Descendents: live in Las Vegaslive in Las Vegas (2011)
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What more can I say? Descendents killed it. Period. No question about it. Somewhere just before 10 p.m., the crowd became thicker, and Milo Aukerman, Stephen Egerton, Karl Alvarez, and Bill Stevenson took the stage, Milo speaking of the hamburger they all just indulged a bit earlier called the "F.

What more can I say? Descendents killed it. Period. No question about it.

Somewhere just before 10 p.m., the crowd became thicker, and Milo Aukerman, Stephen Egerton, Karl Alvarez, and Bill Stevenson took the stage, Milo speaking of the hamburger they all just indulged a bit earlier called the "Fire Cracker Burger" and that a trashcan was sitting backstage just in case.

Opening with the anthem "Descendents", the crowd suddenly became a fury of fists, beer cans and cell phones. It was really great to be able to see these guys still be on top of their shit after all these years, playing so well and tight together and Milo's voice was in great shape, obviously having recovered from his voice loss in London last month.

The classics: You know them... "My Dad Sucks", "Myage", "I'm the One", "All-O-Gistics", "Silly Girl", "Hope", "Suburban Home", "Van", "I'm Not a Loser" and "I Wanna Be a Bear", among many in the middle of the set. (I was fairly drunk, but can remember most things here.)

When it seemed they reached some sort of break point, Milo stated the next song they were going to play had never been played live before, and ripped into "Shattered", an awesome song from the soundtrack to the surf movie The Show, and definitely a song i did not see coming, but I'm pretty sure I was one of the few people that knew what that song was and glad I was there to witness it.

Going off stage after "I Don't Wanna Grow Up", the crowd became louder and cheered for more songs. No one was leaving. It seemed that no one was going to move until they heard every last fucking Descendents song in the book. Unwillingly, the guys came back out and tore into "Thank You", a song everyone seemed happy to sing along with and ending with the amazing "Clean Sheets". Milo then thanked the crowd and said that they had a great time and were glad to be able to make it out, and would (and I quote Milo saying this) "BE BACK!"


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whiskeybandit (June 15, 2011)

There's no denying any reminiscent or nostalgic sentiment when it comes to the Descendents. Their set in Las Vegas acknowledged that with complete acceptance. From the "firecracker burger" comments, to the obviously "ironic" reading of the All-O-Gistics, The Descendents playing live that night seemed to realize exactly what they are, and what they were invited to do there. Which is a phenomenally gifted, and historic band playing a rare, draw card set. As Chadreligion has stated in other words, they did not disappoint. as much as Milo seemed to gain some pounds (c'mon.. you know he's had his fair share of firecracker burgers) he, and the rest of the band did not lose any enthusiasm. They consistently played with the same sense of fun and fervor throughout the whole set. Glad I saw it before I got shithoused at the end of the night.. totally another story like everyone else. All said, Descendents get two thumbs up.

AndyPonch (June 13, 2011)

Milo's voice was fine and the set was great at PRB. Karl even showed up to Punk Rock Karaoke and played bass for the Descendents song they do and then sang a completely different song later in the night, PRB was so much fun this year.

timorous_me (June 11, 2011)

I've been waiting my whole life to see Descendents and this show did not disappoint me. I have pictures up, if anyone is interested: http://www.punksinvegas.com/?p=2380

doubleplusgood (June 11, 2011)

This show was amazing. It goes in my top 5. They were great in Long Beach too, despite the sprained wrist I got from a crowd surfer. Couldn't even get myself to stay for Rise Against and barely for Bad Religion, since I knew there was no topping the Descendents set for me. Gotta say though, you must of been drunker than you remember, because the Las Vegas set list is off. There was no Maddie or Cool to Be You, and Clean Sheets was in the middle of the set not the four song encore which ended with Thank You. The set list this guy posted in his video pretty much jives with my memory of the night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GKr_RwJVdE

slackMFr (June 11, 2011)

The Descendents have never disappointed me to this date whether it be live, recorded material or anything. One of the best all around bands of any genre. (Man I hate that word "genre").

misterspike (June 11, 2011)

I Need to see Descendents live Just Once.

denots138 (June 11, 2011)

I really hope they tour the midwest agian. My first evr show was the DESCENDENTS in STLouis at some record store's basement when they toured for I Dont Wanna Grow Up. Bill was singing with a headset ducttaped to his head, no Milo present. The place was as small as you can imagine with as many sweaty punks as you can imagine crammed in.

sailin_on (June 10, 2011)

I Like Food? Coffee Mug?

candypatrol (June 10, 2011)

Went out to Vegas just to see this (my wife does all the gambling, I drink no matter where I am these days) and it was so much better than when I saw them back in April in Long Beach.
Maybe it was the shitty crowd, the fact that the weren't the headliner or arena venue (everyone tried to enjoy it as much as they could but I felt we all knew the setting sucked), but it was great being in Vegas with a ton of other people who were just there for the Descendents. The set was 25 mins longer in Vegas, they played Catalina, Kabuki Girl, Im the One and Shattered (and the goofy All-O-Gistics, which Milo proclaimed to be the "Worst Song Ever!"), all absent from the LB show.
I also must bring up the Bouncing Souls, who I have seen more times than I can count, and very recently with OWTH, who played the most energetic set Ive seen in years. It was a "greatest hits" set of sorts, but it just had a great vibe, they played Punks In Vegas (I wonder why?) which I had never seen, and they looked like they were having a ton of fun (even Greg). Only lowlight was his complete butchering of Say Anything that they stopped after about 30 seconds and didnt bother trying again. Forgot. Every. Word. Overall great night, like Chad said they killed. Period.

Chadreligion (June 10, 2011)


Milo stated 'We Will Be Back!"
BTW, Cool To Be You and Maddie were also played that night. (this is what happens when you try to write a review at 3 in the morning baked out of my skull)

IllaZilla (June 10, 2011)

Wish I could've been there to see the Descendents & ALL. I've been fortunate to see ALL twice (once with Chad in the Problematic era, once with Scott on the '09 SoCal mini-tour), but never seen the Descendents. I was curious how they'd be at the bowling tournament given Milo's vocal problems in the UK in April.

gwarmageddon (June 10, 2011)

Fantastic set indeed, I was so happy to see them again (the previous time being Warped '97). I managed to capture the set on video if anyone wants to check it out.
The video quality is kinda shitty, as my phone is terrible, but the audio is pretty good, which is more important to me personally.

skolarx (June 10, 2011)

i saw them twice in 97 but haven't had a chance to see them since. i have a feeling i would enjoy it a whole lot more now that i'm familar with more than just Somery and Everything Sucks

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