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Copyright April 7, 2001
For my first featured artist, I struggled to think of someone who had made a lasting impression on my mind and in my heart and soul.  Then it came to me: This person has been around for a long time and has left a legacy that he continues to add to and lengthen to this day.  So without further teasing,
  I proudly bring to the table, our first featured
artist:  EDDIE MONEY!!!!

        Rattgirl
WITH A STRONG VOICE THAT CAN CAST A HYPNOTIC POWER OVER MOST PEOPLE, EDDIE MONEY HAS CARVED A NITCH FOR HIMSELF, MAKING HIM STAND OUT AS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE GREATEST VOCALISTS AND MUSICIANS, BUT ALSO AS ONE OF THE MOST DOWN TO EARTH AND TRULY GIFTED INDIVIDUALS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY TODAY.  YEA I ADMIT IT, I GREW UP ON HIS MUSIC AND I STILL OVE IT TO THIS DAY.  SO WHAT?!  YOU GONNA TIE ME UP AND GRILL ME?!  PULEASE!  PROMISES, PROMISES. EDDIE HAS TALENT, HE HAS A TRULY MAGNIFICENT VOICE, HE HAS IT ALL!!!!  SO IF YOU'RE A TRUE FAN, AND EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT SUCH A BIG FAN, READ ON AND GET A NEW PERSEPCTIVE ON THIS GENIUS!  YOU MIGHT LEARN A THING OR TWO, AND YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG, OR OLD, TO LEARN ANYTHING!  SO FASTEN THEM SEAT BELTS, HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS, AND GET READY FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE!! I only wish I had some pics, but I had to go through his publicist for the interview, so I wasn't able to get any pics.
RATTGIRL (R.G.) :   To re-establish yourself with viewers that don't know what's up, can you tell us who Eddie Money is and what you're doing  currently?

Eddie Money (EM)      Well you know, I tour.  That's what I do, I'm a touring artist.  I'm not really happy sitting at home, or in the studio.  I like recording, I've done 13 records of my own, but I'm at home on the road mostly.



R.G. :  Is there any formula that you use when making your music?

EM:    I'm a real off the cuff kind of guy when it comes to writing.  I start out writing on my own, and then I usually end up collaberating with other guys,  mostly guys in the band.  Writing is good for me.


RG. :  What makes your new band's musical direction different than any  you've followed in the past?

EM:    Well you know, like I said, it's all about the touring for me these days.  It amazes me, these fans that keep coming out, year after year, to see me  sing those songs.  They don't get tired of them, so I don't either.


R.G. :  Time changes most people, from their views to their tastes in music,  to their general outlooks on life itself in both a personal and  proffesional  way. How do you feel you've changed, and at this stage in your life, what do you think is some of the most important things to you?


EM:  It's funny, I'm starting to think about life after music, for the first time in my life.  I don't plan on stopping any time soon, at least for another 10 years.  But I do think about it.  I just had a house built down in Florida on Palm Coast and I picture myself spending alot of time there someday.


  R.G. :   How does it affect you when you see the growing amounts of disrespect and disregard from so many bands towards their fans and vice versa? Do you think that maybe there was a connection lost? Is this something you've noticed alot, or as some would say, they haven't noticed  it at all?

EM: I always say, things are much different today.  You know, back in the 70's and 80's fans really clung to their bands.  They knew them, they loved them, they never missed a show, and bought everything that ever came out.  Today
there doesn't seem to be any loyalty to these new bands.  They're here today, gone tomorrow.  I think the fans have less loyalty because you never know if your band of the month is going to be around next year.



R.G. :  Having witnessed the dramatic changes music has undergone over the past 10 years, how has it affected your career? Is there a direction you'd  like to see music in general take, and who, if anyone, would you
personally  like to make a comeback?

EM: Classic rock is back, and it's here to stay, baby!  Amen.  It's a great time to be a classic rocker.  The new touring packages that are coming out are interesting, and I'm looking forward to some of the things my booking agent
is coming up with, like touring with other acts and festivals for classic rock.  It's good to see the true fans are still into it, just as much as the old days, only now they bring their kids!


