Eddie Money

Eddie Money performing at The Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, Berks County on March 22.

Eddie Money is known for his raspy soul voice and signature songs that defined the 1980s. He brought his catalog of hits to Berks County, performing at the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading on March 22.

Warming up the crowd for Money was Redwood Honey, a rock band from Boston. Money was backed by talented musicians that included some of his children. His daughter, Jesse, helped out with backup vocals and gave a unique energy to the show.

Anyone not familiar with Eddie Money's music only needed to look at the audience for help with lyrics to the songs and to see the influence he has had on pop culture.

Money is also an accomplished saxophone player and delighted fans with his skills as an instrumentalist.

Recently celebrating his 70th birthday, the audience sang "Happy Birthday" several times throughout the night, shouting, "We love you, Eddie!" Money responded by thanking his fans for coming out to see him, and said Reading was his best audience yet.

Opening with "Baby Hold On" from his self-titled 1977 album, the concert was a virtual MTV jukebox of chart topping hits. From "Walk On Water" (my favorite) to "Take Me Home Tonight," the aisles eventually filled up with dancing concertgoers singing along enthusiastically. In between songs, Money shared some stories, like the time he talked to Smokey Robinson about his cover version of "You Really Got A Hold On Me."

Halfway through the set, Money turned the stage over to his children for three songs which was received well. "Two Tickets To Paradise," “Think I'm In Love" and deeper cuts like "Trinidad" rounded out the set. A rocking version of "Shakin'" was the encore.

If you're a fan the 1980s, or want to find out what makes that decade so unique, check out Eddie Money's songs. And if you're looking for a night of feel good music from skilled musicians, Eddie Money live in concert is a bet you can take to the bank.

You can see Eddie on his reality series "Real Money" on AXS TV.

Rodeo would like to thank Lee Beverly for being super, awesome, and cool!

Kid reviewer Rodeo Marie Hanson, 12, Fleetwood, contributes entertainment columns to Berks-Mont Newspapers.

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