ONAMIA -- One of the grand "old" men of rock and roll is returning to the lakes area this weekend for a couple of shows at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Eddie Money, who appeared at last year's Moondance Jam in Walker, will perform with his four-piece band in the casino's 1,200-seat convention center at 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $14 and $18 and can be purchased at the casino or by calling Ticketmaster at (612) 989-5151.
Who: Eddie Money
What: Rock and roll singer
Where: Grand Casino Mille Lacs
When: 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $14 and $18 at the casino or call Ticketmaster at (612) 989-5151.
Known for his blue-collar rock and roll music and extravagant stage shows, Money made it big in the 1970s and 1980s with notable hits "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Take Me Home Tonight," "Shakin'" and many others.
He has recorded 12 albums -- the most recent, "Ready Eddie," was released in 1999 -- and has sold more than 12 million records worldwide, according to his Web site, eddiemoney.com.
Born in Brooklyn in 1949, Money enrolled in the New York Police Academy in the early 1970s, playing with rock and roll bands on the side. He eventually gave up the idea of becoming a police officer and moved to California to pursue a music career.
Discovered by legendary rock promoter Bill Graham at a San Francisco Bay Area talent contest, Money released his first album in 1977 under the Columbia Records label. Graham managed Money's career until the promoter died in 1991.
After a series of hit albums and singles, Money's career slumped in the early 1980s as he struggled with various addictions. But the release of "Can't Hold Back" in 1986 helped re-establish his career, followed by a series of hit singles and albums including "Nothing to Lose."
In the 1990s Money has continued to release an occasional CD, becoming a fixture on the classic rock circuit.
Money says on his Web site that his rock and roll excesses "have long since been traded in for a spiritual, family oriented lifestyle," thanks to his long-time marriage to wife Laurie. The couple has five children.
"At this point in my life, my family is the most important thing to me," he said. "I've had success, money, fame and power for a long time, but nothing gets me higher than the relationship with my wife and children.
"I still enjoy this as much as I did 20 years ago," he said. "We always play until the cops come."
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