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Social Distortion @ Verizon Center

Social Distortion Performs at the Verizon Center

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11th, 2011 - Mike Ness of the Southern Californian punk pioneers Social Distortion open for the Foo Fighters at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Before Social D took the stage as the opener for the Foo Fighters last Friday, I was desperately trying to remember the last time I saw them. As far as I can tell, it was 1997 or 1998 at Coney Island High in New York City. That’s obviously way too long. Luckily for me, the band is in top form all these years later, better even.

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11th, 2011 - Mike Ness of the Southern Californian punk pioneers Social Distortion open for the Foo Fighters at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11th, 2011 - Mike Ness of the Southern Californian punk pioneers Social Distortion open for the Foo Fighters at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

I have a weird relationship with Social D. I will forget about them for a few years and then go through a period where I listen to them all the time. I hear them on the radio all the time when I go to visit my wife’s family in Southern California. That always makes me smile.

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11th, 2011 - Mike Ness of the Southern Californian punk pioneers Social Distortion open for the Foo Fighters at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11th, 2011 - Mike Ness of the Southern Californian punk pioneers Social Distortion open for the Foo Fighters at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Lights were pretty good for this opening set, but it was hard to work around the height of the stage. As you can see from the photos, I couldn’t even see Mike Ness’s feet! The stage was 6 feet high at least. But it was really cool to be so close to Mike Ness and watch him do his thing. I would jump at the chance to do it again. According to Ness, the band has a new album on the way next year, so hopefully they will be back in town very soon.

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11th, 2011 - Mike Ness of the Southern Californian punk pioneers Social Distortion open for the Foo Fighters at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Full photo set below. Due to photo restrictions put in place by the band, these photos are not for sale.
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Social Distortion @ Verizon Center – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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