Rock legend Eddie Money plays the Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 21
Although he turns 65 this week, rock icon Eddie Money isn’t ceding any ground to age.
The singer and songwriter behind some of the most popular rock radio anthems in the last half-century still keeps a heavy touring schedule, and is now finding himself busier than ever as a proud father.
His son, Dez, and daughter Jessica, are both following their father’s footsteps into the music business.
“I wanted him to be a lawyer or a dentist and the kid turns out to be another rock and roller. That’s all I need!” Money said about his son on the phone in advance of his gig this Friday at the Hamilton.
Are you looking forward to playing the nation’s capital?
I’m looking forward to it because we’ve got three tickets to see the Capitol and I’m very excited about that. I love D.C. and think it’s a great town. It’s great for the kids, you’ve got all the memorials. Plus, I still have a cousin who lives there and a lot of friends in town. The promoter called me up and said “Who’s this guy Eddie Money, he’s got a guest list bigger than the Rolling Stones”. It’s going to be a great show. We had a lot of hits, and when we play them everybody lights up and it brings them back to the ’80s.
My daughter is out there singing with me too. She comes out and does “Turtle Blues” by Janis Joplin, and she steals the show. And then she does “I Wanna Take You Higher”. I’ve got to find some wood to knock on because the critics have been raving about the show, and I got a nice shout out from Lady Gaga of all people in Rolling Stone magazine a couple months back.
You’re son is into music as well, isn’t he.
Dez is doing great. He’s turning into quite the little writer. I wanted him to be a lawyer or a dentist and the kid turns out to be another rock and roller. That’s all I need! He’s very talented, and my daughter Jessica is great too.
They keep asking me “Dad, when are you going to get in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?” I say, probably when I’m an urn on my wife’s fireplace. There are so many people who should get in before me, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Survivor, Peter Frampton, Mitch Ryder. So many people should be in there, it hurts me. Not so much for me, but for them.
Do you feel like you’re missing out on something when you’re not on the road?
I’ve got five kids, I’ll do anything to get out of the house! I live in Malibu and my wife’s got an apartment on Central Park South in Manhattan. But when I go to New York I always stay on Long Island at my sister’s basement. My wife likes to hang out in Manhattan, but I’ve always been a Long Island boy.
It’s going to be a great show. My voice is up, I’ve still got all my hair, my daughter’s singing great on stage, we open up with “Baby Hold On”, then we do “Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star” then we do “We Should Be Sleeping”, which was a big Beauty Rest commercial. I couldn’t believe it because we made some money.
I’m also trying to make some money for these kids coming back from Afghanistan with head trauma injuries. We’re supporting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, they’ve got two facilities for these troops coming back. They’ve got one in San Antonio and a new one I’m excited about in Maryland. So my heart goes out to all our vets and I’ll be out there selling shirts for them.
Is there a favorite song of yours you wish you could play more often?
We started putting “Call on Me” back in the set, which was a slow song I did on the second record, and people really liked that. I’d like to put that song “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” in my set, that was off the first record, and dedicate that to the troops. “Wish I Had a Girl Like You” is another great one. But you’ve only got 90 minutes and they want to hear the hits, “Gimme Some Water”, “Walk on Water”, “Baby Hold On”, and my job is to make people happy.
I thank the big guy upstairs that we were blessed with a lot of hits. I thank him for my sobriety. Every month that goes by that my kids aren’t in rehab or in jail, I’m having a good month!
Since you’re headed to Washington, where are your political leanings?
You know, one of the greatest rights I think we have is the right to vote. I do know that guy Chris Christie who closed the bridge down and got in a lot of trouble for it, well actually he was on a diet and he said he was misquoted. He was talking to his wife and told her to “close the fridge!” not “close the bridge!”
But really my heart goes out to the veterans and I would like to see everybody come home in one piece. I didn’t vote for Obama, but he’s got a nice wife and nice kids, and that’s one of the toughest jobs in the world so my heart goes out to the President.
Eddie Money plays the Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 21st. Tickets are still available at live.thehamiltondc.com.