4

Social Distortion at the Fillmore Miami Beach, November 13

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

See the full 28-photo Social Distortion slideshow.

With Frank Turner and Lucero

The Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, November 13, 2010

Better than: An '80s punk show in a burned-out dive bar in East L.A.

Some genres are built for longevity, but you wouldn't think punk rock would be one of 'em. The hard-charging energy, the Sid Vicious self-destruction, the mohawks (which really need a full head of hair). Punk is a young man's game, right?

Don't tell Mike Ness. The OG of SoCal punk put on a raucous set at the Fillmore last night, looking every bit the same menacing, gravel-voiced crooner that once bowed out of the scene for a year to deal with his drug addictions.

But before Social D brought a packed house of black-clad punks to their feet, Brit folk-punk act Frank Turner took the stage around 8:15 and got the initially spare crowd riled up with a quick but foot-stomping set. Big props to any opening act that wills the Fillmore into a full-throated sing-along to a song most in attendance obviously didn't know, as Turner did (with a little spirited coaching) on his closer.


Lucero, an alt-country, punk crossover with a horn section followed with a surprisingly lengthy set a half hour later. The band had some testy mixing to start -- not a surprise, probably, when you've got a big-voiced lead singer, a steel guitar, a keyboard, two electrics and a bass, plus a sax and trumpet to blend together.

Once the levels were set, though, the Memphis act proved a fitting opener for an act known for splicing rockabillly with rock'n'roll. Front-man Ben Nichols' smokey tones nicely foreshadowed Ness' legendary pipes.

And about those pipes: Ness sounds fantastic. Social D has always been a band built around its world-class singer, and -- looking badass in a fedora and white suspenders -- the 48-year-old (and only remaining original band member) brought the goods.

In a wide-ranging set hitting the high points of a three-decade career -- from opener "The Creeps" from Mommy's Little Monster to "So Far Away" to mid-90s radio hit "I Was Wrong" -- the crowd (which came pretty close to filling the Fillmore by the time Social D appeared) moshed and surfed while Ness never missed a sandpaper note.

He also gave some truly great shout-outs, like this one to Hank Williams: "I guarantee you, without him, there'd be no Sid Vicious. You put him in a room with another guy, only one man is walking out, and that's Hank Williams."

And in a fitting closer, the man in a black t-shirt and white suspenders brought it on his ode to the Man in Black, stirring up a serious circle pit with "Ring of Fire."

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: It's impossible to hear the catch in Ness's voice and not jump back to high school punk shows at the Creepy Crawl and the Galaxy in St. Louis.

The Crowd: Aging punks, heavily tattooed bikers, and blissfully free of hipsters. 

Overheard in the Crowd: "They look like a biker gang with a horn section," when Lucero kicked out its first song.  

Social Distortion's Setlist:
-"Creeps"
-"ASOM"
-"Mommy's Little Monster"
-"Sick Boy"
-"Don't Drag Me Down"
-"Bye Bye Baby"
-"I Was Wrong"
-"Still Alive"
-"Ball & Chain"
-"Through These Eyes"
-"Bakersfield"
-"Alone and Forsaken"
-"When She Begins"
-"Making Believe"

Encore
-"So Far Away"
-"Prison Bound"
-"Down Here With The Rest Of Us"
-"Cold Feelings"
-"Ring of Fire"


Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.