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Music: Social Distortion

By Gregory Gaston · September 30th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends
With music such a commodity these days, it's no surprise that former bands, once popular, are now reuniting in waves. Why not sharpen your chops, comb over the gray hair and hit the lucrative tour circuit again?

That's why it's unique to see a band like Social Distortion, who after 25 years plus in the club trenches, is still taking no prisoners in concert.

This Orange County, Calif.,-based Punk band has endured drug addictions, the death of a founding member and waning popularity, all the while holding true to their original vision: Punk blended with a roots influence.

Envision a hybrid sound of The Clash and Johnny Cash, and you're not far away from the inspiration of group founder Mike Ness.

Ness began Social D in 1979 in a Southern California suburb and released their debut, Mommy's Little Monster, in 1983. Like The Ramones, Social D has changed band member lineups multiple times through the years, but their initial sound has stayed much the same.

Social Distortion plays Bogart's at 8 p.m. Wednesday with The Strangers and Middle Class Rut. Tickets are $28.50 at the door.

Get show details and find a link to Gregory Gaston's 2007 CityBeat interview with Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham, Social D's second guitarist, here.



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