Grammy-nominated rocker Eddie Money, whose hits “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” rocketed him to Top 40s fame, is battling stage four esophageal cancer.
The development comes after Money, who last played a show on Long Island in March for his 70th birthday, after he underwent minor heart valve surgery and postponed in June his tour and the release of his first new album in 26 years.
“I thought I was going in for a check-up and [the doctor] told me I have cancer,” Money told Rolling Stone magazine, which first reported the news and that the Sept. 12 episode of his AXS TV reality show, Real Money, will elaborate on the diagnoses as the show enters its second season.
The New York City native grew up in Plainedge before moving to California. Money was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Money’s self-titled 1977 breakout debut album included the hits “Two Tickets To Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.” His third album in 1982, No Control, ushered in his first chart-topper, “Think I’m In Love,”
But it was the singer-songwriter’s sixth album in 1986, Can’t Hold Back, featuring “Take Me Home Tonight” in duet with Ronnie Spector, that became his biggest hit and got him a Grammy nod. His most recent album, Unplug It In, dropped in 1993.