Mike Ness explains seven year wait for new Social Distortion album

Social Distortion singer and guitarist Mike Ness sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the tour and the band’s latest album, “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” which was released nearly 3 months ago. Asked in the interview why we waited for seven years for the new album to get released, Mike replied:

“Well, the record only took four months to make. [Laughs] The problem is you can’t make a record until you stop touring, and we were a pretty busy touring act. We toured the last record for probably three years. I know I took about six months off, doing nothing, but that was really about it. I toured the Mike Ness Band again, to let people know that that was still important to me. We hit a lot of new countries for the first time – South America, Australia. I don’t like to wait that long, and I told myself I wouldn’t let that happen again. But we’ve been busy – we weren’t just relaxing.”

Later this month, Social Distortion will be back on the road touring in support of “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” their first since 2004’s Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Sharks and Chuck Ragan will be the supporting acts for the tour. This will be followed by a European tour, which takes place in June. Weeks after the release of “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” Mike stated that there will be another album.


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