Vans Showcase // House of Vans // Johnny Two Bags
Social Distortion guitarist Johnny Two Bags has started his own self-titled side project with a debut album Salvation Town set to release next month. The first single from the album is what Rolling Stone labels good old-fashioned “pub rock.”
photo: Bryan Derballa

Vans Showcase // House of Vans // Johnny Two Bags

Social Distortion guitarist Johnny Two Bags has started his own self-titled side project with a debut album Salvation Town set to release next month. The first single from the album is what Rolling Stone labels good old-fashioned “pub rock.”

photo: Bryan Derballa

Social D on the run

Social Distortion are back at it, booking show after show (and tour after tour) of incredible punk rock lineups. Just next month they’ll be playing KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 1 (Dec 10th), 91X WreX The Halls Night 2 (Dec 11th), and Goldenvoice’s 30th anniversary show Night 1 (December 16th). 

After all that December madness settles down, the band are heading out on a North American tour with support from Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls and Sharks. Trust us, this is a lineup you don’t want to miss.

Upcoming Social D dates:

w/ Chuck Ragan & Suedehead* 
w/ Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls and Sharks ^ 
Nov. 23 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom *
Nov. 25 – Louisville, KY – Expo 5 *
Nov. 26 – Toledo, OH – The Omni *
Nov. 27 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room *
Nov. 29 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre *
Dec. 02 – Denver, CO – Odgen Theatre *
Dec. 03 - Denver, CO – Odgen Theatre * SOLD OUT
Dec. 04 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre * SOLD OUT

Dec. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – KROQ ALMOST ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS @ Gibson Amphitheatre SOLD OUT
Dec. 11 – San Diego, CA – 91X WREX THE HALLS  @ Valley View Casino Center
Dec. 16 – Santa Monica, CA – Gary Tovar’s GV 30  @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium  SOLD OUT

Jan. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel ^
Jan. 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater ^
Feb. 01 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre ^
Feb. 03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater ^
Feb. 06 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory ^
Feb. 09 – Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium ^
Feb. 10 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater ^
Feb. 13 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater ^
Feb. 14 – Modesto, CA – Modesto Center Plaza ^ 
Feb. 16 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre ^

A good ol’ punk rock time.

Some people like to comment that punk is dead as a genre and there aren’t many bands left around to keep it running. But hey, if you’re in southern California, there is a killer three-day event coming up next month that you do not want to miss.

Seriously, have you seen this lineup? From Social D to Bad Religion to The Descendents, Goldenvoice is celebrating their 30th anniversary in true punk rock style.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday through Ticketmaster.

Wreck the Halls with some punk rock, why don’tcha

Now that Halloween’s over and our rotting pumpkins are getting shoveled into the compost, the countdown till Christmas is on. San Diego’s 91X just announced the lineup for their annual WreX The Hall concert, and tickets are already on sale. It’s all going down Saturday Dec. 10th and Sunday Dec. 11th at the Valley View Casino Center.

(Sunday’s lineup is really what we’re excited about)

You can pick up tickets on presale now (password: “Wrex”):
Night 1 - Ticketmaster 
Night 2 - Ticketmaster

For more info on the event, check out

Demand Social Distortion Red Carpet event in your town!

Fans are invited to visit to share the film’s breathtaking trailer via Facebook or Twitter as many times possible. The city with the most shares will win a free red carpet short film premiere and secret performance from the band. Awesome!

Social Distortion is also rewarding top sharers and fans of radio stations across the country with over 40 fly away trips to the winning city to experience the event. The winning city will be selected on April 13. Head to on that day for more details on how to get tickets and enter to win the fly aways! Additionally, the event will be streamed live for fans around the world on participating radio station websites night of the event. There’s only a few more days to get your shares on so don’t wait.

Here’s the trailer for the short film that you’ll be sending to your friends:

Fans are encouraged to call their local radio station and request “Machine Gun Blues” to be played if their local station isn’t among the participating partners.  The participating radio stations include:  
·        WPBZ-FM West Palm
·        WLUM-FM Milwaukee
·        KXTE-FM Las Vegas
·        KEXX-FM Phoenix
·        WXDX-FM Pittsburgh
·        KKDO-FM Sacramento
·        KVGS-FM Las Vegas
·        KROQ-FM Los Angeles
·        WFNX-FM Boston
·        KROX-FM Austin
·        KRAB-FM Bakersfield
·        KRBZ-FM Kansas City
·        JKEE-FM Santa Barbara
·        WJRR-FM Orlando
·        KRFX-FM Denver
·        KNDD-FM Seattle
·        XTRA San Diego
·        KBZT-FM San Diego
·        WKZQ-FM Myrtle Beach
·        KDGE-FM Dallas  

Don’t forget to check out Social D this spring, too (*with Chuck Ragan and Sharks): 

April 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre*
April 27 – El Paso, TX – Club 101*
April 29 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom*
April 30 – Frisco, TX – Edgefest @ Pizza Hut Park
May 1 – Spring, TX – Buzzfest 26 @ The Woodlands Pavilion
May 3 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club*
May 4 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*
May 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre*
May 7 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom*
May 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s*
May 10 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion*
May 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE*
May 13 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!*
May 14 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony Summer Stage*
May 15 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel*
May 17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa*
May 18 – Richmond, VA – The National*
May 20 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*

Concert Pics: Social D + Tumbledown


There’s a new intern floating around the Vans office by the name of Rachel Clare. She loves good music, so I like her. And you should, too. Last week she went to check out a Social Distortion and Tumbledown show, two of Vans favorites, and got some great shots you guys can check out. Welcome to the team, Rachel and here’s to more of your shots!

