Social Distortion and Bad Religion on Double Bill at Stage AE (Fri., 5/10/24)

Social Distortion, an American punk rock band which formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California, plays Stage AE this month. Frontman Mike Ness started the group with Dennis Danell in high school. After their debut album, 1983’s Mommy’s Little Monster, things almost fell apart—the band went on hiatus while Ness entered rehab. He and the other members persevered and released Prison Bound in 1988. “Ball and Chain” and “Story of My Life,” two hits from their self-titled third album, remain immensely popular 31 years after their initial release. Danell died in 2000, and Ness remains the group’s sole original member. (Drummer David Hidalgo Jr. is the son of David Hidalgo, guitarist and singer for Los Lobos.)  Their last record was Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. It was released in 2011, but Social D often perform new songs on tour, so enjoy some early listens. Coheadlining is Bad Religion, who also formed in California, Los Angeles to be exact. They are a punk rock band known not only for their hard rock, but also their vocal harmonies. Doors open 6 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (C.M., R. H.)

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