"Two Tickets to Paradise," a swirling, rocket-ride of a Top 40 song, was the one that ultimately cemented the reputation of would-be New York cop Eddie Money in 1978. His previous single, "Baby, Hold On," was the bigger hit from his platinum debut album, but "Paradise" proved to be his ticket to fame. Does the fellow in question actually have "two tickets to paradise?" Has he planned a romantic getaway for two to a luxury hideaway, or is he proposing a trip of another variety? That is the lyrical question of the day: anything is possible, not too much is revealed, and everyone is kept guessing. But the bottom line is that the song had the necessary sound and production sheen to land it on the radio, which is where it would stay for the next 20-plus years. With "Two Tickets to Paradise," Money straddled the line between straight-ahead blue-collar rock and corporate rock, and the crossover appeal worked in his favor. However, as the years wore on, his sound shifted dramatically from the riff-orientated soul-shouting of his debut into something less desirable. In 2000, Money performed the song live at the California Music Awards with Kirk Hammett of Metallica playing the melodic guitar lead which matches the verse, "got a surprise especially for you." It was an interesting moment in Bay Area rock music history: one would never have suspected Hammett's familiarity with the tune, though it certainly offers proof of its ubiquity.