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Social Distortion announce spring tour dates

Southern California punk legends Social Distortion have announced dates for a spring U.S. tour, which will kick off on the last day of February and includes mostly gigs in California. The tour will be supported by special guest Jade Jackson, and you can find dates and locations below.

Social Distortion are apparently still writing/recording a new album, which will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. The record was planned for release last year, but never arrived. We’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light.



Social Distortion to release new vinyl box set “The Independent Years: 1983 – 2004”

Concord Bicycle has announced the October 28, 2016 release of The Independent Years: 1983 – 2004, Social Distortion’s first-ever vinyl box set collecting the band’s independent label output, Mommy’s Little Monster, Prison Bound, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll and the early years compilation Mainliner (Wreckage From the Past).

Mixing Bruce Springsteen’s factory-overalls ethic while supplying plenty of SoCal attitude and aggression, Social Distortion was formed by Mike Ness and his high school friend Dennis Danell, breaking through in 1983 with the critically acclaimed first album Mommy’s Little Monster. Their 1988 follow-up, Prison Bound, hinted at a sonic change to come, and well before the band’s 2004 Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll their sound had solidified into the instantly recognizable brand of rock ‘n’ roll that’s defined them since.

Pre-order it here.



Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham says Social Distortion will enter the studio in early 2016

In a recent interview, Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham stated that the band will be in the studio early next year to begin recording what appears to be their long-awaited new album, which will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, and is likely to be released next year.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Social Distortion record come to light. The band spent most of this year doing European and U.S. tours celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1990 classic self-titled album by performing it in its entirety.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Social Distortion at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (9/12/15)

Every once in awhile, a band comes along that changes you life. In some instances, it might be the discovery of a band that was making music before you were alive (or maybe a band whose debut album came out the year you were born – and the title of the album matches your initials. Maybe). For me, one of those bands is the legendary Social Distortion. I will admit that by growing up on the East Coast, not here in sunny Southern California, my introduction to Social D was later in life (I didn’t get to see them live until I was in college). I devoured the band’s earlier work and any fan will tell you that 1990’s self titled album is a classic, full of the kinds of songs you immediately think of when you think of Social Distortion.

Now, more than a few years later, and after seeing them over 20 times, I had the opportunity to shoot the 25th Anniversary tour of that same self-titled album at the incomparable Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA. This sold out show had the makings for a memorable night – the excited buzz of the crowd, a perfect summer evening, and opening bands that set the scene.

One thing I love about seeing Social D live is that you never know what to expect in terms of the set list. When they do multiple-night runs here in LA, it is safe to assume the set list changes night to night; even the slightest chance to hear your favorite song encourages the crowd to come back for more. As with many of these anniversary shows, it was known that the album would be played in its entirety, but knowing this information did not take away my excitement to hear “Ball and Chain,” “Sick Boy,” and “Story of My Life” live (yes, I have actually seen them once when they did NOT play SOML). They played the album in order, minus “Ring of Fire,” which was saved for the encore. Some things never change.

After the album, the band continued playing some well known tunes for the crowd, including “Cold Feelings,” “Alone & Forsaken,” and “Far Behind” before closing out with the Johnny Cash singalong. The Greek Theater is not the kind of venue where you see these kinds of shows often, but it was a special night celebrating one of the best albums by one of the best punk bands of the last 35 years.

Check out a few of our images from the show below!



Mike Ness on the direction of new Social Distortion album

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness recently spoke to The Salt Lake Tribute about the music direction of their long-awaited new album, which is expected to be released next year. He states:

“I’m gonna shoot for 2016. I can’t guarantee it — here we are not ending this tour until the end of this year. I have a lot of ideas, but as far as the direction goes, it’s not clear to me yet. It could go in any direction. I wanna make sure that it’s authentic. Every record we do, I try to go in with the mindset of outdoing the last one. And the last one, personally, is one of my favorites. But I want the record to be different. So I don’t know. I want continuity, but I don’t know. Like I said, revisiting these songs has been very interesting, because they’ve stood the test of time, and there’s something about them — the simplicity and the honesty — that I need to pay attention to.”

The new Social D record will be the band’s first album since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Starting this weekend, the band will embark on a U.S. tour, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of their 1990 classic self-titled album.



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.



Social Distortion eyeing 2016 release for new album

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness recently gave Rolling Stone an update on the band’s long-awaited new album, which will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Mike said that he has been writing a lot of songs, and the band will begin work on the album after their upcoming U.S. tour, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of their 1990 classic self-titled album. He states:

“I’ve written a lot of songs, and I’ve got a lot of songs for another solo record. Once the summer tour is done, I can start figuring out the direction for the next record. It’s not as far along as I’d like it to be. Unfortunately, for us to do a new record, we have to stop touring because it’s pretty hard for me to write on the road.”

