure of long-time member Doug Aldrich.

As the official note from frontman David Coverdale reads, Joel has joined the Snake fold back in late May and is currently performing the rest of his previously-scheduled Night Ranger shows.

"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," the post reads.

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

"We jammed together and 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."

As for Aldrich, the axeman left the band this May after performing with Coverdale and co. for 11 years. More info here.

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    Unreal T
    Wow, this is some serious and shocking news! What the hell Doug is up to is what I want to know! Well, he has been with the band for long enough, but this Joel dude is going to have some MAJOR shoes to fill. In my opinion, Doug is one of the most highly underrated guitarists out there.
    Jeremy1116
    LOVE THIS!! He's a monster guitarist and one of the nicest musicians out there. Sad to see him leaving Night Ranger but definitely excited to see what he can bring to Whitesnake.
    iammclovin
    This guy is absolutely phenomenal, I've seen him with Trans-Siberian Orchestra twice and his guitar playing is mind-blowing!!