[RECAP] Social Distortion anniversary show at Festival Pier 8/19

I only wish the good times would last a little longer.

Social Distortion celebrated the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album at Festival Pier on 8/19. The album which brought us classics like “Ball & Chain” and “Story of My Life” was played in its entirety, along with a few covers and fan favorites.

The celebration started with country artists Drag the River, Nikki Lane, and Lucero. The bill may seem like an odd pairing, but the introduction to these artist was appreciated (especially Lane, who I have to admit, I have a bit of a “girl crush” on).  By the time Social Distortion hit the stage, the venue had filled up with enthusiastic fans that jumped, screamed, sang and crowd-surfed as  the band played.

All eyes were on lead singer Mike Ness throughout their performance.  He looked like a greaser as charged through songs. He spoke about individuality, education, drugs, and punk rules.  It may have been a hot Wednesday night but there was no lack of enthusiasm for these legendary punk icons.

 

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Setlist:

So Far Away
Let It Be Me
Story of My Life
Sick Boys
Ball and Chain
It Coulda Been Me
She’s a Knockout
A Place in My Heart
Drug Train
Cold Feelings
Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones cover)
Alone and Forsaken  (Hank Williams cover)
This Time Darlin’
Far Behind

Encore:
Don’t Drag Me Down
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
Ring of Fire (Merle Kilgore cover)

Megan Hawkey is the co-founder of Riot-Nerd. She is a 34-year-old concert photographer. She lives in Fishtown with her supportive husband and their 2 rescued Pitbull mixes.
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