Chris Loomis

Gary Hoey @ The Coach House – 06/14/2019

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Gary Hoey may not be a household name but some 30 years into his career you certainly know who he is if you are a rock n roll fan, especially a fan of the guitar. The rock and blues axe-master is currently playing a series of shows in Southern California supporting his March 2019 release Neon Highway Blues. Friday night June 14, Gary Hoey and his band made a stop a The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano to deliver a healthy dose of guitar driven rock n roll.

After some killer tunes from two local bands, Hoey and band took the stage and greeted fans with “Born to Love You” off 2016’s Dust & Bones before playing the first of five new songs with “Under the Rug”. Hoey stopped to dedicate “Who’s Your Daddy” to all the Fathers out there ahead of Father’s Day on the upcoming Sunday June 16. Hoey’s guitar playing is effortless and mesmerizing and he also has the perfect voice for the blues infused rock he has become famous for.

Hoey asked if he could play a tribute to his dear friend, the late Dick Dale who passed away in March 2019 (RIP) and the crowd loudly approved. Hoey told a brief story of the first time he played live with Dale and stated Dale came backstage and asked where his “gee-tuh” was (a very Boston accent). Hoey noted as a result he was shocked to find out Dale was from MA (same as Hoey) and that he was in disbelief as he thought Dale was born on a surfboard in Huntington Beach. With some additional kind words regarding Dale, Hoey and band played “Pipeline” and “Misirlou” – definitely a highlight of the show.

Long-time drummer Matt Scurfield and bass player AJ Pappas complete this amazing trio with nothing but top-notch playing deep with talent. Hoey continued to “WOW” the crowd with his six-string antics and guitar tone while playing each song. He comes across as such a polite and personable human being as he tells his short stories in between songs and interacts with the crowd which all makes for a night to remember.

Hoey played “Boston Strong” but renamed it “World Strong” asking all to come together for peace and happiness. The set ended with another tribute – this time to Johnny Winter with “Steamroller”. The encore consisted of the gripping rocker “Hocus Pocus” which helped put Hoey on the musical map back in the day along with “The Star Spangled Banner” that had all standing with hands over their heart and ultimately ending with Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”.

Gary Hoey continues his SoCal trek in Morrow Bay on June 19 at The Siren. Be sure to catch Hoey and band when they hit your town as you will experience a night of musical pleasure your ears with thank you for. Gary Hoey returns to SoCal in December with his annual Ho-Ho Hoey Christmas shows – click here for dates and venues.

Set List:

Born to Love You | Under the Rug  | Ghost of Yesterday | Who’s Your Daddy | Almost Over You | Pipeline (The Chantays cover) | Misirlou (Dick Dale cover) | Living the Highlife  | Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi Trio cover) | I Felt Alive | Damned If I Do  | Deja Blues | Peace Pipe | Boston Strong | Your Kind of Love | Steamroller (Tribute to Johnny Winter)

Encore: Hocus Pocus (Focus cover) | The Star-Spangled Banner | Foxy Lady (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)

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