Hardline (3)

Members of Hardline (3): Alessandro Del Vecchio, Anna Portalupi, Atma Anur, Bobby Rock, Deen Castronovo, Johnny Gioeli, Josh Ramos, Mike Terrana, Neal Schon
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/hardlinerocks, http://www.hardlinerocks.com

Discography of Hardline (3):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Can't Find My Way 3 Audio MCA Records
2 Double Eclipse 12 Audio 1992
3 Double Eclipse 12 Audio 1992 MCA Records
4 Can't Find My Way 4 Audio 1992 MCA Records
5 Double Eclipse 12 Audio 1992 MCA Records
6 II 11 Audio 2002-09-24 Frontiers Records
7 Double Eclipse 13 Audio 2010-05-26 Geffen Records
8 Danger Zone 12 Audio 2012-05-18 Frontiers Records
9 Leaving The End Open 11 Audio 2009 Irond
10 Double Eclipse 12 Audio 1992 MCA Records
11 Double Eclipse 12 Audio 1992 MCA Records
12 Can't Find My Way 2 Audio 1992 MCA Records
13 Hot Cherie 3 Audio 1992 MCA Records
14 Danger Zone 14 Audio 2012-05-30 Rubicon Music
15 Leaving The End Open 13 Audio 2009-05-27 King Record Co. Ltd
16 Danger Zone 12 Audio 2012-05-18 Frontiers Records
17 Can't Find My Way 2 Audio 1992 MCA Records
18 Takin' Me Down 3 Audio 1992 MCA Records
19 Live At The Gods Festival 2002 18 Audio 2002 Frontiers Records
20 Danger Zone 12 Audio 2012-05-30 Icarus Music
21 Double Eclipse 13 Audio 1992-05-08 MCA Records


[b][u]Actual Lineup:[/u][/b]

Johnny Gioeli – lead vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards and backing vocals

Josh Ramos – guitars

Anna Portalupi – bass

Mike Terrana – drums

[i][b][u]Past Lineups:[/u][/b]

[b]Hardline 2012:[/b]

Johnny Gioeli – lead vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards and backing vocals

Thorsten Koene – guitars

Anna Portalupi – bass

Francesco Jovino – drums

[b]Hardline 2009:[/b]

Johnny Gioeli – vocals

Josh Ramos – guitars

Michael T. Ross – keyboards

Jamie Brown – bass

Atma Anur – drums

[b]Hardline 2003:[/b]

Johnny Gioeli – vocals

Joey Gioeli – guitar

Josh Ramos – guitar

Chris Maloney – bass

Rob Rock – drums

Michael T. Ross – keyboards

[b]Hardline 1992:[/b]

Johnny Gioeli – vocals

Joey Gioeli – guitar

Neal Schon – guitar

Todd Jensen – bass

Dean Castronovo – drums[/i]

Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with Journey/Bad English guitarist Neal Schon. The original plan was for Neal to produce Hardline, but as he was having so much fun that he decided to join the band as soon as he left Bad English for the tensions arosen with John Waite. They immediately added established musicians Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English) on drums to the mix and the result was magnificent. They went on to record their debut album “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big. The first single from “Double Eclipse” was the song “Hot Cherie”.

While never popular in the mainstream, various radio stations worldwide started to play it and Hardline’s fanbase started to grow. They released a video to MTV, but did not get much airplay. By that time grunge and alternative had already taken over and melodic rock was being pushed aside. Tension among band members, the record company and perhaps certain egos, got in the way of an immediate follow-up album, despite the band having written more than enough material. While Neal re-started his adventure with Journey in 1995 (again together with Deen Castronovo), Johnny stepped out of the music business eventually to return as Axel Rudi Pell’s singer in 1998 on the album “Oceans Of Time”. But years later Johnny and his brother Joey were ready to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records, with an all new line-up featuring famed drummer Bob Rock (Nelson, Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion), lead guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Two Fires), bassist Chris Maloney and keyboard player Michael T. Ross (Accomplice) and all new material. Of course the awesome result is Hardline “II” which was produced by veteran studio man Bob Burch.

The album shows a new maturity and edge for Hardline combining powerful and immediately recognizable hooks coming from the classic hard rock tradition of Whitesnake, Van Halen and – of course – Hardline with all new elements and sounds. This album marks the long awaited return of an hard rock master and creates a landmark for the years to come for the development of this music style ! The album also includes the song “This Gift” written and performed with Neal Schon as special guest on guitar.

Hailed by critics and fans alike as a top return, the band returned on stage headlining the GODS Festival in Bradford in June 2002, before Johnny and Josh started to work on new songs which eventually saw the light of day on the “Leaving the End Open” album released on Frontiers in may 2009.

Following the release of “Leaving The End Open”, HARDLINE’s mastermind and singer Johnny Gioeli did not realistically feel that another HARDLINE album would have seen the light of day sometime soon. It was again thanks to the insistence of Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino that the concept came about once again “I love surprises and this was certainly one of them”, says Gioeli. “Each time I decide to close the door on Hardline, I get the itch to continue”.

Fate wanted that when Perugino sent Gioeli some song demos written by Alessandro Del Vecchio (an Italian musician and producer know for his work with Edge of Forever and Eden’s Curse but also with Axe, Mitch Malloy, Bobby Kimball and several other top musicians and bands), the singer became excited once again and wanted to give it another go.


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