Eddie Money’s been touring long enough — more than 30 years — to know how to put a show together. But that’s also long enough to know the fans are the real boss, and after hearing their requests and complaints (he uses a different term), Money is letting them have their say.
“We put it on the Web site and let them vote for what they want to hear and write the set list,” says the New York-born, Long Island-raised singer who was born Eddie Mahoney. “This way, they’re happy, and I don’t have to do as much work!”
Certain things won’t change, of course. Money, 60, says his 1977 hit “Two Tickets to Paradise” remains “my bread-and-butter tune, so now I open the set with that. But (the fans) want to hear ‘Take a Little Bit.’ We do ‘Trinidad,’ which they love. They wanted to hear ‘Walk on Water’ and wanted to hear it later in the set, so I had to separate it from ‘Gimme Some Water.’
“They do have fan favorites. I mean, I did have 26 songs in the (Billboard) top 100, but there’s a lot of other stuff they like, too, so I’m listening, babe. I’m listening.”
Money has also been watching the progress of the stage musical “Two Tickets to Paradise,” an autobiographical piece built around his greatest hits as well as six new songs Money wrote for what director/playwright John Blenn calls “bridges” between scenes. “Two Tickets” will premiere June 4-14 at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Long Island’s Five Towns College, with teen actor Jesse Kinch playing the title character and Money narrating.
“It’s a really cool thing,” says Money, who’s also working on an album of country versions of his hits, which he started recording last year. “We’ve been auditioning dancers (and) actors, building sets. It’s starting to get there.
“The whole thing is overwhelming; every time I get insecure, which is often, I look over at John Blenn and he tells me it’ll all work out. I just have to take his word for it.”
Eddie Money and Jesse Money perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 22) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $34.50 pavilion, $10 lawn and a $30 lawn fourpack. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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