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Punk Legends Social Distortion Perform at Northern Lights on October 28th

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Social DistortionIn 1979, Mike Ness gathered his friends to create a punk rock band with the hopes of simply having fun and playing together. Only a couple years later, Social Distortion released their first single entitled “Mainliner/Playpen,” under their newly signed label Push Boy. Social Distortion will be performing a mix of their new and old music for audiences at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on October 28th at 8pm, with performances by special guests Lucero and Frank Turner.

Throughout the years, Social Distortion has had their fair share of problems. They lost band member after band member due to lead singer Mike Ness’ looming heroin addiction. He became the band’s notorious bad boy. Ness had gained his reputation getting his ear bitten off in a bar fight. Yet through the issues, Ness has pulled through to carry the band that he built from scratch. He drove the band to release their first album, Mommy’s Little Monster, in 1983, and before that, hit the road for their first cross-country tour. The band skyrocketed to the top.

Their second album was released in 1990 and in a short period of time, went gold. That summer they embarked on a co-headlining tour with The Ramones, sending their ratings through the roof. Shortly after, the band went on hiatus until 1995 when they were scrambling for a comeback. They’ve released five albums, including Prison Bound (1988), and Social Distortion (1990), which featured their well-known hit singles “Ball and Chain”, “Story of My Life” and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992) and White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996) were also well received. Their most recent album, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll, was released in 2004.

In 1997, Social Distortion became the main attraction for Vans Warped Tour. Ness released his first solo album, Cheating at Solitaire in 1999. In 2007, the band held onto their reigning popularity and took off on a west coast tour that included 44 sell out shows and over fifty thousand tickets sold. Social Distortion is a punk rock super power that has been rocking and rolling for over thirty years, so don’t miss what could be one of their last tours and stay tuned for their new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, set to be released in January 2011.

One of Social Distortion’s opening acts hails from Memphis, Tennessee and has a unique sound that will intrigue audiences. The band Lucero creates a punk rock and country mix, with that country twang that is unique to the band in the punk world. Lucero was formed in 1998 in Stillwater, Oklahoma but shifted to Memphis where they had a better chance of being discovered. Their dream became a reality and since then, Lucero has produced six albums and is touring across the country doing what they love to do.

The other opening act is singer/songwriter Frank Turner, an English native who has not masked his love for music. Turner got his start as the vocalist for England’s punk band Million Dead, but split from the band in 2005 to pursue his love for acoustic guitar and begin his solo act. Turner released his first album in 2007, and released his third and most recent album in 2009. He is currently touring the country spreading his folk and country sound to showcase his musical talents.

Tickets are $27.50 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Call 518-371-0012 for details.

–Juliet Barney is an Assistant Editor of The Free George.

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