2019 American Music Awards

Eddie Money Mourned by Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar & More: 'His Songs Will Play On Forever'

With Eddie Money’s death Friday (Sept. 13) after a battle with stage 4 esophageal cancer, musicians have taken the day to mourn the late rock star. Rob ZombieSammy Hagar and Alice Cooper took Billboard down memory lane with the “Take Me Home Tonight” singer, remembering his legacy and fight for life.

Metallica played sort of like a special show at the Palladium in L.A. right after they appeared that night on the Grammys with Lady Gaga, and I was up in the VIP section watching Metallica and Eddie Money was up there,” Zombie recalled in a written statement. “And I was just hanging out with him, talking, and he was like super nice and really funny, just like…. He talks in that sort of like your inappropriate uncle at Christmas or something -- ‘Lemme tell ya!’ He had that very distinctive voice. And he was just one bad joke after another after another. He was really super cool.”

Zombie continued to describe Money’s music with a nostalgic shock factor: “He was kind of like one of those guys, ‘Oh yeah, that song! That song, too!’ Like he’s got a lot of hits that were so prevalent on radio.”

For Hagar, the memories of the “Two Tickets to Paradise” singer were bittersweet. “I watched Eddie for the last year struggle with his wonderful close family right there by his side doing anything and everything they could possibly do,” he told Billboard. “He put up a good fight. And his songs will play on forever.”

Alice Cooper remembers Money as a "Rock n Roll institution."

"I first met Eddie when we did some shows together early in his career, and we’ve crossed paths many more times along the way," he shared with Billboard.  "He kept having huge hits, which was no surprise because he seemed to have a voice that was made for the radio. But of the things I can most relate to about Eddie is that like myself, Eddie had his struggles with addiction and he found his way out of it with the help of his family. Another thing about his family is that Eddie brought them all on the road with him. They all performed on stage with him in his band, and that’s the way my family works as well, we have that in common. Eddie Money is and always will be an American icon of Rock N Roll, and I love playing his music on my radio show every night. My condolences to his family and fans around the world."

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