Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell: An Interview With Social Distortion’s Mike Ness

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The inked knuckles of Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness’s left hand curl around the neck of his guitar revealing the word “LOVE” to his audience, though only the quickest eyes in the crowd will see flashes of “PAIN” as his right hand rips across the strings.

It’s a fitting juxtaposition, especially given the contrasting content of his band’s seventh studio album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. “It was really fun to make,” explained Ness. “As far as the writing I tried to try some different things but also keep some signature aspects. Lyrically I didn’t want it to be just autobiographical—not just about my mess of hard times or this or that. So I did a little character writing, I did a little fiction, a little non-fiction, a little heavy, and a little light. I didn’t want to get stuck in just one style. That made it really fun you know?”

It is fun, and the new songs expand the reach of the band’s influence even further than the groundbreaking signature punky roots-influence sound of their older work. Hard Times marries the grit of tunes like 1992’s “Bye Bye Baby” with power pop-inspired harmonies and guitar hooks galore, especially evident on “Far Side of Nowhere” and “Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown,” one of Ness’ favorites from the new record.

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Madison Concert Ticket + Soundcheck Party + Meet and Greet Giveaway: Social Distortion

Social Distortion

It’s been almost 20 years since punk rock legends Social Distortion last rattled their amps on a Madison stage.  Needless to say, we’re frothing at the mouth to see these guys rip it up at their can’t-miss show at the Orpheum Theatre next Tuesday night (November 29, 2011), and crossing our fingers that it won’t be another 20 years before we see them again!

We’re giving one very lucky blog winner a pair of tickets to this epic concert plus a pair of passes to attend the band’s afternoon pre-concert sound check party and meet & greet event.  Read on to find out how to enter to win.

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (11.23.11 – 11.29.11): Social Distortion

Social Distortion

There’s just one concert coming up this week, but it’s a massive one.  The California-based punk rock legends of Social Distortion are heading to Madison’s Orpheum Theater on Tuesday, November 29 and we couldn’t be more excited!  We’ll be holding a special concert ticket giveaway right here on the blog this Wednesday, November 23.  Check back to see how you can enter to win.

In the meantime, get pumped for the show by taking a walk down memory lane with these classic Social D vids. What songs are you dying to hear the band perform live?

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Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: Social Distortion

Social Distortion

As promised, as part of our week-long concert ticket giveaway extravaganza leading up to this Friday’s coveted Golden Ticket giveaway though our Facebook Page, we’re giving one very lucky blog reader a pair of tickets to see punk rock legends Social Distortion tear up the Orpheum Theatre on November 29.

Read on to get all the details and enter to win!

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Just Announced Madison Concert: Social Distortion, 11.29.11

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

True Endeavors and Frank Productions present


Social Distortion

with special guests Chuck Ragan & Suedehead

Orpheum Theatre – 8pm

$35 (General Admission) – All Ages

Tickets on sale Saturday, August 27 at 10am through our Music Calendar, all TicketMaster outlets (including the Alliant Energy Center Box Office, B-Side Records and Strictly Discs), charge by phone at 800.745.3000, or online at