The Descendents' legacy includes putting melodic hardcore on the musical map. Fans and critics consider the group's 1982 debut, Milo Goes to College, a hardcore punk classic. The Descendents' marriage of punk and pop influenced bands like Green Day and others to come. Throughout the '80s, the band hit the stage with high-energy sets that encouraged audience sing-alongs and moshing. The group also stood apart from its contemporaries with its goofy, personal humor and emotional earnestness.
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The Descendents, formed by drummer and mainstay Bill Stevenson, began in the late '70s as a poppy surf band. By 1982, he had recruited vocalist Milo Aukerman, and the group began playing in the style of fellow southern California bands such as Black Flag. Throughout the '80s, the group grafted poppy melodies onto hard and fast rock with albums such as 1985's I Don't Want to Grow Up and 1987's All, garnering college radio airplay and critical acclaim. As ferocious onstage as its contemporaries, The Descendents wrote quirky songs that celebrated everything from coffee to girls to insecurity with occasional toilet humor thrown in to boot. After a hiatus, the band reunited in the mid-1990s to enduring popularity. Touring ever since, the update of punk continues to inspire generations of fans. The Descendents show no signs of slowing down or growing up as the band enters its fourth decade together.
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When is The Descendents tour?
The band is playing dates in Europe and North America in 2019. After playing the Punk Rock Bowling festival in May, the band headed to Europe before coming back to America in autumn. The Descendents will be rocking audiences at First Avenue in Minneapolis, the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., and the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo, N.D., among other venues.
Who are the current touring members of The Descendents?
The Descendents is one of the few '80s punk bands to have maintained a stable lineup. Since 1986, bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton have joined Stevenson and Aukerman as integral band members. The band members' many years of playing together have turned them into a cohesive live act.
What should I expect from The Descendents setlist?
Setlists span the group's seven albums and include fan favorites such as "Hope" and "Suburban Home" from its debut album. The band also leads the crowd into singing along with its poppier material, including "Silly Girl," "Coolidge" and "Get the Time." The blink-and-you'll-miss-it novelty hit "Weinerschnitzel" is a perennial feature alongside more recent songs like "I'm the One," "Without Love" and "Who We Are."
Who has The Descendents influenced?
The band's catalog has strongly influenced pop-punk and skate punk among other offshoots of hardcore punk. Blink-182 vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge attests to the band's lasting impact on his band. Fat Mike of NOFX signed the band to his label in 2002 with the release of Cool to Be You and made it clear that he signed the group as a fan. Many other artists have referenced the legacy of The Descendents, including Dave Grohl and Face to Face. Lemonheads' frontman Evan Dando went further, employing Alvarez and Stevenson throughout his 2006 self-titled comeback album.
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