Des Rocs has recently launched his first ever headlining tour after the release of his debut album, A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place. Nearly sold out at all locations so far, the tour has amassed a huge amount of success, including performances at the Firefly and Aftershock Festivals as part of his run.
On Wednesday, October 13th, Des Rocs and his opener, The Velveteers, took to the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco; just on the edge of the city’s music central littered with famous venues all over the street. This venue hosts an intimate setting with a lounge upstairs and a bar where the audience can pick up a drink and kick back while they listen to the sweet tunes that they had in store.
The Velveteers started the night out with an energetic and unique performance. The lead vocalist slid her feet along the stage as she strummed her guitar. Two sets of drums took up center stage, one of which who switched to the keys and complimenting electric guitar. Their set refreshed the sense of old rock and roll, all of which dressed in either vintage or unique multiple piece sets that matched one another just enough. The crowd’s appetite was sated for just awhile as they performed.
Before his performance, we had the pleasure of chatting with him about life being back on tour with the huge transition of the world as we once knew it.
It’s a bit like an elephant in the room… everyone has been handling things differently. It’s like my identity is back though. And that’s just everything.
~ Des Rocs
The show was an intimate one, where fans could press in close to the stage and be inches from the headliner. Des Rocs interacted with his audience in such a personalized fashion, as if we were all a part of the band goofing around and letting the music take its path as it wished. Endearingly, he called his fans the “filthy rats” in reference to his single, “MMC” from the album. Not only he was one who didn’t fit in the mold, but everyone who followed along in his journey could be a part of that crowd too.
The path is gonna be really dark sometimes. People are going to try to tear you away from that path. You’ve just got to keep going. Keep being yourself. Your uniqueness will help you reach your dreams.
Des Rocs not only welcomed the elephant in the room but brought it in to dance and join in song and dance. He filled the empty spaces with guitar solos that came from his soul, just as he pleased, and carried along the crowd through the journey of his sound with an unhinged level of talent, tinge of the insane. Out came from it a unique evening that left the crowd begging for more.