December 21, 2011
The anticipation was high waiting for headliners The Descendents to hit the stage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this weekend, as the audience chanted for nerd-punk icon Milo [Auckerman] to take the stage.
But arguably of more note were the rumors flying around that legendary Los Angeles hardcore band Black Flag was to make a guest appearance. The next-best thing occurred instead, as former Black Flag bassist and founder Chuck Dukowski took the stage with singer Keith Morris, backed by former drummer Bill Stephenson and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton, to blast through Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown EP!!
After the short four-song set, Morris waved goodbye to the crowd who then began to convey utter disappointment, to which he took the mic to explain they only had time to rehearse during sound check. Shortly thereafter however, Milo Auckerman took his place on microphone and the crowd’s disappointment was soon thoroughly placated as he and The Descendents plowed through a 28-song set.
PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTES: Being one of my all-time favorites, I made sure to snap plenty of photos of drummer Bill Stephenson. It was nice having the luxury to shoot the entire set from both the photo pit and from right up on stage, so I could grab all kinds of angles and shots, including some great ones of Bill.
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