Eddie Money - lead vocals; Randy Nichols - keyboards; Jesse Bradman - piano; Dave Danza - drums; Tim Sheridan - bass; David Lewark - guitar; Jimmy Lyons - lead guitar
Recorded one year after his debut smash, Two Tickets To Paradise, this King Biscuit Flower Hour show captured Eddie Money as he was about to launch his sophomore album. The jinx that accompanies so many acts on the second go-around was nowhere near the animated Money. He had a good run in the late 1970s and again in the mid-1980s, when he revitalized his career with "Shakin" and "Take Me Home Tonight."
This show is essentially the same show he played during promotion of his first LP, when Money worked as the opening act on any gig manager Bill Graham could get for him. The best of his early material is represented here, including "Everybody Rock 'N' Roll The Place," "Baby Hold On," and "Two Tickets To Paradise."
Eddie Money, born Ed Mahoney and the son of a New York City policeman, had signed with Bill Graham's management company, which explains why he was featured on several of the Bay Area shows from the late 1970s as an opening act. By getting him in front of large, enthusiastic rock audiences (usually there to see an act such as Journey or Santana), Money was able to hone his performance skills and build his fan base.
His debut on Columbia Records in 1977 included his earliest hits, "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets To Paradise." At the time, Money seemed like another likely successor to the crown that was being worn by Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel at the time. Although he was not known as an instrumentalist, he was a writer of story-songs, rich with urban images and pleas of independence.
Although he stopped having hits in the late 1980s, Money has remained active as a recording and touring performer.