|April 19, 2017||Comments Closed|
Eddie Money comes to the Waco area this weekend with a concert likely to take his fans back to fond memories of past decades. For rockers of the 1970s and ’80s, Eddie Money will perform Saturday night at The Backyard in Waco, Texas.
Decades after regularly landing on radio charts with such hits as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” Eddie Money still rules in the AM radio of many fans’ memories.
Money, 68, comes back to Waco after a successful 2013 Brazos Nights appearance that drew some 5,000 fans to Indian Spring Park for the free concert. Money performs Saturday night at the much smaller venue The Backyard and not for free, but it’s approaching sellout status.
The feeling is mutual, said the pop-rock singer in a recent, freewheeling phone interview.
“I have so many friends in Waco, more than in Dallas,” he said. “I’d come to Waco when visiting my Aunt Micky and Uncle Jack. Waco had really good Mexican food . . . the real deal — green chili enchiladas, chili verde.”
In a 2014 interview with the Amarillo Globe-News, Money identified his aunt and uncle as Amarillo residents Micky and Jack Kennedy, the latter posted to the Air Force base in Amarillo in 1960 and deciding to stay there in retirement.
Money grew up in Brooklyn, New York, as Edward Mahoney, but departed a family tradition of a career as a New York cop for a singing career instead, which took him to California in the 1960s. He hit it big in the 1970s and ’80s with such radio-friendly songs as “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Think I’m in Love.”
“I bring people back to a certain time in their life. A lot of people grew up with Eddie Money,” he said. That connection of music and memory, soldered in place by the radio, still brings out fans decades later, and he’s not surprised at how long his career has lasted.
“I looked at Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra when I was growing up,” he said.
Money will bring family with him for his Waco and San Antonio shows this week, with his daughter, Jesse, singing with the band and his wife, Laurie, expected to come and visit friends.
Money boasted his loyal fans have been good to many a venue. “They’re a drinking crowd. When they’re not in their seats, they’re in the bathroom,” he said.