There is nothing like going to see Social Distortion play live on a Monday night, the evening before you have to fly to New York at 5:30 in the morning. Nothing like it.
Social Distortion is one of my favorite bands of all times. When I was about 15 or 16, I think, I met a guy named Josh Phipps from Plano, TX while I was a student at TAMS. Josh went by the nick-name “Ogre” and was my roommate there at TAMS. Josh had a fantastic mix of musical tastes, and one of the best bands he turns me on to was Social Distortion.
Fast-forward 10+ years.
Saturday night, my friend Josh (not the same one from TAMS mentioned above) and I decided during a drunken party that we were going to see Social Distortion on Monday night. So, we went online and bought tickets through some ticket provider (who’s online service sucks, btw). After buying the tickets, we were set on Saturday night… so we continued partying into the night.
On Monday, I started my new job, and am flying to New York right today for training for the week. I’m very much looking forward to this trip and have been for two weeks. However, last night, I really didn’t play it smart.
Josh and I arrived at the Austin Music Hall around 9:00, just early enough to see the tail end of the opening band, and grab a couple of beers each. Around 10:00, or so, Social Distortion took the stage and opened with a fucking awesome cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. The whole Hall was really getting into the music (nothing like being the only two guys in shorts and Birkenstocks at a Rock-a-billy concert in Austin surrounded by lots of dyed straight-black hair, tattoos covering all parts of the body and piercings in the dangdest places).
Around 11:30, Social Distortion wrapped up their show, and Josh and I headed to Katz’s Deli (“Katz’s never closes”) to grab a bite to eat, because we realized we had bought 12 beers or so at the show, and I had to get up at 4:00 to make my plane.
Long story short. My plane rides are sucking right now, and I’m just hoping I don’t smell like a recovering alcoholic when I arrive at the office for my first day on the job.
Stupid. (But awesome!)
If Social-D is coming to town where you live, I’d definitely recommend the show if you’re a fan. It rocks. Oh, and the released a new album today: “Sex, Love and Rock’n’Roll“. And yes, Mike Ness still kicks ass!