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Social Distortion Announces Fall U.S. Tour
July 7, 2010
Iconic Southern California rock �n' roll band Social Distortion have announced a headlining US tour beginning October 14 through Nov 23 in support of the their highly anticipated forthcoming album due out later this fall.

Touring for the first time since 2009's memorable excursion of Europe and the US, which included dates with Pearl Jam, and the band's recent jaunt to Brazil and Argentina earlier this year, Social Distortion will be performing a few select warm-up shows before hitting the main stage at this summer's Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. Following the festival dates, the band will take a month off before returning to the stage to unveil their first new album in six years for music hungry fans across the country on one of the fall's most awaited tours.

Currently Mike Ness and crew are wrapping up recording on Social Distortion's seventh studio album and follow-up to their critically adored and fan coveted 2004 album, 'Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll'.

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Tour Dates *w/ Dan Sartain & The Action Design:
7/17 - Quebec City, QC - Festival D'Ete International De Quebec
7/27 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance*
7/28 - Hampton Beach, NH - Casino Ballroom*
7/30 - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel*
7/31 - Hartford, CT - The Webster*
8/01 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom*
8/03 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's*
8/04 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club*
8/05 - Rochester, NY - Nola's BBQ*
8/07 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8/08 - Green Bay, WI - Oneida Casino*
8/10 - Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove @ Harrah's* (w/ Wolfmother)
8/11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater*
8/13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory*
8/14 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory*
8/15 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands

w/ Lucero & Frank Turner:
10/14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
10/15 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
10/19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10/21 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
10/23 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
10/24 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
10/26 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/28 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
10/30 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
11/01 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11/04 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
11/06 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
11/08 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
11/09 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
11/10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
11/12 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
11/13 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
11/14 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
11/16 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11/18 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
11/19 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
11/20 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11/22 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
11/23 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

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Social Fucking Distortion Signs With Epitaph!!
May 13, 2010
Epitaph Records is proud to welcome Southern California's iconic rock 'n' roll group Social Distortion to the label with plans to release their first studio album since 2004 in fall 2010. The signing pairs one of rock 'n' roll's most renowned bands with one of the most respected independent labels for what could be the greatest match in decades.

"We feel that Epitaph has a natural understanding of Social Distortion; both the history of the band and the direction we want to go," says frontman Mike Ness. "Combine that with their successful track record and it felt like a good next step for us. We've always been open to new ideas and pushing the envelope, but we have also been very conscientious about the decisions we've made. We considered a lot of options, but in the end, Epitaph feels like the right home for us. We're looking forward to taking this step forward, opening some new doors with this upcoming album and this next chapter of Social Distortion."

"My relationship with Mike goes way back to the beginnings of our careers in the LA music scene," adds Epitaph owner and president Brett Gurewitz. "Through the years Social Distortion have been a matchless voice in American rock and roll and I couldn't be more thrilled to play a part in the next chapter for this great band."

In March the band entered a Burbank studio to record their yet to be titled seventh studio album, produced by Mike Ness, which is slated for release this fall.

"We went back to tape, old compressors and old microphones," Ness recently told "We're just really trying to fight modern technology as much as possible."

"The record reminds me very much of 'Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell' (the band's 1992 release), but also I'm bringing elements of early New York '70s punk," said Ness.

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also recently announced a U.S. summer tour with Dan Sartain and The Action Design. The tour kicks off July 27 in Poughkeepsie, NY and makes seven stops in the Northeast before the band heads to Chicago for an August 7 main stage performance at this year's Lollapalooza. Dates with Dan Sartain and The Action Design resume in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 8. A complete list of tour dates follows.

Formed in Fullerton, CA in 1979, Social Distortion have spent the last three decades performing their signature style of roots driven rock 'n' roll and hard luck stories for fans worldwide while recording six classic, critically heralded albums including 'Mommy's Little Monster', 'Prison Bound', 'Social Distortion', 'Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell', 'White Light, White Heat, White Trash' and 'Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll'.

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Tour Dates:
7/27 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
7/28 - Hampton Beach, NH - Casino Ballroom
7/30 - Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
7/31 - Hartford, CT - The Webster
8/01 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
8/03 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's
8/04 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
8/05 - Rochester, NY - Nola's BBQ
8/07 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8/08 - Green Bay, WI - Oneida Casino
8/10 - Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove @ Harrah's
8/11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
8/13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
8/14 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory

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HOME TOWN: Fullerton, CA
Mike Ness - Guitar/Vocals
Jonny "2 bags" Wickersham - Guitar
Brent Harding - Bass
Atom Willard - Drums

In the late 1970s the first raw, sloppy, speeding guitar chords began to blare from the garages and backrooms of a Southern California suburb called Orange County. They echoed a sound forged in the preceding years in the seminal punk undergrounds of New York City and London.

In 1979, 17-year old Mike Ness formed Social Distortion with drummer Casey Royer and brothers Rikk and Frank Agnew. The band’s world centered around Mike’s one-bedroom pad, dubbed “the black hole” (later immortalized by the The Adolescents with the song “Kids Of The Black Hole”), in a nondescript Fullerton, CA apartment complex.

After meeting Dennis Danell, whose brother worked in West Hollywood at The Starwood, (a club instrumental in the careers of Black Flag, The Germs, The Go-Gos and many more) Ness insisted Danell, who at the time didn’t play an instrument, join the band on bass. Royer and the Agnew’s soon split from the band and eventually formed The Adolescents.

