More than 40 years ago, musician Eddie Money got two tickets to paradise and he’s been enjoying the trip ever since.
The singer of hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Baby Hold On,” and “Think I’m in Love” will perform at 7pm Friday, April 5, at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main St. in The Villages. The concert is presented by Get Off the Bus Concerts in support of United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, a news release states. Tickets can be purchased at getoffthebusconcerts.com or thesharon.com, or by calling 352.753.3229.
Eddie delights new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country four decades after getting his break when he met Bill Graham. The legendary promoter served as both mentor and manager to Eddie, saying, “Eddie Money has it all…not only can he sing, write, and play, but he is a natural performer.”
After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Eddie burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. The album went double platinum, and Eddie followed that success with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.”
In 1986, Eddie released “Can’t Hold Back,” which featured the classic, Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, according to the news release. The album, which went platinum, also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”
In recent years, Eddie has been joined on tour by his daughter, Jesse Money, who was on MTV’s “Rock the Cradle.” She’s a talented and charismatic vocalist who has chosen to follow in her father’s footsteps. On tour, Jesse sings backup vocals and adds an exciting twist to the duet “Take Me Home Tonight.”
Eddie has sold more than 28 million records, and his songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, as well as hit video games like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Guitar Hero.”
For more information, visit getoffthebusconcerts.com.