Legendary rock singer Eddie Money knows how to get a conversation started.
“Are you a D-backs fan?” he asks. “I’m a Dodgers fan, so we don’t like you.”
He’s quickly reminded about the Dodgers allegedly urinating in the Chase Field pool in September 2013 after the team clinched the NL West.
“Boys will be boys,” he says matter of factly.
Money quickly changes his tune, so to speak, and starts singing and telling jokes. He’s always pleasant and happy to talk about his AXS TV reality show, Real Money. It showcases the lives of Money, his wife of more than 30 years, Laurie, and their five children, Zach, Joe, Jesse, Dez and Julian.
Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in 1949 in Brooklyn, Money strived to become a musician, but detoured for a bit into police work, in honor of his father.
In 1968, after serving as a New York City police officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, California, and began performing at local clubs. It was there he met legendary promoter Bill Graham, who served as a mentor.
In 1977, he released his self-titled debut, which spawned hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Hits like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin’” followed. He saw a resurgence in 1986 when he released Can’t Hold Back, featuring the Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.”
Money calls Detroit his second home, as for two decades he has opened the season at Independence Township, Michigan’s DTE Energy Music Theatre (formerly Pine Knob).
Money and his family will perform at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino on Saturday, June 30.
“I have a lot of fun out there,” he says about gigging. “I wish the TV show was shot 10 years ago, when I was 10 pounds thinner. I used to be cute. What happened to me? I got more lines on my face.”
Seriously, he enjoys playing casinos, like Wild Horse Pass. He’s familiar with Arizona as his grandparents lived in Sun City.
“I love playing casinos,” he says. “They give me big rooms to stay in. I feel like Frank Sinatra. There’s a television in the bathroom. It’s crazy.
“I have the greatest job in the world, though. I quit smoking cigarettes. I was performing once and this gorgeous girl was right below my feet. She was crying. Her eye makeup was running down her cheeks. I asked her if she was OK and she said, ‘You’re standing on my fingers.’”
Eddie Money, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, wingilariver.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, $27-$67.