Tattoos, tank tops, pompadours and pin ups packed the House of Blues Orlando Friday, to spend a special night with punk icons Social Distortion.
At 9:30 pm, eastern standard time, the rag tag tapestries of the House of Blues stage, whisk open to reveal a unique stage, basking in the glow of bright red lights. Mannequins, street signs, boxing gloves and many more pieces of vintage randomness strewn about the playing field, resemble that more of a flea market, than that of a rock concert.
Sensory overload is quickly interrupted as a guitar chord is struck and SD veteran and iconic front man Michael Ness moves into the center stage spotlight. His well known classic Les Paul, brandishing the words “Orange County” hangs above his right hip as he launches the band in the first notes of the Screaming Jay Hawkins classic “I Put A Spell On You.” Pure Social Distortion spews from a line of vintage amplifiers that most musicians never get to see in person.
The well known, punk-a-billy band, served up a set of twelve California style punk classics, topped with an additional four song encore. The band’s current line up has been on the SD roster for more than a decade with bassist Brent Harding and drummer David Hidalgo Jr. keeping a tight reign on the Distortion rhythm section. The bass line and drum firing in unison, creating that robust backbone that Social Distortion is known for. Guitarist Johnny Wickersham lending an occasional hand with vocals, and keyboardist David Kalish completes the current line up of seasoned veterans.
Fans were treated to Distortion standards “Still Alive,” “California,” and “King of Fools.” Mid set, Ness fired into “Ball and Chain,” setting the cult like following ablaze. This song saw the entire Social Distortion family unite, and sing along with Ness. The journey down memory lane continues with “When She Begins,” “Scars,” and “Machine Gun Blues.” Just when the fans thought the concert had ended, SD returns to the stage with a four song dessert for their still hungry fans. The proverbial icing on the cake came in the form of a blazing rendition of the Johnny Cash classic “Ring of Fire.”
As the smoke cleared, and the notes ended, all in attendance would agree that Social Distortion brought a rock-n-roll Friday night, back to the city of Orlando.
Event Date: 25-Aug-2017