Social Distortion and Bad Religion

Social Distortion and Bad Religion

With Special Guests





Doors: 6:00 PM

$52.50 // $60

All Ages

Social Distortion and Bad Religion


Ness is one of the most underrated pure songwriters in rock.” – Los Angeles  Times 

Here’s how you know you’ve made it in the music business: You’ve stayed strong for three  decades on your own terms, on your own time, by your own rules, and over that time your  influence has only grown. Each of your albums has been stronger than your last. You’ve been  brought onstage by Bruce Springsteen, because he wanted to play one of your songs. You’ve  seen high times and low ones, good days and tragic days, but every night you give 100%, and  every morning you wake up still swinging.  

This is the short version of the Social Distortion bio — the long version could be a 10-part mini series. For many years, the band have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard  rockabilly/punk that’s cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of frontman Mike Ness. Their  searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in ’82, as do  Ness’ hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. “The most common thing I hear is, ‘Man,  your music got me through some hard times,’” Ness says. “And I just say, ‘Me too.’”  

Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (produced, for the first time, by Ness himself) is the band’s  most recent release. Social Distortion experienced a significant amount of firsts in 2011. For  starters, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the  highest debut that the band has yet seen. Hard Times was also the #1 Independent Album and  the #2 Modern Rock/Alternative Album week of release. The band also made their late night  television debut when they performed “Machine Gun Blues” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and later  played for Conan on Hard Times’ release date. Taking their successes to the road, Social  Distortion played European festivals including Reading and Leeds for the first time. They also  booked their first tours of Australia and South America. And finally, Social Distortion played  Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, and Coachella – all of these for the first time.  

A release of new music is forthcoming in 2024. 

Social Distortion’s patented mix of punk, bluesy rock n’ roll and outlaw country — while also  stretching the boundaries of their signature sound is a blend of potent power that appeals to all  ages. They are honored to have been able to reach as many people as they have so far. “I write  songs for myself, and I hope that other people will like them too,” Ness says. “I think every  record you make is showing people what you’ve learned over the past few years. It’s showing  people, ‘This is what I know.’ ”  

Now in their fifth decade, Ness and Social Distortion have officially achieved one of the most  non- punk things possible: They’ve failed to burn out. 




Aside from essentially defining the California half-pipe punk blueprint, Bad Religion has defied the usual trend-shifts or values-ditched ubiquities of the usual punk band storyline and morphed along with challenging album after challenging album amid astoundingly consistent touring, retaining their core audience while roping in subsequent generations of anxiously energetic kids. 

The band has long settled into the current lineup who have arguably enacted to most muscular Bad Religion to ever grace a stage: Greg Graffin (vocals) and Jay Bentley (bass) join Brian Baker (guitarist since ’94), guitarist Mike Dimkich, and drummer Jamie Miller. 

Bad Religion is in an almost singular position in the history of punk. Having formed right on the heels of the original explosion, they led the west coast arm of hardcore’s birth, adding their melodic riffs, zooming harmonies, and viciously verbose lyrical punch to the basic bash of hardcore. Then the band continued to expand their template through the ‘80s and into the indebted “neo-punk” sound of the early ‘90s, and weathered the questionable dichotomies of the “alternative rock” era by doing what they’ve always done – releasing explosive album after album to consistent acclaim from fans and critics. 

And if you’re positive there is no way they could keep doing the same thing all these years, you’d be right. They haven’t. They’ve continued to throw songwriting and production wrenches into the works so’s not to bore themselves or their never-diminishing following. They have released 17 studio albums to their ever-widening audience. 

The band’s rep as socially aware thought-provokers can obscure the fact they’ve remained one of the most viscerally powerful live bands on the planet, remembering it’s the beats and riffs that get your ass off the couch in the first place. 

Of course, being stuck to the couch was sometimes inescapable during our last terrible years of COVID fear. So once again leaning into their smarts, Bad Religion concocted an online run of eight, chronologically curated, streaming live show docuseries, recorded at the Roxy in Hollywood as COVID reared its fangs. Two seasons of career-highlighting, fan-thanking ballyhoo, featuring jaw-dropping reminders of the band’s development in the face of often simplistic skate punk pigeonholing. 

When he’s not stomping on some festival stage in front of thousands somewhere, singer Greg Graffin is a professor and author who has released numerous books on history and personal survival. He even garnered the prestigious Rushdie Award for Cultural Humanism from the

Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy in 2008. In 2022 Greg released his memoir of growing up in the Punk scene, Punk Paradox

And in 2021, Bad Religion released its own long-awaited autobiography, Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion, credited to, of course, the whole band. While propped up on the band’s egalitarian legend, its focus is the long and moshing road of a band who probably would’ve laughed if you’d told their 20-something selves they’d be celebrating their 43rd anniversary. Laughed, then strapped on their guitars and jumped out on stage again. 

Being Bad Religion is what they do best; they see no reason to take their foot off the pedal any time soon.


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Date(s) - April 27, 2024
Time(s) - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

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