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Eddie Money to headline Kitsap County Fair & Stampede
Eddie Money audio interview
James Brown was considered "the hardest working man in show business" during his 73-year life.
Today, the argument could be made that Eddie Money should now hold that title. At 60 years of age, the long-time rocker shows no signs of slowing down. The Kitsap News Group spoke with Money in a phone interview Aug. 13.
Q: Your surname is Mahoney. What made you go with the name Money?
A: Well, I'll tell you the truth, all I had to do was take the 'A' and the 'H' out of Mahoney. Before I got my record deal, one of my girlfriends suggested I just take those letters out and go by the name of Eddie Money instead of Eddie Mahoney. Since everybody loves money, I thought it was a great idea. It's kinda catchy isn't it? What do you think? I think it works a lot better than Eddie Mahoney, I gotta tell ya.
Q: What is your favorite song to perform?
A: Well, I love doing "Two Tickets to Paradise," "I Wanna Go Back" and I like doin' "Shakin'," that's a lot of fun.
Q: Have you ever followed the song "Two Tickets to Paradise" and just told someone "Pack your bags, we'll leave tonight?"
A: Well actually, I wrote the song for a girl I used to go with in college and her mother always wanted her to get rid of me so I wrote the song for her, but to tell you the truth, I never really got a chance to take her to paradise, you know what I'm sayin'? It never happened.
Q: You have made six appearances on television since the year 2000. Is there a chance your friend Kevin James will talk you into doing some acting later?
A: Kevin James is a very, very good friend of mine. I played his wedding and he put me in that movie "Mall Cop." He's a sweetheart of a guy. I don't know, I might be doing some TV down the road. Right now I got my hands full. I got my daughter's career to look after; I'm trying to get this play on Broadway.
Money will take the main stage at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Fair and Stampede and said the show will be a good one.
"You're gonna get a kick out of the show," he said. "The show is really a great show. We open with 'Two Tickets to Paradise,' then we go into 'Victim of Love' and 'I Wanna Go Back.' Then my daughter comes out and there's three or four songs."
"Tell them to come down and do some shakin' with the money man," he said. "I got two tickets to paradise, but I'm takin' everybody."