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Two Tickets to Paradise (or Galveston, anyway): That’ll be $500, Please

It’s never too early to start making New Year’s Eve plans, so if you’d like to ring in 2008 with the man responsible for “Shakin’,” “Be My Little Baby” and “Walk on Water,” better act fast, because these two tickets to paradise won’t be around forever. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) That’s right, none other than

Eddie Money

is headlining

Moody Gardens

’s black-tie “Midnight in the Gardens – Party in Paradise” gala from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the popular Galveston hotel, which promises a “dazzling, tropical party atmosphere to count down to 2008.” At 500 bucks a couple, they’d better.

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To be fair, those five Ben Franklins also purchase a room for the night (so you won’t have to sing “Take Me Home Tonight”… okay, I’ll stop), the “electric sound and high-energy show” of opening act Eclipse, food straight from the kitchen of MG Executive Chef Urs Schmid, midnight champagne toast, and most importantly, an open bar. Anyone who’s ever been to any karaoke night, ever, knows how much better “Two Tickets to Paradise” sounds when you’re hammered. There’s even a separate “Moody Gardens Children’s Party” for an extra $60 per child; non-room party packages are also available for $450 per couple or $225 per person, so why not go ahead and splurge?

Believe it or not, Money has a new album out, Wanna Go Back. (That one’s way too easy.) Call 888-388-8484 for reservations or more information. – Chris Gray

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