Social Distortion and Vegas have a bit of an affair, it seems.
The guys have played a slew of shows since last year and are known for coming to Vegas often. Without having gone to a Social D performance, one may wonder what the big deal is, but upon witnessing Mike Ness and co. doing what they do best, it’s no question to anyone.
Friday nights in Vegas are always a good time for a show, and Ness enthusiastically noted that Kid Rock (wait, he’s still around?) and Garth Brooks (okay, maybe not the same crowd base) were performing on the same night as well. But inside The Joint at the Hard Rock, you would have never known — it was completely packed (and lest you forget, this is a huge venue).
The band’s banner proudly proclaimed “Social Distortion — Live stage show since ’79,” a fact that us younger audience members would be hard pressed to believe (in technical terms, Social D has played live in 5 different decades) because the group puts on one hell of a rockin’ show, playing all of the general favorites like “Reach for the Sky” and “Story of My Life,” as well as tracks off of their album from last year, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.
A little less than an hour through, Ness said his thanks and then headed off stage. But as the golden rule of shows goes, if the house lights don’t turn on, the show isn’t over — and it wasn’t anywhere close to ending.
A minute or two later, the band headed back, not performing one or two songs but what seemed like a whole ‘nother set worth of music, including Hank Williams and Rolling Stones covers as well.
While I generally lament the music scene in Vegas, this show tells me that maybe I’m not looking in the right places, or just not looking hard enough.
Source: The Rebel Yell
- An Epic Interview With Social Distortion’s Mike Ness (sadmanstongue.com)
- Social Distortion @ the Ogden Theatre, Day 2 (sadmanstongue.com)