REDONDO BEACH -- As Colin Hay strums his guitar before his set, he’s one of the artists who only had to come down the Pacific Coast Highway to make it to the beach.
“It’s just down the road, you know it’s always good to play a local gig,” said Hay, former frontman of Australian '80s rockers, Men at Work.
Whereas other bands like Big Head Todd and the Monsters were excited to have the excuse to make it to Redondo Beach and leave the colder weather behind.
“We’ve had a lot of winter in Colorado so it’s like paradise for us we’re so happy to be here,” said Todd Park Mohr.
That happiness was also shared by the folks who made it to the BeachLife Festival. After all, what could be better than seeing one of your favorite all-time bands, like Men at Work, right in your own beach backyard.
“You can’t beat it, I mean it’s my third day here since Friday I was just loving it, just trying to get enough sleep to come back,” said festival-goer Mike Shockley.
And for Colin Hay, even though he was at BeachLife performing his own solo work, he gave the audience a treat by playing some of the big hits from his Men at Work days.
“The thing that really continues, the thing that’s timeless, is the music, and you just keep playing those songs that’s what people want, they want the songs, they want me to sing them,” said Hay.
And that they do while some in the crowd even enjoy reminiscing about the first time they heard Big Head Todd and how cool it is to see them now at BeachLife.
“So I was in college my sophomore year, and it was a small little venue, a little concert hall in Bozeman, Montana and it was like one of my first concerts ever to see Big Head Todd.” said Tim Seideo.
Big Head Todd has been playing music together for more than 30 years. The group say their loyal fans are the reason they continue living their dream.
“The only reason we’re here, we still have a fan base so they come out to see us," said band member Rob Squires.
“Yeah we don’t mind being nostalgia, we get to play music for a living it’s amazing,” agreed Brian Nevin.
As Colin Hay ascends up the ramp right before he goes on, that moment before a show, never gets old. To be 65 and playing in the city he now calls home is something he’s eternally grateful for.
“You make as much as you can of everyday and that’s the inspiration of being still around and finding your own way home,” said Hay.