R.G. :  What bands/groups/solo acts are you currently listening to? Do you see any potentials for success?

EM: I like Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Smashmouth, alot of new music.  But my favorites are still the old standards like James Brown and B.B. King.  You never know if these new bands are gonna stick.  But there's alot of incredible young talent out there.  I'd like to work with some of them. I've learned a thing or two in the past 25 years.


R.G. :  In your opinion, what does it take to keep grounded and level headed in the music industry? What has kept you this way,a nd what do you feel bands need to remember when dealing with the music industry?

EM:  Two words; SAVE YOUR MONEY.  A family is the best way, and maybe the only way, to stay grounded in this business.  Here's a tip; if you can't remember  the dog's name, it's time to go home for a while.



R.G. : What advice/words of wisdom can you offer someone that wants to get a  start in the music industry, whether it be musician, producer, engineer, or otherwise? Is there any education you can recommend?

EM:  There is no education like experience.  It's like the old saying, play often and with anyone you can.  It'll teach you all you need to know.  And hire a good accountant right off the bat.  And a good attorney (laughs).



R.G. :  I'm sure that by now you've seen the huge debates over MP3 swapping programs such as Napster. What I want to know is, where do you yourself stand on this issue, and what are the pros and cns of using such technology?
Do you think there are positive effects of these programs?

EM:  I have some pretty strong opinions on the topic, myself.  But you gotta remember; I've made my living in this business for 25 years.  You make music because you love it, because it's all you know, and because it feels good. But if you're lucky enough to make it your business and your source of income, you resent the hell out of people ripping you off.  My music IS my product, as well as my heart.  But I need to pay the bills, you know?  And I'm definitely not a Napster fan.  'nuff said.


R.G. :  How long do you see yourself making music? What do you want to be remembered for, and how would you like your fans to see you?

EM:  You know, I get a ton of emails every week from people who tell me stories, like their kid was conceived on the living room floor while listening to this song or that, or they were lying in a hospital bed after a serious accident and this song or that got them through, and it's all about that,
for me.  I guess at this point in my career I have a real sense of appreciation for what my music has meant to people's lives, and that honors me.  As far as how long, 10 years.  Ya, maybe 10 years.  Maybe more . . . I can't stop . . . I don't know how.


R.G. : Do you have any words of wisdom for the fans who have stuck by you? What would you like to say to them?

EM:  Eddie Money fans are the best.  They keep coming back for more so I'll never leave them.

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Copyright April 7, 2001


On a personal note:

  The idea behind the questions concerning Napster and the decline in relations between bands/fans  is simple.  As a music fan myself, there needs to be an understanding that while the musicians are attached to their music, the availablity of music is becoming scarce, and what is coming out now is not nearly as good as what came out in the 70's and 80's, and even to an extent, the early 90's.  Lars from Metallica said in a fox news interview several months ago that people were too lazy to go out and pay  $13.95 for a cd.  However, in many suburbian areas, that  $13.95 one would pay in a major city, doubles in price to over  $25.00.   With an increase in costs, a decrease of quality, it is almost unfair to expect people to still want to go out and buy merchandise.  Cd costs have more than doubled since the late 80's, early 90's, ticket costs have gone up to sky high prices, at times running to nearly $1000.00 for a seat where you cannot see the stage.  Perhaps the music industry as a whole needs to take these facts into consideration as well as the fact that a silk screened t-shirt can cost as much as  $75.00 and more.  From my understanding, when the music was better, th costs were lower, so go figure.  Again, this is my view, my perception as not only a music fan, but a hard working consumer that goes to school, has bills to pay, who does not have the  $75.00 to pay for a shirt, who does not have the hundreds of dollars to pay for that concert ticket, who does not have that extra  $20.00 +  to buy the CD I want.   The music industry needs to take all of this into consideration.  I am like most music fans out there, and if it wasn't for the fans, there would be no music industry.


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