By Sharon Steele
Social Distortion's first show, which sold out quickly, was the first of a two night stint at Vancouver's illustrious Commodore Ballroom and it is safe to say that they did not disappoint their die-hard fans!
The stage was decorated with illuminated panty lamps, sirens and street signs around the drum kit. Frontman and only original member, Mike Ness took the stage and launched into their first song "Reach for the Sky". Mid-song he stopped and addressed an incident with a drunk audience member "Have a drink you fucking punk," and began berating the person for throwing a drink towards the stage. As I was reviewing and photographing, I was hit on the side of my head/face with a full plastic cup of beer moments earlier as I was in the pit at the front of the stage and trying to photograph the show. The band then continued.
Social Distortion played through some audience faves such as "Another State of Mind", Mommy's Little Monster", and "99 to Life". In amongst these old classics was a new song they they have been working on called "Over You" which, in true Social Distortion form, provided the alternative punk-rockabilly stylings they have become well noted for.
The final song of the night was the bands cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of FIre," was arguably one of the highlights of the evening. This was a great show and definitely a performance worthy or recommending to others when they pass through your town.