Road warrior Eddie Money bringing his vintage rock and roll to The Villages

Eddie Money, who made it big with in the late 1970s with ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ and ‘Baby Hold On,’ plays The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 5.

Don’t mess with Eddie Money.

He patrolled the mean streets of New York City before turning to music. Money was born in Brooklyn and worked a couple of years as New York City cop before finding a career in rock and roll.

Money – who plays The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center on April 5 – came to fame in the late 1970s with a couple of monster hits: “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.”

Money became a video staple during the early ’80s on MTV with such hits as “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” Then, he scored a Top-10 hit in 1986, teaming with the fabled Ronnie Spector on “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song earned a Grammy-Nomination.

Rock legend Eddie Money has sold more than 28 million records during his career and his songs have found new life in video games, including ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Guitar Hero.’

Money has been a road warrior ever since, touring and playing concerts throughout the world. He brings energy and driving rock and roll to his stage appearances.

These day, performing is a family affair for Eddie Money. His daughter, Jesse, who was on MTV’s “Rock The Cradle,” often joins him on stage. It’s Jesse who plays the role of Ronnie Spector on live shows for “Take Me Home Tonight.”

Money has sold more than 28 million records during his career and his songs have found new life in video games, including “Grand Theft Auto” and “Guitar Hero.”

The Eddie Money concert is promoted by Get Off The Bus Concerts in support of the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties.

Tony Violanti is an award-winning journalist and writes for Villages-News.com.