Eddie Money, who will be performing Friday at The Rose nightclub in Pasadena, achieved fame in the late 1970s through such mega-hits as “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” “Think I’m in Love” and many others. His sound, power pop spiced with enough toe-tapping energy to please a crossover audience, has kept his music alive for some 40 years.
Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, Money followed an improbable path to rock stardom. He dreamed of being a musician in his youth, but following high school he put his aspirations on hold to follow in his father’s footsteps, becoming a New York City police officer.
After two years on the force, he stepped back and decided to give the rock life a try. In 1968 he gave up the badge, moved to Berkeley and started playing at local clubs. After some years in the rock wilderness, he changed his name to Money, and in 1976 he was introduced to music promoter Bill Graham while performing at a Graham-promoted show.
In 1977, Money’s first album was released, and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On” launched him into the rock stratosphere. The rest, as they say, is history, and the singer went on to release a number of Top 40 hits.
He continues to tour heavily and in recent years is joined onstage by his daughter, Jesse Money, on backing vocals.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and Money starts at 9 p.m. Friday at The Rose, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena. All seats must arrive by 7 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $68. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit roseconcerts.com.