After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”
Tommy Girvin: Lead Guitar
Composer and Author Tommy Girvin has been touring the world as writer, lead guitarist and musical director for the rock singer Eddie Money for the last 22 years. He has also played on many hit records, and his songs and cues are currently being played on hit television shows like Ellen, Tyra Banks, Extra, Fox Sports, and many others. He is known for writing songs and cues, quick and on demand and that are sonically world class and ready for air on delivery.
Coming from a musical family, Tommy has been writing and performing since the age of 8. With his younger brother and sister, appearing in talent shows, playing the “pizza parlor circuit”, appearing at store openings, parties and events, “we learned the meaning of hard work and competition in the entertainment industry at an early age” he says. Next it was a band called Smile. Tommy was the writer and guitar player in this band that was together for 10 years, that played original songs from the get-go, slugging it out in the Hollywood club circuit, selling out multiple nights in the top venues. Getting signed to MCA and touring, then moving on to Eddie Money.
Tommy was also the lead singer and writer in the band Ransom, a band and album that did very well in Europe. Another favorite project was a band and album called Burning Candles both of these projects are still fan favorites.
Glenn Symmonds: Drums
Glenn met Eddie in 1974 in Oakland, California when Eddie’s drummer didn’t show up for rehearsal. Eddie heard Glenn playing drums in the house next door and asked if he could fill in. After one song, Eddie remarked, “You’re better than my drummer, want to be in the band?” Glenn joined the band and they played together all over the Bay area for a couple of years before Glenn joined ex-Santana percussionist Coke Escovedo for a record and tour. Glenn also wrote three songs for Coke’s record.
Glenn then moved to L.A. and recorded and toured with many diverse musical groups, including Steve Perry, John Klemmer, Automatic Man, Elvin Bishop, Dave Mason, Duncan Sheik and Etta James…just to name a few. Eddie and Glenn crossed paths a few years later in Hollywood where Eddie was going to record a song for the movie Americathon featuring John Ritter and he needed a band. He called on his old buddy Glenn and together they assembled a group of first-call musicians. They went in the next day and cut “Get a Move On”, which went to #28 on the Billboard charts.
Glenn continued his rigorous schedule of recording, touring, and songwriting, writing songs for European artists like Joachim Kuhn, J.D. Drews, Jan Akkerman, and America’s #1 Ska band, The Untouchables. It was in 1986 while Glenn was with The Untouchables while on tour with UB40 and The Psychedelic Furs that Eddie Money, attending one of these concerts in L.A., noticed that the drummer looked familiar…like his old drummer, “Glenny.” He knew immediately that Glenn would be the perfect fit in his new band that was about to take on the world with the Take Me Home Tonight Tour.
Lee Beverly: Bass
Having grown up in a music-loving family in Santa Cruz, California, Lee started his professional career at age 5, when he began performing in his living room with friends and selling tickets to the performance to his neighbors. Lee eventually joined his father, an accomplished musician himself, on stage as a young teen. Lee’s musical interests continued to grow and he soon started performing with popular Northern California bands such as Winchester, Flight, and Flapdoodle Wit, as well as with regional favorites such as The Medflys and 415. Lee also was accepted into the renowned Judy Davis Vocal Studio.
A move to Los Angeles enabled Lee to meet with Wally Kurth from the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. Lee joined his band Kurth and Taylor and appeared on General Hospital. Lee also performed as a member of Eddie Maine & The Idle Rich, a group that was featured on the show for a number of years.
Feeling a need for a change of pace, Lee moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he soon began to tour with country star Sara Evans. Since moving there, Lee has come to enjoy the creative songwriting scene of Nashville, which allows him to showcase original compositions.
After a season with Sara Evans, Lee was offered the job of playing Bass with Eddie Money. Being originally from the Bay Area and growing up with his music, Lee feels right at home with The Eddie Money Band.
Chris Grove: Keyboard
Chris began playing piano at the age of eight. A classically trained pianist, Chris attended the Chicago Academy for the Performing and Visual arts, a high school dedicated to the performing arts. He then continued his studies in classical in college, but the road beckoned, and he went on to tour with many club acts around the country while also working as the pianist in many touring broadway productions. In 1996, Chris joined the rock group Survivor. While in Survivor, Chris toured nationally and internationally, was a part of the Emmy nominated Starbucks commercial “Glenn”, and also performed on the top rated television show “Dancing with the Stars”. Survivor also released the album “Reach”, on which Chris is a co-writer. In 2008, Chris joined the Eddie Money band, and is having a wonderful time performing with Eddie, and his great band.