Back in Nippertown for his fourth free show in five years, veteran rocker Eddie Money had the headlining slot at the annual Empire State Plaza Food Festival at – where else? – the Empire State Plaza in Albany last week.
Money came armed with his new single, “One More Soldier Coming Home,” his tribute to the troops. But it was his old hits that really got the crowd stirred up. He fired off “Baby Hold On” and “Walk On Water” early on and revved things up with “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” towards the end of the show. Let’s face it, Money hasn’t had a hit since the ’80s, but he still knows how to wail on those big, hook-filled rockers, especially when backed by a solid band led by his longtime guitarist Tommy Girvin.