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Q&A: Eddie Money

With blue-collar rock hits such as “Shakin’,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” and "Baby Hold On," the raspy-voiced rocker Eddie Money is still giving fans their money’s worth.

G.K. Hizer
October 29, 2017

Eddie Money burst onto the scene with his double-platinum album on Columbia Records in 1977 spawning the hits “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Over the course of his storied career, Money has sold nearly 30 million records and amassed hits with overwhelming success on both pop and rock radio and had a steady presence on MTV — including the hit with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight” — before drugs and alcohol contributed to his decline in the mid-‘80s.

But his musical success nearly didn’t happen. Money tried out an early stint as a New York City policeman, a tradition he inherited from his father and grandfather. But it wasn’t the life he was cut out for.

He quit the police department, moved out to California and eventually signed a record deal with the late Bill Graham, the San Francisco impresario who founded the legendary Fillmores East and West, America’s prime music venues in the mid-‘60s.

These days, Money continues to delight new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country. He retains his signature style and performs with the same passion as he did more than 30 years ago.

In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has been featured on television shows like The King of Queens, where he performed for his good friend Kevin James, and The Drew Carey Show.

Q: You just signed a deal with AXS TV for a new show tentatively titled Real Money. How did that come about?

A: Well, we did something with Oprah, kind of a “Where are they now?” thing, and it went well. Sometime after, I got a phone call from Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest wanting me to do something with them. My friend, Sammy Hagar, does a show with them and it’s doing pretty well, so I thought why not.

Q: What's the show going to be about, other than yourself? Or has that not been planned and decided yet?

A: It’s going to include the whole family. I’ve got these five dysfunctional kids, so it’s going to revolve around all of us as a family. My oldest son, he took a while to find himself; he took seven years to finish junior college and it was supposed to take two. I thought he’d be a nuclear physicist or something when he got out. My other kids are all in the music business. One of my sons, Desmond, started out playing drums, but he can play just about anything. He’s got his own band and he plays guitar in my band, so that’s really cool. And my daughter, Jesse, she’s a singer. She’s a real firecracker. She’s in the band too. That really makes it fun to go out with the family. I guess that’s probably what the show will follow.

Q: Your career has lasted roughly four decades. What do you attribute that longevity to?

A: You know, the guy upstairs has blessed me with a lot of great songs, and that’s the biggest part of it. My wife got me to quit smoking, and I’m trying to lose 10 pounds like everyone else, but I’ve really been blessed. I got my record deal in the late-‘70s, and I’ve toured up and down and across the country — which is still one of the greatest countries in the whole world — and I’m still doing it. My good buddy, Tom Petty, just passed away, which makes you realize you have to take care of yourself. The longer I do this, though, the more I see that I’ve been really fortunate to be singing and touring for so long.

Q: What is it that you think keeps the fans coming back for more?

A: You’ve got to have great songs, and like I said, I’ve been blessed with a lot of them. Plus, my psychiatrist says I’ve got a song to represent every part of the male anatomy and psyche. Everybody wants “Two Tickets to Paradise,” right? Well, I’ve got ‘em and I’m taking everybody with me.

Eddie Money
The Joint | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
Nov. 16: 8 p.m.
Must be 21 or older to attend

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