Throwback Concert: Social Distortion at College Street Music Hall 2017

Throwback Concert: Social Distortion at College Street Music Hall 2017

By Drew Carrano

Just like many other bands, Social Distortion isn’t just sitting around doing nothing during the COVID-19 crisis. They’re busy writing new music and just last month they released special “Social Distancing” shirts where the proceeds will benefit the United Way and the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. These t-shirts can be purchased on their online store at

Today we look back at the last time they were in Connecticut: 2017 at New Haven’s College Street Music Hall.


Today’s Throwback Concert:

Social Distortion

Special Guest: Jade Jackson

Wednesday August 9, 2017

College Street Music Hall – New Haven


About The Tour:

Social Distortion’s spring 2017 tour took them up and down the west coast, starting in Anaheim in February and wrapping up in Tucson in April. By July they were back on the road for their summer tour, which kicked off in Salt Lake City. After a string of mid-west dates and stops in Pennsylvania and New York, Social Distortion came to New Haven and played at Colllege Street Music Hall with special guest Jade Jackson.

What Social Distortion gave its New Haven fans was a 16 song set that lasted close to 90 minutes. Mike Ness and company began the show with a selection of songs from their most recent album from 2011, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. What followed were classic punk favorites like Ball and Chain, When She Begins and Story of My Life, plus a couple solo songs from band members Ness and Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham. The evening was capped off with an energized cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.



  1. Still Alive
  2. 99 to Life
  3. Gimme The Sweet and Lowdown
  4. California (Hustle and Flow)
  5. Kings of Fools
  6. Dear Lover
  7. Ball and Chain
  8. Another State of Mind
  9. Hope Dies Hard (Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham song)
  10. When She Begins
  11. Scars
  12. Mass Hysteria
  13. Angel’s Wings (encore)
  14. Misery Loves Company (Mike Ness song, encore)
  15. Story of My Life (encore)
  16. Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover, encore)



Watch: Social Distortion Live