Rock ‘n’ roll veteran David Romero now calls Anza “home,” and he brings with him a slew of talented musicians for practice sessions at his hillside residence. His band, Moon Shot, is poised for a great 2020 gig season.
A multitalented musician, Romero plays a variety of instruments, but his claim to fame is the bass guitar. He is also a vocalist with the band.
“I started learning to play at around 15 after I saw the Beatles on TV,” he said. “We loved the sound of the harmonies and the music, so shortly after that, my brothers Don, Bob, Gilbert and I started singing and trying to buy a guitar.”
Romero’s musical influences were Paul McCartney, Tim Bogert, James Jamerson and John Entwhistle.
Romero’s mother was a musician and vocalist since age 16, and he and his musical siblings were encouraged to pursue their passion.
“My mom bought me my first bass and helped my brothers with their instruments. She always said we all had talent and we would learn to play. My father was always singing and we listened to him and mom together.”
The boys’ musical ability was honed by hours of practice, and Romero and his brothers became involved in the San Diego County music scene.
In 1973, at age 22, Romero met and married his wife.
“She has been my music buddy for over 50 years,” he said. “She has gone with me to gigs and recordings for over 40 years.”
Now both retired, the couple continues to be involved with local music and formed the band Moon Shot. The group performs classic rock, country, blues, Tex-Mex, rhytm and blues, Latin and everything in between. The song list is astounding, as these players can switch seamlessly from one genre to the next.
Singer Rick Simpson was with the band for over six years on vocals.
“When Simpson left the band, we auditioned many singers, and I remember a guy I met around 2000 named Don Grisham who sang and played harmonica. We called him, and he came to practice and did a good job so we asked him to join us and he agreed,” Romero said.
Grisham has a reputation as a hard-working musician with a radiantly positive vibe.
“David and I met 20 years ago at a club called the Showcase Cafe in Murrieta. His band’s singer left to do duets with a friend, so David put a shoutout for a singer and contacted me. I was not in a band at the time, so I came and tried out and we fit well,” Grisham said.
Since having Grisham join the band, things have been moving forward, Romero said.
Besides Grisham and Romero, Bob Romero, Red Shelton and Ronnie Wells round out the talented, fun-loving group.
Having recently relocated to Anza, Romero and his wife said they are relishing country living at its finest.
“Everyone I meet is just great,” he said.
Practices for the band will take place at his residence, and the group is actively looking to perform in the Anza Valley.
For more information about Moon Shot, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Moon-Shot-1260439040674777.
Diane Sieker can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.