Stewart Volland/AXS TVThe new AXS TV reality series Real Money, following life at home and on the road with Eddie Money and his large, dysfunctional family, premieres on April 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET. In a new official Q&A, the veteran rocker says his foray into reality television was partly inspired by his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey-hosted show Where Are They Now? and by The Osbournes.

“I was on [Where Are They Now?] with my wife and the five kids,” Money explains. “My kids are all very different and all very talented in their own way, and I thought that maybe I’d give them a shot [to show what they can do].”

He adds, “I really liked Ozzy [Osbourne]. I saw his show, which was great, and after the Oprah special, I thought it’d be a lot of fun. My wife’s really cute and I wanted to see her on television.”

With regard to opening up his home life to a TV program, Money notes, “When you’re doing a reality show, you’ve got to be a little bit more sincere since you’re doing the show from your heart. These are my kids, this is my wife, and I just thought I wanted people to get a good glimpse of what we were really like.”

Three of Eddie’s children — daughter Jesse and sons Dez and Julian — are musicians who tour with their dad, while his son Joe also plays music but focuses on charting his own career. Eddie’s oldest child, Zach, handles the family business.

The Money family also collectively has eight dogs and a cat, which also are featured on the show. “[I]t’s kind of like Noah’s Ark,” says Eddie.

Check out a previews of Real Money at AXS TV’s YouTube channel.

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