Seeing as my birthday just passed, it is only natural that I’d have to go see a live show in honor of the occasion. I was stoked to find out that my friend Pete bought a couple of tickets to the Social Distortion show on March 7th at the Majestic Theater in Ventura, CA. Initially walking into this theater, it looks like a beautifully classic opera house, but as soon as I looked into the crowd of Social D. fans, I knew the night was gonna get buck wild.
Here’s a view of some of the interior in the theater:
So I was standing waiting for the show to start, and it was crazy how quickly the theater started filling with a sea of leather jackets and black and white t-shirts. It came time for the opener, Jade Jackson who is releasing a new album “Gilded” on May 19th. Jackson’s music has a nice Folky, bluesy sound that was carried out with the soulful tone in her voice. Her band was excellent with the sound being a more warm, soothing experience which I truly appreciated. Jackson’s music definitely can put you in the greatest mood, or help you get through some tough times, so give her a listen. (One of my favorites)
After Jackson’s great opening, they started to take away her equipment and it exposed the iconic setup otherwise known as Mike Ness’ living room. The different trinkets and toys really piqued a lot of peoples interest and showed the sense of humor that these guys had developed after decades of being together. After a short intermission, the Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop started to play out over the speakers and the crowd started to chant along “Hey ho, lets go!” until the lights went down and the Social Distortion banner came down. The crowd started to go wild and the band came out onto the stage like a whirlwind and immediately went into playing.
They opened up with “Bye Bye Baby,” so the crowd went right into pushing and moshing around, it was incredible. It got to the point where I couldn’t even keep track of my friend Pete anymore because we were pushing our way in the crowd and really getting into the music. I definitely broke a sweat at this show, and I’m glad to say I survived a mosh pit along with being pushed around in a crowd of some of the biggest human beings I’ve ever encountered. The show was such a cool experience, because I was able to see how talented musicians can truly become. I felt such nostalgia because Social Distortion is one of those bands that reminds me of simpler times when my dad used to pick me up from school and he’d be listening to his favorite rock station on the radio. Social Distortion was a big part of my childhood, so seeing them perform (especially with three encores) was a dream come true. I will say I did need a couple of days recovering from the concert physically due to all of the pushing/punching, but it was the best kind of pain. Its the greatest workout I’ve had all year! I would recommend this concert to anyone that loves a lively crowd with some classic tunes. I know I’m making the crowd sound really crazy and possibly scary, but its all about having a good time and good vibes so it is a comfortable experience. There are definitely some mosh pits out there that aren’t as accepting as this one, so know your crowd so you can be entirely ready to enjoy the show. At the end of the day, this concert gave me an unforgettable birthday and it fulfilled a childhood dream of mine.
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