Eddie Money to rock for Tioga High School

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By ABBY SOUZA

Eddie Money is in search of, well, some money.

Rock star Money, who sings such songs as "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Two Tickets to Paradise," will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in Groveland, raising money for Tioga High School.

"We've got to do something for the kids," Money said from a cell phone in the middle of a golf game in Arizona yesterday. "And I have a lot of fun up there."

Money began his rock 'n' roll roll career in the mid-1970s, but became popular through the early music videos on MTV in the 1980s. He has recorded more than a dozen albums and done numerous projects for TV and film, including a role as Mimi's ex-husband on "The Drew Carey Show." He now plays about 150 shows a year and is a father of five.

Money was introduced to the area by his road manager Bob LeBarre, who owns a home in Pine Mountain Lake. LeBarre has been with Money off and on since 1987.

Money will begin his two-day South County engagement by speaking with Tioga High School students about his experiences and life choices on the road. Tuesday night, Money will perform at the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland. He'll perform a second show Wednesday night after the Eddie Money Celebrity Classic golf tournament at Pine Mountain Lake.

The Iron Door is owned by Peter Barsotti, a friend of Money's for almost 30 years since the days when high-profile rock promoter Bill Graham managed Money and employed Barsotti.

"He's a sweetheart of a guy," Money said. "We go way back."

The golf tournament will feature Money's band mates, along with former members of the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and other NFL teams.

Although Money said he has mastered many skills, he feels his talent is lacking on the golf course.

"On a bad day, I quit keeping score," Money said. "It's a humbling sport."

No matter how high Money's golf score might be, he is willing to tough it out to help raise funds for Tioga High School's field-trip program.

"We're really hurting financially," said Principal Sandy Bradley. "The kids don't get anything extra."

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