Social Distortion at the Pageant, 5/4/11: Photos + Setlist
Taking the stage to 2Pac's "California Love," Social Distortion brought its California hustle and flow to The Pageant Wednesday night and treated the packed house of rowdy punks, jocks, skaters and auto mechanics to almost two hours of unadulterated punk rock n'roll.
Social Distortion. Photo by Jason Stoff
Decked out in a Capone-esque suit, a top hat and his signature 1971 Goldtop Les Paul, ringleader Mike Ness led the band through classics, new material and deep cuts alike, proving to fans that at age 49--and three decades into its career--Ness and Social D have hardly slowed down.
Ness and guitarist Jonny 2 Bags wove in and out of Chuck Berry-influenced guitar solos, while Brent Harding (bass) and David Hidalgo Jr. (drums) locked down the rhythm. The band also brought a keyboard player along, who added clanking keys and organ-drenched substance to Social D classics (see "Prison Bound" and "Bad Luck").
Birmingham, England's Sharks opened the show with its sharp blend of Clash-inspired punk. Backed by an upright bass and a fiddle, Chuck Ragan followed and delivered a raucous set of punk-infused country. Ragan violently strummed, stomped and roared through his blend of Motorhead-meets-Pogues hellfire folk, which fit surprisingly well paired with Social Distortion's greaser punk pastiche.
Chuck Ragan. Photo by Jason Stoff
Social Distortion Setlist
So Far Away
King of Fools
Mommy's Little Monster
Machine Gun Blues
Ball and Chain
Down on the World Again
Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown
Down Here With the Rest of Us (?)
Reach for the Sky
Story of My Life
Ring of Fire
Opener Sharks needs shower money. Photo by Jason Stoff