You may have seen 1980s star Eddie Money heating things up recently on TV’s “Rock Star Kitchen,” but at 2 p.m. Saturday he’ll be turning up the heat on stage.
That’s when Money opens for Pat Benatar as part of San Tan Valley’s Good Life Festival at Ecanterra Country Club.
Money, 62, stops in San Tan Valley for an 18-song show as part of his national tour. He is gaining momentum with the song “One More Soldier Coming Home,” a somber ballad about a solider who does not make it home from the war in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Proceeds from the song go toward the Fallen Heroes Fund — www.fallenheroes.org — including $1 for each time the song is downloaded. Money is hoping the song will be picked up by a country music star such as Travis Tritt, Jason Aldean or Clint Black so it gets more airplay.
“I’ve really had my day in the sun, and I’ve been around the block a lot of times, but it’s been nice,” Money said of the song. “I hope it’s picked up. We’ll see. We do as much for the vets as we can. There’s a lot of young men and women losing their lives or being seriously wounded defending out country and they deserve our support.”
And don’t worry: Money, who sings and plays harmonica and saxophone while backed with a four-member band, also will perform many of his hits on Saturday. Song such as “I Wanna Go Back,” “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Walk on Water” are from the days when he used to make $1,000 a minute for a 75-minute show.
Returning to the song set is “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” a song made famous by the Beatles and Smokey Robinson.
And Saturday’s show will have local appeal.
Money spent a lot of time when he was young at his grandparents’ house in Sun City watching “The Price is Right,” bowling and playing shuffleboard. He said about 25 people from Sun City — many of his grandparents’ friends — will be at the show.
“When I went to Sun City, I never had to mow the lawn there,” Money said. “Everybody’s lawn was landscaped with rocks.”
After working as a police officer in Long Island, N.Y., Money began making music in the mid-1970s. After moving to California, where he now lives, Money studied under legendary vocal coach Judy Davis and became of prodigy of his manager Bill Graham. The early days of MTV and music videos in the late ’70s launched Money and Benatar into a level of stardom beyond the radio airwaves.
“All in all, we’re looking forward to doing the show,” Money said. “Opening for Pat is always great, as she puts on a really great show. It will be a fun night.”
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