Eddie Money and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
Saturday, June 23
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, rocker/songwriter Eddie Money began his early years as a cop studying at the New York Police Academy before relocating to San Francisco and becoming a popular fixture around the Bay Area rock scene. On his 1977 Columbia Records debut, fans were introduced to Money‘s unmistakable emotive voice and blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll appeal. Songs such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” quickly catapulted the hard-working musician to the top of the charts and into stardom. When MTV hit the American masses, Money ingeniously began creating humorous video narratives which created huge successes for “Shakin'” and “Think I’m in Love.” Five albums later in 1986, he released the smash album Can’t Hold Back which featured two of Money‘s best-known classics, “Take Me Home Tonight” (feat. Ronnie Spector) and “I Wanna Go Back.” 1988’s Nothing to Lose included the driving single “Walk on Water,” and from there the rocker continued to release several impressive hit albums during the 1990s and into the 2000s. With a long and incredible career of platinum sales and Top 40 hits, Eddie Money‘s music continues to transcend generational gaps and shape the music of today.
In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the eighties, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Featuring two #1 hits – “We Built this City” and “Sara” – the album reached #7 on Billboard and went platinum. Starship followed-up their initial success with another #1 single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” featured on the soundtrack for Mannequin. As Starship continued to reach the top of the charts, MTV infiltrated pop culture and the band released videos for all of their hits that are still popular today.