Desert Post Weekly

Local band Radio 60 just wants to be heard

Desert Post Weekly
Radio 60, a group of four, plays '60s pop, classic and country hits at local venues throughout the valley.

by Valerie Christopher
Desert Post Weekly 
Palm Springs, CA.
June 11, 2006   

During the 1960s, music was used a lot as a vehicle for social change. 

The times may have changed, but one local group helps valley residents relive the '60s. Radio 60, a group of four, plays '60s pop, classic and country hits at local venues throughout the valley. Together almost two years, the band focuses on helping residents relive an era where music was music and one station played it all. 

"Growing up in Los Angeles in the '60s, the AM dial would play Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, the Beatles, Diana Ross and more when I was growing up," says lead vocalist and guitarist Greg Veach. "You could hear a wide variety of music on one station. Nowadays music is broken into categories, and kids seem to be locked into one type." Veach, who has been in and out of bands since college, started Radio 60 with one thing in mind - play a hodgepodge of music. "Everyone out here seems to be into classic rock. We're a cover band that plays a variety of music," he says. "When we performed Neil Diamond's 'Solitary Man,' a guy said to me, 'man, thank you because I haven't heard that song in almost 20 years.' Compliments like that let us know we're playing something people still want to hear." 

Radio 60 members - Ed Todd on bass and vocals, Jerry Steelfox lead guitarist and vocals and David Atwood on drums and vocals - light up a stage performing everything from Buffalo Springfield's "For What it's Worth" to Elvis Presley's "Night Rider." "We have a different repertoire," Veach says. "Some clubs complain we're too tame." But clubs like Patti & Beav's in Cathedral City, the Ale House in Palm Springs and Pappy & Harriet's Palace in Pioneertown have helped put the band on the map. Unlike many local bands, Radio 60's interests lie more with having a steady gig than fame or fortune. "We know we're not going to become famous, but we do the best we can," Veach says. "I just signed with a management company in Temecula, and I hope they can get us more work. People should come and see us play because we have a unique repertoire that relives memories of our generation and time."