Asked when the album is expected for release, Mike replied, “We’re banking on 2016. It’s funny because I have the songs in my head but then I forget about them, and a couple came to mind the other day in rehearsal. These were songs I thought might be like filler songs. I showed them to the band, and they were just like, “Dude, that song’s fucking awesome, man.” So that made me think, “Maybe I’m further along than I realized.” So that was cool.”



Social Distortion announce vinyl reissue of self-titled album

Southern California punk legends Social Distortion have announced a reissue of their 1990 classic self-titled third album on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl. They will be available on the band’s upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off in September, and online here.

Social Distortion are gearing up to release a new album next year. It will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new record come to light.



Social Distortion to release new album next year?

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness apparently told the German website Krone that their long-awaited new album should be ready for a 2016 release, which will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Ness also said that the record might be a sequel to their 1992 classic album Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.

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 iconic self-titled album. They continue to celebrate this anniversary when they tour the U.S. this fall.



Full lineup announced for Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival (Social Distortion, Brand New, more)

The full lineup has been announced for the 2015 edition of the Bumbershoot Festival. The three-day extravaganza takes place in Seattle over Labor Day weekend (September 5-7). Day two of the shindig will feature the likes of Social Distortion, Brand New, The Melvins, Faith No More and a lot of other bands that readers of this site probably aren’t overly interested in (Punch Brothers, Lee “Scratch” Perry and more). Along those lines, you may not be into Days one and three either (The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, The Airborne Toxic Event, Bassnectar, Ben Harper and more). Anyway, check out the full lineup here.



Social Distortion announce North American tour, performing self-titled album in full

Punk legends Social Distortion are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album, and they’re bringing the party across the US. Check out the dates for their newly-announced North American below.

On the tour, the band will be playing the iconic album in its entirety, along with other classic tracks, and some rarities. Nikki Lane and Drag The River will also be on the tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, with limited VIP tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time today (Tuesday, April 21st).

Social Distortion are working on a new album, which will be their first since 2011′s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Stay tuned for more details on that as soon as we know more.



Mike Ness talks about his upcoming book and new Social Distortion album

In a recent interview, Social Distortion founder and singer Mike Ness revealed that he has a few projects in the works, such as a new Social D album, his next solo album and an autobiography. About his upcoming book, Ness stated:

“When the book does come out, it’s not [gonna be] your stereotypical rock book. It’s more about my struggle to become a man at 52 years old , and I am still trying to figure that out. So much of your adult life is shaped and defined by the time you are 12 years old. You bring stuff with you that you don’t even know you have. You don’t have a lot of tools in your tool box, and so I have had to learn along the way. Fortunately I have a family and we are close, and we can talk about things.”

Ness also talked about the musical direction of the long-awaited new Social Distortion album, explaining, “I am still kind of figuring that out myself. I’ve written some great root songs that could very easily have been on the last record. But I wouldn’t say I’ve gone back to the punk roots so much. Part of me wants to play around with some primitive garage, dirty grooves, like early Sonics or Kinks, because I love that style of music and there are good melodies, so I don’t know.”

Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes through Epitaph Records in 2011. The band will tour Europe next month by celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic self-titled third album.



The best punk-related releases of Record Store Day 2015 (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Social Distortion, Dave Hause, OFF! and more)

As you’re probably aware given the recent barrage of Record Store Day release posts here on the pages of Dying Scene, April 18th marks the eighth annual installment of every music lover’s favorite holiday!

The official US list of Record Store Day releases have officially been published. While 2014 was, in my opinion,  bit of a down year comparatively, 2015 seems to be anything but. As always, your friendly Dying Scene staffers took the time to highlight the best of this year’s punk-related releases so you don’t have to (though I stress to you that “punk-related” is applied a bit liberally here). We’ve got everything from new Dave Hause material to reissues of a classic 101ers album (featuring Joe Strummer) and Social Distortion’s self-titled album and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Question The Answers to Cory Branan covering the one-and-only Prince to live sessions from OFF! and Cobra Skulls. Check out our list below, and chime in on the comment section to let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

If you care to peruse the full, official Record Store Day release list, you can do so right here.



Social Distortion to perform their self-titled album in its entirety on European tour

Southern California punk legends Social Distortion have announced that they will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic self-titled third album by performing the album its entirety during their upcoming European tour, which begins in April and will be supported by Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas and guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham‘s solo band.

Social Distortion was originally released on March 27th, 1990 on Epic Records, and was the band’s first release on that label. The album initially only achieved moderate commercial success, peaking at number 128 on the Billboard 200, but the successful singles “Story of My Life” and “Ball and Chain” led the album to be certified gold.

Social Distortion recently announced plans to enter the studio to work on a new album, which will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, but did not indicate a release date. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new record come to light.



Social Distortion announce spring European tour

Southern California punk legends Social Distortion have announced a European tour that will take place in April and May 2015, with support from Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas and guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham‘s solo band. The dates and locations of the tour are below.

Social Distortion recently announced plans to enter the studio to work on a new album, which will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, but did not indicate a release date.