Friday Night: Social Distortion at House of Blues

Social Distortion House of Blues May 4, 2012

Be sure to check out our slick slideshow from Social D Friday night.

"If it weren't for good black music, there wouldn't be any good white music," Social Distortion's Mike Ness told Friday's House of Blues crowd. "We'd all still be sitting on the porch, blowing over an empty jug and trying to make a decent sound."

The blues, without a doubt, have been a big influence on Social Distortion's iconic brand of punk-infused rock and roll. And the blues, Ness reminded the crowd, also had a big influence on country music back in the '40s. And it was this kind of genre-bending that paved the way for groups like them.

Friday night, at five minutes past 10 p.m., the lights dimmed, the crowd roared and the curtains in front of the stage at House of Blues Houston were pulled aside as the California-based four-piece that is Social Distortion emerged onstage. "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" blared on the speakers overhead.

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