Local Los Angeles KROQ-FM deejay Rodney Bingenheimer embraced Orange County music, playing many bands from the scene on his Sunday night radio show. In 1981, Social Distortion released their first single, “Mainliner/Playpen,” on the Posh Boy label. Around the same time, Mike Ness developed a reputation as a brawler resulting in a chunk of his left ear being bitten off during a confrontation at the Cuckoo’s Nest bar.

In 1982 Social Distortion embarked on their first cross-continental tour in a run down old school bus. Joined by LA’s Youth Brigade and DC’s Minor Threat, the tour became the subject of the now legendary documentary “Another State of Mind.” Much madness ensued, due in no small part to Ness’s growing heroin habit. By late 1983, Social Distortion’s line up consisted of Mike Ness, Danell (now on rhythm guitar), bassist Brent Liles, and drummer Derek O’Brien. Their debut album Mommy’s Little Monster was released on the 13th Floor label and gained the band a national name in punk circles. By this point Ness’s heroin use had become a full-fledged addiction and resulted in Brent Liles and Derek O’Brien bailing out of the band in the middle of a New Year’s Eve 1983 show.

After their departure Ness and Danell recruited John Maurer, another old school buddy from Fullerton to play bass and Christopher Reece, of the San Francisco band The Lewd, to play drums. This lineup weathered Social Distortion’s toughest years, as Ness struggled with addiction and the resulting series of jailings and detoxes. Somehow Ness is continued writing and managed to hold the band together. In 1985 they to began work on a new album. It took a while to complete, but in 1988, Social Distortion emerged with Prison Bound, an album whose moving title track about a wasted life is one of the greatest songs ever to come out of Orange County. From this point Ness turned Social Distortion’s albums into an ongoing dialogue about impulsiveness, its consequences and the hard struggle to overcome.

In addition to the early punk of The Ramones and The Clash, the band’s sound was culled equally from Ness’ love of roots music, specifically early country music greats like Hank Williams and the early blues recordings of the South such as Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Howlin’ Wolf. As Ness would later declare to Social Distortion audiences, “Without good black music, there would be no good white music.”

The self-titled album Social Distortion followed in 1990. It marked SD’s first release on a major label. The success of singles “Story Of My Life” and “Ball And Chain,” along with their remarkable cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” make the album Social Distortion’s first Gold record. The band is asked to join Neil Young on tour, beginning the process of bending punk expectation. In 1992 they released another new album, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. Lead by the blistering single “Bad Luck,” this album also goes Gold. Following the success of “Bad Luck” at radio, Social Distortion embarked on a co-headline tour with The Ramones.

The band took an extended hiatus following the release of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, and did not return to the studio until the fall of 1995. Earlier that year, Time Bomb Recordings re-issued Mommy’s Little Monster, Prison Bound, and released the singles compilation Mainliner (Wreckage From The Past).

In 1996 Social D returned with a new album, White Light White Heat White Trash. The lineup features a new drummer, Chuck Biscuits of Black Flag and D.O.A. fame. The album is a success atop radio favorites “I Was Wrong” and “When The Angels Sing.” The band sign up as one of the main draws of the 1997 Warped Tour and then record and release the live album Live At The Roxy in 1998.

Cheating At Solitaire, Ness’s first solo recording was released by Mike Ness in 1999. The album is an homage to the classic country, blues, rockabilly, and folk that shaped him as a songwriter. Later that same year Ness released Under The Influences, a collection of cover tunes further showcasing his love of American roots music with songs written by legends Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, and Carl Perkins among others.

On February 29, 2000, then 38-year old guitarist Dennis Danell died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. At the time Mike said “I am saddened beyond any possible form of expression. Dennis and I have been friends since boyhood, starting Social Distortion while we where in high school.”

No stranger to adversity, Ness decided to continue with the band and in the Fall of 2000, Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham (guitar) and Charlie Quintana (drums) joined Social Distortion. However it’s not until 2003 that this version of Social Distortion head into the studio to record a new album – the first full-length studio record in 7 years for the band that Ness formed as a 17-year old, and the first record without Dennis Danell.

The result is Sex Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Upon the album’s completion SD’s longtime bassist John Maurer decided to leave the band. He is replaced by Brent Harding, a member of Ness’s solo touring band. The new album is well received nationwide, bolstered by the success of the single “Reach For The Sky.” Also released in 2004, a live DVD, Live in The Orange County, as well as the re-release of Another State of Mind, on DVD. In 2005, the band sells out a record six nights at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

Social Distortion released Greatest Hits on June 26, 2007, their first-ever career spanning collection. The single “Far Behind” was recorded specifically for this compilation. In November 2007 the band embarked on another wildly successful West Coast concert tour, playing 44 sellouts, with more than 50,000 tickets sold. Throughout 2008, Social Distortion took a hiatus and Ness got his solo band together for national touring.

After ten amazing years behind the drum kit for Social Distortion, Charlie “Chalo” Quintana announced in April 2009 that he’s moving on to explore other musical opportunities. Charlie had this to say about his departure, “Playing with Social D for ten years was a good time in my life. I was lucky to play on two Social D records and the second solo album, and I am proud to have been part of the band. We hit some spectacular heights which I will never forget – adios amigos!”

Filling Charlie’s big shoes is none other than Atom Willard. You’ve probably seen Atom wailing on the skins with Rocket From The Crypt, The Offspring, or his most recent band Angels & Airwaves. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome such a great talent and individual into the band.

Social Distortion is currently writing with plans to record a new Social Distortion album, due for release sometime in 2010.