Eddie Money says he has no hard feelings about the Doobie Brothers usurping his traditional role as the DTE Energy Music Theatre's opening act this year.
"That's OK with me," says the veteran rocker, who's opened or played at the beginning of the DTE season since 1992. "I'm playing the weekend; I'd rather play a Friday night than a Wednesday. And, anyway, I love the Doobie Brothers. They're good people. They might be bigger than me, I might be bigger than them. I don't really care.
"I do know that Justin Bieber is bigger than all of us," he adds with a laugh.
This year finds Money, 62, heading out with a re-tooled show that's rearranged the song order and done away with the jokes in order to "take it a little more seriously."
"The whole show is working," says Money, who was born Eddie Mahoney in New York City and was raised on Long Island. "It's kind of like a book, really thought-out. The response has been amazing."
Money also has a new song to perform -- "One More Soldier Coming Home," which he co-wrote with Michigan-raised Greg Stryker about a U.S. trooper killed in battle in Iraq. Money is donating his proceeds from the song to the Fallen Heroes Foundation.
"I meet all these parents all the time with kids over there," notes Money, who's also working on a new album, "and then I meet a lot of these kids coming back. My big thing this year is to try to give something back to these kids who are over there unselfishly and courageously serving their country.
"Back when I was their age, the war in Vietnam...I'd feel sorry for a lot of the military guys; they'd come home and they'd be protesting them. That's all changed now, which I think is great."
Eddie Money and 34 Bliss perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $34.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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