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Mike Ness

The frontman for punk survivors Social Distortion, singer/guitarist Mike Ness was born April 3, 1962, in Stoneham, MA. Raised primarily in Orange County, CA, he was kicked out of his parents' house at age 15 and spent the years which followed in and out of jail and experimenting with drugs; after forming Social D in 1979, Ness' struggles with addiction deepened, and after recording the now-classic Mommy's Little Monster in 1983, his self-destructive lifestyle (vividly captured in the 1985 documentary Another State of Mind) nearly broke up the band. After getting clean and sober, Ness reconvened Social D for 1988's rootsy Prison Bound, followed in 1990 by the group's self-titled major-label debut, which launched the hit "Ball and Chain." After 1992's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, however, the band went on an extended hiatus, not resurfacing until White Light, White Heat, White Trash four years later. In 1999, Ness made his solo debut with Cheating at Solitaire. A covers collection, Under the Influences, followed later that same year. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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nekia698
Saw social D in a small club in Tempe, AZ back in '91. Still one of the best live shows I've ever seen. Best mosh-pit of all time; rough but not mean-spirite d . The band rocked, and Mike was in top form. I get to see them at the House of Blues in Vegas from time to time these days and they are still great.
love social d and mike ness,,got me through some hard times in my life! nothing but respect for ball n chain and mommies little monsters!!!!
cruzornelas
Don't read this because it actually works you will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this comment you will die in 2 days.Now that you've started reading don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works. Don't read this because it actually works you will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. H
Happy anniversary !
kcas136
Got to see Social D in Charlotte NC a few years back. I was the first one in the door that night. The show was freaking awesome!! Mike was sick as hell that night. Almost cancelled the show but played through it. Met him after the show. So sick he could barely talk but still signed autographs and met fans. Talked to him and he signed some stuff for me. Got some pictures, an autograph and a handshake. He is an awesome guy!!
ocreguy
I am an Orange County native and Mike is highly respected here from a music stand point. I saw his solo stuff at the coach house then my cousin and I played dice with him after the show. Damn, I lost $100!
Such an awesome punk slash country singer thanks dad for showing me him
I can remember my very 1st punk rok show like it was last night...(not 26yrs ago)... & I scored big-time.... Mike n Social D ripped the f**kin bldg's roof off. To this day, one of the best live sets I've heard/seen.
I was raised listing to Mike Ness .. his music made me the man I am today ...
Love Mike Ness! Awesome live...
wshockey8
Sure wish he and Willie would do an album together. Shame he gets no credit for introducing Johnny Cash to the millienials.
You ok mike? You give in to that s**t? You a. Quitter and surrender to that? Or are you a man above that?? You have us friends that will kick your a** every time b**ch!!!
True , new school punk, extraordinai r e ! !
He is Brilliant ! God Bless him ! And God Bless me Both have helped me to stay clean.
Best part of Another State of Mind was when he was at Minor Threat's house.
bravesfanben
If you know anything about music, you must give respect here. Mike Ness and Social D are the real deal.
Mike Ness is a mother f*%kin, god forsaken, absolute GENIOUS... SOCIAL D has to be the BEST LIVE show...... EVA !
tamara.fetze r
NESSSSSSSSSS S S S S S S always the real s**t! somethin about hearing his art, its pure f**king genius! we love you Ness!!!!!!
Simply one of the all-time greats
Hell Social D. and Mike Ness only recently have gotten into their music about a year ago. 20 now and Mike Ness is nothing less than a genius and a wonderful songwriter
foreverfitgy m
MIKE NESS IS THE MAN!!! SOCIAL D IS ALL TIME FAV!!! BOBonnit YOU can suck a DICK!!!
I don't care if he was doing H with a bottle of Jack in his mouth, Mr. Ness has moved me for decades. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the man.
ssseansmr127 5
For all of you that think mike was drunk on h while writing all his music you a smart as a snail. He got sober in the late 80's, I'm from Newport and I know first hand of his sobriety!!! Ex pincushion!!
I wrote all these songs lol when I was drunk
The best. Like a father to me
HA F**K YOU BOBONNIT YOU MOTHERF**KIN B**CH A** P**SY MIKE NESS IS A F**KING GOD AND YOUR JUST A PIECE OF S**T YOU PRIKE!!!!
Can't sing, it's just hack
Sexiest f**ker alive...just sayin
saw them couple of months ago in Boston, great show. Just wish it was even louder.
Great band Ness is the man
I got to see Social D a couple days ago. Awesome show! I was about 5' from Mike Ness all evening. Vocals were superb as was the music.
I love mike ness hells yea can't wait to see social d this month
foundjax
God? No thing
People say that mike ness is GOD I say that he is the DEViL in a good way. Rock out with your tats out ! •~~~~~~>
No one can beat some Mike Ness
Can't wait to see Social D in Poughkeepsie , NY on the 28th, 2nd time this year
Man mike needs to do another solo album!love social d,but love his solo stuff to!!!
fuman89
Social D comin to DEtroit Oct 16th! Can't wait! gonna be epic!
bwisner3
Mike Ness is awesome, this is real deep hearted music unlike most of the crap on the radio.
insanity720
There are junkies, pimps,and whores in the OC too....I grew up with 'em too Mike. Long live white trash kids :)
I new Mike when he lived on Balboa Peninsula. Super nice dude. Wish I still knew him today. Mike, you guys shred!!
I like this Honky Tonk version of Ball & Chain, (GREAT SONG) I saw Social D in the 80's & I am from the 60's love that band! Fullerton ,Ca loves Mike Ness!
THE MAN
kimbervb
*heart* Mike Ness!
704signs
Social D .... What more can you say?
Since I was a dirty skater kid in Chula Vista to 16 flat years in the Texas prison system. Social Distortion and Ness in general was there for me. Still get the same feelings for that sound.
what a F**KING REALITY check and natural HIGH at the same time,PEACE.. . . . . .
my contact info 4 ride to D.C. show :443-942-751 2 , leave message if I dont answer, I will return your call A.S.A.P., May peace be with you.
the D.C. arena in Nov. I will pay {$$$} very nicely for a round trip trip, my CON
I am looking 4 a ride from the Annapolis{MD . } , { C R O F T O N } 2 TH
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