Life looks pretty good in the Joel Hoekstra camp these days. Having last year replaced Doug Aldrich in Whitesnake, and then laying down his wizardry on The Purple Album, he’s now about to release his fourth solo album Dying To Live. So I think it’s fair to say that the Chicago man is well entitled to wear a grin as wide as a church door. The former Nightranger guitarist took on a massive creative role in this process, by handling production duties and overseeing song arrangement. Hoekstra has worn his melodic hard rock influences firmly on his sleeve by also looking after the song writing duties.