The Danforth Music Hall bristled with energized anticipation Wednesday night.  It had been a while since California punk rockers, Social Distortion, had been to Toronto and fans were ready to ingest everything Mike Ness, Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, Brent Harding, and David Hidalgo Jr. could and would throw at them.

After Tennessee singer/songwriter Will Hoge opened the night, Social Distortion walked out in front of their customary backdrop of 50s iconography stage props and launched into “Reach For The Sky”.  And with that, the night took off and didn’t let up.  Social Distortion played a solid selection of songs spanning their 1983 to 2011 discography with a few great covers and new songs added much to the delight of fans waiting for news of a new record.

Highlights of the set included “Bad Luck”, “Machine Gun Blues”, new songs “Over You” and “Born To Kill”.  The encore set ended with a pair of Johnny Cash songs including “Folsom Prison Blues”, and a Social Distortion classic “Ring Of Fire”.

It was well worth the wait.

The fall tour continues into the United States ending just before Halloween in Huntington Beach, California.

Complete Set List

Reach For The Sky
Highway 101
Don’t Take Me For Granted
She’s a Knockout
Bad Luck
Mommy’s Little Monster
Another State of Mind
Machine Gun Blues
Over You
Far Behind
California (Hustle and Flow)
Don’t Drag Me Down


Born to Kill
Angel’s Wings
Folsom Prison Blues
Ring of Fire

Review and photos by Dave MacIntyre