Published on March 13th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Eddie Money To Celebrate His 70th Birthday With John Waite At The NYCB Theatre At Westbury
With over a dozen major radio to his credits, Eddie Money has reportedly sold over 40 million albums in his 40-plus years of mainstream success. Money has never stopped recording new music or touring around the world, but that doesn’t mean that the masses always followed his every move. In turn, Money wound up filming for an Oprah Winfrey-produced Where Are They Now? TV segment, which aired in 2016. This segment — which included Money’s wife Laurie and their five children — garnered a lot of attention and ultimately led to the Money family starring in a reality show of their own, Real Money; the acclaimed series is set to return for its second season via the AXS TV network.
Eddie Money, a Long Island native, will be celebrating his 70th birthday on Thursday, March 21, 2019 with a headlining show at New York’s NYCB Theatre At Westbury. Money will be joined by special guest John Waite and the two will be playing a show in the half-round. In turn, no seat inside the legendary Nassau County venue will be more than 60 feet from the stage.
Last year I interviewed The Money Man by phone for No Place Like Long Island, and below are some highlights from that Long Island-centric chat. More info on Eddie Money and his upcoming Westbury can be found online at www.eddiemoney.com or www.thetheatreatwestbury.com.
Are you originally from Hicksville?
Eddie Money: I’m actually from Plainedge, which is next door to Hicksville.
What year did you leave Long Island for good?
Eddie Money: I left Long Island in 1968. I quit the police department, I was a police trainee, my father was “Patrolman Of The Year” and he was driving me out of my f**king mind. My rock band from high school moved out to California, and they said “Eddie, you gotta come out to California and sing. We’re going to get a record deal.” Well sure, I quit the police department and moved out to California to get a record deal. Those guys couldn’t get a record deal if they were the only four musicians in the world on Earth.
But I moved out and then I came out to them. They didn’t have their act together and then I hitchhiked up to northern California and eventually I did a so-called Sounds Of The City, which was amateur night at Winterland. I got a record deal with Bill Graham at Columbia Records because I had “Baby Hold On To Me,” “Two Tickets To Paradise”… I was writing a lot of songs. Then I signed with Bill Graham, next thing I know I was on Saturday Night Live, which I had never seen before because I worked every Saturday night. Then I did Merv Griffin and then I get Mike Douglas and I cooked up a leg of lamb with Dinah Shore, and the next thing I know I was famous.
That’s quite a long answer as to where, when you left Long Island. Did you ever think about moving back? Or you’re just a California guy at this point?
Eddie Money: I would have moved back to Long Island, but the only one thing that stopped me from moving back to Long Island, my mother lives there. And I had a New York mother. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have one so… When you’re married to a woman that knows everything, then you think back to your mother, because they know everything, you know?