Editor’s Note: Have you ever met a person that really impacted you from a brief conversation? I can say that I have. And that person happen to write some of the greatest power-pop songs ever written, and that person was Eddie Money. As a shot in the dark, for MUEN Magazine(RIP), I received the opportunity to interview Eddie Money himself. It was essentially a show preview type of interview to promote a concert at the legendary Surf Ballroom along with an album that he was working on releasing entitled “Shake That Thing”, along with a Broadway musical entitled “Two Tickets To Paradise”. I remember checking my Facebook and receiving word that “The Money Man” punched his ticket to paradise due to his battle with cancer of the esophagus. I remember seeing more and more posts on my Facebook newsfeed and I just saw this in disbelief and I remember weeping over his death. How can a person who I only interacted with for 15 minutes on the telephone have that impact on me? This was Eddie Money for you. The New Yorker was full of love, hope, and pride for his family and sobriety. He had a larger than life persona yet made you feel so important and such a big deal. I had to share my tribute to him via Madness To Creation on my experience with Eddie Money. I wanted to show our readers how larger than life he was, yes he sold over 40 million albums in his storied career, BUT he made YOU feel important too. He cared so much about his fans and family. If you treated him with respect, he had the biggest heart out of any musician I’ve talked to. Eddie, I say this with a lump in my throat, we may only have talked for 15 minutes on the telephone, but you made me realize that I wanted to do journalism for a living, you were a world class singer and more important a first class person. I wish I was able to pick up the telephone to talk to you again. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this interview with “The Money Man”. Our heart, love, prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time. May you find some joy and comfort in knowing what a damn good man Eddie was in this interview.
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One more for the road: Eddie Money you are home now.