Social Distortion has been around for what seems like forever but they continue to rock like they did back in the 80’s. Social D’s country-influenced style has changed perceptions of what Punk is. This past weekend they reminded us that they still have what it takes to make new memorable songs and capture an audience of all ages. With their new album “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes”, Mike Ness (the only remaining original member) and the rest of the guys began their promo tour for the new Album in Anaheim at the House of Blues. They then worked their way to LA playing three shows over the past weekend starting on Thursday and doing their last show Saturday.
Mike Ness and the boys drew an amazing crowd and sold out all three shows at the Palladium. With supporting bands such as Chuck Ragan and Lucero to warm up the crowd, Social Distortion came out and blew us all away. Normally, an hour and a half long set would satiate our appetite for Rock and Roll, but the crowd still wanted more even after they finished their last song, a cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. During their set they played songs from their new album as well as other classics and fan favorites. Starting with Road Zombie, Social D mixed up the songs alternating between new and old. Playing new songs such as Machine gun blues, Bakersfield, and California (Hustle and Flow) with wild fans singing along to every single word, Social D brought to life the lyrics. Mike Ness even broke down some of the songs and gave a backstory on why he wrote that particular song. Machine Gun Blues was a definite favorite of the sold out venue.
A few of the older songs played that night were classics like Ball and Chain, Alone and Forsaken (Hank Williams cover), and Mommy’s Little Monster riled up even the youngest of fans. Some people moshed, others crowd surfed, but most of us just enjoyed the show. Mike Ness and the guys are very engaging with their fans joking with us and making the show so much more individual. Social D is a definite must see. They’re continuing their tour through SoCal, before heading north and eventually going overseas, so catch them while you can.
by: – Crazy Antics