The Radiators play in Edwards this week |

The Radiators play in Edwards this week

Charlie OwenVail, CO,
Special to the Daily

These days its hard to see a band thats been around for 30 years still playing with the original lineup. Usually at least one or two key members have died, been fired or moved on, but not so with The Radiators. Ever since forming in 1978 in New Orleans, the original lineup of The Radiators has managed to stay intact, and according to Dave Malone, vocalist and guitar player for the band, theyre still selling albums and fans are still attending shows.As they say in rock and roll, the first 30 years are the hardest. Im not sure if they say that, maybe I just said that, he said.Either way, Malone said the five-piece rock band have been able to stay fresh thanks to their extraordinarily large song catalogue something in the range of 1,500 originals and covers and still growing and a vibrant stage show.I couldnt really imagine being one of those bands that have to play the same 15 songs in the same order every night, Malone said.

But 30 years is a long time, even if the band is talented and hardworking, which is where teamwork comes into play.I guess weve just been damn lucky to not have any one extreme asshole in the band. We really make a point of not letting little issues become big issues, Malone said.The Radiators play Thursday and Friday night at Rick and Kellys American Bistro in Edwards. Rick Colomitz, owner of the restaurant, called the show a natural fit for the venues intimate stage and setting.We know that they have a really strong following here in the Vail Valley and kind of have a little bit of a cult following as a valley band in a way. They love to come up here and they just have great music, Colomitz, said.

Being a band from The Crescent City, its really no surprise that The Radiators are influenced by just about every style of music and artist on the planet, from the boogie woogie of Dr. John to the jazz of Jelly Roll Morton and the rock n roll of Chuck Berry.They proudly wear those influences on their sleeves. The song Love Trouble from their latest album Wild & Free, is a grungy-blues stomp while the Bob Seger-esque ballad Fall Of Dark is a straight-ahead rocker. Throughout the 15 albums The Radiators have released during their career, theres almost no style of music thats gone untouched.Still, Malone said the bands music style is somewhat undefinable because they dabble in so many styles and genres. People always wanted you to define your music to them and I know as a music writer you have to try to do that, I totally understand it, but for the musicians themselves, its a difficult thing to do because youre too close to it, Malone said.Their music has affectionately come to be called fish head music by fans of the band, because of a music column keyboardist Ed Volker used to write under the pen name Zeke Fish Head. At least thats the way Malone remembers it, he said.High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or

What: The Radiators.When: Thursday and Friday night at 10 p.m. with doors opening at 8 p.m.Where: Rick and Kellys American Bistro in Edwards.Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.More information: Call 970-926-3423 or visit

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