MARICOPA — The show still went on ... despite shortness of breath and a heart condition.
Classic 1980s rocker Eddie Money, 70, performed a concert at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino on Sunday but shortness of breath caused by a recently diagnosed heart condition caused him to cut the show short by leaving out a planned encore at the end of the show, according to a press release on the singer’s website, www.eddiemoney.com.
Money will undergo a heart valve procedure this week, during a break in his concert touring schedule, according to the website.
“Hey everyone,” Money wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “I will be undergoing a minor, minimally invasive heart valve surgery this week. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I look forward to getting back on stage and rockin’ with you all.”
His doctors recommended he undergo the procedure last week, but the singer did not want to disappoint his fans by canceling his two scheduled Memorial Day weekend shows, according to the press release.
As well as performing at Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Maricopa, Money also performed a concert on Saturday in Detroit.
Money, who has been a musician since 1968, is best known for several 1970s- and 1980s-era hits including “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” followed by other iconic songs, including “Walk on Water,” “I Wanna Go Back,” “Think I’m in Love,” “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Shakin’.”
Many of his songs have earned him spots on multiple lists including Billboard Top 100 and the Top 40. He’s won multiple platinum awards.
In April, Money told PinalCentral that his performances are better than ever now and in each show he focuses “on making each song sound a lot like it does on the records.”
As well as maintaining a busy performing schedule, he stars along with his wife and adult children in a reality television show, “Real Money,” on AXS TV. The show is in its second season and aims to take viewers behind the scenes of his family life. It can be viewed at 8:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Money is scheduled to be back on the road next month with show dates planned for June 13 in Frederick, Maryland; June 21 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and June 29 in Aurora, Illinois.