Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and JoeyGioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with guitarist Neal Schon (Journey). Signed by MCA as soon as Schon left Bad English, with the addition of Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English and later on with Journey) on drums, the band went on to record their debut “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big. (guitar)
While never popular in the mainstream, Hardline’s album became immediately very popular among the Hard Rock fraternity and is still today regarded as one of the finest efforts of the decade. However by that time grunge and alternative styles 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.
Years later Johnny (who in the meanwhile gathered vast recognition signing for the German axe-hero Axel Rudi Pell) and his brother Joey decided to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records and with an all new line-up they produced the awesome return album “II” in 2002, with Josh Ramos (of The Storm and Two Fires fame) taking Neal Schon’s place on lead guitar.
Johnny and Josh Ramos started to work on new Hardline songs in 2006. With a renewed line-up now featuring Johnny Gioeli on vocals and Josh Ramos on all guitars, with Michael T. RossJamie Brown on bass and Atma Anur on drums, Hardline are now back from where they have left off producing a killer new album “Leaving The End Open”, chock full of killer guitar riffs, amazing hooklines and heartfelt ballad sealed with Gioeli’s incredible vocals and the band’s instrumental prowess. In Johnny Gioeli’s words “Leaving The End Open has a nice mix of flavors… take “Voices”: it’s power, it’s positive feeling, it puts me in a “I can do anything mood, or “Start Again” purely radio. Everyone on this record shines!” . on keyboards,
Final tracklisting of “Leaving The End Open” includes:
“Today’s worldwide economy has made it so difficult for artists to get out on the road and share the music with the fans” concludes Johnny. “Our fans do not go unnoticed… we will do everything possible to play shows and demonstrate the power this line up has”. The album will be released on May 19th in the USA via Frontiers/Super D and in Japan on King Records.