Eddie Money - vocals; Randy Nichols - Keyboards; John Nelson - Lead Guitar; Steve Farris - Rythm Guitar; Ralph Carter - Bass; Gary Ferguson - Drums
Eddie Money was in a flux when this show was recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. It had been three or four years since he had his very successful debut ("Two Tickets To Paradise"), but he was still about the same number of years away from his significant resurgence when he recorded "Take Me Home Tonight" with Ronnie Spector.
Money went through a dry spell in the mid-'80s when he didn't score any big radio hits, but fortunately he had enough success off his first and second albums to keep things lively during this 1982 show. On this recording you'll hear most of the early hits, including "Can't Keep A Good Man Down," "Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star," "No Control," "Gimmie Some Water," and "Baby Hold On."
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 so many 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 like Journey or Santana, Money was able to hone his performance skills and build a fan base.
His debut on Columbia Records in 1977 included his earliest hits, "Baby, Hold On To Me" 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. 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.