Eddie Money Interview Tidbits
I interviewed Eddie Money a few months back before his show at Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions. Our phone call was a blast, and he was a great conversation. As I re-listened to the interview, I thought I should include a few of the tidbits that I left out of the original. Enjoy!
Covers of his music
I’m really proud of “Gimme Some Water” because it was actually in Johnny Cash’s set before he passed away. Isn’t that amazing, or what? I wish I could have heard him play it, that would have been fantastic. That’s a real honor having Johnny Cash play one of your songs.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters is a big Eddie Money fan. He used to play “Baby Hold On” in his set. So did Cher. That’s surreal. It’s a compliment. It’s really great.
Mount Rushmore of NY Rock
If we were commissioning a Mount Rushmore for rock ‘n roll singers from New York, who would be the fourth person after you, Lou Gramm and Billy Joel?
Laura Branigan. Or how about the Young Rascals? Felix Cavaliere. When I was a kid growing up in New York, we loved the Young Rascals; “Good Lovin’,” “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore” and “Mustang Sally.” That was really good rock ‘n roll. Then you’ve got Dee Snider from Twisted Sister. He’s a good guy, a good kid.
What about Lou Reed?
He was a New Yorker, but I didn’t like his songs like “Heroin” which put people in the wrong direction. It was darkstuff when he was in the Velvet Underground.
The Music Business
They say video killed the radio star, but it should be the internet killed the recording star. If you look at Taylor Swift, she should be selling so many more records than she does. All of the big record stores have closed. Today you need to have a good live show. I feel sorry for these young acts.
Are you excited that you have kids who have gravitated to the music business?
Yes and No. I’m glad they’re into music, but it’s really a heart-breaking business. I started playing when I was in high school, but I didn’t get a record deal until I was 27 years old. And these days, even if the kids get a record deal, they’re really not going to sell a lot of records.
He was my manager and If I was getting high, he’d kick the shit out of me. He ran the Fillmore East and Fillmore West. He died in a helicopter crash flying home after a Huey Lewis concert. He managed the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Santana and Montrose.
His hey day
In the late 70’s, I was making $1,000 a minute for a 75-minute show. I would do a show with Steve Miller in St. Louis and then take a Leer jet to Kansas City to open for Fleetwood Mac. I was working for Bill Graham, it was really fantastic. But I think the days of the rich recording stars are pretty much over.
Back in the early 80’s there was this schizophrenic kid who thought he was my brother. I was living in the Bay Area, and he was coming out to the Bay Area to kill me. He had flew out of Kennedy (in NYC) and when he was landing in San Francisco, I was just arriving back at Kennedy. He could have saved himself a lot of money and just stayed there. He ended up in a psych ward and I actually met him and taught him how to play dominoes.
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