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Described as "genuine British-oriented '70s classic rock" the MOONSTONE PROJECT was in fact another in a fairly recent tradition of Italian guitarists, in this case Matteo Filippini, collaborating with high profile guests. The guitarist had originally conceived the MOONSTONE PROJECT in 1996, cutting a demo entitled 'Waves Of Mind' working with singer Enrico S. Madidini and subsequently drafting bassists Maurizio Corriga and Nik Mazzucconi with Alex Mori on drums. Work on a far more ambitious affair commenced during 2004.

Vocalists included on the 2006 debut would be the RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI and BLACKTHORNE credited GRAHAM BONNET, the esteemed DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH star GLENN HUGHES, former URIAH HEEP frontman John Lawton, KANSAS frontman STEVE WALSH, the BATON ROUGE, GEORGE LYNCH and MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP credited KELLY KEELING and CHRIS CATENA. Howie Simon also donated guitars, Gianluca Tagliavini on Hammond organ, keyboard player Alex Del Vecchio, whilst the rhythm section comprised THE FIRM and BLUE MURDER man TONY FRANKLIN on bass and no less than Ian Paice of DEEP PURPLE on the drums.

A late addition would be BLUE »™YSTER CULT singer Eric Bloom, putting in a guest appearance on the track 'On The Way To Moonstone'. November witnessed further guest announcements with the track 'Pictures Of My Lonely Days' boasting the inclusion of the ROUGH CUTT and QUIET RIOT credited PAUL SHORTINO on vocals and drums supplied by VANILLA FUDGE man CARMINE APPICE.

Matteo Filippini would also guest on the Lion Music RITCHIE BLACKMORE tribute album 'Blackmore's Castle Vol. II - Tribute To Ritchie Blackmore', performing on 'Mistreated' along with vocalist CHRIS CATENA.

In late November 2005 MOONSTONE PROJECT's Matt Filippini and Nik Mazzuconi, alongside LABYRINTH singer Roberto Titanti, notably fronted up a one off band to back DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice's Italian gigs. Ian Paice joined Matt Filippini for two Spanish dates in Madrid and Alicante during January 2007. MOONSTONE PROJECT acted as support to HOUSE OF LORDS for three Italian gigs in February. For a series of concerts held in Italy during May, MOONSTONE PROJECT would be joined each night by GLENN HUGHES.

The 2009 album release, 'Rebel On The Run' released by Blistering Records, again featured Glenn Hughes plus HOUSE OF LORDS vocalist James Christian. Drums were supplied by the U.D.O. credited Francesco Jovini, DEEP PURPLE's Ian Paice and JETHRO TULL's Clive Bunker. Concerts in March in Tirana, Albania and Cermenate, Italy were fronted by Glenn Hughes with a show in May at the 'Motorock' festival in Cremona headed up by Doogie White.

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