Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny and Joey 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 since he was having so much fun that he decided to join the band as soon as he left Bad English.
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 …HARDLINE. 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“. Radio stations worldwide started to play it and Hardline’s fanbase started to grow. They toured across the US as well as the UK and Europe. 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. 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, and with an all new line-up they produced the return album “II” in 2002 with Josh Ramos (of The Storm and Two Fires fame) taking Neal Schon’s place on lead guitar. Hailed by critics and fans alike as a top return, the band returned to the 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. In 2013 Hardline played at Sweden Rock Festival and Firefest, thanks to the persistence of fans who heard the songs that the Italian songwriter and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge of Forever) started to write for him and released in 2012 on the Danger Zone album. Hailed as a return to classic Hardline style, the 2012 release remains hugely popular and the songs are asked for at concerts every year since. In 2016, the band released their fifth studio album, ‚Human Nature‘ which entered the charts in Switzerland and in the US Billboard “Heat Seekers” charts.
2017 was the 25th anniversary of Double Eclipse and Hardline toured across Europe to celebrate the anniversary and continued support for the Human Nature album. The band continued the hugely successful anniversary tour in 2018 and now in 2019, the sixth studio album LIFE will be release on April 26th.
Hardline will play shows this spring and summer and follow with a full 2019/2020 tour through Europe and hopefully a few shows in the USA! This year’s shows include Portugal, Italy, England, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic, with more to come. „See you on the road!“
Today the band is
Johnny Gioeli (lead vocals)
Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboard, backing vocals)
Mario Percudani (guitars)
Anna Portalupi (bass)
Marco Di Salvia (drums)