Mike Ness wants Rick Rubin to produce new Social Distortion album

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness recently spoke to AZ Central about the status of their long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, and mentioned that he wants Rick Rubin (known for his work with The Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash, Weezer, System of a Down, Danzig, The Cult and many other artists) to produce it because of his production on Tom Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers. He explains:

“I think Rick Rubin. But I go back far. I listen to Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” record. The production value on that is just amazing. It’s such a broad spectrum of sounds and tones. Obviously, that was still in the era of analog. The last record I did, I did that. It cost me three times as much to record it analog (laughs). But since then, I have worked with people who have showed me that you can use Pro Tools and still achieve a pretty accurate thing, but you have to be careful. It’s a slippery slope.”

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Social D record come to light. The band recently wrapped up a European tour by celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their 1990 classic self-titled album. They will continue to celebrate this anniversary when they tour the U.S. this fall.

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