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Interview with Eddie Money

The Money man promises a rockin' good time at Seneca Allegany Casino
The Brooklyn born singer known as “The Money Man” is thrilled to be coming to Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca for one show only on Friday, March 6 at 7pm.  “I have a lot of friends and a lot of great fans in the Allegany region,” said Money when I caught up with him recently.
Money has been well known in the business since his debut album in 1977 with the huge hits “Baby Hold On To Me” and “Two Tickets To Paradise”. The album went double platinum and the rest, as they say, is history.
There is no denying that Eddie Money sound … soulful and beat driven. His performing style remains at the top even after over 30 years in the business.
Money has had 12 songs in the Top 100 Billboard charts and has recently added play writer to his resume with “Two Tickets To Paradise - The Musical”. The story is based on the singer’s life and he is hoping to get it to Broadway someday.
Before deciding that music was his calling, he tried following in his dad’s footsteps and trained at the police academy and became a NYC Police Officer for two years. Not able to deny the music he loved so much, he left the force and headed to Berkley, California and started performing at local clubs until he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1977.
Today, Money still performs all around the world and still carries a passion for music that has kept him at the top of the list of great performers.  It shows not only at his concerts, but through his words and personality, which I found out during our conversation.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking with the singer and listening to his strong New York accent, and I loved the excitement in his voice as we talked about his play, how he views his life and what to expect from his show. We shared a few laughs - he has quite the sense of humor, which you will see when he talks about his show and his perfect day.
One thing is for sure … Money has your “Two Tickets To Paradise” … even if it lasts only a couple hours inside the Events Center at Seneca Allegany Casino.
For ticket information visit: www.senecacasinos.com and click on Seneca Allegany.  For more information on Eddie Money visit www.eddiemoney.com.
HULICK: It’s great to see you are heading this way for a show at Seneca Allegany Casino in March.
MONEY: Yeah! We have a lot of fans and friends in that area … that should be a fantastic show I’m telling you right now! My phone’s been ringing off the hook about that show.
HULICK: One of the things I wanted to talk to you about is your play, “Two Tickets To Paradise - The Musical”. That intrigues me when an artist writes a play based on their life story built around the soundtrack of their career. You also have seven new Broadway songs that were written specifically for this show.
MONEY: Well the play was very well received and I got some pretty good reviews when we performed it at a college in Baltimore. We have a great cast and great dancers and terrific kids that play my sisters and the young Eddie Money. We shot a video of it and now we’ll just have to wait and see where it goes. It’s a lot like Jersey Boys.
HULICK: Was it your idea to put this together?
MONEY: I’d seen Jersey Boys and the Four Seasons reminded me of the camaraderie I had with my original band from Long Island called “The Grapes of Wrath” and when we went off to California together. So I couldn’t help thinking that this reminds me of my own career, and of course I grew up with the Four Seasons and their songs - “Sherry Baby”, “Big Boys Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like A Man”. I mean, those songs were my childhood, you know?
HULICK: Is life good for Eddie Money?
MONEY: Oh, yeah! I thank God everyday and I appreciate all the success I’ve had. My voice still sounds pretty good, I quit smoking cigarettes, I haven’t drank in five years … everybody’s happy but me! (laughs)
HULICK: (laughs) So you’re walking the line everyone wants you to walk?
MONEY: Well, I mean I have kids now and I don’t want them thinking their father was a drug addict or an alcoholic, you know? But yes, life is very good for me … I got a beautiful wife and the kids are doing good … I really can’t complain.
HULICK: What can we expect from your show?
MONEY: When you go to an Eddie Money show you know you’re going to have a good time, number one … number two, my voice still sounds good … number three, I still got all my hair, which is nice (laughs).
HULICK: So you wouldn’t change anything about your life?
MONEY: Yes I would … I would have paid my back taxes.
HULICK: (laughs) Tell me what your perfect day would be?
MONEY: Getting up and having fresh squeezed orange juice and an omelet I didn’t burn. Go on a bike ride with my wife down to the beach, come back around 1pm and sit down and write some songs and do my piano exercises, which is very important … then about 3:30pm I’d jump on the treadmill for 40 minutes, which I don’t like … then I would probably go to the driving range and hit some golf balls. Then finally I would come home, and since my wife doesn’t want me to cook steak in the house, I would cook a big steak … in the house with some potatoes and have rice pudding for dessert … then watch Sports Center and go to bed.