Damn it! Mike Ness was in my freakin’ neighborhood this weekend, and where was I? In my pajamas, writing Well Fed at my dining table with Smudge. How is it possible that my spidey-sense did not tingle and alert me that he was in the vicinity?!
Here’s Mike, browsing a badass antique store in Austin that’s, seriously, five minutes from my house.
I’ve seen Social D live about 40 times, and I usually stand in the front row, right in front of Mike’s microphone stand — all the better to lay eyes on my musical hero — directly in the path of (annoying) crowd surfers. I spend half the time worrying about getting kicked in the head. This was my first time to actually hear and see the show the way it’s intended. And now I understand why everyone else loves Social D live. Holy shit! It was mind-blowingly awesome and fun. And when I was all sweaty from jumping around like a lunatic, they brought out backup singers on “Can’t Take It With You” and “California Hustle and Flow” that somehow made everything wiggly and tough, all at the same time. Punk rock backup singers… right ON.
Here’s Social Distortion at ACL 2011 on Sunday, playing my favorite song from Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. While watching this video, imagine me singing and stomping along, just in front of the sound booth, celebrating the glory of wicked loud music and almost-reached writing deadlines.
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