Aug 24, 2010

By Rob Nagy

EDDIEMONEYFor seventies rocker Eddie Money there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Traditionally labeled as one of the hardest working artists in show business, Money has endured a professional and personal roller coaster that has taken him from the ranks of a New York City police officer to rock star in a career that now spans more than three decades. To call Eddie Money a survivor would be an understatement. On the heels of the 2009 debut of his first off Broadway stage production, Money is currently in the throws of another summer concert season, gracing stages all over America and sharing his rich catalog of hits with fans both old and new.
Eddie Money first came to prominence in 1977 with his self-titled release “Eddie Money”. Containing his most memorable hits, “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise”, the album reached number 37 on the charts and laid the foundation for an impressive career and string of top 40 hits that continue to get airplay decades later. Early success found him on MTV at its inception with the videos “Shakin'” and “Think I’m in Love”. His sophomore release, “Life for the Taking”, reached the Top 20, yielding the hit singles “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” and “Maybe I’m a Fool”. In spite of his success, Money’s career floundered with the 1980 release of the commercially disappointing “Playing For Keeps”. A publicized personal battle with drug addiction stalled his efforts to rebound, and Money struggled to return to the charts. In 1982 he released “No Control”, featuring the hits “Shakin”, “Think I’m In Love”, and “Take A Little Bit”. The album catapulted to the Top 20 on the U.S. charts. His 1983 follow-up, “Where’s The Party?” was not warmly received. Three years later Money released the highly successful “Can’t Hold Back” album, yielding the hits “ I Wanna Go Back” and “Take Me Home Tonight”, which featured a duet with the legendary Ronnie Spector. The song reached number 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and soon achieved platinum status. Money continued the momentum with his 1988 follow-up album “Nothing To Lose” and yet another Top 10 hit “Walk on Water”. His last charting song was 1992’s “I’ll Get By”. The remainder of the decade and into the new millennium found Money releasing a series of compilation and moderately successful studio albums while continuing to perform solo shows and packaged concert tours with fellow eighties artists.

On July 24, 2010 Eddie played to a near capacity crowd at Atlantic City’s Hilton Hotel and Casino. Performing a ninety-minute show featuring all the Eddie Money hits, the audience of predominantly baby boomers enjoyed an energetic and loud performance that had them on their feet from the opening note. Backed by a solid core of rock veterans including guitarist Tommy Girvin; bassist Lee Beverly; drummer Glenn Symmonds; and, on keyboards, Chris Grove (formerly of Survivor), Money sounded great. His well known, amusing facial expressions and great sense of humor added to the evening. Highlights included “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets To Paradise”, ‘Take Me Home Tonight”, “I Think I’m In Love”, “Shakin” and “Give Me Some Water”. Included was a moving rendition of Money’s latest song “One More Soldier Coming Home”. Money’s tour continues throughout the U.S. for the remainder of this year. For more info on Eddie Money go to www.eddiemoney.com.

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