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Eddie Money at DTE, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Forty years ago, Eddie Money put out his debut album and became an instant rock sensation thanks to hits such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets To Paradise.”

Since then the Brooklyn-born former police officer trainee has released 10 more albums, sold an estimated 47 million records and scored enduring hits including “Think I’m In Love,” “Shakin’” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “I Wanna Go Back,” “Walk On Water” and more. He’s appeared in a popular Geico insurance TV commercial and has written a musical called “Two Tickets To Paradise” based on his life and career.

Money has also become the annual opening act for the DTE Energy Music Theatre’s summer season, a fixture on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend...

• Money, 68, says he “wasn’t surprised” by the success of his first album. “I knew the quality of the music was really good,” he explains by phone from his home in Los Angeles. “Jimmy Lyon was a fantastic guitar player, and I got to work with Bruce Botnick, who worked on all those Doors albums with Jim Morrison, and I had Lonnie Turner on bass and Gary Mallaber on drums, who were Steve Miller’s rhythm section on those big records. U gad a great little rock ’n’ roll band and I had a great manager (Bill Graham) and a great deal with Columbia Records. And you’ve got to remember that all the songs we put on the first record I was trying out in front of live audiences, so I really knew which songs were gonna go over and what songs weren’t. I think we were pretty much on fire back in those days.”

• The first song Money recorded for his debut was a Motown classic, “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by the Miracles. “Smokey Robinson said to me, ‘I like your version better than the Beatles,” Money recalls. “I said, ‘Smokey, I hate to tell you this, but I like my version better than YOUR version. (laughs) I took out all that (sings) ‘Hold me, squeeze me, hooooold me...’ I just didn’t think we needed it.”

• “Two Tickets To Paradise” was inspired by a woman Money dated while he was attended the University of California-Berkley. “Her mother wanted her to get away from musicians -- especially me,” Money remembers. “On the weekends she would go back to her house in south San Francisco, and I just wanted to take her some place. I couldn’t get her to the Bahamas or take her to Hawaii ‘cause I was a struggling musician and had no money at all. I actually wanted to take her on a bus ride through the Redwood Mountains up there in northern California, but we never got to go. I don’t know what happened. But ‘Two Tickets To Paradise’ is s state of mind; Who in the world doesn’t want two tickets to paradise -- you included?”

• Money is working on a new album he expects to have out later this year, which songs such as “Brand New Day” and another for his daughter, Jesse, as well as “One More Soldier Going Home” about returning military veterans, which Money plans to use to raise money for Pets For Vets. “”It’s a really great organization, so it gives me a chance to help out these guys in wheelchairs and help these dogs out, too, which is really amazing,” Money says. “My heart really goes out to these guys. They put their heart and their body on the line for this country in Iraq and Afghanistan. My father was in World War II, my brother was in Vietnam. I don’t think there’s anything more admirable than what these guys do, so I’m happy I get to help.”

• Opening the DTE summer schedule is “the most exciting show I do every year,” according to Money. “It’s a real privilege and a real honor and it really puts a feather in my cap, and my kids are very excited about the show. I quite smoking. My voice is sounding really good. I’ve still got all my hair. My wife’s got me on the treadmill...This (DTE) show means a lot to me.”

If You Go:

• Eddie Money, Dez Money & the Faze and Tripper perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, at 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 palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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