Full Moon fever in Vail
Vail, CO, Colorado
Not a lot of people get a chance to front a band like Velvet Revolver. The intimidation alone of filling in for their former notorious frontman, Scott Weiland, would be too great a challenge to imagine for most of us. But singer-songwriter Matthew Moon was in the right place at the right time at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Moon was there to perform his own material but when Weiland missed his flight, the rest of the band (Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner) asked Moon to stand in for him during their set.
“We just started shooting the sh– and ended up doing a couple of songs,” Moon said, nonchalantly. “It was pretty incredible.”
Moon’s very brief stint with Velvet Revolver was a memorable point in his career, he said. Kind of.
“I was so nervous I can’t really even remember … but I had a bunch of friends in the audience who said it went off really well,” he said.
Moon’s show Saturday night at the Sandbar in West Vail will also be his new CD release party. Moon said the audience can expect a very versatile performance.
“We can go from reggae to jam-oriented stuff. We can really open things up to straight-ahead pop rock power tunes at the end of the night when everyone’s all rowdy … This is for sure going to be a big party and we want to get as many people out there as we can and play as long as we can and have a great night,” Moon said.
Dick Dime, talent buyer for the Sandbar, compared Moon to such important singer-songwriting acts as John Lennon in that both artists have released very listenable songs with compelling lyrics.
“He’s an artist on the verge for sure,” Dime said. “I like singer-songwriters … and I wanted to give artists like that a venue.”
Moon has been playing the guitar since he was three years old thanks to his family surrounding him with music and instruments.
“As soon as I was old enough to grab (the guitar) off the fireplace mantle, I started playing,” the 32-year-old artist said.
His power-pop sensibilities came from bands like Hall and Oates, REO Speedwagon, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. “Live After Death” by Iron Maiden is one of his favorite albums. Of course you’d never know it by listening to Moon’s breezy, happy songs about love and life.
“I love stuff with melody and storytelling,” Moon said.
Moon made the move to Los Angeles, Calif. from his hometown of Denver four years ago, after an epiphany during a time in his life when he wasn’t sure which direction to go.
“I pretty much went out there with no expectations and I wasn’t even focused on my music at the time. I just wanted to reinvigorate myself and get reinspired so I would just hang out. I’d take my guitar down to the beach and I’d go write and lay on my back and play for hours. That’s where a lot of the music from this CD I just put out comes from,” Mood said.
Living by the ocean, as well as playing with musicians steeped in other forms of music like reggae, influenced Moon’s music in a positive way, he said.
“Change is hard sometimes but when you finally figure out what direction to go in and you can clearly see it and go for it, be it good or bad, you’re going to get something out of it. Luckily for me, it was good,” Mood said.
Living in California has allowed Moon to focus more on getting his songs placed in movies and television shows. “Don’t Change 4 Me” appears in the comedy “Soccer Mom,” which was released last year. Another of Moon’s songs, “My California,” appears in the film “The House That Jack Built.”
Moon continues to create new music in California but said that he’s excited to be back in his native state to play some shows.
“We’re excited to come up to Vail, that’s going to be a lot of fun,” Moon said.
High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Matthew Moon
When: Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Sandbar Sports Grill in West Vail
Cost: $8 in advance and $10 at the door
More information: Call 970-476-4314 or visit http://www.sandbarvail.com