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Interview:
Eddie Money brings his "Paradise" back to DTE
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The biggest problem Eddie Money has after turning 65 in March?

"I can't sing the Beatles' 'When I'm '64' anymore!" notes the DTE Energy Music Theatre's regular season-opener.

But by and large the New York-born singer and onetime police trainee is happy to be at this juncture still going out on theroad to sing hits such as "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight."

"The guy upstairs has been good to me -- I got my voice, I got my weight down, I quit drinking four years ago. I'm in pretty good shape," says Money, who was born Eddie Mahoney and trained briefly to be a police officer before dedicating himself full time to music. "I've lost a couple friends the last couple of years; all of a sudden they just kick over and die, but the way we lived it's not surprising our generation is not gonna live to be 80 like 'The Lawrence Welk Show.' It's scary, man.

"But you look at Rod Stewart, you look at Bruce Springsteen, the guys in REO Speedwagon...everybody's pushing on in the years. And to get out there at the shows and see people light up, and now I've got these six- and seven-year-old kids who grew up with me, with their parents putting on my tapes and CDs, it's a beautiful thing."

Money has more than performing in mind these days, too. He's pushing the careers of two of his children -- son Dez, who has his own band, and daughter Jesse, who sings with Money's group -- and also has several new songs of his that he describes as "very hard rock 'n' roll" and will surface on an album he hopes to record this year. And he wants to revisit the "Two Tickets to Paradise" musical he wrote and premiered on Long Island, possibly taking it to Broadway.

"When I was a kid my parents used to go to shows and come back with (the soundtracks for) 'Damn Yankees and 'Carousel,' " Money recalls, "and me and my sister used to act 'em out at home. So I learned a lot about Broadway tunes, and those are part of this musical, as well as the hits.

"So I've got stuff going on. Idle hands are the work of the devil, you know? I try to stay as busy as possible."

Eddie Money, the Rockets and Dez Money & the Faze perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, 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.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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