Eddie Money

Rocker Eddie Money to play The Renaissance Center March 26 & 27

Release Date: 2/28/2003. Expired: 3/27/2003

Twenty-five years ago, Eddie Mahoney gave up walking a beat to rock to the beat as Eddie Money. After selling more than 12 million albums and top 40 hits such as Two Tickets to Paradise, Shakin’, Take Me Home Tonight and Baby Hold On, Money continues to tour as an icon of blue-collar rock and roll.

Money comes to the Performance Hall of The Renaissance Center in Dickson for two shows March 26 and 27. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $38, $32, $28 and $23 and parking is free.

The concerts will be videotaped by the center’s Multimedia Department for release on VHS and DVD as well as possible future television broadcast. Eddie Money merchandise will be on sale with proceeds to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The artist will sign autographs after each performance.

In the late 1970s and through the ’80s Money was a consistent presence on album-oriented rock stations and crossed over into top 40 radio with several hits. His career got a big boost when he embraced a brand new music video network called MTV and he became one of the first rockers to have videos in regular rotation on the fledgling cable network.

“Eddie Money is a rocker for the everyday man who works hard, raises his family and never gets any recognition, much along the same line as Bruce Springsteen,” said Steve Hall, director of The Renaissance Center’s Multimedia Department. “His longevity in the fickle world of rock and roll can be attributed not only to memorable songs but to his personality and ability to relate to all of us as your best friend or next door neighbor.”

The Long Island, N.Y., native born Eddie Mahoney was prepared to follow a long family history as a police officer and joined the New York force while singing as Eddie Money at night in his first band, Grapes of Wrath. But rock and roll was Money’s first love and he soon left the department to move to California to chase the dream.

Playing in Bay Area clubs, Money got the attention of legendary promoter Bill Graham who was founder of the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and worked with a who’s who of rock and roll including Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, the Who, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, the J. Geils Band, the Allman Brothers Band and the Rolling Stones.

Graham signed Money to his management company and got him a recording contract with Columbia Records. Money’s self-titled debut album was released in 1977 and produced the hits Two Tickets to Paradise and Baby Hold On.

During the early ’80s, Money began to make funny narrative videos which got regular airplay on MTV and helped make hits of songs like Shakin’ and Think I’m in Love. As fame and fortune came his way, Money fell into the same trap that ensnares so many musicians and his career slumped as he struggled with various addictions.

Money’s 1986 comeback album, Can’t Hold Back, produced the tremendously popular duet with Ronnie Spector Take Me Home Tonight as well as a top 20 hit in I Wanna Go Back, pushing the album into the top 10 on the charts and re-establishing Money as a blue-collar rocker. Chart success followed with Walk on Water and Peace in Our Time, the latter coming from a 1989 greatest hits album, which reached number 11.

Graham’s 1991 death in a helicopter crash and two largely ignored albums in the early 1990s ended Money’s relationship with Columbia but Money stormed back with a new album and home video for CMC International Records in 1997. Shakin’ with the Money Man featured new live versions of 10 of Money’s previous hits as well as four new studio tracks and a home video from a sold-out concert in Southern California.

Money called Shakin’ with the Money Man “the best record I ever made. I couldn’t be more in love with my life and my music today, and this album reflects that.” The first single, If We Ever Get Out of This Place, was co-written with Paul Stanley, an original member of KISS. The album also includes Everybody Loves Christmas, an old-fashioned rock and roll holiday song that reunited Money with Spector. The song was featured in the closing credits of the 2002 holiday movie Santa Clause 2 starring Tim Allen.

Money released a new studio album, Ready Eddie, in 1999 and continues to perform more than 150 live shows each year.

“I still enjoy this as much as I did 20 years ago,” Money says. “We always play until the cops come.”

Money also is expanding his horizons into film and television as well as professional sports arenas. Money was the featured character’s music idol in David Spade’s 2001 film Joe Dirt and Money even turned up as Mimi’s ex-husband in an episode of ABC’s The Drew Carey Show and appeared on an episode of CBS’s King of Queens. Money has worked on theme songs for the Arena Football League and Major League Baseball and is frequently asked to sing the national anthem at major sporting events.

For more information on Money’s March 26 and 27 concerts at The Renaissance Center, call (615)740-5600. To purchase tickets call the box office at (615)740-5570 or come by the center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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