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“… Mike Ness walked out onto the stage, standing silent for a moment, taking in the massive crowd on the beach, bandmates Jonny (2 bags) Wickersham on guitar, Brent Harding on bass and Dave Hidalgo on drums taking their positions. Without much banter, Mike Ness strapped on his signature Gibson Les Paul guitar, adorned with a single pink rose and dove right into the band’s classic “Reach for The Sky” lighting off the crowd.

Social Distortion & Bruce Springsteen @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Setlist.
Social Distortion & Bruce Springsteen @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Setlist.

Social Distortion comes from the old school of punk rock, originally formed in 1978 this band is as legit as it can get, Ness’ gruff vocals and bandmates hard driving punk power chords driving the crowd center stage to form a sizable mosh pit. Ness drew cheers from the crowd announcing that the band would be releasing a new album in the near future. The bands last album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes dropped in 2011.

Social Distortion continued working through their blazing set of standout songs, almost like a greatest hits playlist when Mike Ness approached the microphone, and in casual conversation mentioned he ran into an old friend while taking a stroll on the boardwalk. The crowd began to stir when Mike asked, “Do you know who I’m talking about?”

The crowd erupted, screaming, “Bruuucceeee!”

Bruce Springsteen casually walked out onto the stage joining Social Distortion. To say that the crowd was beyond ecstatic would be an extreme understatement. You can imagine the excitement. Bruce is royalty in these parts as a pioneer in Jersey music scene. Bruce and Social Distortion would go on to play three songs together, “Bad Luck,” “Misery Loves Company” and “Ring of fire” creating a memory that will truly live forever! Social Distortion played a total of twelve songs during their blazing set, and was truly the best Social D set I’ve ever seen …”

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Social Distortion @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Social Distortion @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Social Distortion @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Social Distortion @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Social Distortion & Bruce Springsteen @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Social Distortion & Bruce Springsteen @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Social Distortion @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Social Distortion @ Sea.Hear.Now 2018 9/30/18. Photo by Pat Gilrane Photo (@njpatg) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

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