Arts Desk

Photos: Social Distortion, Lucero, and Frank Turner @ 9:30 Club

"Social D is up next. Hell fucking yeah y'all." —Lucero lead singer/guitarist Ben Nichols.

Hell fucking yeah, indeed. For more than two hours an hour and 45 minutes last night, Mike Ness and his band Social Distortion shook the sold-out crowd at the 9:30 Club to its core. Still as agile and sharply dressed at 48 as he was at 31 17 when he started Social D, Ness led his band and the crowd through much of the Social D discography, playing tracks from 1981's 1983's Mommy's Little Monster up through 1996's White Light, White Heat, White Trash, and a few from Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, due in January.

The person who concocted the opening bands for this Social Distortion tour should be sainted. How utterly brilliant to include Lucero, one of the current kings of well-written punkabilly, with Social Distortion, the band wrote most of the chapters, if not the whole book, on the topic. It was a tad surreal to see Lucero play the 9:30, and I wondered if they weren't feeling the same. While they played a solid set as always, they didn't seem as relaxed as usual. Then again, "usual" tends to be clubs that are small, dark, and boozy, with no barricades between band and crowd.

Frank Turner, a Brit with an unabashed love of American punk bands, set the pace for the evening with his energetic and lively set. As he sings in his song, "Photosynthesis," Now I'll play and you sing/The perfect way for the evening to begin, it most certainly was.

Go here to see more photos from all of the sets.

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  • Lisa

    If Mike Ness is 48 he would have been about 19 when Mommies Little Monster came out. Social D actually started in 1978, when he was 16/17.

  • betweenloveandlike

    Thanks for the note Lisa. I was working off a Wikipedia entry for the dates(my first mistake heh). And I apparently cannot do math. So thanks for the alert!

  • Graxczyl

    One minor correction: Social D played about 1 hour 45 minutes, 10:00-11:45 counting encores.

  • Dirty Hoadley

    Nitpicking on the set length aren't we? Missed this show lineup when it came thru my neck of the woods. Frank Turner is the man. Nice photos!

  • Eugi

    We were there and it ROCKED. The pit was nuts. Social D brought the goooods!!!! Looking fwd to their Jan album and more concerts. Reviewer is right about the opening lineup, loved it.

  • Old bull

    It was a solid show through and through! I have to agree- The line up was text book. Had some high schoolers with me and they were blown away! Gonna catch them again when they swing back this way.