Eddie Money decided that he wanted to go back a little this year.
So he did -- with "Wanna Go Back," his first new release in eight years and a collection of 13 rock and soul classics that the perennial DTE Energy Music Theatre season-opener played with his high school band, the Grapes of Wrath.
"These are, like, my favorite songs of all-time," explains Money, 58, who covers songs by Ray Charles, Mitch Ryder, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and others on the album. "It was just a thrill to go back and do songs that taught me how to sing.
"One of the biggest thrills I had was giving the guys from the Grapes of Wrath a copy of this record. They flipped out. They couldn't believe it. These are all songs we did together, so it was just a thrill to give them a copy."
Money, who was born Eddie Mahoney in Brooklyn and attended the New York Police Academy before becoming a full-time rock 'n' roller in the mid-'70s, doesn't plan to get stuck in the past, however. With current rock faves Hinder covering his 1968 hit "Take Me Home Tonight" and raising his profile, Money has new management (former Detroiter Jack Ashton), a new record company relationship and new material that he hopes to have out in 2008.
"I think we're gonna have a great year," he says. "We've been through a lot...bad drug overdoses and stuff like that. I've got to put all that crap behind me and move forward.
"I'm feeling good now. I'm down to two cigarettes a day, no...booze, still married, kept my weight down so the shows still look good. We're having a lot of fun, and all of a sudden people are interested in this album, which is cool."
Eddie Money and Send More Cops perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 25th) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $27.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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