It’s hard to know if Social Distortion has gone through more band members than other four-piece punk outfits, but they surely must rank pretty high on the list. Only founder Mike Ness has been in the group since its formation in 1978. In the years since, 22 other musicians have shared the stage with the frontman. And that’s including a number of hiatus years in the mid-’80s when Ness was dealing with his drug rehab and legal woes.
David Hidalgo, Jr.
Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham
John “Carrot” Stevenson
Adam “Atom” Willard
During its 34 years of rocking, Social Distortion has only issued seven studio albums, one live collection, two compilations, and an EP. That’s not a whole lot of output for a band that continues to tour fairly consistently. But maybe it’s an indication that punk is more of a live experience than a recorded one. Granted, they also released a video “album” in 2004, Live in Orange County, that sold enough to reach gold status—a feat only two of their records achieved (Social Distortion and Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell). And they also recently contributed “Mommy’s Little Monster” to the Punk Rock Baby compilation. So that’s kind of fun.
Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)
Prison Bound (1988)
Social Distortion (1990)
Story of My Life … And Other Stories (1990)
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992)
Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past (1995)
White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)
Live at the Roxy (1998)
Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll (2004)
Greatest Hits (2007)
Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (2011)
Since they just put out Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes last year, Social Distortion has been hitting the road pretty hard. They did a whole European leg back in August and are spending the rest of the year traveling through the U.S.—minus the second half of November—beginning next week, in fact.
October 11 and 12 mark the start of the Fall run with Social Distortion in Chicago, Illinois, at the Vic Theatre. Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Cleveland, Ohio, follow prior to two shows in Canada which find Social Distortion in Toronto, Ontario, on October 20 and Montreal, Quebec, on October 23.
Heading furtherup into the Northeast, Social Distortion hits New York, New York, on October 26; Huntington, New York, on October 27; and Boston, Massachusetts, on October 30. November starts in the same area before winding down into the Southeast. Stops for Social Distortion include Sayreville, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; and San Antonio, Texas, which marks the end of the first leg.
Come December, it’s back to their native land where Social Distortion rocks Anaheim, California, for seven shows (December 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 17, and 18); West Hollywood, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and San Diego, California. And, next year, Social Distortion turns 35. Rock on, boys!