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Eddie Money bringing his string of hits to E Center

Rock/pop singer Eddie Money doesn't play for, um, well . . . money.

"I made a fortune, and blew a fortune," he said during a phone call from his home in Los Angeles. "And I wrecked a lot of cars."But all I really wanted to do was play music."

Money will bring his string of hits to the E Center on Tuesday, June 22. The music will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Pat Benatar.

Money, born Edward Mahoney in Brooklyn, N.Y., began his musical career when he was 15.

"I played in a bunch of Top 40 bands," Money said. "But it got boring. And I wanted to do something that would stand out."

Then he heard the British bands that made their way to the states during the British Invasion.

"Boy, it was the Beatles, the Kinks, the Stones, all those guys that really inspired me," Money said. "I also got into Mitch Ryder and Buffalo Springfield."

In 1978, Money released his self-named debut album. It sold more than 2 million copies. The numbers were fueled by the hits "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On."

Twenty-one years later, Money is still recording and touring.

Money's latest album is called "Ready Eddie" (CMC International).

"I went for a real hard rocking feel this time," he said. "I used to record for Columbia Records, but they got too Michael Boltonish. So I searched for a rock label."

CMC International also houses bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx and Night Ranger.

"I never stopped making music," Money said, addressing the "oldies" label that critics have slapped on him. "And I believe I'm still making the best music I can."