Social Distortion & Bad Religion set to co-headline Spring 2024

Social Distortion & Bad Religion set to co-headline Spring 2024

In a punk rock alliance that promises to be nothing short of legendary, Southern California punk pioneers Social Distortion and Epitaph labelmates Bad Religion are gearing up for an epic co-headlining tour that will ignite stages across the U.S. The nationwide 2024 tour will kick off in Bakersfield, California on April 9th with support from The Lovebombs, marking the beginning of a sonic assault that transcends time and reaffirms the enduring influence of these punk rock titans.

Rekindling the Punk Flames: A Historic Reunion

For fans of rebellious anthems and untamed energy, the announcement of Social Distortion and Bad Religion joining forces is the punk equivalent of a dream come true. The two icons, who first shared a stage in 1980, are set to reignite the punk flames that have burned brightly through the decades.

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness, exuding excitement for the tour, shares, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that, in April, we will be going on a nationwide co-headlining tour with our friends in Bad Religion. Yes, we are back in action and can’t wait for this tour!!”

“We did this with them in Australia in 2022 and the shows were amazing!” 

Adding to the anticipation, Ness reveals a special treat for fans, “We have also decided in celebrating of the 40-year anniversary and re-release of Mommy’s Little Monster… playing the album in its entirety. This should be a very special tour and we are all looking forward to it.”

An Ode to Punk Legacy: Southern California’s Finest

Social Distortion — survivors of the tumultuous punk landscape of Fullerton, California — have not only endured, but have become the pioneers of an honest and fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Seven studio albums and 40 years later, their anthems like “Mommy’s Little Monster”, “Ball And Chain”, and “Cold Feelings” continue to resonate with a dedicated global fanbase. Their last release “Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes” solidified their legacy by entering the Billboard 200 at No. 4.

Bad Religion, the epitome of intellectual punk, has maintained a steadfast commitment to the Southern California punk ethos since 1980. Singer Greg Graffin reflects on their shared journey, stating, “Though we evolved in different directions, [Bad Religion and Social Distortion] both carried the torch of Southern California punk all along the way. Now, we’re so excited to be on the same stage again.”

A Triumph Over Adversity: Ness’ Positive Update

The tour announcement follows Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness’ battle with tonsil cancer — a fight that he has admirably overcome. In a statement, Ness expressed gratitude to fans and friends for their unwavering support during his health journey. The upcoming tour is not just a musical spectacle, it symbolizes Ness’ triumphant return to the stage after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.

As Social Distortion and Bad Religion gear up to storm stages across the U.S., punk rockers faithfully and eagerly await a tour that promises to be more than a concert — it’s a defiant declaration that punk’s heart beats stronger than ever.

Tickets on sale now through Ticket Master and AXS via the links below.

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