Interview with Johnny Gioeli: In four years I might slow down
One of the best voices in the world of hard rock and heavy metal is back on record. He’s known for singing in bands such as Hardline or Axel Rudi Pell, and now he is back with the first solo effort. His name is Johnny Gioeli and I called him up a few months ago.
How are you doing?
-I’m just fine. How are you?
I’m fine as well. I met you last year at Sweden Rock and I’m still writing this down with pen and paper.
-Ha ha ha, yes I remember that. It’s absolutely great.
You played in Sweden in May with Axel Rudi Pell. Where do you get your energy on stage from?
-I’m so grateful that I’m at the age of 50 can get the opportunity to play in front of a lot of people night after night. When I see all those people lined up in front of me I think that this are people who really exists and they are here to see me doing my best for them. I work hard and I give them all I have every night and that’s why I’m running round like an idiot on that stage.
In 2018 you also released the album ”Set The World On Fire” with your good friend Deen Castronovo. Did you get any good reviews?
-No all shitty, ha ha ha. Just kidding, we have got good response on the album and it seems like people love the record. It was great getting back together with Deen and it made a lot of people happy. There are some real personal tunes on this album and I just love the songs.
In december you will release your soloalbum ”One Voice. You sound very much like Jon Bon Jovi. Is he an influence when you write music?
-Never ever. I think he sounds like me, exactly, he rips me off, ha ha ha….to be serious it’s not a bad thing to be compared to Jon Bon Jovi, he’s a very big star. The album is soft and I respect that because this is me as a song writer. It’s not a concept album but there is a concept behind it. I engaged fans and for me it became a whole new meaning.
The world is filled with wonderful people and everyone come together as ”One Voice”. I feel complete to have made this album and I hope people is going to love it.
You are a man who works a lot. Soloalbum and albums with Castronovo and Axel Rudi Pell in 2018. You are also singer in Hardline. How can you find time for all your projects?
-I have my recording studio in my bathroom, ha ha ha. To be serious with you I’m an workoholic in a balanced way. We have a new Hardline album coming up in 2019 and we have six more songs to finish there. I don’t neglect anyone and I’ll keep going because the fans want me to. I love making music.
Will you be touring on the ”One Voice-album”?
-Yes there is plans for a solotour. Some big festivals and some gigs in Sweden and Scandinavia would be great. It will be Johnny solo with some Hardline songs as well.
When I talked to you at Sweden Rock we were discussing about a Hardline reunion. I believe it would be difficult to involve Neal Schon, but what about the rest of the guys who released the brilliant ”Double Eclipse”?
-If we do a reunion we’re going all in with all of the guys but I’m not going to get that together. I would love to do it, I really do, but it wouldn’t break my heart if it doesn’t happened. These kind of things usually starts behind the scenes somewhere in the world. My wish is that we can play some exclusive shows around the world and it would be great to play at the Sweden Rock Festival.
What will Johnny Gioeli do in let’s say five years?
-That’s a great question and I want you to ask me the same question in five years, ha ha ha. My plan is to slow down four years from now. I know singers who can’t sing anymore and I want to look myself in the mirror in four years and see the same person as today. If that’s not the case I will not go out and perform. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone and I’ve been the best I can be the last couple of years. If I come to that point that I can’t hit the notes I will just stop. I’m serious with my singing and I can’t see myself go up on stage perform if I’m not capable of it. So in four years I will revaluate life, continue or stop will be the question.
Do you have any time to listen to new music? What’s the best record released 2018?
-I love music but I don’t want to be influenced. I grew up with bands like Rainbow and Dio but I don’t have a record collection. I couldn’t tell you any new bands because I really don’t know. There is no CD’s in my house and no playlists on the computer. That means that I can’t give you a record of the year.
Ok Johnny, I thank you for taking your time with me.
-Thank you and I hope to see you when I get back to Sweden.