Asked a few years ago what its like to go from top of the charts to playing amusement parks, as he will again Saturday at Frontier City, Eddie Money replied, Im just glad people still want to see me.
He may be a shameless self-promoter 35 years in the business can do that to you but the classic rocker just wants to show people a good time.
I love getting out there, and at the same time Im out there, Ill work my ass off. I tell my bus driver to hang the shirt in the back room, see if I can get two or three days out of it. Because its $7.99 a shirt, Money said. Ill go out there the second night and wipe the salt stains off the shirt. And I might get another day out of it. I cant help it. Its because I grew up making no fucking money at all in rock n roll.
Fueled by the hits Baby Hold On and Two Tickets to Paradise, his first albums blend of blues boogie and blue-eyed soul with a heartland rock veneer struck big. Suddenly a big star, Money developed star appetites. He was drinking like a fish and had a nose for cocaine.
David Crosby once told me I didnt need a sponsor, I needed an exorcism, Money said, People say, Eddie, how did you O.D.? and I say, Hey, man, it was free. In the early 80s, following a long night of vodka, he snorted barbiturates; the combination put him in a coma and killed the sciatic nerve in his left leg. Its the widest, longest nerve in the human body, starting in your lower back and running to your toes; without it, you can give up any hope of walking.
Money spent a year in therapy.
The experience inspired 1982s platinum-selling No Control. The music videos for its Shakin and I Think Im in Love made him an MTV staple, launching him to another level.
MTV was just coming out, and I was like, Ill bet this is going to catch on, he said.
After peaking with 1986s chart-topping Take Me Home Tonight, Money faded into the background in the 90s, releasing one album in the last dozen years.
Today, he notes how Lady Gaga and Hinder said they grew up on his music, and that Will Smith and Oscar De La Hoya are also fans.
Still, Money cant get no respect.
By the time I get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he said, Im going to be an urn on my wifes fireplace.