Before he hit radio pay-dirt with chart-topping rock songs including "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Think I'm in Love," Eddie Money's career was shaping up to play out like a two-star 1980s film starring Tom Cruise or Patrick Swayze. Money, or Mahoney as he was called back then, was following in his father's footsteps, attending the New York Police Academy. His rock-star alter ego only shone through at night like a beacon to working stiffs everywhere. Money then went west to California to be discovered and live the dream he had tasted at clubs in New York. And, well, it was pretty much as easy as that. He was signed to a record deal, started churning out hit albums with singles that nested for long periods near the top of the charts, and, of course, battled addiction. Then the '90s came. The decade that ruined the careers of many an '80s pop-rocker showed Money no mercy. His hook-laden brand of tunes faded faster than the flannel shirts tied around grunge musicians' waists. No longer a superstar, Money landed on his feet working nostalgia tours and oldies venues. He might not be playing the hottest venues in the biggest cities anymore, but a quick glance at his months-long tour schedule makes it clear that he can still bring in a crowd. 21+.
Sat., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., 2008