There are songs that are classics and then there are songs that are classics. Some would probably argue that Eddie Money would fit in neither of those categories. I disagree.
About two years ago I went to see him in concert at Spirit Lake Casino in Devils Lake with my friend Nate. I had never been to the casino before so I was excited to see what a concert would be like there. Verdict: I would liken it to seeing Eddie Money on stage in my old high school auditorium. It was small and filled with older people who looked like they had won free tickets to the concert. Kind of like the end scene in Dirty Dancing when all the young kids are trying to dirty dance and the old people are so bored they just want to fall asleep.
It was clear to everyone that Eddie and his band had just rolled in from the road, taken a nap, and then stumbled on stage. They hadn’t warmed up. By the 4th song I turned to Nate and said, “they’re starting to sound pretty good.” And from that point on it was good and only got better.
Eddie made jokes at himself for having to play a casino in North Dakota, which I liked. He was pretty funny. And even when he looked like he was going to fall asleep on stage, he still pulled it together for his big show-closing hit “Take Me Home Tonight.”
Nate and I ran “down front”
aka walked about four steps from our seats in the back to get up in front with the other 40-something women flipping their Tawny Kitaen perms around in front of the band. I think our personalized fan t-shirts helped get us a free pass. Mine said “Mo Money” and Nate’s said “Take ME Home Tonight.”
Let me be clear- Nate likes girls. I think he just got a little carried away trying to find a clever song lyric to put on his shirt.
The song sounded really good, and Eddie appreciated that some people had “rushed the stage” to be a part of it. After the concert Nate and I stood in line to get our t-shirts signed by Eddie. He liked mine but was a little puzzled when he saw Nate coming. I quickly told Eddie that Nate had no intention of trying to take him home tonight. Eddie was still confused.
“Take Me Home Tonight” is a classic song for me. And the video is pretty good too. Not bad for a guy who used to be a cop, switched to doing music and ended up with a ton of hits and a long music career.
“Just like Ronnie sang….”