By Sarah Mac
Tues., June 12
Tuesday night may not be the ideal evening for a concert, but when it is spent with So-Cal punk veterans Social Distortion, even the eldest concert-goers are willing to sacrifice a little sleep.
This time around, Social D. were accompanied by Jade Jackson and Aaron Lee Tasjan — each band complimenting a different aspect of the headliner’s signature sound. Jade Jackson brought her raw, gritty style while ALT killed with a classic bluesy feel. Both openers delivered the energy needed to fuel a midweek breakaway and the crowd enjoyed every minute of it.
By the time Social Distortion hit the stage just after 10 p.m., the audience was primed for a trip through the long-running band’s extensive catalog. Spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring old material, frontman Mike Ness and company always go the distance to deliver a stellar show — playing everything from favourites like “Mommy’s Little Monster” to more recent hits off their 2011 album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, including “Machine Gun Blues” and the instrumental track, “Road Zombie.” In between songs, they paused to reminisce about shows they performed here in Calgary over the past decades and teased the audience by hinting at their plans to release a new album.
After 40 years of rocking out, it’s still an honour and a pleasure to watch Social Distortion in action. They always give their fans a good old fashion punk ‘n’ roll show and this installment was no exception.Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jade Jackson, live review, Social Distortion