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Interview:
DTE is concert paradise for Eddie Money
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Opening the DTE Energy Music Theatre season has become a tradition that Eddie Money doesn't take for granted.

"It's my biggest show of the year, come on!," says Money, 66, who's played the first show at DTE/Pine Knob 23 of the past 24 years with a litany of rock radio hits such as "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Baby Hold On," "Shakin'" and "Take Me Home Tonight." "It's really great that it happened like that. It just happened, and I love it. I love playing DTE."

Money (born Eddie Mahoney in New York) is coming to town with a family show this year, which he likes to call "The Sound of Money." Daughter Jesse has been a longtime member of his band (as well as a contestant on MTV's "Rock the Cradle" in 2008), while son Julian plays drums and another son, Dez, is opening the show with his band. "So I'll be like proud papa, y'know?" Money says. "I'm excited about that, to work with the kids."

Money has other work in motion, too. He's in talks with theatrical producer Michael Jenkins ("Kinky Boots") about bringing his autobiographical musical "Two Tickets To Paradise," launched in 2014 on Long Island, to Broadway. And Money is nearly finished with a new album -- his first since 2007 -- called "Shake That Thing" that he hopes to have out this year.

And, he adds, there's one more career ambition. "I don't want to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when I'm in an urn on my wife's fireplace," Money says. "Everybody wants to get in for their kids, y'know? I talk to Loverboy, or the guys in REO Speedwagon; they say, 'My kids keep bugging me.' I know that. What about Peter Frampton? Styx? They're, to me, like the meat and potatoes of rock 'n' roll, not the Elvis Costellos and the Green Days and all that icing on the cake. They need to open the doors a little more, y'know?"

Eddie Money, Dez Money & Faze, Tripper

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road just east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets are $34.50 and $10 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.


Web Site: www.pala

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