September 13 was a sad day for music fans around the world. That day, the family of Eddie Money confirmed the “Two Tickets to Paradise” singer had passed away. He was 70 years old.
Just weeks prior, Money went public with the news that he had been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. In his video message to fans, he said he had no clue how much longer he had left to live.
“Am I going to live a long time? Who knows? It’s in God’s hands,” he said.
Money is survived by his wife, Laurie, and his five children.
Soon after news broke of Money’s passing, tributes came pouring in from celebrities and singers of all genres. One notable star from the country music community who spoke up was Charlie Daniels, who wrote “Rest in peace Buddy” in a short message on Twitter.
Sad news this morning
Eddie Money has passed away
Rest in peace Buddy
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) September 13, 2019
Another singer who paid tribute to Money was Kid Rock. The multi-genre music star was performing in his home town of Detroit on the night of Money’s passing. It turns out that Money also had close ties to the city, with Billboard reporting that Rock referred to it as Money’s “second home.”
Money also had a strong connection to the venue that Rock was performing at that night. It is now known as the DTE Energy Music Theatre, but was formerly called Pine Knob. Back when the venue carried that name, Rock said it was “absolutely [Money’s] house.”
“He opened this place every summer for decades,” Rock said. “So we wanted to come sing one tonight and pay tribute to him.”
See Kid Rock cover Eddie Money’s "Shakin'" as a tribute at the Detroit-area venue where Money performed 38 times https://t.co/UFrSrjTY7d
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 15, 2019
In honor of Money, Rock told his audience he would be performing the singer’s hit song “Shakin’,” which was released in 1982. The track reached the ninth spot on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart following its release as a single.
Rock delivered an energetic performance of “Shakin'” in Money’s honor. He ended the performance by speaking to the crowd, saying, “Put one hand in the air for Eddie Money. God bless you, Eddie. Rock on!”
You can watch Rock pay tribute to Money by tuning in to the video below. This was such a fitting way to honor an iconic singer!