Eddie Money Rocks the Interview Trail

Rock Cellar Magazine contributor Frank Mastropolo recently connected with rocker Eddie Money and the results are spectacular. Across two pages, Money punches out about twenty tickets to quotability.

Topics colorfully addressed by Money with the digital publication include the perils of opening too well for Mick Jagger, getting hit on by ageing groupies at the T-shirt stand and that new GEICO commercial.

Money explains that the original version of the GEICO spot had the camera panning over to him at the travel agency with customers after an older female employee is first shown playing “Two Tickets to Paradise” on a CD player. But the script changed:

“She was actually a very accomplished Broadway actress. In the past she was in The Most Happy Fella and she was in Damn Yankees and she was in Carousel.”

“So it wound up I had to fire the old lady because my wife wanted to be in the commercial. Kind of like I’m Ricky and she’s Lucy. And when I fired her to get my wife in the commercial, she gave me the dirtiest look walking out of that building. Like my mother when I parked my car in the driveway. Oh, she was just pissed.”

Ha ha – love the mom/driveway reference. After all this, Money’s wife as the fellow travel agency employee wound up on the cutting room floor. Meanwhile, to all those who think Money sounds a little a capella rough in the GEICO commercial, he has this response:

“The people say, “Oh, Eddie’s voice sounded really hoarse.” I sang the chorus like 35 times – what do you want?”

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.