JOHNNY GIOELI (HARDLINE): “I’m A Little Afraid To Play In America… I Don’t Know If I’d Put 10 People In Starbucks”

Johnny Gioeli Hardline

Triple Eclipse

If you have yet to lay ears on Hardline’s 1992 release Double Eclipse, it is a Hard Rock masterpiece. The songs, the vocal melodies, the high production values, and even the band members themselves were the best of the best. Journey’s Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo, Paul Rogers/David Lee Roth/Alice Cooper bassist Todd Jensen, and two up-and-coming New York musicians Joey & Johnny Gioeli. The only thing that was working against Hardline was the year 1992. We all know where Hard Rock and Metal went from there.

Frontiers helped resurrect Hardline in the years that followed, with vocalist Johnny Gioeli at the helm. Hardline has released 5 albums under the Frontiers banner. As a fan of the group, their most focused, well-written, and overall enjoyable albums have be released in the last three years; 2019’s Life, 2020’s Live Life, and the soon to be released 2021 album Heart, Mind, and Soul. For a band who’s music is constantly compared to Double Eclipse, Heart, Mind, and Soul [review] has all the makings to… um, eclipse that release. I had the chance to speak with Johnny Gioeli ahead of the album’s release.

Highlights Include

  • Discussion of the new Hardline album Heart, Mind, and Soul
  • Being responsible with his lyrics
  • The chemistry the current band has together
  • Hardline’s touring schedule
  • Juggling various music projects
  • Will there be a follow up to his 2018 solo album One Voice?
  • Has Johnny tried reuniting the Double Eclipse lineup for at least one show?
  • Memories of recording and touring on Double Eclipse

Hardline is:

Johnny Gioeli – Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards
Mario Percudani – Guitars
Anna Portalupi – Bass
Marco Di Salvia – Drums



  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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