Social Distortion and Jade Jackson at Pomona Fox Theater

Social Distortion
Jade Jackson
March 11, 2017
Pomona Fox Theater


Kicking things off Jade Jackson arrived on stage ready to give what would be an impressive performance. The band’s blend of country and rock music was an interesting mixture, but one that fit with Social Distortion’s sound. The lead singer proved to be an explosive fireball on stage. Her guitar playing combined with her singing abilities were quite impressive. After witnessing her live, one can understand why Social Distortion worked together with them. One of the memorable songs of their performance was Bridges. Upon introducing the song Jade Jackson mentioned that the song is about a friend that passed away from overdosing. Shortly after that performance, Mike Ness wearing sweats walked on stage. He briefly mentioned the great time they had collaborating with Jade Jackson and his fondness of the band. After that performance I can say that I’m a fan of theirs and will keep an eye out for them.

“I’ve sung the blues, For every broken hearted lovesick dream for you.” Social Distortion started their setlist strong starting with So Far Away. From there the hits kept on coming. My this time when Mike Ness arrived on stage he wasn’t in sweats anymore. Instead he came on stage wearing a white button shirt, black pants, and white, clean shoes, giving off that rockabilly vibe. In addition to playing fan favorites, the band played  some new songs that will be included on their new album set to be released in May; When I Lay My Burden Down and Scars. Things unexpectedly took a political tone as Ness briefly mentioned his distaste for the current president. This segued into their performance of Gotta Know the Rules. Favorites such as Ball and Chain as well as Sick Boys got the rowdy crowd pumped for more. Speaking about the crowd, on the right side of the floor area a small mosh pit occurred throughout the night. For me those are always entertaining to view especially when they’re out of control, this one wasn’t though. Mike Ness, like the last time I saw him, was fantastic as he played the hell out of his guitar. He’s not only a phenomenal guitarist and vocalist but his astounding presence is truly remarkable. I had such a great time seeing Social Distortion my first time around that I wanted to see them again. I have to say they did not disappoint and put on another amazing show. Though this year marks the band’s 39th anniversary, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight for them. Whenever the band plays in any venue in Southern California their shows usually sell out fast; this one sold out in less than an hour once tickets went on sale to the public. The song that everybody in the room had been waiting for was saved for last, “Love is a burning thing and it makes a fiery ring.” Ring of Fire concluded the almost two hour concert which had everyone singing along to the chorus. To be honest I preferred the first concert that I attended due to them playing all the songs of their self titled album, which happens to be one of my favorite albums of all times. Regardless I had a great time and I look forward to a third concert of theirs in the future.

If you’ve been to a Social Distortion concert in the past, what was your experience attending it? Let me know in the comments below!

 Social Distortion Setlist
1. So Far Away
2. Bad Luck
3. Don’t Drag Me Down
4. California (Hustle and Flow)
5. Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown
6. Ball and Chain
7. This Time Darlin’
8. Instrumental Jam
9. Cold Feelings
10. When I Lay My Burden Down
11. Hope Dies Hard
12. Sick Boys
13. Scars
14. Gotta Know the Rules
15. Sometimes I Do
16. Ring of Fire

Jade Jackson Setlist
1. Aden
2. No Guarantees
3. Back When
4. Better Off
5. Bridges
6. Finish Line
7. Troubled End
8. Salt to Sugar
9. Motorcylce
10. Gilded
11. Good Time Gone

Trivial Notes

  • 3rd concert at the Pomona Fox Theater.
  • 2nd time seeing Social Distortion, 1st time seeing Jade Jackson.
  • Jade Jackson’s official Instagram account liked the photo I tagged them in.

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