By Tammy Everitt
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON — There will be even more “money” than usual at Hoosier Park Casino this weekend as rock ‘n‘ roller Eddie Money will be in the house performing two sold-out Saturday evening shows.
Money is embarking on a new adventure next month as his autobiographical musical, “Two Tickets to Paradise,” comes to life.
In a recent phone interview, Money talked about how the musical came to fruition
“Two Tickets to Paradise,” which he dubs as his bread-and-butter song, along with songs from his 15 albums recorded during his career will be presented June 4-14 at Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College in Long Island, N.Y.
Money, a member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, which boasts members like Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Carole King, Mariah Carey, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Joan Jett, KISS and Barbra Streisand, would like for his family’s sake to get that invitation to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
“It would be very nice for my kids, it’s very important to them,’’ Money said. “This play about my life is my swan song,” said Money, who said he might plan to retire if he played a better game of golf.
Money will narrate the premier performances with the hope that even in a sagging economy the show might be picked up by Broadway.
“What started out as a hobby has now turned into a job,’’ said Money, referring to the musical. “It is a lot of script to learn, I wish I hadn’t written so much.”
The story goes back in time to the ’60s during the Vietnam War when Money decides to quit the New York Police Department to head to California hoping to make it big in the rock and roll industry.
Money scored hits in the ’70s with “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” before following that all-too-familiar road that many musicians have traveled — the one of self-destruction and drug addition.
After an almost fatal overdose he made a comeback in the 1980s with the album “No Control,” which went platinum with hits “Shakin,” “Think I’m in Love” and “Take A Little Bit.”
Money, who turned 60 in late March, and his wife, Laurie, are the parents of five children, ranging in age from 14 to 23. All show an interest in music but Money’s quick to point out that they need more than just music to make it. His son, Joe, will graduate this year and head to Berkeley School of Music this fall.
“He needs to be a club musician for a while and get a business major,” Money said.
The veteran rocker still tours the “oldies” circuit with nearly 100 shows a year and has made appearances on “The Drew Carey Show” and “Kings & Queens,” where he forged a friendship with Kevin James.
If the musical doesn’t work out the way he planned, he’s still got other music projects to move ahead with. He’s recently recorded in Nashville with John Ford Coley and Vince Gill. Plans are still materializing for him to work on another song with Toby Keith, and an album is planned with country versions of several of his hit songs.
If Money is serious about wanting to play a better game of golf like his buddy Huey Lewis, he might want to consider asking some advice from newfound friend Gill, who, just this past weekend, hosted his 17th annual The Vinny Pro-Celebrity-Junior Invitational to benefit youth golf.
If You Go
What: Eddie Money in concert
When: Saturday, May 23
Time: 7 and 10 p.m. (both shows sold out)
Where: Hoosier Park