There’s nothing more heartening than seeing an aging artist remain relevant. But the Eddie Money show at the Grizzly Rose proved that beyond penning a handful of hits, Money has sadly resorted to milking his fans dry of their nostalgia.
The Grizzly Rose was full of anticipation for the Money Man Wednesday night. Opening band FIVE13 attempted to warm the crowd up with a trip down memory lane by playing a variety of ’80s covers including “Paradise City” and Ratt’s “Lay It Down.” A few awkward couples grooved, but the rest of the audience just sat wishing the jukebox would take over and play the originals.
After a brief shout-out from Denver’s own Cool 105, Money took the stage donning a Santa suit. The band started the set with “Two Tickets To Paradise” and “Think I’m In Love” followed by Money announcing “I drank a quart of vodka, I’m trying to give you a good show.” Fortunately, he didn’t seem drunk. Unfortunately, the show would have been a lot more entertaining if he had been.
The third and fourth songs were oddly misplaced versions of “Jingle Bells” and “Let It Snow.” Why Money decided to play these songs so early in the set was beyond confusing. In fact, the whole show felt like a free-for-all. Sure, the one-two punch of “I Wanna Go Back” and “Take Me Home Tonight” momentarily had the crowd reconsidering, but overall it felt like watching a circus — a depressing and delusional retelling of “The Money Show.”
Yeah, there was a white haired dude wearing a black leather jacket breaking it down. But other than that, the people there were either there for the sake of irony or there to relive the first time they got laid in the back of a Chevy Nova. Eddie Money was cheesy — obviously hamming it up and cashing in on the few hits that he had. And, it’s hard to blame him. Because as long as audiences are desperate for nostalgia, Money will be there, holding the mic out into the crowd.
Paul Custer is a Denver-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb.
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