Come on down and shake it with "The Money Man."
Seventies and '80s rocker Eddie Money is bringing his act to the Railroaders Memorial Museum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of the city's Alive@Five summer concert series. Money's string of Top 40 hits includes "Baby, Hold On," "Two Tickets To Paradise," "Shakin,'" "I Think I'm In Love," "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Walk On Water."
Local band Half Tempted will open the concert, with Money going on at approximately 8 p.m.
Eddie Money will perform in Altoona on Wednesday.
"(John Cafferty) did a great job starting off our season with an amazing show, and we can't wait to welcome Eddie Money to town," said Scott Stuttard, president of in2it Productions, the Hollidaysburg-based live arts and entertainment production and promoting firm responsible for bringing the series' live acts to Altoona. "He is truly a great showman and his show is different every night. This is going to be one of the best live shows we've had the pleasure to present here in Altoona."
A former New York Police Academy cadet, Money left his would-be badge for a chance at rock 'n' roll glory in Berkeley, Calif., in the early 1970s, according to AllMusic, an online music database. Paying his dues in Bay Area clubs, he eventually caught the attention of legendary promoter Bill Graham, who signed the singer to his management company and secured him a record deal with Colombia Records.
Money released his eponymous debut in 1977, delivering up-tempo, radio-friendly rock that caught on with millions - thanks in no small part to heavy rotation of his videos on MTV. His music still holds up today on FM album-oriented rock stations across the nation.
If you go:
What: Eddie Money with special guest Half Tempted, presented by the Alive@Five summer concert series
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; doors open at 5 p.m.
Where: Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1300 Ninth Ave., Altoona
Admission: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the museum store.
More information: Call the
museum at 946-0834 or visit www.railroadcity.com.
"It's really been so good for me," Money, 60, said in a phone interview from his home in Long Island, N.Y. "There's so many people coming to see these shows. There must be a resurgence in '70s and '80s music ... Man, I got a lot of young fans out there."
Things weren't so good when the singer succumbed to the temptations of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle - engendering a mid-'80s slump. Once he sobered up, he made a remarkable comeback with smash-hit singles like "Take Me Home Tonight," a 1986 duet with Ronnie Spector.
"Back in the old days, when I was drinkin' and doin' lots of cocaine, I thought I was invincible, ya know? - but you don't want your kids to see you like that. ... If it wasn't for my (five) kids, I'd probably be in the Betty Ford Clinic right now.
"There were a lot of chicks and a lot of pot in those days," he said. "I did 307 shows in a 365-day period. But ya know, I kept my (stuff) together for Bill Graham ... I wasn't like a Jim Morrison."
Money performed at Blair County Ballpark in July 2006 as part of a preview party to the Eastern League All-Star Game, which included six Altoona Curve players. He had good things to say about the city.
"We've got a lot of friends up in Altoona," he said. "It's a great little rock and roll town ... we do well in little Pennsylvania."
Altoona Mayor Wayne Hippo would agree. He cited "Baby, Hold On" and "I Can't Hold Back" as his favorite Money songs.
"He's been around for a long time, and he seems to be a real hard working kind of guy," he said of the singer. "I mean, he's been able to keep his career going for a lot of years. ... It's exciting to have those kinds of guys come to the city. The people of Altoona deserve it."
These days, Money doesn't do tours - he plays "all year 'round."
"I've always performed a lot," he said. "I've got five kids, so it's good to get out."
And as far as the hits go, you can expect to hear every one of them - including more obscure album tracks such as "The Big Crash" and "No Control."
"I had 26 songs in the (Billboard) Top 100 - that's an hour and a half worth of music right there," he said. "Every time I ever made a record, I wrote two or three singles."
From 1977 to today, Money has recorded 12 studio albums - and that's not counting numerous live and compilation packages released through the years.
He's working on a Broadway play titled "Two Tickets To Paradise."
"It's very Broadway oriented," he said. "I've got a lot of that stuff in my blood. I'm getting ready to try and get a couple of my songs from my play on adult contemporary radio."
But when it comes to the show in Altoona, it's all about classic rock 'n' roll.
"All I can say is you're gonna get what you pay for at an Eddie Money show," he said. "I've got two tickets to paradise, but, damn it, I'm takin' everybody."
Mirror Staff Writer Jimmy Mincin is at 946-7460.