YouTube – Descendents – Hope – Live

YouTube – Descendents – Hope – Live.

After listening to “Milo Goes to College” perhaps thousands of times over and over and over throughout the mid 1980′s in Virginia, it was fitting to see what was billed as their LAST SHOW of their 1996 tour – at the Trocadero in San Francisco.  The Trocadero used to be next to the Hotel Utah, and although no longer a venue I saw several more shows there during my early years in SF.  Ahhh, yes.

SHOW REVIEW: Descendants w/Guttermouth at The Trocadero December 29, 1996 (San Francisco, California)
By: Jeff Goodman

A sell out crowd was fired up and ready to rock. To my surprise, a fair amount of energy was for the opening band Guttermouth. They had a large fan base of their own in attendance. I had not heard much of Guttermouth before. Despite being unfamiliar with the band I was impressed with their raw live energy. Mark (lead singer) jumped into the crowd giving the mic to loyal kids who would passionately shout the lyrics to their songs. They played a perfect opening role for the ALL mighty Descendants.

The Descendants ripped through an almost two-hour set playing a perfect mix of old and new songs. Bill Stevenson was pounding the beats in impressive fashion and adding perfect fills. Milo hadn’t lost a step throughout his years in the lab. He clenched the mic in his right hand and twirled the chord in his left, having no need for a mic stand. His unmistakable stage presence was in fine form.

They played all of my personal favorites including “Sour Grapes”, “Silly Girl”, “Coolidge”, and “I Like Food”. Not once did they play two consecutive songs from their new record. Karl Alvarez (bassist) hit perfect harmonies with Milo which stood out on “Coolidge”. When the Descendants come to your town do not miss them. Make sure pick up your tickets early.”