Descendents Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto ON June 16
Published Jun 17, 2011The crowd gathered at Yonge-Dundas Square said a lot about long-running punk outfit Descendents. From kids with braces to stodgy old punk rockers, this band means a lot to a lot of people. Reunited in their "classic" late '80s lineup -- which includes Milo Aukerman and founding drummer Bill Stevenson, as well as Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton -- the quartet ripped through their catalogue at a pace that belied their ages (all appeared to be in their mid-40s), reaching back to debut Milo Goes to College to give what amounted to a greatest-hits set. Aukerman even brought his kids out for a reading of the "ALL-O-Gistics." Years apart haven't slowed the band's buzz-saw attack nor have they dulled songs like "Suburban Home" and "I Like Food," as their sounded like the entire '90s Epitaph discography being played all at once. If anything, "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" and "When I Get Old" played back to back have only gained poignancy now that these guys actually have packed on the years.