Rochester Remembers Eddie Money

Rochester Remembers Eddie Money


By Lowell Rose Rochester

People across the country are mourning the death of 70-year-old rock icon Eddie Money.

The legendary star with connections to Rochester died Friday after a battle with cancer.

“I’ve been in constant touch with him up until about a month ago when his condition took a turn for the worst,” said Jim Vollertsen, CEO and President of Rochester Association of Performing Arts.

Vollertsen said he became friends with Eddie Money after working with him on a show in Rochester.

In February 2018, the rock legend held his world premiere of “Two Tickets to Paradise – The Eddie Money Musical” at the Kodak Center.

“The biggest thing the cast and I have been saying is that we tried our best to make his dream come true. He had talked about doing this musical for a while. He had really hoped this show would be part of his legacy,” said the show’s artistic director and co-author, Eric Johnson.

Money sold over 28 million records and had 23 hits in the top 100.

“He had 13 platinum albums, he was one of the first starts to recognize the importance of video and MTV, he was one of the first of three starts,” said Jim Vollertsen.

“I’m going to miss some of the songs he wrote. I mean, I’ll still hear the songs, but he won’t be writing any new ones, you know, and that’s kind of sad because he was a dynamite writer,” said Armand Schaubroeck, owner of House of Guitars.

People who helped write Money’s show in Rochester said he was known for a few things:

  • Being a police officer in New York City
  • Being a down to earth person
  • Overcoming his drug addiction

Despite drug problems, the owner of House of Guitars says Money’s music was perfect.

“I would say to a younger person, ‘Study his songs that he hit on because there are some secrets there that you could learn from if you’re writing a song,’” said Schaubroeck.

The store has ordered more music stock in anticipation of Money’s hits selling out because of people wanting to reflect on his music.

“No matter what style of music you favored, you’d have to respect his performances and what he did with the song,” Schaubroeck added.