Social Distortion @ Hollywood Palladium, January 29, 2011

Tumbledown @ Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen, January 25th, 2011

Stream the New Social Distortion Album


We’ve been hopped up since the news of Social Distortion’s newest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes and now we can listen to the master in it’s entirety before the January 18th release. Rejoice!

But that’s not all (it never is, is it?). There’s a deal in the works for us to get the album for as low as $7.99. The more streams the album receives, the lower the price goes. Each time you listen to an individual song, it counts as a stream. Pre-ordering the album also gets you the lowest price automatically. And! When you share the stream on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, you are entered to win an autographed guitar.

Basically, it’s a win, win and another possible win situation. Good tunes, lower prices and maybe even a guitar. Get to it!

Social Distortion - Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes by Epitaph Records

The band will also be performing on Conan next week on January 18th- the day the album drops. Don’t forget to tune in.

Social Distortion First Television Performance: Videos


Despite the 30+ years of Social Distortion’s career, the band can still have firsts. And this week marked their first ever television performance since the band’s formation.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! hosted the performances of “Machine Gun Blues,” their latest single, and later “Story of My Life.” Both videos are available to watch online:

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, the band’s newest studio album in 6 years, will be released on January 18th.

Social Distortion West Coast Tour


Social D have announced a west coast tour for January and February to support their upcoming album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, out January 18th. This is the first time the band has hit the west coast this thoroughly since 2005…so get excited.

This is also the first album from the band in over 6 years. Obviously, it’s going to be something big. You can download the first single, “Machine Gun Blues,” exclusively through iTunes beginning November 16th.

Tickets for the new tour will go on sale this Friday, October 29th, on the band’s website. Mark your calendars if you plan on going because these tickets are going to go fast.

Check out the dates below:


1/20 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
1/24 - Bakersfield, CA - Kern Fairgrounds Ex Hall #2 (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
1/25 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
1/27 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan)
1/31 - Modesto, CA - Centre Plaza (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
2/1 - Davis, CA - Davis Freeborn Hall (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
2/3 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan)
2/8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan)
2/12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan)
2/15 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
2/16 - Fresno, CA - EOC Gym Events Center (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
2/19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues (w/Lucero and Chuck Ragan)
2/20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues (w/The Aggrolites and Chuck Ragan)

I know, I know. We all don’t live on the west coast, but you can catch the guys on tour right now- if you’re lucky and tickets are still available:

10/26 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
10/28 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
10/30 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/01 - Boston, MA - House of Blues (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/02 - Portland, ME - State Theatre (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/04 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/05 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/06 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/08 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/09 - Knoxville, TN - The Valarium (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/12 - St Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live(w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/13 - Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/14 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/16 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/18 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s (w/Lucera, Frank Turner and Death On Two Words)
11/19 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues(w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/20 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/22 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/23 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre (w/Lucera and Frank Turner)
11/24 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre (w/Lucera and TBA)

Social Distortion signs to Epitaph!

Big, massive news for the punk music industry: Social Distortion has been signed to Epitaph Records!


Mike Ness of Social D comments:

We feel that Epitaph has a natural understanding of Social Distortion; both the history of the band and the direction we want to go. Combine that with their successful track record and it felt like a good next step for us. We’ve always been open to new ideas and pushing the envelope, but we have also been very conscientious about the decisions we’ve made. We considered a lot of options, but in the end, Epitaph feels like the right home for us. We’re looking forward to taking this step forward, opening some new doors with this upcoming album and this next chapter of Social Distortion.

And if you didn’t know, Epitaph Records was founded and is still owned by Brett Gurewitz, an original member of Bad Religion. He seems very excited to be working with the band:

My relationship with Mike goes way back to the beginnings of our careers in the LA music scene. Through the years Social Distortion have been a matchless voice in American rock and roll and I couldn’t be more thrilled to play a part in the next chapter for this great band.
Personally, I can’t see Social D with a better label. Epitaph is a heavy player in the punk scene and now the band can be proud to say they’ll be labelmates with Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio, Rancid, Every Time I Die and New Found Glory.

The band is planning their first release with Epitaph this fall and already have a summer tour dates:

July 27 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
July 28 - Hampton Beach, NH - Casino Ballroom
July 30 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
July 31 - Hartford, CT - The Webster
Aug 1 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Aug 3 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy’s
Aug 4 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Aug 5 - Rochester, NY - Nola’s BBQ
Aug 7 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Aug 8 - Green Bay, WI - Oneida Casino
Aug 10 - Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove @ Harrah’s
Aug 11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
Aug 13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Aug 14 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory