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Singer/bass player Gary Moon appeared on Night Ranger's 'Feeding Of The Mojo' album and has also guested on Night Ranger guitarists Brad Gillis' solo album. He has also just released his debut CD.

1. What are you currently up to?

On tour with For the last two months I have been up in Northern California in pre-production for my next CD. The working title is "MoonBridge". I'm recording with Stan Lockwood at his Studio "Starflight" in Pebble Beach California. Stan and I are also finishing arrangements for the band to come in and start laying tracks which should take us through June. Shows are pending at this point in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to date?

I am happy to tell you that I don't have any "low points" to give you except when I have a day when I am "not" working on my next CD.

3. Who have been the main influences on your career?

Here are a few...

David Crosby of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Led Zeppelin. The Beatles of course.

I am really inspired by some of the new artists in the last couple of years that have gone back to writing a "good song" that can infuence peoples lives. I am always being inspired.

4. 'Still Moon' - what are your own personal highlights on this album and why? Do you prefer to write with other writers or in a band environment?

It took me a couple years to find the best players to create "The Pack". It was the most fun I have ever had playing live. And I think that's captured in this record. I really prefer working with writers that are going to be performing these songs. When I have players and songwriters involved with creating these songs that I have searched my heart and soul with I'm really excited with the outcome. The songs come alive and they start true to their meaning or *light* if you will. I guess you can say that I really enjoy working with other influencing spirits.

5. What was the best career move you ever made?

The best career move that I ever made was joining my friends in Three Dog Night. For just a couple years, I did more than two hundred shows and I realized how important it is to have a good song and that changed my writing structure for the positive. I can really see the difference in my writing when I did the Night Ranger record "Mojo" from what it was before.

I feel I have taken it to a higher level on this next CD and I am excited for you to hear it.

6. Night Ranger - how did you come to join the band? Why did the line- up only last for one album, the excellent 'Mojo'?

During my period with The Pack in 1989, I was approached by a friend of mine who knew Brad and Kelly. They were wanting to bring Night Ranger back in to the studio and reclaim the harder rock sound they were known for earlier in their career. I came to a session and jammed with Brad and Kelly and it was magic. I thought it was in my best interest to become a partner with a group that had a following to further my plan to get my songs out to my fans. Brad and Kelly loved my songs so we went out as Night Ranger, did the Mojo record and toured for three years and I am still really proud of that record.

7. You sang on Brad Gillis's solo album 'Alligator'. Will you be working with him on his new solo album? How do the two of you approach composing a song?

Brad and I will always be connected musically and he is one of my best friends. We have been working off and on on new material for a Moon Gillis projects to come. On the Allligator CD, Brad was busy and I was busy so we set up a system where he would send me 20 song ideas musically and I would pick and choose, write melodies and lyrics. I would fly up to his studio and we would lay the song out and so far, every song hit home with both of us.

8. Anything else you would still like to achieve musically? What other artists would you like to work with?

I am currently 'so' inspired! All the music I have been doing lately has just FLOWED out of me so natutally and so well. I can never see an ending path that I could take, other than to break through to what I feel is the best that is in my heart and soul. I am working with great artists right now on this record "MoonBridge" I can't see any further than that. But I look forward to where this will take me. There seems to be a lot of really great things happening just below the surface in my career right now. It should be interesting where it goes.

9. What has been the highlight of the live shows you have done? Any bands/artists you would like to tour with in the future?

As far as lives shows are concerned, I would have to say after rocking as hard as I can rock, I love breaking down the band to an acoustic version of the songs. The fans love that. Some night half way through my next tour, I would love to have everyone that I have recorded with up and do a half a dozen songs that would blow them all away. Kind of like what I did at the Gods Concert in England two years ago.

10. Message to your fans?

I am so grateful for your patience! I know how important it is that I stay true to myself and the music, as this is also staying true to you.

In this crazy world we live in right now, I believe we all should participate in any way we can for peace. I really believe that.

Thank you so much for your support! I won't let you down...


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