Iconic rock ‘n' roll band Social Distortion have announced their first Irish date at The Academy on Tuesday 21st August. Following on from their European tour last year in support of their critically acclaimed album Hard Times and Nursery Rhyme.
The band released their long awaited, highly anticipated new studio album and debut on Epitaph, ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’, early last year. A follow-up to their acclaimed album ‘Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll’, ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’ is the band’s seventh studio album and first release in over six years. ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’ has reached the highest chart position in the band's 32 year recording career, both in Europe and the US and has received worldwide critical acclaim:
Mojo Magazine (UK) stated that "Mike Ness and his men still have those rock'n'roll blues", while Uncut Magazine (UK) declared that "amassing influences from Stones/Skynyrd gospel raunch (Diamond in the Rough), through Clash meets Springsteen broadsides (Writing On the Wall), Ness’ songs tackle his experience with hard unforgiving honesty…". MSN.com called the record a “knockout” and said that it’s a “great reminder that punk is a state of mind, not just a hairstyle", while USA Today added that "Mike Ness and his band of punks are as intense as ever".
Social Distortion formed in the late seventies in the working class Southern California suburb of Fullerton. The hard living band has pioneered a reinvigorated and heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll style merging outlaw country, classic punk rock and swaggering blues. It is a sound that has only flourished, with the band’s latest album proving their highest charting so far. The Academy will be the band’s first date in Ireland.
“We are stoked to be making it back to Europe so soon” says frontman Mike Ness. “We have made this a priority because it is important to us. Although we regret not touring Europe enough in the early years, we appreciate that our fans have been patient and loyal. This is why it is important to us to show them that we are grateful and that they are not taken for granted. Besides, we love Europe and the shows are as exciting as anywhere else in the world.”\
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