(Editor Note: This article was originally written in March of 2015 and has been updated due to unforeseen circumstances.)
A new dynamic duo has been created between two of the greatest guitarists in rock. Everyone knows that Whitesnake lost Doug Aldrich because he had other commitments to fulfill. Let’s face it it was time for him to continue growing after all of the success that he has gained in that band. Doug has been instrumental in helping Whitesnake remain one of the top hard rock bands in history.
Reb Beach has remained in the band and continue to deliver his unique and unmatched guitar style. Reb was previously the guitar player of the month in August 2014. He is also the guitarist in Winger. Additionally he spent time in Dokken and also Night Ranger. Reb also has a few solo recordings and has been a session guitarist. His unique blend of fretboard tapping, use of the whammy bar and tasteful licks make him an asset to any band.
A modern guitar hero has joined Whitesnake and his name is Joel Hoekstra, our guitar player of the month in March. Joel actually replaced Reb Beach in Night Ranger and now they are playing together in Whitesnake. Joel is also well known for being one of the many brilliant guitarists that play in Trans Siberian Orchestra. Additionally he also has some solo records. He is a classically trained guitarist and that can be seen with his signature 8 finger tapping technique.
Why are Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra a dynamic duo? Take a listen to these new Whitesnake recordings where they cover Deep Purple tracks from David Coverdale’s days with the band. One cannot help but to feel the energy and excitement between these two players. Reb Beach always puts a nice spin to a guitar solo when he covers other musicians songs and him playing Richie Blackmore parts is just a mind blowing experience to listen to. But pay close attention to how Jon Lord’s organ and keyboard parts are being played. That’s right, Joel Hoekstra incorporates his classical style to cover the late Jon Lord’s parts. By the sound of these three tracks that they have released it seems that Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra are once again a true dynamic guitar playing duo.
Whitesnake is schedule to release The Purple Album on May 19, 2015 (http://whitesnake.com/WS2013/features/purplealbum/)