March 21, 2013

'Eddie Money: Unplugged' at Asylum

His hits of the '70s and '80s, recent return to the spotlight and upcoming show at Asylum are all on the tip of Money's tongue – that and a few jokes.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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Eddie Money


WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. doors

WHERE: Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland


INFO: 772-8274;

As for his music, Money is not interested in breaking new ground. He mostly listens to the stuff he liked as a teenager and young man, including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. On his current tour, he'll include all his hits, play a little sax and maybe tell a few stories. His backing band is basically two guitars and a small drum kit.

The show at Asylum actually falls on Money's 64th birthday. He doesn't have anything special planned -- although he hinted he'd accept a cake, and he thought it was somehow fitting he'd be spending his birthday in a place called Asylum.

His penchant for jokes spills over to a self-deprecating attitude about his own career and fame. He says he has to "thank the big guy upstairs" for giving him his hit records. And he jokes that he's probably never going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but is quick to point out another honor he thinks is almost as good.

"I'm in the Long Island (N.Y.) Music Hall of Fame along with Neil Diamond and KISS, so that's pretty good too," said Money.

It is. Especially for a singer who would have rather been a comedian.

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:


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